first_imgKristin Chenoweth Jonathan Groff View Comments Sutton Foster Idina Menzel Audra McDonald With the recent announcement that The Late, Late Show host James Corden will be hosting the Tony Awards this year, we are already fantasizing about how the Tony winner and all-around funny guy will promote Broadway’s biggest night. Our first choice? A Broadway-centric carpool karaoke! We asked you to rank the Broadway stars you’d like to see Corden steer around NYC while belting out show tunes. Below are your top 10 picks for his passenger seat! Lin-Manuel Miranda Aaron Tveit Darren Criss Jonathan Groff, Audra McDonald, Aaron Tveit & James Corden Neil Patrick Harris Jeremy Jordanlast_img read more


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:India’s annual electricity generation from coal-fired utilities fell in 2019 for the first time in a decade, government data showed, amid a broader economic slowdown and increased use of renewable energy.India is the second largest consumer, importer and producer of coal behind China. The world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter consumed nearly 1 billion tonnes of the fuel in 2018/19, with utilities accounting for over three-quarters of the total demand.While greater adoption of renewable energy contributed to lower output from coal-fired utilities, weak economic growth added to a slowdown in overall demand for electricity, economists say.Analysts and power sector executives say the fall in annual coal-fired generation was a blip and largely due to a broader economic slowdown.“It is very much an aberration now, but it’s a portent to what is inevitably going to happen in 5-10 years,” Tim Buckley, director of Energy Finance Studies, at the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, in Australia, told Reuters on the sidelines of Coaltrans India conference.Electricity generation from coal-fired utilities fell about 2.5% to 965.53 billion units in 2019, an analysis of fuel-wise electricity generation data by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) showed. Solar energy output rose by over a quarter while wind energy generation rose 5%, the data showed. The contribution of solar and wind energy to India’s overall energy generation rose to 8.8%, more than double their share of 3.6% in 2015.[Sudarshan Varadhan]More: India’s annual coal power output falls for first time in a decade Coal-fired electricity generation in India fell in 2019 for the first time in 10 yearslast_img read more


first_imgHere’s what each piece of the Great American Outdoors Act would do: In other news: Illustrator Amber Share had a goal of drawing all the national parks, but says she wanted to find a way to do it with a twist. As she was browsing online one day, Amber says she began reading one-star reviews of the national parks, and the idea to draw park posters based on their bad reviews “just came to me.” We’re so happy it did, because the results are hilarious. Tennessee man who hiked the AT 18 times claims spot in hall of fame From a Grand Canyon park poster declaring it, “A hole. A very, very large hole,” to a closer-to-home review of Great Smoky Mountain National Park that says there’s, “Nothing special to do” there, Share’s art makes us giggle and reminds us that some people can make lemons out of just about anything. See all of her one-star poster designs on her Instagram feed @subparparks.  Since 1964, The Land and Water Conservation Fund has paid $900 million a year to protect national parks, areas around rivers and lakes, national forests, and national wildlife refuges; and to provide matching grants for state and local parks and recreation projects. The funds come from revenues of offshore oil and gas extraction. While the money is available every year, it’s not guaranteed, and Congress often diverts the funds for other uses. The Great American Outdoors Act would guarantee funding for the LWCF. In addition to the 39,000+ miles that Doyle has hiked on the AT, he is also a founding member of the Appalachian Trail Institute, which teaches hopeful thru-hikers the strategies they need to be successful on long-distance trails. On May 2, Doyle will claim his well-deserved spot in the Appalachian Trail Museum’s Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame. Senate introduces bill to fund public lands WVDNR uses electrofishing technique to study walleye population According to a news release, DNR biologists recently used the method to study New River walleye, which thrive in the Elk, Gauley and New rivers and can be found in the Cheat, Jennings Randolph, Summersville, Stonecoal, Tygart and Stephens lakes. “It doesn’t hurt the fish,” says assistant chief of fish management for the DNR, Mark Scott. “It just immobilizes them.”  Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act Artist draws national park posters based on one-star reviews and it’s epic The Land and Water Conservation Fund After decades of neglect, the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act would provide nearly $20 million to tackle deferred maintenance projects in the national parks, national forests, on BLM lands and more. Currently, the national parks have $11.9 billion in deferred maintenance, which severely impacts the parks and the public’s ability to enjoy them. Featured Image: Family beside camp, campfire, tent under night starry sky from Getty Images Thru-hiking the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail just once is a feat of endurance that few can accomplish, but hiking the trail 18 times? That bragging right is exclusive to Warren Doyle, a Mountain City, Tennessee man who has hiked the Appalachian Trail 18 times, including nine thru-hikes, the Patriot-News reports.  West Virginia anglers may be interested to learn that the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources uses electrofishing to manage the walleye population in the New River. Electrofishing is a common method of sampling fish populations to see how they’re doing in their habitat. Two electrodes are used to send electric currents through the water, which attracts fish and makes them easier to catch and study. So where does all of this stand now? Last week, President Trump tweeted that he hoped Congress would send him a bill that fully and permanently funded the LWCF and restore the national parks. “When I sign it in to law,” Trump tweeted, “it will be HISTORIC for our beautiful public lands.” We could all use some good news, no? Well, here’s something to smile about. Last Monday, the Senate introduced a public lands funding bill called the Great American Outdoors Act that would provide $900 million to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Act and give $1.9 billion to the Restore Our Parks Act to tackle deferred maintenance projects. The bill also includes $600 million to address maintenance projects in National Forests, BLM lands, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Indian Education.last_img read more


