18 Jan
2021

Broadway’s Skylight Will Take Hiatus in April

first_imgThe Broadway revival of David Hare’s Skylight, starring Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, will go on hiatus for the week of April 13 through 20 due to pre-existing commitments. The Stephen Daldry-helmed production will now play through June 21, instead of the previously reported June 14 . Skylight The new production began performances on March 13 and will open officially on April 2. Skylight tells the story of a teacher, Kyra Hollis (Mulligan), who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover Tom Sergeant (Nighy) and his son Edward, played by Matthew Beard, who is reprising his role on the Great White Way. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 View Commentslast_img read more

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31 Dec
2020

BNEF: Corporate Renewable Investments Are Soaring

first_imgBNEF: Corporate Renewable Investments Are Soaring FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:AT&T Inc. and Walmart Inc. are among 36 businesses, government agencies and universities that have agreed to buy 3.3 gigawatts of wind and solar power so far this year. That’s on track to shatter the previous high of 4.8 gigawatts of disclosed deals last year, according to a report Monday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.One of the key reasons is that smaller companies are more comfortable doing these deals now. “There’s a blueprint now,” said Kyle Harrison, a New York-based analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “So it’s a lot easier for other companies to do it.” In addition to the 4.8 gigawatts in announced deals last year, BNEF also estimates 600 megawatts of undisclosed contracts were signed in Asia.The gains are also due to local renewables program and growing demand in international markets like Mexico and Australia.Google and other big technology companies have driven the trend, but the pool of clean-power buyers is deepening. Smaller companies have benefited from growing standardization in the ways companies agree to buy clean energy. Sometimes these companies are recruited to buy wind and solar power from the same power plant as larger buyers that function “like anchor tenants,” Harrison said.More: Businesses Are Buying More Renewable Power Than Ever Beforelast_img read more

