Broadway Grosses: SRO Crowds for Taye Diggs’ Hedwig Swan Song

first_img View Comments Taye Diggs took off the make up and put the wig back on the shelf for good on September 13, as Hedwig and the Angry Inch played its final Broadway performance at the Belasco Theatre. Though grosses had taken a considerable dip in 2015, the show ended with a macroscopic box office push, returning above the $600k mark. In terms of capacity, Hedheads were in full force as the reached Standing Room Only for the first time since Neil Patrick Harris left the show in August 2014. Mamma Mia! also ended its run in high tide, while Hamilton maintained its prominent placement on the boards. Finding Neverland appeared in the bottom five by capacity for the first time and took a hit in revenue, though it’s no immediate cause for concern; many family-friendly shows face a downtick once school is back in session.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending September 13:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,727,320)2. Hamilton ($1,561,640)3. Wicked ($1,472,236)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,438,096)5. Aladdin ($1,386,168)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ($625,159)**4. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder ($499,576)3. Spring Awakening ($448,879)*2. Amazing Grace ($332,663)1. Hand to God ($250,923)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.26%)2. Hamilton (101.28%)3. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (100.13%)**4. The Lion King (99.96%)5. Fun Home (99.83%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Finding Neverland (77.98%)4. Jersey Boys (76.57%)3. Something Rotten! (67.78%)2. Hand to God (58.47%)1. Amazing Grace (53.46%)* Number based on eight preview performances**Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

S&P: China market reforms will benefit cleaner energy at the expense of coal

first_imgS&P: China market reforms will benefit cleaner energy at the expense of coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Ratings:China’s latest push to accelerate market-based electricity trading should  boost the consumption of clean energy. Coal-fired power could face further market-share losses, however producers in this segment may get some relief from governmental backing of coal-linked market pricing to reduce input-price volatility.“Our base case assumes all Chinese power companies will be exposed to higher competition and price risks due to increasing market-based trading volumes,” said S&P Global Ratings credit analyst Gloria Lu. “Coal-fired power generators (gencos) could face the most pressure unless they improve their competitiveness.”On July 16, 2018 China’s energy planners, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and National Energy Administration (NEA), jointly issued a policy note (Notice 1027) with guidelines to advance the country’s market-based electricity trading mechanism. In recent years, an increasing portion of electricity sales have been transacted in direct sales or regional power-trading centers, rather than under the government set tariffs and planned dispatch volumes. The ratio of market-traded volume in national power consumption reached 25.9% in 2017, up from 19.0% in 2016 and just 5.4% in 2015. Exchange-traded electricity tends to be sold at discounts to official tariffs.“We estimate market-based sales could increase to 35%-40% of national power consumption in 2018 and more in years ahead,” said Ms. Lu.The July 16 policy note also recommended linking power prices to a coal index in bilateral pricing negotiations. This could reduce input-price volatility. It also showed policymakers are aware of,  and looking for means to help stabilize the performance of coal-fired gencos over the next two to three years. Under the guideline recommendations, China will lower the threshold for participation in electricity markets. On the demand side, lower requirements on volume and voltage levels will allow more industrial and commercial users to purchase electricity on the market. Participation will also extend to more power retailers and end users from high-tech, emerging, and policy-supported industries.  The notice said that four energy-intensive industries, including coal, steel, non-ferrous metals, and construction, are open to market trade of all power volume from 2018. In fact, these four industries are already major users of the direct power-purchase mechanism. In 2017, they accounted for about 25% of national power consumption, and over 50% of national market-trade volume.For some gencos which have been engaged in market trade for years, such as China Resources Power Holdings Co. Ltd., the ratio of market-trade volume to total power sales could be as high as 50% by the end of 2018. In China, a common bottleneck to the development of clean energy is the insufficient intake of generation by grids due to power oversupply and under-developed transmission infrastructure. We believe this leads to higher curtailment rates of clean energy in certain regions and sectors in the nation. Clean energy covers hydro, wind, solar, and nuclear power.In our view, the new policy will help increase the consumption and efficient use of clean energy. This is because it promotes more clean energy sales through market exchanges and also facilitates cross-regional transmission. At the same time, clean energy still benefits from its higher pecking order in power dispatches and the China’s recently proposed consumption quota system on renewables. The government plans to bring down the renewables curtailments to be less than 5% by 2020, compared to 11.8% for wind and 6% for solar in 2017.More: China’s Move To Accelerate Market Pricing Of Electricity Will Be Harder On Coal Than Clean Energylast_img read more

