Lin-Manuel Miranda Talks EGOT Dreams, Mary Poppins & More

first_img Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda is back in the States! The recent Oscar nominee stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on February 13 to discuss the possibility of EGOT-ing at the Oscars on February 26, what it’s been like filming Mary Poppins Returns with Emily Blunt and his parents’ (ahem) special relationship to Gloria Gaynor’s disco hit “I Will Survive.” Let’s just say we feel a lot closer to the Miranda clan now—perhaps a little too close. All the same, it’s good to have Miranda and his shenanigans stateside, even for a quick interview. Take a look at the hilarious clip below! Lin-Manuel Miranda View Commentslast_img read more

NextEra: Gas-fired peaker plants cannot compete with new battery storage resources

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):As part of NextEra Energy Inc.’s continued embrace of disruption in the utility sector, executives during the company’s investor day laid out a bullish view on pricing and demand for renewable power paired with storage through 2022.The Florida-headquartered company estimates it will install between 20,000MW and 23,000MW of wind capacity and 9,000MW and 13,000MW of solar capacity by 2022, including assets owned and operated by competitive generation division NextEra Energy Resources LLC. Executives expect NextEra will have up to 2,000MW of storage deployed by then as well.“There is enormous change coming in this industry. I don’t think the industry really has come to grips with it,” NextEra Energy Chairman, President and CEO Jim Robo said June 20. “And we’re at the leading edge, and it is going to help drive tremendous growth to this company over the next decade.”According to Robo, the rapid growth of wind and solar in the market has been among the industry’s biggest game-changers, and one that almost everyone failed to recognize early on. While renewable tax credits might be extended, NextEra executives are betting wind and solar plus storage will be cheaper than existing coal and most existing nuclear after the early 2020s, when current federal subsidies are gone.NextEra’s decarbonization strategy includes natural gas pipelines and gas-fired plants, including the Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC in which the company owns a stake, and Florida Power & Light Co.’s FPL Dania Beach Clean Energy Center. NextEra plans to deploy between $6.3 billion and $6.9 billion for gas pipelines by 2022. Robo said the opposition to gas is surprising, because gas pipelines have enabled coal plant shutdowns and large emission reductions.However, the company takes a more bearish view on gas-fired peakers; NextEra Energy Resources President and CFO John Ketchum said management sees peakers being “cannibalized” by renewables, especially as battery storage’s manufacturing becomes more efficient and costs decline.More ($): NextEra sees batteries displacing gas-fired peakers, otherwise bullish on gas NextEra: Gas-fired peaker plants cannot compete with new battery storage resourceslast_img read more

Huntington Station Fire Kills Woman, Daughter

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 64-year-old woman and her 29-year-old daughter died when their Huntington Station house caught fire late Thursday night, Suffolk County police said.Officers and Huntington Manor firefighters responded the blaze on 4th Avenue, which 29-year-old Joseph Martinez escaped from a basement window at 11:42 p.m., police said.His mother, Reyna Paris, and sister, Rosemarie Martinez, who had Down syndrome, were found in separate bedrooms on the second floor.All three were taken to Huntington Hospital, where Paris and her daughter were pronounced dead. Joseph was treated for minor injuries.Multiple fire departments responded to assist Huntington Manor firefighters in extinguishing the blaze, which was complicated by the fact that the house was extremely cluttered, police said.Homicide and Arson Squad detectives are continuing the investigation, but the cause of the fire has not been determined.Anyone with information about this fire is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.last_img read more