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19 Dec
2020

Southern Legal Counsel celebrates 25 years of service

first_imgSouthern Legal Counsel celebrates 25 years of service Senior EditorIt was born of a dispute between President Nixon and Congress over the expenditures of federal monies.Its environmental work helped spawn 1,000 Friends of Florida. Carol Browner, former director of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and federal Environmental Protection Agency, was a law clerk there.It brought high profile litigation that helped close down a poorly-run state facility for disabled and retarded citizens and also closed a “training school” for juvenile delinquents that included hog-tying among its disciplinary methods.Yet few lawyers, and probably fewer Floridians, are familiar with Gainesville-based Southern Legal Counsel, a public interest law firm celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.“What this organization does is help serve people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to legal counsel,” said Tampa attorney Richard Gilbert, a member of the Bar Board of Governors and chair of SLC’s Board of Directors. “It represents indigents, children, institutionalized people; it deals with education efforts.“It takes to heart the belief of equal access to justice and tries to take those cases that provide equal access to those people who otherwise could not afford equal access.”And a key point in that mission, he added, is helping people who can’t be represented by other legal aid organizations; sort of like plugging the holes in the legal aid dike.“Our mission statement niche says we want to promote access to the courts, and we want to represent people who are un- or under-represented,” said Alice Nelson, executive director of SLC. “Part of our mission statement is to do work that other folks don’t do.. . . We’ve been very interested over the years in trying to get the human service delivery systems to operate in conformance with their broad aspirational goals.”A hole the agency is plugging now is taking class action suits representing poor people suing government, especially federal agencies. Changes to the national Legal Services Corporation last decade prohibited federal legal aid funding for those types of suits. The SLC funding for that purpose comes from The Florida Bar Foundation.Taking on orphan causes is how the organization began. It originated when Jon Mills, now the University of Florida law dean and a former speaker of the Florida House, headed up a special project to do legal research on former President Richard Nixon’s impoundment of funds authorized by Congress.Mills was looking to a third-year law student to help with the work, but a second-year student, Al Hadeed, made such a persuasive case, that Mills took him on.“It started as a funded public interest research project at the University of Florida to study presidential impoundment of congressional appropriations,” Hadeed recalled. “We provided information for congressional committees, particularly in the Senate.”The project also did amicus briefs, including for the U.S. Supreme Court when it handled the issue. “The courts were quoting us, or citing us, or referring to us and that emboldened us,” Hadeed said, and the project began looking at other areas.But at the same time, “The university law school. . . decided that the pursuit of public interest litigation needed to be physically outside the law school, but affiliated with the law school through using faculty and students,” Hadeed said.That led to the creation of the center in 1977. The first Board of Directors included former Bar and ABA President Chesterfield Smith; then UF law Dean Richard Julin; former Gov. LeRoy Collins; attorney Randolph Thrower, a former commissioner of the IRS who stood up to Nixon over the misuse of IRS records; and Rod Petrie, former director of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and now director of the LeRoy Collins Center in Tallahassee.Mills headed the new organization for its first few months and then Hadeed, now a licensed attorney, became the executive director and the only staffer.“They were looking for some single guy who didn’t care about launching into an unsure venture,” he said with a laugh, noting the country was in recession and grant money for such ventures was drying up from private foundations. Nonetheless, the public interest law firm was organized and open. They found no shortage of issues.“We operated on a shoestring budget,” Hadeed said. “We tried very carefully to pick our initial cases. We knew that those cases would define us for many years. This is why the board was so valuable; they had a good feel for public policy issues in Florida and those that weren’t getting attention.”Nelson and Hadeed said among the cases and issues that have involved and defined SLC over the years include:• Bringing court cases to enforce Florida’s landmark Sunshine Laws. Although approved by voters as a constitutional amendment at the behest of former Gov. Reubin Askew, those laws were not followed or enforced in their early years. Southern Legal Counsel’s efforts included bringing a case that eventually went to the Florida Supreme Court over a legislatively proposed amendment in 1982 that would have repealed much of Askew’s sunshine amendment. The SLC successfully got the amendment struck, arguing its ballot language was misleading and could cause voters to vote the opposite of what they intended.• Brought federal lawsuits that wound up closing substandard state facilities for the disabled, retarded, and juvenile delinquents. Efforts in the latter case lead to a whole new juvenile justice act in Florida.• Presented the factual data in the case that led to the approval of the Interest on Trust Accounts program.• Handled many environmental cases which led to the SLC helping form 1,000 Friends of Florida. SLC was 1,000 Friends’ general counsel for its first several years.• Formed a relationship with the Advocacy Center for People with Disabilities that resulted in several groundbreaking cases. SLC also has a long interest advocating for the education rights of children with disabilities. The agency, Nelson said, is working on a conference set for next month to bring IOTA grantees and other interested parties on that issue.Nelson attributed the success on the broad range of issues to the leadership of SLC’s board. Members over the years have included former Bar and ABA President Wm. Reece Smith, Florida State University President Sandy D’Alemberte, late Supreme Court Chief Justice Alan Sundberg, Marilyn Holifield, F. Malcolm Cunningham, and many others. A complete list — as well as more information about the organization — is on the SLC’s website at www.southernlegal.org. Current board members include former Bar President Steve Zack, former U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge and Florida Supreme Court Justice Joseph Hatchett, former Supreme Court Justice Raymond Ehrlich, former St. Thomas University law Dean Jacqueline Allee, and attorneys Eli Subin and Bill Wagner.Over the years, the staff has grown to three attorneys, plus an additional position funded by the National Association of Public Interest Law program. Nelson said the agency would like to find additional funding to add two to three more attorneys as well as offering internships.“We’re interested in a program that would bring young lawyers in for a couple years,” Nelson said. “It would emphasize public service and pro bono work, and give people an opportunity to be exposed so when they go on to the rest of their careers, they remain exposed to public interest work.”Preliminary plans for the 25th anniversary celebration include dinner for current and past board members on June 20 during the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Boca Raton. Southern Legal Counsel celebrates 25 years of service March 15, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

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29 Sep
2020

Number of asset management firms to fall by half within 15 years – report

first_imgThe asset management sector is set for radical change in the next 15 years, according to a report from consultants KPMG, with the number of firms in the global market shrinking to half their current number.In its new report, the consultancy said the asset management industry would transform because of huge shifts in client demographics and technology, as well as changing social values and behaviours.Asset managers had been too slow to make use of new technology, and big tech companies such as Google and Amazon are in a good position to enter the sector, it said.Tom Brown, global head of investment management at KPMG, said: “We are on the verge of the biggest shake-up the industry has experienced, and the message to asset managers is clear – adapt to change, or your business won’t survive.” He said the two main problems that needed to be looked at were the changing client base and technology. “It is no longer just about attracting the clients who are armed with cash and ready to invest,” he said. If they are going to succeed in the future, firms have to concentrate on building “cradle-to-grave relationships” with a very different and more diverse client base that includes much younger investors, he said. “They must also be mindful that women are increasingly controlling a bigger share of family wealth,” Brown said.The report predicted younger generations would save more money as they saw their parents run out in retirement. It also said there would be a lot of new money coming into the asset management industry in the next 15 years from the growing middle classes in China, Mexico, India, Nigeria and other developing economies.KPMG said in the future clients would demand more personalised information, education and advice from asset managers.This will require the firms to look closely at their technology capabilities, it said.Ian Smith, financial services strategy partner at KPMG, said there was too little focus in the sector on building the technology architecture to meet future business needs.“Platforms will need to be completely redesigned with the flexibility to support a much more diverse client base and deliver a step change in costs, control and client experience,” he said.last_img read more