first_imgFeb 16, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who tracked national data on influenza vaccination rates and mortality in elderly people from 1968 through 2001 say they could find no evidence that flu shots reduced death rates.A number of previous studies have suggested that flu shots could reduce the number of community-living elderly people who die in winter by as much as 50%, according to the report by Lone Simonsen, PhD, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and colleagues from NIH and other organizations.But the authors say they could find no evidence that increasing flu vaccination coverage among people 65 and older lowered mortality rates. Further, they concluded that the number of flu-related deaths in the elderly from 1968 through 2001 was never more than 10% of all winter deaths, suggesting that flu immunization could have only a relatively small effect on total death rates.”We conclude . . . that there are not enough influenza-related deaths to support the conclusion that vaccination can reduce total winter mortality among the US elderly population by as much as half,” states the article, published yesterday in Archives of Internal Medicine.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu shots for everyone aged 50 and older, as well as young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health problems, healthcare workers, and people caring for small babies. (Because of the vaccine supply problems this season, the agency has advised healthy people in the 50-to-64 age-group to forgo the shots, though that restriction has been dropped in some areas.)The researchers gathered data on flu vaccination rates, deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I), and total deaths in winter (December through March) among elderly people from 1968 through 2001. They used a statistical model to estimate the number of “excess” all-cause deaths each winter, which they define as the fraction of all winter deaths attributable to influenza. (Simonsen and others published an analysis last year suggesting that flu is the “primary determinant” of the increased death rate in winter in the United States.)The authors looked separately at the data for the 19 years when influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominated and the 14 years when A(H1N1) and B viruses were dominant. They report that vaccination coverage for the elderly increased from 16% in 1972-73 to 65% in 2001, with most of the increase occurring after 1980.Annual winter deaths over the 33 years ranged from about 425,000 to 672,000 and gradually increased over time, the report says. The authors’ estimates of excess deaths ranged from less than 1% of all deaths in 1973-74 to 9.7% in 1998-99. The average number of excess deaths increased from about 21,000 in the 1970s to 39,000 in the 1990s.In looking at the data for elderly of all ages in H3N2-dominated seasons, the authors found that excess P&I deaths decreased until 1980 but then stayed about the same. In seasons dominated by H1N1 and B viruses, both P&I deaths and excess all-cause deaths stayed the same or increased slightly over the study period.The researchers also examined the data by 5-year age-groups. For people aged 65 to 74 years, excess mortality rates in A(H3N2)-dominated seasons fell between 1968 and the early 1980s but leveled off after that. The authors attribute the pre-1980 drop in mortality to the development of immunity to the H3N2 virus, which emerged in the pandemic of 1968-69.For people older than 84, excess mortality in H3N2 seasons tended to increase over time. Findings for 75- to 84-year-olds were intermediate between those for the younger and older age-groups.The article says it is “widely believed” that immunization reduces flu-related mortality by 70% to 80%. If that is true, “then the 50-percentage-point increase in vaccination coverage among the elderly after 1980 should have reduced both excess P&I and excess all-cause mortality by about 35% to 40%. We found no evidence to indicate that such a reduction had occurred . . . in any elderly age-group.”The conflict between these findings and various observational studies may be explainable in part by underlying differences between vaccinated and unvaccinated groups in the latter studies, the authors suggest. For example, elderly people who are very sick in the fall, and thus are likely to die in the ensuing winter, are less likely to receive flu shots than healthy elderly people are.Still, the authors conclude, “This vast disconnect between conclusions from different studies must be sorted out.”The CDC, for its part, says the Simonsen study is not likely to prompt a change in the recommendation that elderly people get flu shots.”CDC still highly recommends flu vaccination for the elderly,” spokeswoman Bonnie Hebert told CIDRAP News. She said the study is an “ecologic” study that looked at nationwide trends over time but did not directly compare the illness and mortality rates of vaccinated and unvaccinated elderly people.Hebert said the CDC may “look at studying a different vaccine for the elderly and more use of medicines,” such as antiviral drugs. For example, intradmeral vaccination—injecting vaccine just under the skin surface instead of into muscle—is “something possibly to take a look at,” she said. Two studies published last fall suggested that intradermal vaccination with less vaccine may induce the same level of immunity as intramuscular vaccination.Kris Ehresmann, immunization program director at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in Minneapolis, generally echoed Hebert’s thoughts on the study. “At this point, a single study of this type and methodology is not enough to say we’ll stop vaccinating people 65 and older,” she said.The MDH and CDC “are continuing to say vaccination is still the best way to prevent influenza,” Ehresmann said. “I think this study suggests there are more things we need to be doing,” such as putting more emphasis on vaccination of caregivers of elderly people and on the use of antiviral drugs, and perhaps even moving to universal vaccination, she added.Simonsen L, Reichert TA, Viboud C, et al. Impact of influenza vaccination on seasonal mortality in the US elderly population. Arch Intern Med 2005;165(Feb14):265-72 [Abstract]last_img read more