Beijing converts Hong Kong hotel into new national security office

first_imgThe law puts mainland security agents in Hong Kong for the first time with powers to investigate and prosecute national security crimes and allows extradition to the mainland for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.Beijing imposed the law on its freest city last week, pushing the former British colony on to a more authoritarian path and drawing condemnation from some Western governments, lawyers and rights groups.Critics of the law fear it will crush coveted freedoms in the Chinese-ruled city, while supporters say it will bring stability after a year of sometimes violent protests that plunged the city into its biggest crisis in decades.Topics : Beijing opened its new national security office in Hong Kong on Wednesday, turning a hotel in the bustling shopping and commercial district of Causeway Bay into its new headquarters.The office will oversee the Hong Kong government’s enforcement of Beijing’s sweeping national security legislation that will punish acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.The office’s chief, Zhang Yanxiong, and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam attended the opening ceremony at the former Metropark Hotel, which offers views across the city’s Victoria Harbor.last_img read more

Room for pension fund investment in EU project bonds, says EIB

first_img“The dominant buyers were insurers, so there is room for pension funds to scale up,” he told delegates at the PensionsEurope conference in Frankfurt.He hinted that the next project bond might be for a project in the UK but did not give any further details.Pierre Bollon, vice chair at PensionsEurope in charge of long-term investments, noted the association was currently working on the proposed regulation on long-term financing and suggested it should be made “less rigid and hence more attractive, especially for small and medium-sized occupational pension schemes”.This week the European parliament issued a draft legislative proposal on the European long-term investment funds (ELTIF) proposals, backing the Commission’s suggestion to create such funds under the AIFM directive.According to figures collected by the EIB around 1% of assets held by sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and insurers globally was currently invested in infrastructure.At the conference, the UK’s Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP) received a positive reception, with a representative of the Belgian pension fund association in the audience asking Judith Donnelly, working at the UK infrastructure project, whether it was also open to foreign investors.Donnelly noted the PIP currently had ten of the largest UK pension schemes as committed investors, with an initial target capital raise of £1bn.The fund’s founding investors include the British Airways and the Railways pension funds, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), the London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA), BAE Systems, The West Midlands Pension Fund and the pension fund of BT.“PIP would have no objection in principle to include further investors if the existing investors cannot meet the target size but we do not want to expand the investment target,” she explained.Matti Leppälä, director general of PensionsEurope, pointed out while the association generally “welcomed the initiative on investments in growth and employment” they should any commitments should only be made “for the right reasons”.“Overall, the total costs may be too high and increased capital requirements may altogether prevent these envisaged investments,” he said, referencing the impact of future changes to solvency requirements for pension funds. The European Union’s next project bond issuance could offer funding to an undisclosed project in the UK, according to the director general of the European Investment Bank (EIB).In 2010, the president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso announced plans to issue project bonds to attract institutional investors to long-term investment projects.The first project bond was launched in October, offering funding for a Castor gas storage project in Spain.According to Bertrand de Mazières, director general of the EIB, the bond issue, with a volume of €1.4bn and a 2034 maturity, was oversubscribed and attracted a “very strong” response from investors.last_img read more

Temporary Deviation to Support Kissimmee River Restoration Gets OK

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Jacksonville District has just announced the approval of a planned temporary deviation to the 1981 Lake Kissimmee, Hatchineha and Cypress Interim Regulation Schedule.Major General Diana Holland, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division, approved the planned deviation to raise the regulation schedule to facilitate Kissimmee River Restoration Project (KRRP) construction through June 1, 2021.“Completing construction on the Kissimmee River Restoration Project is a priority for the Jacksonville District,” said Tim Gysan, Senior Project Manager. “Receiving the approval for this planned temporary deviation gives us flexibility as we work to maintain the on-site conditions required for our contractors to continue their work at multiple construction locations simultaneously.”Remaining construction includes Kissimmee River backfill and the S-69 U-shaped weir completion. Lake Kissimmee, Hatchineha, and Cypress are regulated by a single structure, S-65, located at the outlet of Lake Kissimmee. S-65 is a spillway located at the head of the C-38 canal.The intent of the planned temporary deviation is to limit Lake Kissimmee releases to no more than 900 cubic feet per second (cfs) in order to facilitate KRR construction in Reach 2 and Reach 3, which are located south of the Kissimmee River junction with the Istokpoga Canal.The planned temporary deviation provides operational flexibility to the South Florida Water Management District, increasing the likelihood of providing flows within the optimum range for Corps construction.Image source: USACElast_img read more