Police Takes Over Drug Trafficking Bastions in Rio de Janeiro Favelas

first_img Hundreds of police, assisted by military helicopters, took control on Sunday, November 28 of one of the largest sections of shantytowns, locally known as favelas, north of Rio de Janeiro. “We took over all the sectors we had to reach. All were reached by our battalions”, said Military Police Commander (PM), Mario Sergio Duarte. The police was greeted with support by the local inhabitants, who called out to them from the windows of their homes asking for “peace” with posters and white handkerchiefs. Local authorities said the resistance opposed by the criminals had lessened, after hours of tension which began on Thursday, when nearly 500 drug traffickers blocked the entryways to the Complexo do Alemão favelas, exchanging heavy gunfire with the police. The police force which entered the Complexo do Alemão favela also had support from a specialized team of sharpshooters. The surrounding perimeter was protected by the Army, with a force of 800 soldiers, and dozens of armored vehicles for the operation, which involved a total of 2,600 people, according to police sources. By Dialogo November 30, 2010last_img read more

Plainview Man Stole $100K from His Mom, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Paul HannwackerA Plainview man has been accused of stealing more than $100,000 from his 85-year-old mother over a two-year period to pay for his drug addiction.Nassau County police said officers found Paul Hannwacker intoxicated behind the wheel of a car stopped diagonally in the middle of the road at the corner of Rockaway Avenue at Old Country Road in Westbury shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday.The 46-year-old man was found to be in possession of narcotics without a prescription and later told detectives that he had stolen from his mother to support his drug habit, police said.Third Squad detectives found that Hannwacker stole a Target Visa card, jewelry and funds from his mother’s bank accounts, police said.He was charged with grand larceny, forgery, identity theft, falsifying business driving while intoxicated, criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while ability impaired by drugs and traffic violations.He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Guilty Plea in Drunken Driving Crash that Killed 2

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 32-year-old West Hempstead man pleaded guilty Friday to a drunken driving crash that killed two of his passengers and resulted in both of his legs being amputated. Kervens Boutin, who Nassau County prosecutors said was nearly four times over the legal blood alcohol level when he slammed into a line of trees on the Southern State Parkway in January 2013, pleaded guilty to the top charge of aggravated vehicular homicide.He also pleaded guilty to two counts of assault, aggravated operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs (investigators also said he had marijuana in his system). The tragic crash occurred just before 6 a.m. on Jan. 27, 2013. Boutin, prosecutors said, was speeding in excess of 90 mph with four passengers in his 2008 Nissan Maxima when he lost control and crashed into a tree-lined area on the north side of the parkway near Exit 22. Twenty-two-year-old Blossom Castro, the front seat passenger, was killed on impact, prosecutors said. Also killed was 20-year-old Bryan Rivas. Two other passengers—19-year-old Marlo Cabrera and 22-year-old Antonio Rivas—suffered serious injuries; Rivas’ right leg was amputated. “The passengers were the trapped, inevitable victims of this driver’s incredible recklessness,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement. “We’re fortunate that he didn’t strike any other cars and destroy more innocent lives.” Prosecutors said the the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit estimated that Boutin was traveling 99 mph when he lost control. His blood-alcohol content 40 minutes after the crash was .31, prosecutors said. Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of five to 15 years in prison. Boutin is due back in court on Dec. 17.last_img read more

3 Steps to award-winning lending success with BECU’s Dana Gray

first_imgWe have yet another award-winning credit union on the program for their lending success — and that would be BECU, winning CUNA Lending Council’s 2015 Excellence in Lending. The credit union achieved pretty spectacular results: portfolio grew from $88 million in 2014 to $311 million through Q3 last year. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

