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Odds & Ends: Watch Josh Groban Sing With Lena Hall & More

first_img View Comments Star Files Josh Groban Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Watch Josh Groban Sing ‘All I Ask of You’ With Lena HallJosh Groban is busy promoting his new album of musical theater covers, Stages, and at a recent event he teamed up with Tony winner Lena Hall to sing “All I Ask of You” live. As previously reported, Kelly Clarkson duets with him on the Phantom track on the record. Stages also includes tunes from Chess, Sunday in the Park with George and Les Miserables, and a special Carousel duet with Audra McDonald. Check out Groban and Hall’s performance below. Seriously, Mr. Groban—it’s about time for you to make your Broadway debut! Helen Mirren, Zachary Quinto & More Team UpSix-time Tony-winning theater designer Bob Crowley will be honored at the New York Theatre Workshop’s 2015 Spring Gala on May 11 at the Edison Ballroom. The evening will feature special tributes from The Audience Tony nominee Helen Mirren, Zachary Quinto, It’s Only a Play’s Stockard Channing and more, as well as a dance number performed by An American In Paris Tony nominees Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. Crowley has been nominated for a total of four creative Tony Awards this year, for his work on Skylight, An American in Paris and The Audience.Tony Nominee Patricia Clarkson’s Busy Summer2015 Tony nominee Patricia Clarkson’s new film Learning to Drive will be released on August 21. She stars opposite Oscar winner Ben Kingsley in the coming of (middle) age comedy and you can check out the trailer here. That’s not all she’s got in the calendar! Clarkson will soon begin performances in the West End transfer of the Bradley Cooper-led The Elephant Man and then there’s a certain ceremony on June 7 she’ll want to attend…last_img read more

Veggie support

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThose tiny vegetable transplants and seeds you planted early this spring are growing fast. Soon they’ll be burdened with a bounty of fresh produce. Don’t jeopardize the fruits of your garden labor now, says a University of Georgia specialist. Trellis those vegetables before it’s too late.”Trellising is one chore that should be accomplished fairly soon after the plants are established,” said Terry Kelley, a UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist.But even if you forgot or didn’t know to do it, you can still give your vegetable plants the support they deserve, he said.”Trellising gets the plant and fruit up off the ground. This makes for better quality fruit and less disease,” he said. “It also helps maintain order in the garden and makes harvesting easier.”Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplants are vegetables commonly trellised, he said. But almost any plant can use a little help supporting itself or its fruit.For tomatoes, some people simply put cages over the plants to support them as they grow, he said. Another method is to drive a 1-inch-square, 4-foot stake into the ground by each plant and tie the plant to the stake.If you have a long row of tomatoes, he said, set a large post at each end of the row and again about every 20 feet within it. Attach a wire across the top of the posts and about 4 inches above the ground. Use twine to tie each plant to the wires for support.Peppers can be staked like tomatoes, he said. Place similar 1-inch-square stakes about every fourth plant with twine running from stake to stake. Start the first twine 4 inches above the ground.As the peppers grow, put another string about every 4 inches above the last one. Start with the first stake and go on one side of the plants. Then go around the next stake and so on. When you get to the last stake, come back down the other side of the plants to box the plants in and keep them from falling over.To support cucumbers, use 4-foot fencing wire and some posts to build a temporary fence beside the cucumber row. Then just train the vines up on the fence as they grow.”You’ll find and pick your cukes easier,” he said.Eggplant can be staked, too. Place either tomato stakes or rebar next to each eggplant. Then secure it to the stake. Be careful not to cut into plants as you tie them with twine. But keep the twine tight enough to support the plants.While you’re at it, “don’t forget to scout for insects and disease problems,” Kelley said. “And keep weeds in check, and water as needed.”last_img read more

