Broadway.com Again Named #1 Theater Source in Broadway League Report

first_img Every year, the League surveys theatergoers to create an extensive report titled The Demographics of the Broadway Audience. In the just-released 2013-14 report, which was based on the completed questionnaires of 9,431 responders, when asked the question “Where do you look for theater information?” 33.1% (up 2% from last year!) chose Broadway.com. “Personal recommendation” was the second most chosen answer, earning 28.4% of the responses. Broadway.com was the clear frontrunner of online resources, receiving double the responses of any other website. In other interesting stats, the use of the Internet was up all around, with 70% of all theatergoers turning to the web to look for theater information. 60% of seniors looked online, an increase from 37% in the 2012-13 season. So click here, and we’ll see you at the theater! You still like us, you really like us! For the fifth year in a row, Broadway.com is the number one source for theater fans to find out information about the Great White Way, according to an independent report by The Broadway League that analyzes the habits of theatergoers. Broadway.com outranks other sources such as word of mouth from friends and family, television, The New York Times.com, Facebook, Twitter and all the other theater-related websites out there.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Cool cow diet

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaIn the heat stress of Georgia’s summers, dairy cows give less milk. Some University of Georgia researchers are trying to help cows cope by doing something they want to do anyway: eat.Cows can be stressed when average daily temperatures rise above 77 degrees Fahrenheit. In Georgia, this happens up to six months every year, said Joe West, a dairy nutritionist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.West and CAES graduate student Lani Pacetti are working on a dairy feed study at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga.Cows are less able than humans to get rid of excess heat, West said, because they have less surface area compared to internal body mass.Dairy cows are most comfortable when outside temperatures are in the 40s and 50s. Most Southeastern dairies have sprinklers and fans to help cows stay cool. But it often isn’t enough during Georgia’s summers, when the heat index can reach into the 80s at night.A hot cow will eat less and give less milk. Milk production can drop in the summer by as much as 20 percent in Southeastern states. Heat stress can hinder reproduction, too, and lead to health problems.Part of the problem is that eating can heat up a cow, too. A meal high in fibrous carbohydrates, West said, takes more energy to digest, generating more heat inside the cow. A diet high in fat, though, takes less energy to digest and generates less heat.West and Pacetti hope to mix common feed components like cottonseed, alfalfa hay, soybean hulls and corn silage into a ration that will keep cows from producing excessive heat during digestion while still getting the nutrients they need.The theory is that by simply adjusting feed rations, farmers could help keep their cows cooler in summer. Cool cows produce more milk.Pacetti said the eight-week study, which began June 13, will use three groups of 10 cows. She and West will monitor and track each cow’s body temperature, weight variation, respiration and blood components, as well as the milk volume and fat content. They will also record the environmental conditions surrounding the cows.Each cow in the study wears a magnetic key around her neck that lets that cow eat only from a certain trough, or gate, where she gets her experimental diet.Group 1 will be fed a diet high in fiber and carbohydrates and low in fat. This should generate the most heat during digestion.”It would be like us eating a big bowl of bran flakes,” Pacetti said. This group can eat as much as it wants during each feeding. But cows should feel full with this diet and eat less than they normally do in cooler weather.Group 2 will get a diet high in fat and starch. This should generate less heat during digestion. “This would be like us eating ice cream,” Pacetti said.This group can eat as much as it wants, too, which will probably be more than Group 1, she said.The cows in Group 3 will be fed Group 2’s high-fat-and-starch diet but won’t be able to eat as much as they want. They’ll get the same amount of calories that Group 1 decides to eat.”The best outcome would be the cow producing less total body heat,” West said. “This would make the cow comfortable and more likely to consume more feed and use the nutrients more efficiently, which would mean more milk.”A dairy cow can eat 100 pounds of feed each day. A good cow gives 11 gallons of milk daily. Georgia dairy cows produced more than 16 million gallons of milk last year, worth about $200 million.last_img read more