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24 Sep
2020

Bret Lee Brown

first_imgLate Friday evening, June 24, 2016, the young precious life of Bret Lee Brown , age 36 of Osgood ,was tragically taken in an automobile accident. He was born January 11, 1980 at Batesville, Indiana to the parents of Sammy and Deborah Forwalt Brown who still survive in Osgood. A graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School, he had presently worked fifteen years at Hill-Rom as a machinist. He was a great outdoor enthusiast enjoying camping, fishing and deer hunting! Motorcycling along with white water rafting at Connersville, Indiana were also favorite pastimes. He was a proud member of the Sons of the AM Legion of Osgood and also rode with the Versailles Legion Rider‘s. Bret was baptized at Cedar Creek Community Church of Osgood and presently attended Bridge of Hope near Milan, Indiana. Spending time with his family, especially his son Skyler, was his greatest joy!SURVIVORS:Parents: Sammy H. and Deborah Ann Forwalt Brown of OsgoodSon: Skyler L. Brown of OsgoodBrothers:Chad (significant other,Tisha Moore) OsgoodMark (Vanesa) Brown OsgoodBrad (significant other, April Croddy) Columbus, InSister:  April McQueen of OsgoodMany Aunts, Uncles, nieces and nephews survive.SERVICES:Visitation: Monday, June 27, 2016/ Neal’s/5:00 – 8:00 p.m.Funeral: Tuesday, June 28, 2016/ 10:00 a.m./Neal’sBurial: New Marion Cemetery, New Marion, INMemorials: Towards his son “Skyler”Arrangements by: Neal’s Funeral Homewww.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

Alderweireld calls for calm

first_img “We can be happy but from tomorrow we have to be focused on Saturday because it is a big day again. It can change very quickly in the Premier League.” The start to the season has seen Koeman and his players defy the odds after it was suggested they would struggle having lost the likes of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers over the summer. But in players like Alderweireld, as well as Pelle and Tadic who both impressed once again on Saturday, Koeman has remodelled his squad into a side who look capable of continuing such form. Mauricio Pochettino led Saints to a best-ever eighth place Premier League finish last year before departing for Tottenham but Alderweireld feels that can be beaten this year. “I think better than last season,” the Belgium international answered when asked what Southampton should aim for this campaign. “If we can make that step and finish in a better position that last season we can be happy. “I knew a lot of players that Koeman brought and knew we had a good team. I signed here for a year to play good football and play with good players. Wes Brown was replaced at half-time by Bridcutt but had already seen enough to know that Sunderland were nowhere near good enough. Although the 35-year-old felt that Fletcher should have been awarded at 2-0, the former Manchester United man confessed it would not have papered over the cracks. “We didn’t manage to get the penalty and we are disappointed with that decision,” he said. “Had that been given it might have changed the game, he could have been sent off too, especially if we had put the ball in the net from it. “It would have been 2-1 at the time. But it was not good enough today. There were not enough of us alive. To concede eight says it all really. “There were too many of us off our game. we might have had 10 minutes, but then they got a goal, got a second goal and a third. We needed to come out and show some fight and we didn’t do that. “It has to be a one-off, you can’t do that in the Premier League. You get punished like that if you do. We have to put this behind us as quickly as possible.” The Black Cats did little to help their own cause as Santiago Vergini hammered in an own goal that will live long in the memory to put Southampton on their way to their biggest ever Premier League win. Player of the month Graziano Pelle continued his impressive start to the campaign by tapping in a second before Jack Cork added a third before half-time. A second own goal from substitute Liam Bridcutt made it four, then Pelle completed a brace before Dusan Tadic, Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane also got on the scoresheet. Sunderland were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty at 2-0 when Fraser Forster came off his line and appeared to bring down Steven Fletcher – although referee Andre Marriner was unmoved. The rout means Southampton hold on to third spot in the Barclays Premier League table with manager of the month Ronald Koeman continuing his impressive start to life in English football. Stoke are the next visitors to St Mary’s next weekend but Alderweireld, who lifted the Primera Division title with Atletico last season, knows the players need to remain grounded as they look to build on such a memorable result. “Of course we can be very satisfied with the result,” he said. “The second half was much better than the first but we have to keep calm. It is only three points and next week will be tough. The 25-year-old is currently on loan at St Mary’s from Atletico Madrid and is now an integral part of the most miserly defence in English football. It was in attack where Southampton made the headlines on Saturday as they dished out a mauling to a Sunderland side who were simply blown away by the forward players on show for the hosts. Toby Alderweireld insists Southampton must not get carried away following their 8-0 thrashing of Sunderland. Press Associationlast_img read more