Hawaiian Electric proposes big battery storage buildout on Oahu

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:Hawaiian Electric Company Inc. has proposed using giant batteries manufactured by auto maker Tesla Inc. to provide energy to Oahu’s power grid. The proposal estimates costs of $200 million to $300 million and would accommodate more renewable energy production across the island, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday.Banks of liquid-cooled, lithium-ion batteries could become the first and biggest stand-alone, utility-scale energy battery system tied to the grid of Hawaii’s largest utility. The plan involves placing Tesla batteries in 244 lockers, with each one extending 23 feet (7 meters).Hawaiian Electric proposed developing the project in 2021 on land next to its Kahe power plant in Nanakuli on Oahu, along with four smaller energy storage facilities on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island. The five storage systems are subject to a competitive bidding program in which Hawaiian Electric is the initiator but also a competitor and initial decision maker.Hawaiian Electric solicited bids in August for renewable energy production and storage systems of about 900 megawatts on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island. The initiative is expected to be the largest push for renewable energy in Hawaii so far. Hawaiian Electric plans to select the winning bids in May. A majority of the new capacity, about 600 megawatts, is planned for Oahu and could be developed with or without attached battery storage.Hawaiian Electric believes the company can produce stand-alone storage at a reasonable cost because of its capacity to build battery facilities on land it owns next to substations that reduce infrastructure connection costs, spokeswoman Sharon Higa said.More: Hawaiian Electric proposes Tesla batteries for Oahu power Hawaiian Electric proposes big battery storage buildout on Oahulast_img read more

Lawyers agree to help with literacy campaign

first_imgLawyers agree to help with literacy campaign September 15, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Lawyers agree to help with literacy campaign Senior Editor Reading is an unnatural act?Well, not exactly unnatural, but it’s not something that the human brain, groomed by thousands of years of evolution and genetic transition comes hard-wired to do.Notwithstanding that, reading is essential in modern society. But given human background, it’s not surprising that many people have trouble with a skill that so many others regard as basic.And because it’s so basic and important, the Jacksonville Bar Association has set out to do something about it. At the invitation of Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson and Board of Governors member Hank Coxe, JBA and legal community representatives last month asked the board and lawyers statewide to help in the battle against illiteracy, particularly dyslexia, by joining a literacy speaker’s bureau.“Not only does literacy help our citizens function in society, but we see overwhelming evidence that illiteracy endangers public health and public safety,” said JBA President Reggie Luster. “A shocking 47 percent of our population is functionally illiterate, meaning those individuals cannot read well enough to fill out a job application. Our goal in this community is to make sure that literacy is a priority.”U.S. Middle District Judge Tim Corrigan said he has a selfish reason for joining the literacy effort. He noted he regularly has to sentence 18- to 21-year-old defendants to lengthy prison sentences and a common factor is their poor reading skills.“Eighty-five percent of juvenile delinquents have reading problems and many high school juvenile delinquents read below the fourth-grade level,” Corrigan said.Several programs around the country have found success in combating delinquency by teaching those kids to read, he noted.“Improving literacy is one effective way to improve the quality of life not only for those directly affected by these problems but for the community as a whole,” Corrigan said. “The Florida Bar, local bar associations, and lawyers individually as leaders in our community have a unique opportunity. . . to take a leadership role on the literacy issue.”Laura Bailet, a Ph.D. who works on reading problems with the Nemours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville, provided information about the latest research on dyslexia.“What is dyslexia? It is a neuro developmental reading disorder. It is caused by subtle malfunctions in the brain,” Bailet said. “It is not caused by brain damage; it is not caused by low IQ. It is fundamentally a language-based disorder. It is not caused by a vision problem.”New MRI technology, which images the brain as it works, has actually shown differences in brain functions between dyslexic and nondyslexic people, with the dyslexic brains showing similar attributes, she said. What that research has shown is with specialized training, the dyslexic brains begin functioning more like regular brains as reading skills improve.“Reading is an unnatural act,” Bailey explained. “There are certain basic functions that our brains are genetically hard-wired for — learning to talk and walk. Reading is not one of those skills.”Studies have shown that about 17 to 20 percent of all children have serious reading problems, and another 20 percent have significant difficulties, she said, adding that’s about the same percentage of third-graders who had trouble with the state’s FCAT test. Most of those children are not receiving the special training or instruction that would help them. Preschoolers with dyslexia can be identified, and the earlier special training begins, the more effective it is, she said.Fourth Circuit Judge Karen Cole, who is heading up the literacy effort, said lawyers are needed because of their advocacy skills. A speakers’ bureau is being set up as part of the dyslexia campaign.“By combining the talents of lawyers, judges, physicians, and psychologists, we can ensure that all of our children know how to read,” Cole said.She said the literacy advocates hope to present their case to a meeting of voluntary bar leaders and to Florida Bar members at a statewide Bar meeting.Shortly after the meeting, Cole announced that 11th Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman and First Circuit Judge Marci Goodman have volunteered to coordinate speakers’ bureau efforts in their respective circuits.For more information contact Judge Cole at (904) 630-7154, Luster at (904) 354-0104, JBA Executive Director Diane Gill at (904) 399-4486, or Alan Pickert, chair of the JBA’s literacy project, at (904) 632-2424.last_img read more