NAFCU, 100+ trades urge Congress to pass bill to ease PPP forgiveness

first_imgNAFCU Thursday joined with more than 140 other trade groups – representing various industries and businesses – to urge Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that would ease the forgiveness process for paycheck protection program (PPP) loans under $150,000. NAFCU has called on lawmakers and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to support automatic forgiveness for these loans.The Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act (S. 4117) would create a one-page attestation document for borrowers who have obtained PPP loans less than $150,000 to obtain forgiveness. The SBA has released a revised, more borrower-friendly PPP loan forgiveness application and an EZ version; however, NAFCU, other groups, and lawmakers continue to warn the forgiveness process remains burdensome and complex.“PPP loans of $150,000 and under account for 86 percent of total PPP recipients, but less than 27 percent of PPP loan dollars,” the trades wrote in the letter sent Thursday. “Expediting the loan forgiveness process for many of these hard-hit businesses will save more than $7 billion dollars and hours of paperwork.“…Small businesses and their employees are the backbone of our nation’s economy and communities. Their time and resources would be better focused on getting the economy safely back up and running, not processing burdensome paperwork,” the groups concluded. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

​EU green pensions regulation is moving too fast, says Leppäla

first_img“For pension funds, we have just recently had the new IORP II directive, which has very far-reaching requirements in ESG issues in governance risk management – and also in allowing pension funds to take ESG into account in their investments,” Leppäla said in a video panel discussion.“We would like to see how that actually works before the regulation is taken further,” the CEO said.However, Leppäla said he thought the renewed strategy would go forward and said there was a great need for it, moving as it did from the original environmental objectives towards social objectives as well as the issue of whether there should be a “brown taxonomy” as well as a green taxonomy.“Brown taxonomy” describes a report on the provisions required for extending the requirements of the EU Taxonomy Regulation to activities that do significantly harm environmental sustainability.PensionEurope did have many concerns about this particular element of the strategy, Leppäla said.“If you start blacklisting sectors and companies, increasingly you make the transformation to more environmentally-friendly or social enterprises more difficult,” he added.Investors could make a bigger difference in contributing to the green transition by investing in companies changing their emissions levels rather than divesting, he said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Matti Leppäla, chief executive officer of PensionsEurope, said he was worried that EU regulation around responsible investment for pension funds was moving too fast without first allowing time to see how rules works in practice.The leader of the cross-European pensions industry association told the IPE Summer Pensions Congress 2020 this morning: “One concern is that this is moving so rapidly, this regulatory framework and policies.”Leppäla said PensionsEurope was submitting its response today to the European Commission’s consultation on its renewed sustainable finance strategy – which builds on the 2018 action plan on financing sustainable growth, and is meant to provide a roadmap for increasing private investment in green projects.That consultation closes today.last_img read more

INDOT Forces One Lane Traffic On I-74 Thursday

first_imgIndiana Department of Transportation is closing the right lane of westbound Interstate 74 approaching the 154 mile marker. INDOT maintenance crews are setting barrels and placing signs east of Batesville this afternoon to route traffic around a section of failed pavement. Single-lane traffic will be maintained for approximately half a mile in the westbound left lane.Plans are being made at this time for scheduling emergency repairs at the I-74 site where a slab of concrete pavement has dropped several inches below grade. Meanwhile, lane restrictions will continue until repairs can be finalized.last_img read more

Bicentennial Torch unveiled in Ripley County

first_imgVersailles, Ind — Around 11 a.m. Monday Ripley County Commissioners, a handful of residents and torchbearers, Jerry Wilson and Edward Gindley unveiled the torch mounted in the entry way of the Ripley County Courthouse Annex building.Wilson and Gindley described their legs of the torch run and said it was an honor to be involved in the historic event. Last September the torch run covered 57 miles through communities around the county.Torches used throughout the state were designed by a team of Purdue engineering students, staff and faculty. The torch is made of aluminum, weighs about five pounds. During the September event, the torch was fueled by Indiana E-85 ethanol during the relay.last_img read more