Lenny Wolpe & Jared Grimes Tapped for New York Spring Spectacular

first_imgLenny Wolpe and Jared Grimes have joined the previously announced Tony winner Laura Benanti and five-time Dancing with the Stars victor Derek Hough in the Rockettes’ upcoming New York Spring Spectacular. Wolpe will play Bernie, a New York City tour guide facing the chopping block, and Grimes will take on the role of Marshall, the right-hand-man to Jenna (Benanti). Performances will begin on March 12 at Radio City Music Hall, where it will run through May 3. Opening night is set for March 26.Wolpe recently appeared on the Great White Way in Bullets Over Broadway. His additional credits include Wicked, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Sound of Music, Mayor, Into the Light and Copperfield. Grimes’ previous stage credits include a Fred & Adele Astaire Award-winning turn in Broadway’s After Midnight (helmed by New York Spring Spectacular director/choreographer Warren Carlyle) and Twist, Babes in Arms, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.Penned by Joshua Harmon, the new show featuring the iconic New York dance troupe will celebrate the charm of the Big Apple, complete with the voices of Whoopi Goldberg and Bella Thorne as the voices of the Statue of Liberty and the Alice in Wonderland statue, respectively. Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner serve as co-creative directors. New York Spring Spectacular is produced by MSG Entertainment and The Weinstein Company (which is working with Paulus on Finding Neverland). View Comments Laura Benanti Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016center_img New York Spring Spectacular Jared Grimes Star Fileslast_img read more

Kids and Tablets

first_img2. Provide structure, and consider time limits if a tablet is available at home. Here are a few other tips from Bales and UGA Extension: “If tablets are used in appropriate ways to allow kids to work together on projects and share ideas, technology can enhance education.” “They are logical: I touch this and something happens,” Bales said. “You’re seeing the connection between the action and the result, and the interface is so easy.” “A tablet should never replace books or blocks or puzzles or hands-on art or running and climbing outdoors,” Bales said. “But it can be used to enhance what kids do and it can be a great tool to learn more. It’s like anything else: parents and teachers have to decide how best to use it.” Because of the easy-to-understand touchscreen prompts of the devices and their widespread use both at school and in homes, tablets are often popular with young children. Tablets have become commonplace in today’s classrooms, even as early as preschool or kindergarten. “The fact that tablets are being incorporated into the curriculum more and more often can be a good thing for children’s learning, as long as they are used appropriately,” said Diane Bales, an associate professor in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Extension Human Development Specialist. “Tablets can be misused,” she said. “There are a lot of apps and programs marketed to children that are not child-directed and that aren’t building deep knowledge. Choose content because children can learn something from it, not just because it’s cute.” If used appropriately, these touchscreen devices can enhance instruction, according to a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist. “Using tablets should never be the only thing kids are doing, and it should never dominate a child’s day,” she said. “For some children, time limits are going to help make sure they don’t. Just be sure to make the time limit clear by explaining it to the child in advance and setting an alarm or timer.” 3. Remember that tablets are just one tool for enhanced learning and should not replace more traditional options. 1. Talk to your child’s teacher about how tablets will be used in the classroom. Bales pointed to benefits such as “virtual field trips” that students can take via tablets, or opportunities to “co-create” stories, artwork, videos and other projects with classmates using the devices. “It’s a great topic of conversation for back to school nights and parent-teacher conferences,” she said. “Find out what kinds of apps they use in the classroom that children enjoy. And if you have ideas or concerns about classroom tablet use, discuss them with the teacher.” Despite the advantages, it’s critical that teachers and parents work to familiarize themselves with the devices and make good choices about how children use them, Bales said. For parents who want more information about tablets, Bales suggests viewing the “Selecting Apps to Support Children’s Learning” link at families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/selecting-apps-support-childrens-learning.last_img read more

Georgia’s secretary of state says there will be a recount in his state.