North Macedonia considers scrapping aging coal plant, replacing it with solar

first_imgNorth Macedonia considers scrapping aging coal plant, replacing it with solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:North Macedonia’s state-owned electric company Elektrani na Severna Makedonija (ESM) is planning to expand the generation capacity of the solar project it is building at its 125 MW TPP Oslomej coal plant near Kičevo, in the west of the country.Originally tendered in April as a 10 MW solar facility, the project may be expanded to completely replace the lignite coal plant, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced.The bank, which is backing the €8.7 million project with €5.9 million, said the utility is evaluating scenarios to fully replace the old power plant. ESM is planning to expand the PV field and could eventually reach 125 MW of solar capacity through a modular approach, according to the EBRD.“This project of 10 MW is very important to us because it’s a nice unit – the first large scale plant,” announced the utility. “It can then be cloned and multiplied to fulfill our strategy further down the line. It’s a pilot project for the future and it’s a power plant all by itself.”The EBRD said the Oslomej coal plant is being kept active at a minimum service level and is being used mainly as a reserve in case of problems elsewhere in the system.The utility has planned for years to prolong the life of the 39-year-old coal plant by another 30 years, even though the associated lignite coal mine in Kičevo is almost depleted. In 2015, the utility conducted a feasibility study into modernizing the plant by using imported coal with higher calorific value. The study concluded such a move would cost €145 million and require a four-year construction timeframe. “According to the estimations, the production price of electricity after the eventual modernization of TPP [thermal power plant] Oslomej is estimated to be above €61/MWh,” the ESM said in a document about the feasibility study.More: North Macedonian utility embraces solar at expense of coallast_img read more

Long Island Flood Cleanup Gets Underway

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Scenes of closed roads, stranded drivers and children boogie boarding in streets flooded with water following the record-breaking rainfall Wednesday on parts of Long Island were replaced the following day by scenes of homeowners pumping out their basements, drying out their belongings on their lawns and looking for help getting their lives back together.Among the places residents were looking for help was the New York State Department of Financial Services Insurance Response Unit Mobile Command Center, which attracted flood South Shore survivors from near and far to Islip Town Hall West on Montauk Highway, about a mile from where part of Route 27A was still closed Thursday due to a washout. But, some found frustration instead of assistance.“I think this is a great idea that they’re here,” Anne Morrow, 47, a nurse whose Babylon home was flooded with five feet of water causing an estimated $60,000 in damage, told the Press while waiting on line at the command post in Islip. “But…if they’re telling us now that they’re only going to help people with flood insurance, why bother?”Her family is one of thousands estimated to have suffered severe water damage in the flash flooding when 13 inches of rain fell in hours—setting a new statewide record—overwhelming storm drainage systems unequipped to handle such massive amounts of water early Tuesday.Morrow waited on line anyway, just to see if they could give her a point in the right direction.“This will financially crush us if we don’t get the help that we need,” she said.Others, such as 42-year-old Chris Lettieri of Islip, said he doesn’t know how many thousands of dollars in damage his home incurred when a nearby sump overflowed and fish in his backyard pond began swimming across his lawn in the water that filled his basement, overwhelming his sump pump.“Nobody was really prepared for this,” he said. “It happened so fast.”Mary Kathryn Baker stood in front of Islip Town Hall for over an hour and a half, looking for answers.“This is a joke,” she said. “I’ve been here since 8 am. There’s not one town representative here. This is not FEMA. You are on line just so they can tell you sorry, can’t help you. It’s a big smokescreen.”Baker had questions about how to dispose of large items and chemicals. When she contacted the town, she was directed to the mobile unit, but they had no answers.“I need to know, are you going to have a special pickup?” she asked, demonstrably frustrated. “What should I do with this stuff?”George Haggerty, deputy secretary for financial services, repeatedly stated that the first order of business for residents was health and safety first.“Secure your premises,” he said. “Do whatever you need to do. Document it all. Photograph it all. Videotape it all.”“Take care of it and document the heck out of it,” he advised. “If you need to use a contractor to take stuff away, make sure it’s a licensed contractor. Make sure you have an invoice, that sort of thing. You’d be surprised now how many people will pop up, all of the sudden, ‘I’m a rubbage removal guy’ and [take] advantage of people. We just want to make sure people are aware. Most folks out there need to be careful. Particularly our vulnerable populations.”Once homes are secure, Haggerty said the state is here to help people get through the confusing process of putting through insurance claims. And even if you don’t have flood insurance, some people might be covered through their homeowner’s policies.“Get in touch with your insurance carriers,” he said. “There are a lot of very specific rules and regulations about how things have to be inspected, things they can do, can’t do, They’re very heavily regulated in that regard so we make sure they’re following those rules. They have to have people out here seeing homes within a certain period of time, seeing claims, seeing cars, making evaluations on a timely basis. Part of our job is to make sure they are out there being responsive to homeowners.”They will also be making assessments of the scope of the damage and making recommendations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.“We want to see them come here,” Haggerty said of FEMA. “We want to see their money here.”Department of Financial Services representatives will be available in the Mobile Command Center until 8 p.m. Aug. 14 in Islip, at the Islip Town Hall Parking Lot located at 401 Main Street. In addition, those who are not able to visit the Mobile Command Center can call the Department’s Disaster Hotline at 1-800-339-1759 for help with insurance-related issues. The Department of Financial Services is extending the operating hours for the hotline this week, making it available today, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Residents can report unresolved flooding conditions to Islip Town’s Emergency Operations Center at 631-595-3595.  Other important numbers:• FEMA (federal flood assistance); 1-800-621-3362• NYS Office of Emergency Management; 1-518-457-2200• Suffolk Office of Emergency Management; 1-631-852-4900• Suffolk Price Gauging; 1-800-909-5423• PSEG (power outages and electrical matters); 1-800-490-0075• National Grid (natural gas); 1-800-490-0045• American Red Cross; 631-924-6700• American Red Cross; (Spanish Speaking); 1-800-257-7575last_img read more