Not so enchanted mirror

first_imgMirror, Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? What if your fairness as a leader was the quality being measured instead of beauty? Leadership is always a challenge and our own least desired qualities are the hardest to face.Do you find certain employees more difficult to deal with than others? Perhaps there is one employee or a handful that you find absolutely frustrating! It is a common problem, but what we often fail to see is that the shortcomings of these employees may be reflected in ourselves. What we dislike the most in other people is often the very same thing that we dislike about ourselves. That mirror is not always flattering. This enchanted mirror effect is what creates your frustration. Only 15% of people are truly self-aware. The rest of us are lying to ourselves on a daily basis.What can we learn from this hard-to-face truth? How to be a better leader. Leadership is often best won through example. I pose the challenge to each of you. Take your most frustrating employees. Make a list of what behaviors are causing the frustration. Take a hard look at your own behaviors and see if there are any correlations. You have to be honest during the process to make it work. I promise it will be worth the effort.Now for the hard part my friends, create a set of changes that you can make to effectively demonstrate the behaviors that you would like to see from your staff. Check in with yourself weekly to see if you were able to achieve these goals and course correct for the following week. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Avian flu resurfaces in Iran, sparks worries in India

first_imgJan 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Officials in Iran have confirmed their country’s first H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in domestic birds, while authorities in eastern India are working on a massive poultry cull amid worries about possible new H5N1 outbreaks.A report that Iran filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) yesterday says the outbreak occurred in Mazandaran, a northern province that fronts on the Caspian Sea. Authorities destroyed a flock of 475 surviving free-range chickens after 14 chickens died in an outbreak that began Dec 10, the report says.The outbreak was detected through Iran’s passive surveillance program for avian flu, officials reported. Samples from the birds first tested positive in the Iran Veterinary Organization’s central laboratory in December, and an OIE reference lab in Padova, Italy, confirmed the findings on Jan 8. The source of the outbreak is under investigation, the report says.Iran’s only previous reported outbreak of H5N1 in birds occurred in February 2006 and killed 153 wild swans in Gilan province, which borders Mazandaran on the west, according to OIE records. The country has reported no human cases.In India, meanwhile, an official in West Bengal state voiced concern that the virus may have spread to several other villages near one where a poultry outbreak was confirmed on Jan 15, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published today.”Reports have reached [us] that hens have started dropping dead in several villages surrounding Margram,” Anisur Rahaman, the state’s animal resources minster, told AFP. “We are worried over the situation. We have sought more help from the federal government.”In a Jan 15 report to the OIE, Indian officials said the virus had killed more than 35,000 chickens on “small and marginal farms” in three villages in Birbhum district and 261 birds in a separate outbreak in Dinajpur district. Both districts are in West Bengal. The report said control measures would include destroying all poultry within about 5 kilometers of the outbreak sites. News reports have said that about 400,000 birds would be destroyed.An Associated Press (AP) report today quoted Rahaman as saying that hundreds of bird deaths were reported on four new districts of West Bengal yesterday. But rather than avian flu, he said the signs in those cases suggested a virus locally known as Ranikhet, which affects all bird species but not humans.The AP story put the number of birds killed by the H5N1 virus in Birbhum and Dinajpur districts at 54,000.The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern about the Indian outbreaks today, according to several news reports. “More serious risk factors are associated with this current outbreak than previously encountered, including that the affected areas are more widespread and because of proximity to extended border areas,” the WHO was quoted as saying. The statement was carried by AFP and by The Statesman, a West Bengal newspaper, among other reports, but it was unclear which WHO official or office issued it.Rahaman said about 8,000 birds were killed yesterday, the first day of culling, but officials were facing some resistance from bird owners, according to the AFP story.West Bengal borders Bangladesh, which also has had recent avian flu outbreaks. A Reuters report today said poultry culling in Bangladesh was going smoothly after the detection of the virus in three more districts. Authorities reported Jan 13 that avian flu had killed 500 chickens in the northeastern district of Moulivabazar.In other developments, United Kingdom officials reported today that the H5N1 virus has been found in another mute swan from the same area where three other swans recently tested positive. The area is a swan sanctuary in Dorset on England’s southwest coast. The latest infected bird was collected on Jan 11.”There is currently no evidence to suggest widespread disease in the wild bird population, but enhanced surveillance is taking place and poultry keepers in the area are reminded to remain vigilant and report any signs of disease immediately,” the UK Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said in a statement about the new case. “There is no evidence of disease in domestic birds.”See also: OIE reports on Iranian and Indian outbreaksJan 16 DEFRA statementlast_img read more