first_img– Advertisement – Gabriel Sterling, an official with the secretary of state’s office, said that 4,169 ballots — most of them absentee ballots — remained to be counted in four counties: Gwinnett, Cobb, Cherokee and Floyd. The largest tranche to be counted is in Gwinnett County, which contains Atlanta suburban communities and has gone from Republican-leaning to Democratic leaning in recent years.The state must also deal with an unknown number of ballots from military and overseas voters. Their ballots will be counted if they were postmarked by Tuesday and arrive in the mail before the end of business Friday. – Advertisement – ATLANTA — Georgia’s secretary of state said on Friday that the presidential race in his state was so close that a recount is inevitable.As of late Friday morning, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., led President Trump in the state by a mere 1,579 votes.- Advertisement –center_img “With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia,” the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said in a Friday morning news conference at the State Capitol.He added, “The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country. The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right, and we will defend the integrity of our elections.”Mr. Sterling said that the unofficial tally of Georgia votes could be completed by the end of the weekend. There are also an unknown number of provisional ballots that must be “cured,” either by county elections officials or, in some cases, by voters who show up to county offices and provide documentation or otherwise settle questions about their voter status.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Plan IT, damn it

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LSH appoints City chief

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek to demand playing assurances from Chelsea before signing new contract

first_imgLoftus-Cheek feels he should be a regular starter at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Chelsea will offer Loftus-Cheek a lucrative new deal and the Englishman is expected to start against Arsenal in the Europa League final.Loftus-Cheek has played a pivotal part in Chelsea’s run to the final, scoring in the semi-final second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt.With the Europa League final just weeks away, Chelsea must juggle their preparations with a 6,544-mile round trip to Boston after leaving for the United States on Monday.MORE: Christian Pulisic names the ONE Chelsea star he can’t wait to play alongside Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 May 2019 3:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link233Shares Advertisement Chelsea want Loftus-Cheek to sign a new contract (Picture: Getty)Ruben Loftus-Cheek will only sign a new long-term contract at Stamford Bridge if Chelsea assure him of a regular place in the first-team next season, reports say.The midfielder is a big favourite among the Chelsea fans, but started just six Premier League games under Maurizio Sarri this campaign.Loftus-Cheek has played regularly in the Europa League and Chelsea are eager to tie the 23-year-old to a new deal – his current contract expires in 2021.However, the Sun claim Loftus-Cheek will only extend his stay at Chelsea if he is given playing time assurances by the club.ADVERTISEMENT Maurizio Sarri on Leicester drawTo 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 4:23FullscreenMaurizio Sarri on Leicester drawhttps://metro.co.uk/video/maurizio-sarri-leicester-draw-1923898/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.Loftus-Cheek feels he deserved to start more games under Sarri and could wait to see how Chelsea’s transfer ban plays out.AdvertisementAdvertisementFifa rejected Chelsea’s appeal of their two-window ban, but the Blues are expected to take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.If Chelsea are blocked from signing any new players in the next two windows, the club will be forced to rely on their homegrown talent, like Loftus-Cheek, and their current crop of players. Ruben Loftus-Cheek to demand playing assurances from Chelsea before signing new contract Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Vetoes Senate Bill 48