CU Effect: Volunteerism roots employees in their credit union and community

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Tom SakashCan credit union-wide volunteer programs cut down on employee turnover? Apparently, yes. Just ask the credit unions that have implemented them.First Tech FCU, based out of Mountain View, Calif., makes volunteering easy for its employees.CU Effect LogoNot only does the credit union incentivize community involvement by carving out paid time for employees to volunteer, but by hosting company-wide volunteer resource fairs and by regularly sending out information on upcoming opportunities, it removes a number of barriers to participation.The result? Last year, First Tech employees logged more than 18,000 hours of community service, up from roughly 2,400 hours in 2011 when the credit union first started tracking the number.But it’s not only the community that benefits. continue reading »last_img read more

Dodd-Frank continues to polarize 5 years later

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Elizabeth PeaceIt turned five years old today, but not everyone is singing “Happy Birthday” to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.Republicans are turning to op-eds and social media to express their distaste for the law that, at least for now, isn’t going away. continue reading »last_img

International predictions: Scotland to end 22 years of hurt, Northern Ireland to edge past Slovakia | Football News

first_imgOur betting expert Jones Knows makes his predictions for a bumper night of international football on Thursday – can Scotland and Northern Ireland do it?Serbia vs Scotland, Thursday 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Football and free-to-air on Sky Pick England are the 1/3 favourites with Sky Bet to win at Wembley, while the Republic of Ireland are at 17/2 and the draw 15/4.Those prices look about right to me as I’d be in no rush to take on England, mostly due to Ireland’s lack of goal threat. They have scored just twice in their last eight competitive fixtures and the retirement of David McGoldrick doesn’t help in that regard.Meanwhile, England are unbeaten in their last nine friendly games (W6 D3) since a 3-2 defeat against France in June 2017, conceding just two goals in those nine games.An England win to nil looks the obvious but solid play.JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 2-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)Wales vs USA, Thursday 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Mix – Advertisement – England manager Gareth Southgate during the friendly win over WalesImage:England manager Gareth Southgate during the friendly win over Wales When analysing the results from the last round of one-legged qualifying and similar fixtures such as the first leg of a play-off for a spot at the World Cup or European Championship in the last 20 years, games are averaging just 1.7 goals per game. Included in that collection of results was Scotland’s 0-0 draw with Israel – a game that Steve Clarke’s team edged on penalties.Scotland are in the midst of an eight-match unbeaten run (W6 D2), their best international sequence in 32 years. ALSO LOOK OUT FOR: John McGinn to score anytime (6/1 with Sky Bet)Northern Ireland vs Slovakia, Thursday 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League and free-to-air on Sky Challenge When this Northern Ireland team need a performance, they usually deliver.This group has been through a lot together and come across more like a club side than a national team. For the majority of the squad, playing for their country is their bread and butter.The basis of the squad that qualified for Euro 2016 and progressed through the group stages there are still intact – and there is some unfinished business on their agenda, having missed out at the 2018 World Cup due to a controversial penalty award against Switzerland. Thursday 12th November 7:40pm But this is a huge test, despite Serbia being on a run of just one win in six – that only win coming vs Norway in their play-off semi-final. A low-scoring draw would be a fantastic result for Clarke and his boys – I think they can get it and take it to penalties. A Scotland win via that method is a 14/1 shot – a price juicy enough for a poke.