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19 Sep
2020

Cricket News Patrick Farhart, former Indian cricket team physio, joins Delhi Capitals for IPL 2020

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Patrick Farhart, who was the physio of the Indian cricket team for four years, has joined the Delhi Capitals franchise for the upcoming 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League. Farhart, whose tenure began in 2015 ended after the 2019 World Cup following India’s exit in the semi-final. In the last four clash against New Zealand, Virat Kohli’s side lost by 18 runs and it continued their poor run in major ICC events since 2013, having lost in the final and semi-final in the 2014 World T20, 2015 World Cup, 2016 World T20 and the 2017 Champions Trophy final. Speaking about the development, Farhart said it was a wonderful chance for him to once again work in the IPL. “I am delighted to be working in the Indian Premier League again. Delhi Capitals is a team that has made some very positive changes in its setup over the last couple of years, and the result is there to see in the side’s third-place finish in the 2019 season,” Farhart, who has earlier worked with the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.Speaking about the appointment, Delhi Capitals CEO Dhiraj Malhotra said, “There is no doubt that he is among the best in the business. Patrick not only has an enviable body of work, but he also commands a tremendous amount of respect among cricketers. I am absolutely confident that our players will benefit hugely from Patrick’s presence.”In earlier transfer news, Mayank Markande, who has been part of the Mumbai Indians franchise for the last couple of seasons has been traded to the Delhi Capitals for the next edition of the Indian Premier League. Markande, the Punjab legspinner, has enjoyed success with the four-time IPL champions and he will now be wanting to create the same impact with the Delhi Capitals, who reached the playoff stage last year. In return, Mumbai Indians have roped in Guyana and West Indies all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford.”We wish Mayank the very best for his future. Mayank is a brilliant talent and we were fortunate to have spotted and nurtured him early. It is a difficult decision for us, but we are releasing Mayank for better cricketing prospects and know that Mayank is on the cusp of emerging as yet another shining star of Indian cricket. He will always be a part of the Mumbai Indians family. I am excited to welcome the talented Sherfane into our family. Sherfane has impressed us with his all-round skills and match-winning attitude. His exploits across the world at such an early stage of his career has been impressive and we believe he will find his home at Mumbai Indians,” MI owner Akash Ambani said in a statement. highlightscenter_img Mayank Markande will play for Delhi Capitals.Markande was part of Mumbai Indians for a couple of seasons.Patrick Farhart’s tenure ended with the 2019 World Cup.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

NANF Demands $10m Compensation for Late Nigerian Footballers

first_imgHarrison Jalla “We demand that the Nigeria police within 21 days of the receipt of this letter, pay to the next of kin and immediate family of Tiamiyu Kazzem the sum of $5 million as compensation for his brutal killing by the police,” the letter read in part.In the case of Martins, NANF also asked the NFF, the League Management Company (LMC) and Nasarawa United to also pay $5 million as compensation to the family of the defender.The players’ union blamed the tragic death of Martins to “gross negligence” by the LMC in ensuring adequate medical facilities and personnel in every NPFL match venue.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) has demanded a total of $10 million from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as well as the Nigeria Police for the death of two players, Chineme Martins and Tiamiyu Kazeem.Nasarawa United defender Martins died during an NPFL match against Katsina United, while Kazeem of Remo Stars was hit by a fast moving car as he allegedly stepped down from a police van on the Abeokuta-Sagamu highway.According to scorenigeria.ng, in a letter dated March 16 and addressed to the Inspector General of Police, NANF President Harrison Jalla, demanded that the next of kin of late Kazeem be paid $5 million as compensation for his brutal murder.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Syracuse fails to win a set for 3rd straight match in loss to Virginia Tech

