Watch Josh Groban & Sierra Boggess Sing Phantom’s ‘All I Ask of You’

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 19, 2015 Star Files View Comments Related Shows Josh Grobancenter_img Sierra Boggess Josh Groban, all we ask of you is that you stop teasing us and come to the Great White Way already! The crooner, who will perform at this weekend’s Tony Awards, has been busy promoting his theater-centric album Stages. After duetting with Kelly Clarkson and Lena Hall on the The Phantom of the Opera’s “All I Ask of You,” now he’s only gone and sung the track with our favorite Christine, Sierra Boggess, at a recent event, below. That’s right! The three-time Audience Choice Award-winning, It Shoulda Been You-starring Boggess. Groban, get yourself to Broadway, stat! A Very Special Evening With Josh Grobanlast_img read more

Renew Estate gets final approval to build 300MW solar farm in Queensland, Australia

first_imgRenew Estate gets final approval to build 300MW solar farm in Queensland, Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Construction of Renew Estate’s 300-MW Rodds Bay Solar Farm in Queensland will kick off this year after a “notice to proceed” was issued to the local transmission company.The developer said in a press release on Thursday that the project has passed all tests related to system strength and generator performance standards. Its construction will be launched by the third or fourth quarter of the year according to the connection agreement with Powerlink Queensland that was signed in January.The Rodds Bay Solar Farm, with a given capacity in direct current (DC), will be installed on grazing land near the town of Bororen, south of Gladstone, and will become one of the largest solar parks in Australia. The project was granted planning consent by the Gladstone Regional Council in the summer of 2018, which also allows the developer to couple the power plant with an 82 MW/164 MWh of battery storage capacity.According to the project’s website, the solar park is expected to generate up to 625 GW of electricity per year, or enough to cover the consumption of around 88,000 homes.Sydney-based Renew Estate is a joint venture between Wirsol Energy Pty Ltd, whose parent is Germany-based Wircon, Energy Estate and Beast Solutions.[Veselina Petrova]More: Notice to proceed issued for 300-MW solar farm in Queenslandlast_img read more

NAFCU’s Berger: MLA change would hurt credit union members

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger wrote the Defense Department to reiterate NAFCU’s concerns about unintended consequences from the Defense Department’s proposed amendments to the implementation of the Military Lending Act, and to explain that the changes would hurt credit unions’ ability to provide credit products to servicemembers.Berger requested that the DoD exempt credit unions from the proposed changes, and allow them to continue under existing MLA regulations. As an alternative, he requested they exempt payday alternative loans (PALs) from the changes.“This proposed rule, if finalized, could impact credit unions’ ability to provide credit products to servicemembers due to the interest rate restrictions already imposed on credit unions. The additional cost of compliance would also severely impact small and mid-sized credit unions and provide another barrier to offering small dollar loans generally,” Berger wrote.He continued, “NAFCU believes strongly that it was not the overall intent of Congress to curtail the practices of abusive payday lenders at the expense of frustrating the ability of legitimate and fair lenders to provide financial products and services that are in the best interest of America’s military families.”On Monday, NAFCU and four other credit union trade associations wrote the DoD on the same subject. NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz has also requested that PALs be exempted.The proposal would apply a 36 percent military annual percentage rate cap to more consumer credit products and require credit unions to check all consumer credit applications against a DoD database to see if the rule’s provisions apply to them. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Leading your team through uncertain times