- Advertisement – Thursday 12th November 7:00pm Kick off 7:45pm Thursday 12th November 7:00pm Who could step up and be a national hero then? It takes a certain type to do so. Having no fear is a prerequisite but also someone who is oozing confidence. With those factors in mind, I’m looking at John McGinn’s price to score anytime as a main bet to focus on.Under Clarke in the European Championship qualification process, McGinn averaged 2.8 shots on goal per game when starting. Clarke has deployed him in a much more attacking role than Aston Villa do, and he’s repaid the faith by scoring five times since Clarke took the job. He heads to this winner-takes-all tie in arguably the form of his life, having played every minute of Villa’s impressive start to the season. The 6/1 for him to score is a tempter.JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-1 (13/2 with Sky Bet – Scotland to win on penalties 14/1)- Advertisement – Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Stuart Dallas, Jamal Lewis, Craig Cathcart, Jonny Evans and Steven Davis provide a strong spine that can be relied upon to keep out similarly ranked opposition like Slovakia, who were fortunate to progress past Republic of Ireland in their previous play-off match.One goal just might be enough, looking at Slovakia’s defensive record. They have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 15 competitive away games, since November 2014 – the only UEFA nation on a longer run without a competitive clean sheet away from home are Armenia (21 games).Slovakia remain without the injured Martin Dubravka, too. A big miss.It won’t be pretty or entertaining, but an edgy home win is the play, with perhaps one of the old boys like Davis or Evans getting their moment of national recognition by netting the winner.JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-0 (5/1 with Sky Bet)England vs Republic of Ireland, Thursday 8pmMemories are very short when it comes to managers at the top level. There isn’t much wriggle room for Gareth Southgate over the next few fixtures after the Denmark defeat.Despite beating Belgium recently, is he really getting the best out of an outstanding crop of English talent? He could do with reminding a few naysayers that he is the man for the job over the next week. That’s why I’d be surprised if he experiments too much in key areas for this friendly. One thing you can almost guarantee from a play-off fixture of such nature is tension. It’s not a time for risks. We’re likely to see games of chess rather than basketball-like football.- Advertisement – Kick off 7:45pm Northern Ireland vs Slovakia Serbia vs Scotland Ryan Giggs’ absence has to come into consideration when assessing the outcome against the USA in Swansea. The Wales boss won’t be in the dugout for this friendly or for the Nations League games against the Republic of Ireland and Finland. Kick off 7:45pm Aaron Ramsey is missing due to a thigh injury, whilst Gareth Bale still doesn’t look himself despite more game-time at Tottenham.USA coach Gregg Berhalter has left all his MLS players at home, so it will be an inexperienced side full of youth and energy but Christian Pulisic is likely to play some part, according to his manager. They can be relied on to get a result.JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet) Wales vs USAlast_img read more

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Wolf Administration Announces Partnership with Adapt Pharma to Offer Free Narcan to Schools