first_imgMaurizio Sarri takes swipe at Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich amid sack fears Advertisement Sarri cut a dejected figure at the Etihad and stormed down the tunnel at full-time (Picture: Getty)Asked by Sky Sport Italia if he was expecting a call from Abramovich to discuss his future, Sarri responded in rather sassy fashion: ‘If the president calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘To be honest, I don’t know what to expect.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAbramovich is yet to watch Chelsea under Sarri after he was denied a UK visa, though the Italian coach was brought in with a remit to overhaul the team’s style of play.Sarri said he ‘did not know’ if he would be required to meet with Chelsea’s board to explain Sunday’s result, and potentially fight for his future at the club, and struggled to understand why his side had played so badly. The Chelsea boss says he has not heard from the Russian this season (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri has taken a not-so-subtle swipe at Roman Abramovich amid suggestions his future at Chelsea could be under threat following Sunday’s 6-0 defeat to Manchester City.The west Londoners suffered their heaviest defeat since 1991 at the Etihad, with Sergio Aguero bagging a hat-trick as the Premier League champions blew away the visitors in 25 frantic minutes at the start of the first half.Chelsea have now lost three successive away matches, to Arsenal, Bournemouth and City, leading to speculation that Sarri’s job could be under threat as the Blues slipped to sixth in the table. Commentcenter_img Abramovich has been unable to visit Stamford Bridge this season (Picture: Getty)He continued: ‘We’ll need to find the explanation for all this over the next few hours. My sensations before kick-off were good, as they were during the week.‘We conceded a stupid goal in the opening minutes that affected us for the whole game. Manchester City play fantastic football and I saw an extraordinary team. We had a total blackout.‘Matches like this can leave a mark. It won’t be easy to get back on our feet after this. Football is also made of heavy defeats. At half-time, I told the lads that if we were able to react, we’d come back stronger than ever.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 Feb 2019 8:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link806Shareslast_img read more