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Sheaffer Chief Product Officer at The Omnia Group, an employee assessment firm providing the power of behavioral insight to help organizations make successful hires and develop exceptional employees. For more information, … Web: Details Economic hard times, a country in turmoil, and the continuing fear of the pandemic have threatened businesses on many levels. Leading through difficult, uncertain times is tough even for the most experienced leaders. Though no one is immune to feelings of apprehension, there are ways to guide others through the tough times without crippling fear.  Keep Employees InformedKnowing what to expect helps us all feel okay, and it’s human nature to look for the facts during a crisis. In organizations with poor communication, employees often feel like they’re on a dark, curvy road with no headlights. Do your best to keep them up to date. Tell them what you know and what the plans are for navigating through the crisis. Your news might not always be good or popular, but honesty and transparency build trust, earn leadership credibility and create a sense of camaraderie within the company. Employees need to stay positive but also understand the realities. A leader keeps it real while motivating the team to power through. Help your team make sense of the ever-changing conditions in the world. Be a GuideLeaders are the ones out in front guiding their teams through dark, uncertain times. Stay focused and be positive; keeping morale strong is paramount. The book Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, is an amazing story of survival and leadership. Shackleton understood the power of morale as he guided his 27-man crew through insurmountable obstacles in one of the harshest environments in the world. As a guide, avoid hasty decisions and don’t take shortcuts. Guide your team using carefully crafted short-term decisions that get the team over the rough, temporary patches. A good first step is giving employees clear, actionable priorities to rally around. Second, listen to their fears and give them a platform for making suggestions. Make it clear that while you are guiding them, you’re also walking beside them.Don’t Become ParalyzedIt takes courage to be a good leader. It’s important to always keep moving ahead. Standing still only gives the challenges time to grow and your competition time to pull ahead. Be ready to act and to make decisions even when you do not have all the answers. Move forward with the information you have and the data you can gather. Trust your expertise and the expertise of those around you.Stay UnitedPeople need a sense of community to feel secure. Leaders help employees feel safe within their professional community. Having core values and a vision for the credit union can rally the team and create a sense of unity. They’ll stand ready to fight through the storms on behalf of an organization they are proud of. Help your team come together in ways that make sense with your business environment and day-to-day operations. Factor in the inherent needs and motivators of your staff. Some members of your team will want regular face-to-face interaction; they thrive in a strong social setting. Other members of your team want community, but not necessarily in a way that requires them to engage face to face or in public settings. They want to feel connected to the team through goals, feedback and news from other departments. Using personality assessment data as a leader can help you identify more easily who needs what. You can also share results throughout the company as a way for people to understand each other better and feel more connected.Live with AmbiguityIt is not easy for anyone to live in an uncertain world. No one wants to drive blindfolded. But the truth is, we sometimes have to deal with ambiguity. Life has unexpected detours, and no matter how much you plan, even with contingencies, there is usually something that throws us off course. How many of us were thinking of a global pandemic a year ago? Strong leaders learn to deal with the unexpected. They examine the information they have in the moment and move forward. Some personality types find that easier than others, but understanding your personal leadership style can help you work in ambiguity in a way that is as comfortable as possible.Long Term vs. Short TermA strong leader never loses sight of the long-term goals while managing the immediate needs of any crisis. In uncertain times, leaders often have to make some tough decisions in the short-term in order to keep the business moving forward. Those decisions may include budget cuts, furloughs or even layoffs. It is undoubtedly uncomfortable to consider the impact and consequences of those decisions as it relates to employees and the sustainability of the company. It’s a lot of weight to bear. Maintain a clear view of what needs to happen to get through a crisis while preserving the long-term strategic visions for the company.ListenWe’ve already explained that a good leader is a good communicator, and that means listening just as much as it means informing. Listen to your employees; they will need a safe way to express their concerns and emotions. Reach out to your employees so they can tell you what’s on their minds. Some employees will be comfortable addressing issues in an open forum; others will not. Be sure to give employees opportunities to use whatever channel they are most comfortable with. Look at their assessment if you need insight on how best to manage those conversations. As a bonus, you may hear some really great ideas and strategies that leadership never considered. Leading through uncertain times is like heading out on a road trip with no destination or GPS. Help your company, your employees and yourself by sticking to your core values, staying positive and knowing when to ask for directions.last_img read more

What makes the modern NFL quarterback? Kyler Murray, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson and the next generation | NFL News

first_imgFollowing in Jackson’s blurry footsteps is Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, who is enjoying his own sophomore breakout season and, similarly, goes against the traditional height and size combination of an NFL QB. At 5-foot-10 and 207 lbs, he became the shortest quarterback ever drafted in the first round. But that hasn’t stopped him.Like Jackson, he is simply a nightmare to bring down. When you think you’ve got him in the backfield, he shimmies and pops right out. In the open field, he has a deceptive second gear. Jackson bursts through the Philadelphia Eagles’ defence to score a 37-yard touchdown You can’t deny it is working – Jackson last week improved to 25-5 (.833) over his first 30 NFL starts, tying the best mark by a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era, held by Hall of Famer Dan Marino.With just 130 more rushing yards this season, he will become the first player with at least 5,000 passing yards (currently 5,841) and 2,500 rushing yards (2,370) through his first three seasons in NFL history – all at a slender 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds. Josh Allen is hard to stop at the goal line Josh Allen is hard to stop at the goal line