PREMIUMHospital chains perform well on IDX, thanks to rising awareness about healthy living

first_imgShares of hospital chains have performed well in the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX) in recent weeks as greater awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle is expected to further improve their business prospects, analysts said.Between March 23 and April 3, the share prices of healthcare providers recorded a significant increase. PT Siloam International Hospitals Tbk’s share price, for example, gained 23.89 percent. Meanwhile, the share prices of other hospital chains such PT Medikaloka Hermina Tbk rose by 12.10 percent, PT Mitra Keluarga Karyasehat Tbk by 11.29 percent and PT Ciputra Development, which owns Ciputra Hospitals, by 8.65 percent.The increase led to a sharp rise in the Jakarta Composite Index (IDX), which rallied 15.89 percent during the same period.Artha Sekuritas Indonesia vice president Frederik Rasali said in Jakarta on Monday that the healthca… Linkedin Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Indonesia healthcare-services stock-market share-price-fluctuations Siloam-hospital mayapada MitraKeluargaHospital Google Log in with your social account Facebook Topics :last_img read more

Series E4 offers high capacity at high speed

first_imgBYLINE: Yoshihiko SatoGeneral Manager, Transport and Rolling Stock Department,East Japan RailwayJR EAST has adopted a two-part strategy for replacing the 700 Series 200 cars that entered service with the opening of the Tohoku and Joetsu shinkansen in 1982. The fine detail is still under discussion, but Series E2 sets running at up to 275 km/h will accelerate journey times from Tokyo to Morioka and Niigata, and double-deck Series E4 units will increase capacity on profitable peak-hour commuter services to destinations within a 150 km radius of Tokyo. Work continues on the best way to operate E2 and E4 trainsets together.JR East’s first all double-deck shinkansen trainset, the Series E1 ’MAX’ (RG 5.94 p287), has enjoyed considerable success and boosted capacity on commuter services. Each E1 trainset has 12 cars, providing high capacity at peak periods but offering insufficient flexibility for economic operation at other times. To achieve this, the eight-car E4 will run in pairs during peak periods and singly at other times, and will be compatible with E2, E3 and Series 400 trainsets (Fig 1).Three E4 trainsets are currently under construction and are due to enter service at the end of this year. Each unit will have a total of 817 seats, with 54 in green car accommodation (first class) and 763 in second. We believe that commuter services operated with pairs of E4 trainsets will offer the greatest high-speed capacity anywhere in the world, with 1634 seats provided in a 16-car formation 400m long.Less weight, more powerWith car bodies fabricated from aluminium alloy rather than carbon steel, the E4 has a lower axleload than its E1 predecessor. With a 1 h rating of 6 720 kW, each E4 trainset has four powered and four trailer vehicles. In place of the 410 kW traction motors fitted to the E1, the E4 has 420 kW motors which will provide sufficient capacity for continued operation in the event of power car failure.To reduce weight further, VVVF traction equipment incorporating IGBT technology has replaced the GTO-based drive of the E1. As a result, a fully-laden E4 has a highest axleload of 16 tonnes, 1 tonne less than the E1. Bolsterless bogies with a wheelbase of 2500mm have been specified; wheel diameter is 910mm, as with the E1.Maximum speed is 240 km/h, with regenerative and air braking systems fitted as on the E1. The nose design of the E4 has been modified to reduce pressure waves generated when the train enters or leaves a tunnel.The driving trailer at the Tokyo end of each E4 trainset (Car 1) has 75 unreserved second class seats, arranged in a 3+3 configuration on the upper deck and as a 2+3 layout on the lower deck. Folding seats are provided in the vestibule of Car 