Sevilla star voted best La Liga signing for 2019-20 campaign

first_img Over 120,000 fans cast their votes to name the best arrival in Spanish football this season, with the Argentine collecting a whopping 38 percent of the vote. Sevilla star Lucas Ocampos has been comprehensively voted the best signing in La Liga for the 2019-20 season in a poll conducted by Marca.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: Chelsea ponder move for Barcelona shot-stopperHe also provided one of the moments of the season in Sevilla’s win over Eibar this month, as he scored the only goal of the game before ending the match as an emergency goalkeeper and saving from Eibar shot-stopper Marko Dmitrovic in a dramatic finale.Ocampos has already had somewhat of a nomadic playing career across River Plate, Monaco, Genoa, Milan and Marseille, but his form this season has exceeded that of any club beforehand in his career.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Ocampos romped to victory with Real Madrid left-back Ferland Mendy picking up 18 percent of the vote in second place, ranking ahead of his Sevilla teammates Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde and Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.The 26-year-old netted 14 goals and provided three assists in 33 La liga appearances for the Andalusian club this campaign and has thrived since joining from Marseille in a €15m deal last summer. Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon6 Secret Origin Stories Of Modern Mouth-Watering MealCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWorld’s Most Delicious Foods7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldThis Nation Is Almost Impossible To InvadeThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The Worldlast_img read more

Dirt Defender designates awards for IMCA national champions, special events drivers

first_imgRED OAK, Texas – Dirt Defender has renewed awards for IMCA national champions while introducing a new slate of prizes for special events competitors this season.The Red Oak, Texas, manufacturer again gives a pair of vented mud covers to IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod national champions.A top five finisher at 30 designated specials for Modifieds, 15 designated specials for Stock Cars and 15 designated specials for the SportMods will receive a Dirt Defender product.“When we started this business, we made a promise that we would always give back to the racer and continue to help the sport in any way possible,” said Dirt Defender’s Billy Vest. “We are very blessed to have the customer loyalty throughout the years we have been in business and would like to thank each and every person who has ever purchased one of our products.”“The new slant to the Dirt Defender program this season focuses on IMCA special events across the country and getting products in the hands of racers having good runs at those events,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Dirt Defender has done a great job of reinventing their products and contingency awards to meet the demands and desires of IMCA racers.”Dirt Defender is in its third year of IMCA sponsorship. Information about the company product line is available by calling 469 556-4612 and on Facebook.last_img read more

Friday night rugby here to stay

first_img Press Association The 2015 tournament kicks off on Friday when Wales host England and the Millennium Stadium will again play host to Friday night rugby in the next two tournaments. France will visit Cardiff on Friday, February 26, 2016 and a year later Ireland are the visitors, on Friday, March 10, 2016, organisers announced on Wednesday. Friday night rugby is here to stay after the fixtures for the 2016 and 2017 RBS 6 Nations were announced. center_img The opening match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham, between England and Fiji, is also scheduled for a Friday night, September 18, 2015, but at present only Cardiff is scheduled to host Six Nations Friday night rugby. Matches between teams alternate annually on a home and away basis, so in 2016 England will host Wales on the tournament’s penultimate weekend, with the match taking place on Saturday, March 12. The opening weekend of the 2016 tournament, the first to follow the 2015 Rugby World Cup, takes place on February 6 and 7, 2016 and features a Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfield between Scotland and England. The pick of the matches on the final weekend sees England travel to France on March 19. All three matches on the concluding weekend take place on the same Saturday. The 2017 tournament begins with France visiting Twickenham on Saturday, February 4, 2017, and Wales host England the following weekend, Saturday, February 11, 2017. The concluding weekend, Saturday, March 18, 2017, sees Scotland play Italy in what has perennially been a Wooden Spoon decider, before Wales play France in Paris and England travel to Dublin to take on Ireland. last_img read more