first_imgSPF, Varma, OPSG, Amsterdam Free University, Amundi, MN, SEISPF – Roelf Pater has been appointed as director of the €13bn Dutch railways pension fund’s pensions bureau. He joins from BlackRock, where he was director of fiduciary management since 2012. Earlier, Pater worked as an independent asset management consultant for pension funds and pensions providers. He has also held a variety of roles at TKP Investments, ING Investment Management and MN.Varma – Jarmo Hyvärinen, Kari Jordan, Erkki Järvinen, Hannu Kottonen, Päivi Leiwo and Christoph Vitzthum have joined the Finnish pension mutual’s supervisory board. Hyvärinen is currently chairman of the sales and marketing professionals union (MMA), while Jordan is chief executive of paper manufacturer Metsä. Järvinen and Kottonen are both chief executives of local manufacturing companies, Tikkurila and HKScan, and Leiwo is chair of the board at energy company Oilon. Vitzthun is chief executive of baking and confectionery group Fazer.Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group – Philip Shier has been elected chair of the pension stakeholder group at the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority. He is to serve the remainder of Benne van Popta’s term, after the Detailhandel chairman stepped down earlier this year. Amsterdam Free University – Ivor Witte has been appointed as co-worker of international pensions law at Amsterdam’s Free University (VU). While writing his PhD, he has focused on national and international aspects of pensions provision at the VU. Witte will now research the European dimension of supervision of pension plans and the meaning of European and international law for Dutch pensions legislation.Amundi – Navik Patel has been named head of directional strategies, joining from Aberdeen Asset Management. Prior to his five years at Aberdeen, he worked for RBS Asset Management and began his career at Coutts.MN – Gerald Cartigny has been named CIO and director of fiduciary management at the €110bn asset manager. He has carried out both roles since March 2014 on an interim basis following the departure of Wouter Pelser. Cartigny started at MN as director of account management in 2012. Previously, he was managing director at ABN Amro Asset Management.SEI – Brian McCauley and Owen Khonje have joined the fiduciary manager. McCauley was named client director, joining from the investment consultancy business at Buck Consultants. Khonje joins the alternative investments team from the in-house team at Barclays Bank’s defined benefit fund.last_img read more


first_imgPolarcus, a Dubai-based seismic contractor, has seen an increase in its vessel utilization during the first quarter of 2019.Quarterly vessel utilization was at 92 percent compared to 83 percent in the first quarter of 2018.According to Polarcus’ update, on a contracted basis the vessel utilization increased to 92 percent in Q1 2019 compared to 65 percent in Q1 2018.The multi-client basis has seen a drop to 0 percent in Q1 2019 from 18 percent in Q1 2018.The percentage of the standby vessels was 0 percent in Q1 compared to 6 percent in Q1 2018.The company excluded Polarcus Nadia seismic vessel from vessel utilization numbers subsequent to cold-stacking in April 2015.last_img read more


first_imgOneNews 24 October 2013Deaths by assisted suicide have increased wherever the practices have been legalised, opening the door to abuse, a report claims.The report has set off alarm bells for Bob McCoskrie from Family First who says it sends a dangerous message to young New Zealanders about suicide.But MP Maryan Street, who has withdrawn her euthanasia bill until after next year’s election, says people need to have the choice as to when they end their lives and she says the report is misleading and statistically wrong.The report by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada says legal euthanasia is never just for “exceptional” cases” and eligibility rules are highly subjective. It says laws legalising euthanasia/assisted suicide ignore the risks to those who are vulnerable and/or susceptible to coercion as long as they self-define their suffering as unbearable.There are no second chances once euthanasia is perceived as the best treatment, the report concludes.Mr McCoskrie told Breakfast this morning that to allow Maryan Street’s bill would “open up a Pandora’s Box for elder abuse”.New Zealand should adopt the same precautionary approach to assisted suicide as it did to the death penalty which said one life lost is one too many, Mr McCoskrie said.“Rather than increase killing, let’s increase palliative care and pain management and fund hospices the way they should be funded.”Mr McCoskrie says Hospice New Zealand and the NZ Medical Association “don’t want a bar of this legislation” because they know the coercive power and abuse that could happen under it.“We should be increasing care, not increasing killing.“To legalise assisted suicide would place large numbers of vulnerable people at risk – in particular those who are depressed, elderly, sick, disabled, those experiencing chronic illness, limited access to good medical care, and those who feel themselves to be under emotional or financial pressure to request early death.”The report says euthanasia deaths have increased 64% between 2005 and 2010 in the Netherlands, by 130% between 2009 and 2012 in Washington and have doubled in Oregon since 2005.It says in the Netherlands, euthanasia began with terminally ill patients and expanded to those with mental illness but now babies with spina bifida or other illnesses are “killed with parental consent”. And it claims patients with Alzheimer’s disease, even though they can no longer choose to be killed, are being euthanised.“The bill put forward by Labour MP Maryan Street would represent the most wide-ranging law of its kind in the world – and would be ripe for abuse,” Mr McCoskrie says.Ms Street disputes the figures in the report but says undoubtedly there are people who would not have thought about using legalised euthanasia before because it was not a legal option for them.She told Breakfast she has looked at legislation from all around the world and tried to find the best bits. She says the bill contains caveats and protection to prevent coercion.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/assisted-suicide-opens-door-abuse-report-5658404last_img read more