First LNG Ship Arrives at Soma LNG Terminal

first_imgThe first liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship has arrived at the new Soma LNG Terminal located in Shinchi Town in Fukushima prefecture, Japan Petroleum Exploration (JAPEX) informed.Puteri Intan Satu came from Malaysia and entered Soma Port on December 6.About 60,000 tons of LNG will be unloaded from the ship, representing the first cargo the terminal will receive.The Soma LNG Terminal, located at the No.4 wharf of Soma Port, started commissioning on December 1 and commercial operations are scheduled to start in March 2018, according to the company. The terminal comprises a ground-type LNG storage tank with a capacity of 230,000 kiloliters, two berths for a large ocean-going ship, a domestic vessel for receiving and shipping, LNG vaporization equipment, and LNG shipping facility.The LNG terminal will receive cargo and supply LNG vaporized gas to the Niigata-Sendai Gas Pipeline via the Soma-Iwanuma Gas Pipeline which commenced operation on November 1, 2017. Furthermore, this terminal will supply LNG as a liquid based on LNG satellite system using tank trucks and a domestic vessel.During the commissioning period, test operations for commercial operation commencement are being conducted, in addition to legal procedures and preparation works.JAPEX has been entrusted by Fukushima Gas Power (FGP) with the management and operation of the second phase in which an additional LNG storage tank with a capacity of 230,000 kiloliters is to be constructed. The construction of the tank started in April 2017, and additional LNG vaporization equipment will commence construction in spring 2018. The facilities are expected to commence commercial operation in spring 2020. At the same time, Fukushima Natural Gas Power Plant will become operational.last_img read more

St. Nicholas Battles St. Mary’s

first_imgSt. Nicholas 7th grade defeats St Mary’s of Greensburg.St. Mary’s Greensburg began its volleyball program this year. They have 7 7th graders and a few 5th and 6th graders part of their newly formed team.St. Nicholas played at St. Mary’s on Sept. 22 and won in 2 sets with scores of 25-2 and 25-12. Ella Fledderman served up the 1st set for the team by going 22/22 with numerous Ace serves.For the 2nd game, St. Nicholas played their 5 6th graders most of the set. The girls played well as a team.They play again tomorrow at home (Milan Elementary) against Greensburg.last_img

Januzaj gives United welcome win

first_img Press Association Teenager Adnan Januzaj blasted Manchester United to a face-saving 2-1 victory at Sunderland with a superb double on his first start for the club. The 18-year-old Belgian winger, who had earlier been booked for diving, dragged a misfiring United back into the game with a calmly-taken 55th-minute equaliser and then smashed a dipping volley past keeper Keiren Westwood to win the game just six minutes later. On an afternoon when United were far from their best, they were all but taken apart by the bottom-of-the-table Black Cats before the break with Craig Gardner’s fifth-minute opener setting the stage for a concerted assault by the home side. But David Moyes’ men, who were facing a third successive Barclays Premier League defeat for the first time since December 2001, responded in the second half and eventually earned their reward. Defeat left Sunderland with just a single point from the 21 they have now contested, and watching owner Ellis Short knowing he needs to find a replacement for Paolo Di Canio sooner rather than later. Interim head coach Kevin Ball could have been forgiven for sending his team out simply to batten down the hatches and attempt to deny United anything in a bad to halt a run of three home defeats in the league. However, the 48-year-old, who guided the Black Cats to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford during his last spell in temporary charge, decided attack was the best form of defence and went for it from the off. It took the hosts just five minutes to get their noses in front, although the goal arrived courtesy of some calamitous defending which rather set the tone for United’s first-half display. Emanuele Giaccherini tricked his way past Patrice Evra on the Sunderland right all too easily and fired in a cross which Phil Jones thumped straight at team-mate Nemanja Vidic. The Serbia international could do little more than present the ball to the fast-arriving Gardner, who drilled a low shot across keeper David de Gea and into the bottom corner. Few inside the Stadium of Light expected anything other than a ruthless fightback from the visitors, but United’s efforts to get themselves back into the game were subdued at best. Januzaj fired in a series of shots from distance, most of which were blocked by a defence in which the recalled Valentin Roberge in particular proved impressively stubborn, while Wayne Rooney, back in the starting line-up after recovering from a shin injury, carelessly ran into an offside position as he attempted to get on the end of Evra’s 14th-minute cross to the near post. But Moyes’ men were astonishingly fragile at the back, where Jones in particular was found wanting on more than one occasion, and the Black Cats could have gone in at the break with a significantly bigger lead to defend after it. Gardner made the most of the defender’s indecision to run in on goal once again with nine minutes gone, but with the unmarked Jozy Altidore pleading for a cross, he delayed and Jones managed to recover. However, it was De Gea who came to the rescue 11 minutes before the break when he somehow managed to claw away Giaccherini’s goal-bound header with a save of genuine quality. Keiren Westwood was called upon to beat away Nani’s 41st-minute shot, but Giaccherini might have doubled Sunderland’s lead in the final minute of the first half when he was presented with another golden opportunity by Adam Johnson’s run through a porous United defence, only to sky his effort high over the bar. United’s desperation was summed up within three minutes of the restart when Januzaj collapsed in a heap as he went past John O’Shea inside the penalty area and was promptly booked for diving. But the Belgian was not to be denied and his industry paid off seven minutes later when he played the ball out to Evra on the left and then worked his way into the penalty area to meet the Frenchman’s cross with an assured finish. Westwood had to get down well to keep out a 58th-minute Robin van Persie snapshot, but he was powerless to prevent United taking the lead three minutes later. O’Shea got his head to Nani’s right-wing cross and the ball dropped nicely for Januzaj, who gleefully dispatched it into the bottom corner with a sweet left-foot volley. Van Persie should have made sure at the death after being played in by substitute Antonio Valencia, put prodded his effort wide of the upright. last_img read more