first_img-Compiled by Jon Mettus, staff writer, jrmettus@syr.edu Comments Published on November 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm For the third game in a row, Syracuse failed to win a set. The Orange (8-21, 1-16 Atlantic Coast) lost in three sets to Virginia Tech (16-14, 9-8) on Friday, 25-19, 25-21 and 25-16, in front of a crowd of 132 in the Women’s Building.Virginia Tech took a 7-3 lead to start the first set, but a kill by Syracuse outside hitter Silvi Uattara tied the game at 12 before right side hitter Monika Salkute followed with a kill of her own to give SU a 13-12 lead. Virginia Tech responded, though, scoring four straight points. SU never took the lead again and the set ended, 25-19.The second set was more tightly contested with the lead changing three times and the score being tied seven times. The two teams traded points early, battling to a score of 8-8 until an attack error by SU middle blocker Lindsay McCabe capped a five-point run by the Hokies.Later in the frame, Uattara converted on a set from setter Lucie Guttakovskaia to bring the Orange within two, 23-21, but two kills by Virginia Tech ended the set.Mistakes cost SU in the third frame. The Orange committed 11 errors and the game ended, 25-16, on an attack error by setter Gosia Wlaszczuk.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMcCabe finished the game with three total blocks and is now just two blocks away from tying Jessica Paarlberg for second on Syracuse’s all-time total blocks list. Her last chance to move up on the list will come on Friday when the Orange hosts Virginia at 7 p.m. in its final game of the season.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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30 Aug
2020

Jacob Johns – Easyodds – Preparing for The Cheltenham Festival

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Jacob Johns, EasyoddsWith less than two weeks to go until the biggest horse racing meet of the year, we caught up with Jacob Johns, one of the leading horse racing tipsters at odds comparison site Easyodds, to find out more about his company’s preparation for The Festival and how he expects the bookmakers to respond after the ‘Worst Ever Cheltenham’ in 2016.SBC: How have you prepared for the Cheltenham Festival?JJ: Cheltenham Festival is usually one of, if not the, busiest week for Easyodds in terms of users on site, so we give ourselves every chance to make a success of it as a business.We prepare an SEO and content plan months in advance with search terms decided upon our ante-post tips and Cheltenham Festival news pieces, and we strike deals with bookmakers to be a part of our Cheltenham Festival centre and exclusive app.We first created a stand-alone Cheltenham app last year – which received positive data results for the business and got a good review in the Racing Post on Sunday, which we were very proud of.This year we have been ahead of schedule with the release of the app; we are already seeing more users than we had last year and have even more content already, with more coming daily between now and the start of the Festival via myself and guest tipster Steven Power – the Racing Blogger.SBC: How are you hoping to stand out from the other odds comparison providers?JJ: As above, we have a bespoke and exclusive Cheltenham app, providing the usual Easyodds service of odds comparison, tips, free bets and offers, but for the Festival.It’s a one-stop-shop for your Cheltenham Festival needs. It’s an improved user experience which is making comparing the latest odds easier and faster than ever before for Festival punters.We also have a much larger social audience than ever, including our ever-growing presence on YouTube with myself and our editor Ross Casey making multiple Cheltenham videos in the weeks leading up to the Festival which are seeing great numbers already. These are available in-app and will continue to be produced in the lead-up to and throughout the Festival.Our successful two-part Cheltenham preview video with the enigmatic ‘Racing Blogger’ certainly saw our comments section blowing up. We are the punter’s pal and we aim to give our users value for money via our odds comparison, whilst also entertaining and informing them with our social media.SBC: Are there any betting trends or strategies that you expect to see this year?JJ: The favourites have dominated proceedings for the past couple of years, so I expect them to be hammered more than ever this year. Of course, with multiples becoming more and more popular we should expect to see short priced favourites being lined up in Lucky 15’s throughout the Festival as well.Also, everyone wants to get their Festival off to a flyer so they will be latching onto something on day one to make their week. Usually the ‘Willie Mullins multiple’ is the obvious place to start but it seems unlikely this year. If Charli Parcs goes for the Supreme, I think we could get a lot of punters latching onto the Charli Parcs – Altior – Buveur D’air Nicky Henderson treble instead.SBC: Do you expect to see more conservative pricing after last year’s ‘Worst Ever Cheltenham’?JJ: In all honesty, I don’t. This is the biggest horse racing meeting by a long distance and the bookies are just going to be interested in getting new punters depositing.We’ve already seen some crazy new customer offers from the newer bookies to get their foot in the door, such as Bet On Brazil, and I fully expect many of the short-priced favourites to be bigger on the day, with the players piling in. So, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be the opposite!last_img read more

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