first_img July 05, 2019 Governor Wolf Vetoes Senate Bill 48 Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed Senate Bill 48.“Pennsylvania must secure its elections and provide real reform that makes it easier to vote,” said Governor Wolf. “Senate Bill 48 makes changes to our elections that I do not believe strike the right balance to improve access to voters or security. The bill weakens the ability of the commonwealth and counties to quickly respond to security needs of voting systems in the future, creating unnecessary bureaucracy and potentially harmful delays.“Further, as we approach an election with anticipated large turnout and new voting technology, I’m concerned the isolated removal of a convenient voting option would increase waiting times and could discourage participation. I repeatedly sought improvements to this bill that would ease access to voting and decrease waiting times, but those changes were not accepted.“National security and cybersecurity experts, including the Trump administration, are urging Pennsylvania and other states to have new voting systems with advanced security and a paper trail. Counties have embraced the need to replace voting machines to combat hacking and improve the accuracy of recounts. I applaud their dedication to protecting the integrity of our elections, and I remain committed to voting machine funding.”The governor’s full veto message:TO THE HONORABLE SENATE OF THECOMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA:Pursuant to Article IV, Section 15 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, I am returning herewith, without my approval, Senate Bill 48, Printer’s Number 1080.Voting is what powers and sustains our democracy. I firmly believe that both I and the General Assembly have an obligation to strive to make voting more secure and more accessible to the citizens of this Commonwealth. Unfortunately, this legislation does not seek to increase voter participation in Pennsylvania. This failure is a missed opportunity to enact meaningful voting reforms.This legislation, while purporting to secure elections, binds the hands of future administrations through a decertification procedure which weakens the ability of the commonwealth and counties to quickly respond to flaws that would require the decertification of large numbers of machines fewer than 180 days before an election. This is not acceptable as a legislative measure.Finally, this bill eliminates straight party ballot voting. This policy choice removes a convenient voting option which is used by voters of any party affiliation. To implement such a change, particularly as new machines are being used for the first time, could lead to voter confusion and longer lines at the polls. These factors may lead to decreased voter participation, which, again, is in conflict with an inclusive approach to our system of elections. I sought amendatory language at various points to include voter-friendly reforms in this legislation, but those changes were not accepted.For the reasons set forth above, I must withhold my signature from Senate Bill 48, Printer’s Number 1080.Sincerely,Tom WolfGovernorcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Creating a path to the future

first_imgSuperconducting MaglevINTRO: Interest at this month’s high speed railways conference in Okayama commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Sanyo Shinkansen will focus on the 300X experimental train, but JR Central is poised to start levitation trials with the maglev train on the Yamanashi test lineBYLINE: Yoshiyuki Kasai PresidentCentral Japan Railway CoOVER THREE billion passengers have travelled on the Tokaido Shinkansen since it opened in 1964 as the world’s first dedicated high speed line. Running from Tokyo to Osaka, a distance of over 500 km, the line has made an enormous contribution to the cultural and economic development of Japan.Today there are 11 departures an hour in each direction at peak times, and Tokaido Shinkansen trains now carry about 360000 passengers every day. The increasingly important mission of the line is to provide safe and reliable service along Japan’s principal transport artery linking Tokyo with Nagoya and Osaka. Its role has become especially significant in recent years because of rail’s environmental credentials.At present Series 300 Nozomi trainsets operate on the Tokaido Shinkansen at up to 270 km/h. In our pursuit of the ultimate railway technologies, we have been carrying out trials since January 1995 with the experimental 300X trainset. This train reached a record speed of 443 km/h on July 26 1996 on one of many test runs conducted at speeds of over 400 km/h to gather diverse experimental data.For JR Central to make further progress towards a high speed railway that is safe, reliable and which generates relatively little noise and vibration, continuous advances are needed not only in rolling stock design, but also in operating systems and infrastructure. In a continuing effort to improve the overall quality of Tokaido Shinkansen services, the results of the 300X trials will be used to reshape current Shinkansen operations. They also form an essential part of development work for the Series N300 trains that will follow Series 300.Chuo ShinkansenThe capacity of the Tokaido Shinkansen is now reaching its limits. Traffic volume has risen over the years in line with economic growth and the expectation is for expansion to continue gradually in the future. To cope with this situation, JR Central plans to increase operating capacity by raising the number of hourly departures in each direction to 15. This will alleviate the bottleneck for the time being.The Tokaido Shinkansen was fortunate in escaping serious damage during the Great Hanshin Earthquake of January 1995, but it is not inconceivable that a similar tremor could disrupt Japan’s principal trunk route. The construction of the Chuo Shinkansen as an alternative to the Tokaido Shinkansen has therefore become even more important.In addition to serving as a second major transport artery, the Chuo Shinkansen is a project of national importance, as it will support further development of the Japanese economy and help resolve energy use and environmental issues.As the Chuo Shinkansen line has the same mission and objectives as the Tokaido Shinkansen and will serve many passengers in the same market, it is vital that JR Central is in a position to control and manage both arteries. In 1990 under the Nationwide Shinkansen Railway Development Law, the Minister of Transport directed JR Central and the Japan Railway Construction Public Corp to undertake topographical and geological surveys for the Chuo Shinkansen. These are currently in hand. Superconducting MaglevIn choosing the most appropriate technology for the Chuo Shinkansen, JR Central has put great emphasis on devising a system suited to 21st century operations. We have been pursuing superconducting maglev technology in our efforts to develop the ideal ultra-high-speed mass transport system. Japanese National Railways began development of maglev in 1962, and in 1979 an experimental unmanned maglev vehicle reached a top speed of 517 km/h on Miyazaki test track.April this year sees full-scale operational test runs begin on the Yamanashi maglev test line (RG 1.97 p14). This has been built under government leadership so that it can form part of the future Chuo Shinkansen.The first test train is about to begin levitated runs that will lead to verification of the 550 km/h maximum speed. When the second train is delivered this autumn, we shall be able to test the conditions for trains passing in opposite directions. Continuous high-speed running tests will also be carried out.Confirmation is expected in 1999 of the practicality of using maglev technology for regular operations. Testing and development is in the hands of JR Central and the Railway Technical Research Institute.From the experience gained with operation of the Series 300 Nozomi and the test results from the 300X experimental train will come the Series N300. This will represent the culmination of over 170 years of railway technology – perhaps we can say that the train will be close to perfection.Meanwhile, tests with the superconducting maglev train begin in Yamanashi this year. This and its related technologies will continue to grow, develop and bear fruit through the 21st century. We are sowing the seeds of the future, to be reaped by the generations of tomorrow. oCAPTION: Levitation trials with the first maglev vehicle on the Yamanashi test track are due to begin next month. 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USACE Releases Permit Update on Owasco Flats Scheme