first_img February 01, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf announced today that his administration has partnered with Adapt Pharma to increase statewide access to the naloxone drug, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Adapt will provide a free carton of Narcan Nasal Spray, one brand of naloxone, to all Pennsylvania public schools.Governor Wolf joined the Pennsylvania Departments of Health, Education, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and State to praise the partnership as another crucial step to combat the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania.“I am thrilled to announce my administration’s next step in the fight against the opioid epidemic,” said Governor Wolf. “By equipping trained professionals in schools with this drug, we are providing another way to save Pennsylvanian lives. It is our responsibility to give these struggling individuals another chance at life.”Pennsylvania is the first state to implement this program, sponsored by Adapt Pharma in partnership with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, an Initiative of the Clinton Foundation. Pennsylvania public high schools will also have access to new educational materials and training developed by the National Association of School Nurses as part of the program.Under this program, Adapt Pharma and the Clinton Foundation are offering every public high school in the country one free carton of NARCAN Nasal Spray. The distribution of the cartons will be facilitated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through school nurses. Adapt Pharma has provided a grant to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) to support their educational efforts around opioid overdose in schools. The grant will allow NASN to develop and disseminate educational materials to the nation’s school nurses and the students and families they work with every day.“We understand the crucial role schools can play to change the course of the opioid overdose epidemic by working with students and families,” said Seamus Mulligan, Chairman and CEO of Adapt Pharma. “We want every high school in the country to be prepared for an opioid emergency by having access to a carton of NARCAN Nasal Spray at no cost. We look forward to working with our partners to implement these initiatives, which build on the significant progress being made by legislators and community groups.”The Wolf Administration has made the fight against heroin a top priority. Some of the administration’s initiatives include: signing a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access this life-saving drug; equipping the Pennsylvania State Police with naloxone, so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies; and training Pennsylvania Capitol Police to administer and carry naloxone.In addition to these actions, the Wolf Administration is currently working to develop the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program to detect and prevent prescription fraud and abuse, which contribute to addiction. This program was the recipient of two federal grants last year: the 2015 federal Harold Rogers grant for $409,000 and a CDC grant of $900,000 to enhance, maximize, and support the implementation of ABC-MAP.“Opioid addiction is the most pressing health threat in Pennsylvania today and the availability of naloxone is a critical component in our broad effort to address it,” said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy. “This generous donation will ensure that all public schools across the Commonwealth have access to naloxone. As a result many more lives will be saved and those young people, with their futures ahead of them, will be able to receive the treatment they need.”“This partnership will educate and equip our schools’ trained medical professionals to use this lifesaving tool,” said Department of Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera. “Trained professionals in our schools can reduce response time and allow them to provide swift treatment to any individual overdosing in a school.”“In rural areas, it may take longer for emergency first responders to reach patients,” said Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis. “Thus stocking this medication on school grounds can prevent many unnecessary deaths. We need to ensure that anyone who might be in a position to encounter an opioid overdose has access to this lifesaving antidote.”“The Department of State licenses and regulates 447,593 professionals in the health fields,” said Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés. “We are distributing information to the Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy on the dangers of opioids as part of our commitment to protect the health and safety of the public.”# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Wolf Administration Announces Partnership with Adapt Pharma to Offer Free Narcan to Schoolslast_img read more

​Eurosif concerned over tax amendments to Shareholder Rights Directive

first_imgThe binding vote on executive remuneration was at the heart of the Commission’s initial legislative proposal and hailed as a step towards a greater focus on long-termism by then-commissioner Michel Barnier.In a position paper, Eurosif added that it was aware of the argument CBCR could be “burdensome and onerous” if imposed on all listed companies. “We therefore recommend policymakers think about ways to focus to alleviate such burden and make recommendations in that direction,” it said. It also argued that it would be preferable to amend accounting regulation, rather than the Shareholder Rights Directive, as a means of introducing CBCR.Eurosif said the rationale for institutional investors backing CBCR was one of managing reputational risk.It noted that the distinction between illegal tax evasion and legal tax avoidance had “dissolved in the eyes of governments, NGOs and citizens”.It added that aggressive tax practices risked undermining a company’s sustainability strategies, and that the short-term gains or profits achieved by such tactics could fall away as a result of the medium to long-term impact of reputational risk.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to Eurosif position paper on Shareholder Rights Directive Eurosif has questioned attempts by the European Parliament to introduce greater corporate tax transparency by amending the Shareholder Rights Directive.The sustainable investment association stressed that it was wholly supportive of the introduction of country-by-county reporting (CBCR) for all listed companies but said that agreeing an “ambitious” text for the Shareholder Rights Directive was a priority.European parliamentarians recently voted on an amended draft of the directive, which proposed the introduction of CBCR, currently only mandated for banks and extractive industries.But they watered down a pledge for a binding vote on pay by leaving it to individual member states to decide if shareholders should be granted one.last_img read more