Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater & John Lithgow to Headline Shakespeare in the Park

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 6, 2014 Related Shows This summer marks the 52nd year of free theater in Central Park. Tony nominee Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater and Tony winner John Lithgow will headline The Public Theater’s line-up for the 2014 free Shakespeare in the Park season at the Delacorte Theater. Rabe and Linklater will star as Beatrice and Benedick respectively in Much Ado About Nothing. Lithgow will play the titular role in King Lear. View Commentscenter_img Helmed by Jack O’Brien, Much Ado About Nothing will run June 3 through July 6. Rabe’s Broadway credits include Seminar, The Merchant of Venice (for which she received a Tony nomination), The American Plan, Heartbreak House and Steel Magnolias. Her screen credits include All Good Things, No Reservations, Mona Lisa Smile, American Horror Story, The Good Wife and Nip/Tuck. Her upcoming films include Pawn Sacrifice and Mockingjay. Linklater’s stage credits include Seminar, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Hamlet and The School for Lies. His screen credits include 42, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Battleship, The Future, The Crazy Ones ,The Good Wife, The Newsroom, The Big C and the upcoming Magic in the Moonlight. Much Ado About Nothing Directed by Daniel Sullivan, King Lear will play July 22 through August 17. Lithgow received Tony awards for his performances in Sweet Smell of Success and The Changing Room. His other Broadway credits include My Fat Friend, Comedians, Anna Christie, Once in a Lifetime, Spokesong, Bedroom Farce, Requiem for a Heavyweight, The Front Page, M. Butterfly, Beyond Therapy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All My Sons and The Columnist. His screen credits include All That Jazz, Terms of Endearment, Footloose, Shrek, This Is 40 and Dexter.last_img read more

U.S. solar installations top 2 million mark, capacity hits 70GW

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The number of solar installations in the United States has officially surpassed 2 million, according to the latest data from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The milestone comes just three years after the industry completed its 1 millionth installation, a feat that took 40 years to achieve.Wood Mackenzie analysts expect the U.S. to crack the 3 million mark in 2021 and 4 million in 2023.“The rapid growth in the solar industry has completely reshaped the energy conversation in this country,” said Abigail Ross-Hopper, president and CEO of trade group SEIA. “This $17 billion industry is on track to double again in five years, and we believe that the 2020s will be the decade that solar becomes the dominant new form of energy generation.”California was central to the market’s early years and remains a critical leg today, but its importance is diminishing as other state markets grow up. California accounted for 51 percent of the first million installations but 43 percent of the second million.Success in acquiring more customers, and at lower costs, will determine how quickly the industry installs its next million systems — and at what price. Largely due to the challenges of customer acquisition cost, Wood Mackenzie forecasts residential growth at just 3.3 percent in 2019.The 2 million solar systems currently installed, which represent more than 70 gigawatts of capacity, provide enough electricity for around 12 million homes. But that’s just a fraction of U.S. buildings. According to the Census Bureau, in July 2017 the U.S. had 137.4 million “housing units,” a figure that includes apartments as well as single-family homes, but doesn’t count businesses, manufacturing and other commercial buildings.More: U.S. surpasses 2 million solar installations as industry looks to ‘dominate’ the 2020s U.S. solar installations top 2 million mark, capacity hits 70GWlast_img read more

Martinelli Assures the FARC Controlled 25% of Panamanian Jungle

first_img The FARC is currently involved in negotiations with Juan Manuel Santos’ government, in order to put an end to more than 40 years of violence. Panama seized about 35 tons of drugs in 2012, while 39 tons were confiscated in 2011, although most seizures were made in 2009 and 2010, with 54 tons each year, official records showed. “We are forced to confront a new generation of organized and sophisticated criminals that disrespect law and constitutionality,” said the head of state. The Darien area has always been a conflict area for Panama, not only due to guerrilla presence, but also due to drug trafficking operations. “When I took office in 2009, 25% of the Darien area was under FARC control,” Martinelli said during a speech before the Panamanian Congress, adding, “today I can assure you that Panama has 100% sovereignty over its territory.” Martinelli stated that “criminal organization proliferated because of weak state institutions” and added that most countries in the region are facing a “dramatic increase in violence, crime and the presence of organized crime.” By Dialogo July 08, 2013 According to official figures, 80% of the cocaine that enters the United States does so through Central America, and comes from South America. During a joint operation that was conducted in that area with the Colombian Army on June 18, Panama destroyed about 5,000 coca plants, as well as a lab for processing these plants into cocaine. On July 1, Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli stated that the guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was in control of 25% of the Darien jungle in 2009, a Panamanian area on the border with Colombia. Panamanian authorities consider that drug smuggling in their waters has decreased due to law enforcement presence and from ‘Operation Martillo’, a multinational counter drug effort launched by the United States and Central America in January 2012.last_img read more