Van Persie: I’m back to my best

first_imgRobin van Persie insists he is back to his best and has denied suggestions he is over the hill. “It was a hard start to this season,” Van Persie said. “It’s hard to maybe pick things up straight away after the World Cup. “It can be tough to really get back to your best form. “But over the past couple of weeks I’ve been feeling very well physically. “I feel like I can make more runs and keep things going up until the last bit of the game. I feel good and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the goals are flowing in much better now.” Van Persie was part of the United team that was hammered 3-0 by Liverpool in March. It was one of the most embarrassing results of last season and was one of the reasons why David Moyes was sacked two months later. Moyes, unforgivably in the eyes of some United fans, said Liverpool were the favourites to win the match before kick-off, but this time it is the hosts who are being tipped for victory. After a run of five straight wins, United have shaken off their early-season disappointment and are now just eight points below Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea. But Van Gaal, never happy with anything but the best, is still not satisfied with the fact that his team are third in the standings behind Chelsea and Manchester City. “I dream for Manchester City’s place or Chelsea’s place,” the Dutchman admitted, frankly. “(But) now we have to live match for match and that is the most important thing.” Van Gaal got a little taste of the rivalry between United and Liverpool in pre-season when the two teams met in Miami for the final of the International Champions Cup. United cook Mike Donnelly made it clear to United’s new manager just how important it was to get one over on their rivals that day even though the match was a friendly. “Even on the tour of the United States, all the members of my staff were (talking about the rivalry with Liverpool),” Van Gaal said. “We have a cook and his name is Mike and when I don’t know about anything to do with United and rival clubs he shall say it. “He is a big Manchester United fan and I hear immediately from him.” Gary Neville claimed on Monday United and Liverpool resembled two pub teams this year while ex assistant manager Mike Phelan also weighed in with criticism of the club’s physio department. Van Gaal could not care less, though. When asked if he or his squad had been affected by the criticism, he replied: ”No, because I don’t think somebody who is living outside the community of Manchester United can judge how we are doing. It is based on no facts. I analyse everything and it is based on no facts.” Van Persie will look to continue his recent good form on Sunday when Manchester United host bitter rivals Liverpool. The arrival of Radamel Falcao, and Wayne Rooney’s appointment as captain had led some to question the 31-year-old’s place in the starting XI. Press Association The striker looked a shadow of the man who scored 29 goals in his debut year at Old Trafford at the start of this campaign. But after scoring three goals in his last three games – including a match-winning brace against Southampton – Van Persie believes he has reached peak form again, which is handy for United ahead of their biggest home fixture of the season. “When you hit 30 and you’re having a bad spell everyone say it’s because you’re 30 or 31 and things might be over for you,” the United striker told MUTV. “I live a quiet life for my football and I’m almost convinced now that I will play for many years to come at the highest level, at least that’s what I want and what I’m aiming for. “The age thing is not an issue for me at all.” Van Persie’s poor showing at the start of the season was something of a mystery given his excellent displays under Louis van Gaal at the World Cup. Van Persie scored one of the goals of the tournament during the group stages when he fired a superb diving header over Iker Casillas during Holland’s 5-1 shock win over Spain. Van Persie says playing every game for the Dutch in the World Cup took its toll on him and he suffered as a result when the domestic season began. last_img read more