first_imgNZ Herald 22 July 2015At first glance, the profiles seem innocent enough. There’s Lucy, 31, from Rochester, who enjoys cooking, theatre and books, and Jack, 46, from Hampshire, who describes himself as a “laid-back character who travels a lot with work and loves music and sport”.Some of the requests even sound rather sweet. Matthew, a 59-year-old Londoner, hopes to meet a woman to “chat about life in general, politics, faith and social justice”, while Sally, 43, from Hertfordshire, wants “someone to keep me on my toes and make my pulse race”.They could all be hopefuls on an ordinary dating website – one of the many that have sprung up in recent years to help single men and women find love through the internet.But these profiles are far more sinister than that. For the people behind them are all, in fact, married. They are signed up to Ashley Madison, a controversial website that promotes and caters for extra-marital affairs.One can only imagine the huge wave of terror felt by them yesterday when a group of hackers threatened to reveal the identities of Ashley Madison’s members.One of the site’s many opponents, a secretive group calling themselves The Impact Team, claim to have hacked into the online database and stolen the details and private messages. They warn that unless the site is shut down with immediate effect, they will expose its 37 million cheating users worldwide by publishing their names, addresses and explicit images online.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11485106last_img read more


first_imgNOTTINGHAM, England (CMC) – Clive Lloyd, the last West Indies captain to taste World Cup glory, has insisted that the regional team need to make smarter decisions if they are to have an impact in the tournament.Lloyd, the legendary captain who won the 1975 and 1979 World Cups, made the comments following the Windies’ batting collapse against Australia on Thursday.The Windies were well-placed on 190 for four in the 35th over, chasing Australia’s total of 288, but lost five wickets for 66 runs to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.Lloyd said he believed it was a game the West Indies should have easily won.“The West Indies team must start to play smart cricket because they have two real big games coming up against South Africa and England, therefore they have to be on top of their game as I’m sure they’d want to qualify,” he said.“I think on another day, with a better analysis of the situation they could have won that game and this would have given them the impetus to realise that they were serious contenders to qualify for the latter stages of this competition.”Lloyd said players needed to realise they were playing 50-over cricket and not T20.“The players have to realise that this is not Twenty20. The batsmen need to turn those scores of 30 and 40 into bigger scores and they must be aware that all these teams have world class bowlers at their disposal,” he said.He explained that their next match against South Africa was a crucial one in deciding whether they qualify for the knockout phase of the competition.Lloyd said it was important for the West Indies to put the loss against Australia behind them.“South Africa are up next and while they haven’t performed to their ability, Windies have to be aware of the job at hand, as South Africa are in danger of missing out on the top four if they lose.“They now have to re-group, look at the mistakes they made and rectify them so that they can return to their winning ways. I’m still feeling positive about the West Indies overall,” Lloyd revealed.“West Indies have to get all the disciplines right on the day and play clever cricket because for the most part of the day (against Australia) they did well, but they simply did not capitalise on the early dismissals.”last_img read more