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Nicholas Afoa Will Lead West End Production of The Lion King

first_imgNicholas Afoa Hakuna matata! Native New Zealander Nicholas Afoa, a vet of The Lion King in Australia, is to take on the role of Simba in the West End production in May. The hit tuner is playing at the Lyceum Theatre.Other new members of the cast joining next month include: Etian Almeida, Jonathan Andre, Janique Charles, Zinhle Dube, Sandile Gontsana, Kwesi Jeffers, Stephanie Lo, Sadia McEwen, Khaya Maseko, Daniel Monteiro, Nosipho Nkonqa, Dominique Planter, Antoine Murray-Straughan, Kayode Salina and Ricardo Walker.Based on the popular Disney film, The Lion King opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997, and won six 1998 Tony Awards in 1998, including Best Musical. The show has spawned 19 productions worldwide and has been translated into seven different languages. It has been running for 17 years in London. View Commentslast_img read more

Regional Marines in Sync

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2012 Marine leaders from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay and the United States participated in the 2011 MLAC. Leaders agree that this type of collaboration is key for security cooperation. Brigadier General Héctor Julio Pachon Cañón, commandant of the Colombian Marine Corps, told Diálogo that during the MLAC conferences “joint and combined strategies are designed and integrated to combat transnational crimes that affect the entire hemisphere.” General James Amos, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, told Diálogo, “Standing alone, none of us has all the answers to these complex challenges, but together we can combine our unique experiences for the mutual benefit of all.” The 2011 MLAC also addressed common security threats, such as narcotrafficking in the region, which extends beyond producer countries to the entire region, taking the form of violence and shadow economies that undermine economic growth. “We all agree that narcotrafficking is simply a threat that does not respect borders,” Peruvian Admiral Luis Ramos Vargas said. “It [narcotrafficking] does not limit itself to Peru, Colombia and Bolivia; all of the countries in the region end up becoming transit countries, places where the drugs are stashed in order to then be transported to Europe, the United States and Asia.” More than 5.7 million people in the Western Hemisphere are affected by natural disasters each year. Within the region that encompasses the Caribbean, Central America and South America, approximately three-quarters of the population are estimated to live in at-risk areas for health disasters, and one-third lives in areas highly exposed to hazards such as earthquakes and landslides. Adding to these threats, each country within the region also faces the impact of narcotrafficking. These dangers call for Marine Corps assistance that, at times, involves several countries’ forces working together. Integrating multiple Marine Corps units to confront these diverse challenges cannot take place for the first time after a disaster or in the midst of a hunt for a narcotrafficking group. That is why the region’s Marine Corps have regular meetings at all levels to collaborate on sharing information and training. Marine Leaders Meet Marines have a long history of working and training together to mitigate natural disaster conditions and the threat of narcotrafficking in the region. Since 2001, top-ranking Marine leaders have gathered every two years for the Marine Leaders of America Conference (MLAC), a relationship-building forum in which commandants discuss issues of common regional concern. During the last MLAC, held August 29 to September 2, 2011, in Lima, Peru, Marines discussed techniques and lessons learned from peacekeeping operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations. center_img Although regional Marine Corps have varying missions, the qualities inherent in Marine units assist greatly in providing security and augmenting the forces of the counterdrug authorities in the region. “The Marine Corps are very flexible units for their capability to deploy quickly, and can be a very useful tool for states,” said Captain Gerardo Priguetti, commandant of the Uruguayan Marine Corps. In Colombia’s case, working alongside other components of the National Navy, “[Marine Corps units] shows tangible results such as the interdiction of great quantities of liquid and chemical compounds used for the production of cocaine, as well as the confiscation of several tons of cocaine hydrochloride ready to be imported to other countries,” said Brig. Gen. Pachon Cañón. “This [conference] allows us to see, to open our minds to the realities of other Marine Corps,” said Capt. Priguetti. “These meetings allow us to help and to see different viewpoints to common problems.” Across Ranks Marines across Central America, South America and the Caribbean are going a step further, by also having a meeting among the senior enlisted leaders to consolidate their efforts against these security threats. Marine Corps senior enlisted leaders representing Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and the United States met for the first time ever from April 4–7, 2011, at the Senior Enlisted Marine Leaders of the Americas Conference (SEMLAC) at the Círculo de Suboficiales military base in Bogotá, Colombia. SEMLAC is set to become a regular event, conducted at various locations throughout Central and South America, to forge strong relationships working toward regional security. The event was co-hosted by the Marine Corps of Colombia and the U.S. to provide senior enlisted leaders a forum to discuss regional security cooperation and training against the region’s threats. The meetings of Marine Corps leaders have provided multiple benefits in military collaboration: Professional exchanges among naval infantry forces in the region have increased, Marine Corps training programs have improved as a result of the collective lessons learned, and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has received enhanced naval infantry support. Sources: www.marina.mil.pe, U.S. Marine Corps, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairslast_img read more