Easy to find application wants to be a better, more detailed and informative domestic tourist “Google Maps”

first_imgAll the trends say one thing – the focus is on the mobile phone, which will soon, if not already, become the main object in our lives and the only thing we can’t do without. Soon, the mobile phone will become the main means of payment, identification, the medium – we can do without everything, but we cannot do without a mobile phone, and the only object that is with us all the time.Thus, in tourism, through various applications and social networks, the mobile phone is used for taking pictures, recording videos, communicating on social networks, navigating and source of information, etc.… On the other hand in tourism, but in a more detailed, broader and informative way. It is an Easy to Find application whose goal is easier and simpler navigation in tourist destinations, ie in a new environment where tourists find themselves when they come to Croatia, which is completely unknown to them because they are in the destination for the first time.The question is what the destination offers, from tourist to all other useful information, from post office, shops, pharmacy, service, gas stations, course… but also all additional information about everyone, not just markers on the map to get as fast as possible, more precisely, in more detail the user could find his way in the new environment and get all the necessary information in one place.As Boris Stoilkovski, one of the founders, points out, the Easy to find application offers everything we need and the whole of Croatia in the palm of your hand, thus eliminating the need for various maps, navigation and various applications separate by city. “The goal of the application is for every person in an unfamiliar environment (as well as in a familiar one) to find his way as quickly as possible and reach the desired goal in the fastest appropriate way. In addition to mapping all possible places and locations, the application also includes hiking, biking and hiking trails, and we offer the possibility of virtual tourist routes (virtual walks) and much more.”Boris Stoilkovski points out.The idea of ​​the application is to make it possible for users to have all possible information about the desired location in one place. “In other words, there is no need to use multiple apps for different cities, timetables, oil prices, accommodation rentals, etc. because the Easy to Find app covers absolutely everything, with only the tourist aspect of our country in mind.”Boris Stoilkovski points out.At first, the association is on Google Maps (GM), but Stoilkovski points out that they do not like the comparison with GM because they look much wider and that they were not guided by their business model.The content of Google Maps is defined, so we do not compare with them. However, our willingness to support innovative ideas and load different content into the application, makes us more flexible in relation to them. Thus, we opened the question of the advantages of our application, and that is that its content changes as the actual situation on the ground changes. A kind of goal is to encourage our users to upload content themselves, thus making it easier for everyone to navigate.. “Pointed out Stoilkovski and added that this is a start-up company and a newer application, and that they are currently approaching a thousand users, which is very good in a relatively short time, without advertising and the beta phase. The application is in beta and should be ready for full implementation in two to three years, when they plan to completely map the whole of Croatia.There is a long and difficult road to the end of mapping and entering all the details in front of Stoilkovski and the whole team, but, as they point out, their goal is not instant earnings but a quality and stable solution and they are looking at the long term. Step by step, they diligently map the whole of Croatia and fill in all possible data about all destinations, which are actually the most valuable that the application will offer and what Google Maps does not have or “can” have – accurate, detailed and freshly localized information about the entire destination.Just go ahead and stay awake, because until yesterday they laughed at various “new kids”, and today Facebook is the largest medium in the world and they do not generate their content, Uber has become the largest taxi carrier without a single taxi in its ownership, Alibaba is the largest a store without warehouses and goods in its ownership, and Airbnb the largest accommodation provider and does not own a single property.If you have an Android device you can see / download it here – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.easy.it.find.easytofind02last_img read more

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Government to offer $62.3b in bonds in H2 to finance coronavirus fight