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, said in its latest release that their regulatory section is working diligently to finalize the permit decision for the Owasco Flats Wetland Restoration Initiative, with an anticipated completion date the week of August 7.Given the complexity of the project and the substantial State permitting review, the Corps of Engineers was awaiting receipt of the State’s Section 401 Water Quality Certification before completing the final evaluation, to ensure there were no further changes to the proposed work.Once the State permits were issued on July 14, the USACE project manager prioritized the Corps of Engineers’ action so that a permit decision could be made in a timely manner.The Corps of Engineers has worked closely with the Cayuga County Planning Department and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation throughout the permitting process, resulting in project modifications to reduce impacts to waters and wetlands.last_img read more

Coral EnergICE Begins Regular Loading at Zeebrugge Terminal

first_imgThe newly built ice class vessel Coral EnergICE has started regular loading operations with the first loading at the Zeebrugge LNG Terminal.The vessel will be making regular calls for delivering small-scale LNG to Scandinavian ports, according to Belgium-based Fluxys.Designed to operate in the sub-zero temperatures of the Baltic Sea, Coral EnergICE has a loading capacity of 18,000 m³ and is currently assigned to make year-round small-scale LNG deliveries to northern ports in Sweden and Finland.Today approximately 100 ships are using LNG as a fuel in Europe and their number is set to double by 2020 when more stringent sulphur emission standards come into force. The development of new infrastructure is in full swing to support this growth of the small-scale LNG market.The Zeebrugge LNG terminal has been offering LNG trailer loading services since 2010. Small LNG vessels can load at the terminal since 2010 as well and the facility’s recently built second jetty is specially designed for loading also small LNG bunkering vessels.last_img read more