1, which is equipped with toilets. Car 2 is a motor car with 133 unreserved second class seats, arranged in the same 3+3 and 2+3 configurations as Car 1.Transformer equipment is located in Car 3, a motor car with 119 second class seats for smokers arranged in 3+3 and 2+3 formats. Car 4 is a trailer equipped with a pantograph, with 124 reserved second class seats for smokers in a 2+3 configuration on both decks.Reserved seating in a 2+3 configuration for 110 second class passengers is provided in Car 5, a trailer vehicle with a kiosk, conductor’s office and toilets (including one for disabled passengers) at vestibule level. Car 6 is powered and equipped with a pantograph, offering 122 reserved second class seats and a compartment with disabled accommodation, at vestibule level adjacent to Car 5.The upper deck of Car 7, a power car with transformer equipment, has seats for 36 first class passengers, arranged in a 2+2 layout (Fig 2). On the lower deck there are 55 reserved second class seats in a 2+3 arrangement. Car 8, a driving trailer, has reserved smoking accommodation for 18 first class passengers on the upper deck and 25 standard class passengers on the lower deck. Disabled accommodation is provided on the upper deck, reached by a lift from the vestibule.Seating throughout the E4 is the same as that supplied for the E1, with electric motors fitted to turn the seats through 180° at the end of each journey. Each car on the E4 has a lift for transferring refreshment trolleys between decks, and public telephones have been fitted in Cars 2, 3, 5 and 8. oCAPTION: Nose design has concentrated on reducing the pressure waves generated when entering and leaving tunnels CAPTION: Fig 1. The E4 has been designed to operate with JR East’s E3 (top), Series 400 (middle) and E2 (bottom) trainsetsCAPTION: Fig 2. Two cars of Series E4 have first class accommodation on the upper deckSeries E4 car dimensionsTABLE: Width mm 3380Height mm 4493Length over (driving car) 25700 couplers mm (intermediate car) 25000Bogie wheelbase mm 2500last_img read more

UUV Aquabotix Gets New Chief Executive Officer

first_imgUUV Aquabotix has appointed David Batista as a new chief executive officer. Batista has over 20 years’ experience in working with small-cap listed companies, both in the United States and Australia.Most recently, David was senior managing director of Viriathus Holdings. He previously held roles with HPC Capital Management, SoundView Technology Group and Lehman Brothers.Batista holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration and certificate in International Marketing from C.W. Post College.Following the appointment of Batista as new CEO, Durval Tavares, the founder of the company and the outgoing CEO, will take over the role of chief technology officer.Durval Tavares, Aquabotix’s outgoing CEO and current CTO, said, “I established Aquabotix in 2011 to develop and build class-leading technology for the underwater world. To this day that remains my goal, and I am enthused to be able to devote my time exclusively to leading the technology function of Aquabotix. There are a number of projects underway that we look forward to bringing to market in the near-term.”David Batista, Aquabotix’s incoming CEO, added, “I am confident to be leaving an executive position with a successful independent financial services firm for this opportunity in a nascent and rapidly growing market. The underwater drone market is up for grabs in a number of industry verticals – military, security and law enforcement, energy, aquaculture, marine construction and maintenance, recreational, and others. Thanks to Durval’s and the team’s prior efforts, Aquabotix has the technology and the early sales lead to secure a substantial part of these emerging markets, provided that it attacks these markets with energy and vigor. I am excited to lead this charge and believe that the team and I will be able to capitalize on my skills and experience in establishing a leading market position.”last_img read more