first_imgIndonesia is preparing to offer Rp 900.4 trillion (US$62.35 billion) worth of sovereign debt papers (SBN) in the second half of the year as debt financing swells significantly to fund the country’s coronavirus response.The government had raised Rp 630.5 trillion worth of SBN as of June this year, including $4.3 billion from a three-tranche United States dollar denominated bond in April and $2.5 billion from a three-tranche global sukuk (sharia-compliant bond) last month, according to the Finance Ministry’s financing strategy and portfolio director, Riko Amir.“The market will not be able to absorb all of the Rp 900.4 trillion worth of bonds and therefore there will be a burden sharing scheme between the government and Bank Indonesia,” Riko said in a discussion on Thursday. The government, he went on to say, was still in negotiations with the central bank on the details of the scheme. The central bank and the government are set to sign an agreement on a bond sale program worth Rp 574 trillion at zero interest or below the market rate of 7 percent, which will be the largest debt monetization program among developing economies.Read also: Indonesia raises $930m in samurai bonds to fund pandemic responseUnder the agreement, Bank Indonesia (BI) will buy Rp 397.6 trillion worth of bonds with zero yields for healthcare and social safety net programs, among other things.The central bank will also purchase Rp 123.4 trillion worth of bonds with a 3.25 percent yield to fund relief programs for small and medium businesses as well as Rp 53.57 trillion worth of bonds to rescue big businesses with a 4.25 percent interest rate, the current benchmark rate. “BI is ready to share the burden not only in the financing efforts but also those related to the debts,” BI Governor Perry Warjiyo told lawmakers on Monday, adding that the scheme would ease the government’s burden for paying higher interest rates as a result of the widening deficit.The central bank has already been buying government bonds in auctions, although in small portions, to help finance the government’s spending. BI has so far bought Rp 30.33 trillion in government bonds directly at auctions and bought another Rp 166.2 trillion of bonds in the secondary market to help stabilize the country’s currency.Under an emergency law issued by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak’s economic impacts, BI is allowed to buy government bonds directly at auctions. Previously, the central bank could only buy the debt papers on the secondary market.The government is facing the daunting task of borrowing Rp 1.53 quadrillion this year to fund the budget deficit, which is expected to reach 6.34 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), as well to finance investments and repay its debts.Read also: Administrative issues hamper COVID-19 budget disbursement: Sri MulyaniThis is an increase from a previous borrowing needs projection of Rp 1.4 quadrillion announced by the government in April, as it has now allocated Rp 695.2 trillion budget to strengthen the healthcare system and bolster the economy amid the pandemic.According to the ministry’s presentation materials, the borrowing needs will increase the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio to around 37.64 to 38.5 percent by the end of year from around 30 percent in 2019.“We will maintain the debt ratio within the safe limit of below 60 percent of GDP and we will be prudent in managing the debts while also supporting the countercyclical policies,” said Riko.The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the country’s economy as the government now expects a full year growth of only 1 percent under a baseline scenario or a 0.4 percent contraction under a worst-case scenario.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on Emergence of a Case of MCR-1 in Pennsylvania

first_img Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today issued a statement about the emergence of a case of plasmid-mediated colistin resistance (mcr-1) in Pennsylvania:“We have learned about a human case of mcr-1 in a Pennsylvania resident, and my administration, through the Department of Health, immediately began working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the United States Department of Defense (DOD), to coordinate an appropriate and collaborative response between federal, state, and local entities. We are taking the emergence of this resistance gene very seriously and we will take necessary actions to prevent mcr-1 from becoming a widespread problem with potentially serious consequences. The safety of Pennsylvanians is our utmost priority.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf May 26, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Statement on Emergence of a Case of MCR-1 in Pennsylvanialast_img read more

Pensionskassen insolvency reform to impact on occupational pensions

first_imgThe reform of the Betriebsrentengesetz, the law that protects German Pensionskassen in case of an employer’s bankruptcy, can have an impact on the appeal of occupational pensions, according to consultants.Under the new rule, employers are required to contribute to the equalisation fund set up by the mutual insurance association for German occupational pension schemes, the Pensions-Sicherungs-Verein VVaG (PSV).Contribution are calculated in 9‰ (promille), which takes into account the rate for 2021, set at 3‰ (promille), and an additional contribution of 1.5‰ (promille) for the years 2022-2025.“The employer has to pay the contribution to the PSV, but the PSV will step in only if the Pensionskassen cannot pay pensions in full and the employer is insolvent,” Kai Lehmberg, consultant for policy matters at the Hannoversche Kassen, told IPE. Employers will reconsider how and if to continue to provide occupational pensions, he said.“In this case we will have to see what kind of consequences the reform will have on occupational pensions.”BaFin, the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, has 36 Pensionskassen under intensive scrutiny, according to a reply from the German government to a parliamentary inquiry, and has already approved applications to cut pension benefits filed by seven funds.With the reform, the legislator decided to widen the scope of the PSV for regulated Pensionskassen precisely given the difficult situation that retirement funds navigate, said Michael Ries, managing partner at Ries Corporate Solutions.But, he added, the reduction of benefits by Pensionskassen will lead to problems for sponsor companies, which will have later on to compensate for reductions and pay contributions to the PSV.“This is catastrophic for the Pensionskassen, and will be fatal for the acceptance and the appeal of occupational pensions,” Ries said.“This is catastrophic for the Pensionskassen, and will be fatal for the acceptance and the appeal of occupational pensions” Michael Ries, managing partner at Ries Corporate SolutionsEmployers that run occupational pensions through regulated Pensionskassen will have to pay contributions to PSV on top of the normal contributions for old-age provisions.“The legislator wants to have the highest level of security, and it is the only way that makes sense because the alternative is the liability of state, and that is not a viable realistic alternative,” Lehmberg said.He added that, however, further contributions may lead employers, in particular small firms, to consider whether to provide occupational pensions through Pensionskassen.Unfair treatmentHannoversche Kassen has adjusted the interest rate for future benefits because it cannot always guarantee to generate 3% return, and make promises that won’t be able to keep, Lehmberg said.“We have the possibility to react flexibly and to generate for the future what we have promised,” he said, but employers pay the same amount of contributions for Pensionskassen that have taken, or have not taken risks.“It is unfair that all regulated Pensionskassen are treated the same way even though some are financially well in shape and others not so financially well equipped. The reform does not close this gap and all regulated Pensionskasse are disadvantaged,” he said.The reform extends the protection provided by PSV to company pensions organised through Pensionskassen, excluding public sector schemes and company pensions organised through funds that already fall under the Protektor Lebensversicherungs, the guarantee scheme for German life insurers.Hannoversche Kassen believes the Protektor Lebensversicherungs is not as well equipped as the PSV.“If the employer manages the occupational pension through a Direktversicherung (direct insurer) and the insurer struggles financially, then the protektor steps in. The Protektor does not have to pay full pensions in special cases, and the difference has to be paid by the employer. The protector system is not always beneficial,” Lehmberg said.Through the reform, the legislator has changed the insurers’ contract formula, or versicherungsvertragliche Lösung, which gave employers the possibility to limit the number of claims from an employee that decided to step out early from an occupational pension organized through a direct insurer.“We welcome this part of the reform because it gives planning security, and there will not be litigation between the parties,” Lehmberg said.For Ries, instead, the employer remains liable to compensate  the Pensionskasse’s reductions of benefits.“The legislator wants to reinforce the cover of the beneficiaries but impacts the reputation, the appeal of the occupational pension and will reach the opposite result of that of the Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz. It will be a catastrophe,” he said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Venezuela arrests two Americans in failed ‘invasion’ try