Gordon Breaks Texas Jinx

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) admin Latest Posts Biocenter_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 FORT WORTH, Texas — Jeff Gordon broke a 17-race winless jinx at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday in the 334-lap Sprint Cup Samsung 500.Ironically, it was Gordon’s pit crew that helped propel him to his first win since October 2007.“You guys gave me a win, I love you guys,” said Gordon after taking the checkered flag ahead of his teammate Jimmie Johnson.Gordon had lost the lead to Carl Edwards with 38 laps remaining. Two laps later, a caution came out after David Stremme spun in turn three. All the lead lap cars pitted.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textJohnson’s team gave him a super quick stop that put him back in the lead, while Edwards was mired back in 11th.It shaped up to be a 26-lap Texas Stampede, with Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle and Mark Martin right behind Gordon.But the action never happened. Johnson and Biffle were able to get by Stewart, but neither had anything for Gordon and his No. 24.Gordon pulled away from the other four front-runners, sometimes by as much as 1.85 seconds on his way to his first ever victory at Texas.“This is a place that has eluded us for so long,” said Gordon. “This was an incredible team effort. This whole year has been amazing. We’ve never had a car like this at Texas. We finally had one, and we put it in a position to win.”Could Jeff Gordon be poised for another championship?Johnson’s runner-up finish was his fourth straight top-10.“We never give up,” said Johnson. “We worked hard on this race car. It was off, but we made it really good. It just goes to show you how important track position is.”Biffle’s third-place finish moved him from 23rd in points to 15th.“This is probably the second time we should have won a race,” said Biffle. “Today, I’m not sure what happened. We lost a little bit of time on pit road.”Stewart finished fourth and moved up from seventh to fifth in the point standings.“When the track was at it’s warmest we were running old tires and were really fast,” said Stewart. “We just couldn’t take off on the short runs.”Polesitter, David Reutimann finished 11th, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 18th.Top 10 finishers: 1. Jeff Gordon, 2. Jimmie Johnson, 3. Greg Biffle, 4. Tony Stewart, 5. Matt Kenseth, 6. Mark Martin, 7. Juan Montoya, 8. Kurt Busch, 9. Jeff Burton, 10. Carl Edwards.Top 12 Chase contenders after 7 of 36: 1. J. Gordon-1,154, 2. Johnson-992, 3. Ku. Busch-974, 4. Bowyer-967, 5. Stewart-963, 6. Hamlin-938, 7. Ky. Busch-914, 8. Edwards-889, 9. Kenseth-864, 10. Kahne-851, 11. Reutimann-845, 12. Burton-835.Top 10 Nationwide Series leaders after 5 of 35: 1. Edwards-799, 2. Ky. Busch-761, 3. Ragan-653, 4. Leffler-612, 5. Allgaeir-600, 6. Harvick-576, 7. Keselowski-568, 8. Gaughan-564, 9. Keller-540, 10. Lagasse-538.Top 10 Camping World Truck Series leaders after 4 of 25: 1. Ky. Busch-682, 2. Bodine-644, 3. Hornaday-611, 4. Skinner-606, 5. Crafton-561, 6. Cook-528, 7. Benson-515, 8. McCumbee-505, 9. Peters-503, 10. Crawford-496.Weekend Racing ScheduleIt’s Easter weekend, a traditional off-week for the Sprint Cup teams. The Camping Series Trucks are also idle. The only major racing will be the Nationwide Series at the 1.333-mile Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, April 11. It will be televised on ESPN, beginning at 3 p.m. (EDT).Racing Trivia Question: How many Cup races did Kyle Busch win in 2008?Last Week’s Question: Where is the Sprint All-Star race held each year?Answer: Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte. This year it will be held May 16. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more