St. Louis & Greendale MS Volleyball Split Games

first_imgThe 8th grade was victorious over the Greendale Bengals in 2 very close games. 25-24 & 25-23. Great play @ the net by Audrey Amberger & Megan Butz.Submitted by St. Louis Coach Jill Reidy. The St. Louis 7th grade Volleyball team fell in 2 games to a tough Greendale team. Great consistent serving by Hanna Hurm, Lily Abplananlp & Samantha Sheets.last_img

Policeman discovered woman in pool of blood

first_imgPolice Lance Corporal Jason Kyte testified before the 12 member jury as the retrial of Anthony Morrison, who is accused of murdering his reputed wife, DonnaAccused: Anthony MorrisonThomas, continued at the High Court on Tuesday. The woman was reportedly killed between May 25 and 26, 2012. The Police witness, who was stationed at the Brickdam Police Station at the time, testified to examining the body of the murdered woman, who he found with what appeared to be blood on her head, hands and face.Kyte noted that he also saw blood on the bed where the woman was lying at an apartment where she lived at Lot 65 Cross and D’Urban Streets, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown. He recalled that on May 27, 2012, at the Brickdam Police Station, he told the accused of the offence after which he reportedly stated whilst in custody:“I was going out; she didn’t want me to leave. I had a knife and I cut she in she neck. Me an know that woulda happen to she,” Kyte recalled.He also noted that he saw a man lying on a make-shift bed in a nearby apartment. Kyte said no one else was charged for the woman’s murder. The case will continue before Justice Sandhill Kissoon at the High Court this morning.According to reports, Thomas’ body was found in a pool of blood with several stab wounds at the home she shared with Morrison. A post-mortem examination revealed Thomas died from asphyxiation due to compression to the neck, compounded by blunt force trauma to the head.Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh had testified that he observed the woman had 16 incised wounds to one hand, while he found six such wounds on the other hand. Based on his expert knowledge, he said these wounds were defensive. He observed that Thomas died as a result of being deprived of oxygen and that her heart eventually stopped.last_img read more

‘Superwindows’ to the Rescue?

first_imgAs I’ve said before, windows are a silent but very high-tech part of our buildings. The advances in glazing in the last 30 years have been phenomenal. Will windows keep getting better and better with no end in sight?In recent years, an increasing number of window manufacturers have been combining and refining the features that have given us today’s high-performance windows: multiple layers of glazing, multiple low-emissivity (low-e) coatings, and very-low-conductivity gases such as krypton. They’ve been creating super-high-performance windows, or “superwindows,” a term coined by Dariush Arasteh, a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In the early 1990s, Arasteh predicted that advances in technology could make all windows, even north-facing windows in northern climates, net-energy-gainers. Whether or not that day has arrived is a matter of debate, but there’s no doubt that the advances since the 1990s, when window buyers were dreaming of U-0.05 (R-20) windows (and window makers were making tantalizing demonstrations in that direction), have been astounding.The superwindow race cools off…Today, that race has cooled off to some extent in favor of climate-specific solutions. As Stephen Thwaites of Thermotech Fiberglass in Canada told me, “A window doesn’t have to be R-20 to be as energy-efficient as the wall around it,” due to the ability of a window to gain solar heat and provide ventilation. “A home with no windows will use more energy than a properly designed home with R-5 windows,” Thwaites said.That’s a change from the mid-1990s when the prototype quintuple-glazed window shown above was built by Thermotech  as a demonstration of what was possible, with a goal of R-20. Today, ambitions have become more climate-specific.… But it’s still exciting to look for what’s nextToday, R-5 windows are aspirational for many, but not really that special in the windows market. But instead of pushing past that, we are seeing more emphasis on proper design by orientation, shading, and window-to-wall ratios, and on buying the best windows for each application according to the budget.It’s still exciting to dream of what we’ll see in the next 30 years. For example, vacuum glazing, in which most of the air is evacuated from the space between panes, reduces thermal conduction and convection to nearly zero (leaving radiation as the primary means of heat transfer), and can currently offer U-0.08 (R-12) with double-glazing and one advanced low-e coating. Vacuum glazing is still largely in research and development, however. The seal is tough to get right, since the vacuum puts a lot of pressure on it.The biggest limit on energy performance is and may continue to be not what technology can do, but what the buyer can afford. Windows imported from Germany meeting the Passivhaus standard, for example, offer U-factors under 0.14 — at a cost of over $90 per square foot of window area. Triple-glazed Canadian windows typically cost $40–$50 per square foot, in contrast with a price range for more conventional double-glazed windows of $30–$35.The problem with getting great windows is how they’re soldOn the subject of price, I’m going to quote a few paragraphs here from a comment I received by email after last week’s post about reading NRFC labels. This comment with some follow-up discussion is posted on last week’s column.“Your recent columns on windows have struck a raw nerve, and it’s worth sharing why.  Construction has just begun on a small sunroom addition to my home. The problem with getting great windows is not product availability, but the awkward way they are sold.“Building supply dealers seldom post prices of anything. Items which are ordered, like windows that have lots of options and sizes, are much worse — requiring the entry of data into a computer to get a quote.  The quote of course is for the whole window, making it really tedious to test out individual options. The retail staff, though both knowledgeable and helpful, cannot possibly keep prices for all those options in their heads, and nothing good can come from a customer mistaking a ballpark guess for a quote.“Net result: it is ridiculously difficult to get a cost comparison of option A vs. option B, on anything. In my case of a south-facing sunroom where I knew I’d be starting a lot of veggie seedlings in spring, I depended on my own reading and research in preferring clear glass (full-spectrum, high solar gain), and triple pane (reduced heat loss). It took several days to get a price.“Going through that process for the dozens of decisions in a given project is simply not going to happen.  Even a highly motivated customer has little choice but to just give up and trust the contractor to do something reasonable. And still miss here and there. You recently noted that using argon gas was a no-brainer; that column came too late, and I didn’t expend the effort to price argon vs. air.”It may not help to say this, but if you’ve faced this window-pricing issue, you’re not the only one. Martin Holladay had some great comments on this two weeks ago which I’ll paraphrase here. There is little transparency on pricing in the window industry, and someone who wants to really shop around and price out different options easily faces dozens of hours of research on a new home. Hopefully they can get good cooperation from dealers, but that’s not always a given. It would be great to see just one window manufacturer post accurate and complete prices online. I suspect it would make their business stronger, not weaker.Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont.last_img read more