first_imgPresident Nicolas Maduro, shown in a handout picture released by the Venezuelan Presidency speaking to members of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces, announced that two Americans were arrested for taking part in the failed “invasion.” AFP Maduro appeared on state television to show the passports of Luke Denman, 34, and Airan Berry, 41, and told the Venezuelan military high command that the pair were members of the US security forces. (AFP) The arrests came a day after the government said it foiled an “invasion” from the sea, killing eight assailants and capturing two others.center_img CARACAS – Two Americans were detained in Venezuela on Monday on suspicion of plotting to topple President Nicolas Maduro’s government, which has accused US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido of bankrolling the scheme.last_img read more

Tips to help save at the energy meter

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Trying to stay cool during this heatwave in Indiana? That probably means you’re using more energy at home – which can lead to a higher energy bill. Air conditioners use a lot of electricity, but there are a few things you can do to help avoid surprises on your monthly bill according to duke energy.Three tips for understanding your billThe first step to keeping your bill in check is understanding what’s on it. Here’s what to look for:Billing cycle lengthCheck the number of days in your billing cycle. Most bills cover 30 days, but sometimes it varies. Bills that cover more days can be higher.Average kWhLook at average kilowatt-hour (kWh) use per day. At first glance, your bill may look higher, but if your average use is similar to the same time last year, or similar to another month with extreme temps, it’s a normal bill.Online usage toolsIf you have a smart meter, check for a daily usage analysis tool online. Smart meters collect the info by the hour, so you can check for spikes in energy use to see what appliances and behaviors are increasing your bill.10 ways to avoid billing surprisesNow for the good stuff. Here are some things you can do to keep tabs on your energy use and lower your bill.Get usage alerts thru text messages.The best way to avoid billing surprises is to track your use. Duke Energy customers with a smart meter can sign up for Usage Alerts. Similar to data alerts you get from your cellphone company, you can set a budget amount for your monthly energy bill and receive notices when you are approaching your limit.Upgrade your bulbs.Replace standard bulbs with light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs are more efficient than regular bulbs and emit less heat, while giving off the same amount of light.Check your HVAC.Have your heating and cooling system checked to maintain performance. Duke Energy offers qualified customers rebates to help offset the cost of replacing older units with energy-efficient ones. Use finditduke.com to find a certified contractor.Change your filters.Change air filters regularly. A dirty air filter makes an HVAC system work harder and use more energy.Adjust your thermostat.Set your thermostat as high as comfortable. The smaller the difference between the inside and outside temperatures, the lower your energy bill will be.Shut the blinds.Close blinds and curtains on sunny days.Put the whole-house fan to work.If you have a whole-house fan, use it to pull cool air into your home at night or in the early morning through open windows. Turn the fan off and shut the windows during the day.Use exhaust fans.Bathroom and kitchen fans remove heat and humidity from showering and cooking. (And take short showers instead of baths to save even more year-round.)Cool off with ceiling fans.A ceiling fan can cool you off enough that you’ll feel comfortable raising the thermostat a few degrees.Save washing for the evening.Run your dishwasher, washing machine and dryer at night when it’s cooler. Also, run full loads and consider air-drying dishes and clothes to save even more.last_img read more