Maine Solar Bill, SunEdison Bankruptcy, New England Net Metering

first_imgSunEdison makes it officialAs expected, wind and solar developer SunEdison has officially filed for bankruptcy protection.The clean energy conglomerate started as semiconductor maker MEMC Electronic Materials and entered the solar market only ten years ago. It bought SunEdison in 2009 for $200 million, later changed its name to SunEdison and pioneered the business model of providing solar panels to both business and homeowners with little or no money upfront, according to a post at Fortune. In 2014, the company spent $2.4 billion to buy wind developer First Wind, which allowed SunEdison to call itself the world’s largest clean energy company.It was SunEdison’s aggressive acquisition strategy, including the use of spinoffs called “yieldcos,” rather than any weakness in the renewable energy market that ultimately brought financial chaos to the company. Last year, SunEdison announced its plans to gobble up Vivint Solar in a $2.2 billion deal, and financial backers finally said they’d had enough. Shares began to lose value, prompting the company to back out of many of its deals, Fortune said.“The company’s tale of woe stems from overreaching ambition and core business decisions that led it to try to grow too big, too fast, and in too many directions,” Fortune‘s Katie Fehrenbacher wrote.She wasn’t alone in pointing the finger at misguided business policies. In a statement posted online, Solar Energy Industries Association Vice President Dan Whitten said, “This is a highly competitive industry with a massive upside. As with other rapidly growing and successful industries, not every company in the solar market is going to stand the test of time. SunEdison is just one company and today’s development does not reflect a trend of the broader industry. The solar industry is growing at warp speed. It took us 40 years to get to 1 million installations (which we have just done) and it will take us just two more years to hit 2 millio,n and that, I think, illustrates the direction of the solar industry.”The Wall Street Journal reported that SunEdison spent more than $18 billion on acquisitions and raised $24 billion in debt and equity between 2013 and 2016. Shares have lost 99% of their value in the last year, but the company has raised $300 million in loans to get it through the bankruptcy process. Maine Tries to Revise Solar PoliciesAn attempt to rewrite state policy on solar energy and dramatically increase statewide solar capacity appears headed for a gubernatorial veto.According to an article posted by The Portland Press Herald, the bill, now on the governor’s desk, would increase solar capacity from its current level of about 20 megawatts to 196 MW, while adding as many as 650 new solar jobs. The proposal is intended to replace Maine’s current net-metering rules with a new system, and it had the support of solar installers, the Maine Office of the Public Advocate, and both investor-owned utilities in the state.Governor Paul LePage, a frequent critic of renewable energy, was expected to veto the bill and it appears there aren’t enough votes in the legislature for an override.Instead of paying solar customers at the retail rate for excess electricity, which is currently the case, the bill would establish a market-based system in which the Public Utility Commission sets long-term contracts for buying electricity from solar producers, and then aggregates the power and sells it on the open market. Profits from sales would be distributed evenly among all ratepayers, UtilityDive reported. Existing net-metering customers would be allowed to keep their current arrangements for a number of years if they wished.Amendments intended to win over more support in the legislature included price caps and other restrictions. That got a few more votes, but not enough to give the bill a veto-proof margin.Opponents of the bill complain that net metering amounts to a subsidy for solar customers. The chairman of the PUC testified last month the plan would cost ratepayers $22 million on their electric bills in the fifth year of the plan, The Press Herald said. The public advocate’s office, however, said that consumers would actually see a benefit of more than $122 million over the period of the 20-year contracts that the plan originally envisioned.The proposal was developed over a six-month period in talks involving just about everyone in the state with an interest in solar energy, and the latest version had bipartisan support. Backers of the legislation worry that if the bill is rejected, it will fall to the Public Utilities Commission to decide new net-metering rules. All three members of the panel were appointed by LePage. Net-metering caps raisedAs Maine struggled to rewrite its rules on net metering, two other New England states have approved changes in their solar energy policies.In Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill earlier this month raising net-metering caps for both privately owned and municipal photovoltaic systems while lowering reimbursement rates for commercial projects by 40%, according to an article posted by the National Law Review.The cap for privately owned PV systems went from 4% to 7% of peak load and from 5% to 8% for municipally owned systems. Small residential systems continue to remain exempt from caps.The law lowers the reimbursement rate for commercial arrays by 40% but makes no changes to rates for small residential systems. Rates for existing installations will stay in effect for the next 25 years. The bill also gives electric utilities the right to seek a “monthly minimum reliability contribution” to help pay for providing grid services to solar customers.In New Hampshire, the Law Review said, legislators have voted to double the state’s net-metering cap, to 100 megawatts, just as the state was rapidly approaching the old cap.The bill also directs the Public Utilities Commission to come up with a new net-metering system that does a better job of accounting for the costs and benefits of net metering than a simple reimbursement at the retail rate. The bill gives the PUC 10 months to come up with a replacement plan.last_img read more

Four Ways to Create a Memorable Business Website

first_img and learn how to turn your website into an internet marketing machine. Metropolis Creative Identify yourself! Call your visitors to action. videos blog posts , 3. Include photos and bios. Heck, even include testimonials. Your site can act like a social community where visitors can share knowledge and get to know each other. , 1. Make your site distinctive. . and Business Blogging social networks Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack You’ve worked hard to get visitors to your site! Now, make the most of it. The more prominent and the more frequent you can place your call-to-action(s), the more likely they will do it. Congratulations! They’ve come to your party — now what do you serve them? RSS feeds opt-in emails Spell out your business goals keyword searches Be sure you have a recognizable logo, a simple descriptive tagline, and an appropriate color scheme with matching graphics. Are your visitors expecting a high tech theme, a friendly place to hang out, or a lot of technical content and conversation/information? This is a guest post by Michael Flint, the president ofcenter_img Extreme Website Makeover party You have a flock of prospects coming to your site to learn more about you through But what’s their visual experience when they do get to your site? Does your site deliver the message of your brand? Are you capturing leads? , The theme, the brand experience, the message. Wow your visitors with a memorable experience using engaging text and imagery. , Free Webinar: Website Redesign for 2010 Learn how to redesign your website with an internet marketing strategy in mind with Mike Volpe, HubSpot’s VP of Marketing. 4. Once those are clear, there are few basic rules for any stylish and smart inbound marketer’s website: . Fitting all this content onto your home page can be a challenge. A good graphic designer can help you prioritize and organize your information visually. As you know, the key to inbound marketing is content. Well designed content will attract and retain an audience and become contagious — viral per say. . 2. Topics: podcasts , To answer these questions, you need to start simple: Convey your brand’s position. Download the webinar Originally published Apr 6, 2009 8:43:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 PS. We really did have a party: , a Boston-based web design and brand strategy agency.last_img read more

10 Technology-Company Blogs to Model Your Blog After

first_img They understand that  . Originally published Sep 10, 2009 8:07:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Download the free webinar Webinar: Blogging for Business . a community around their business There’s usually just one thing they’re unsure of: Whether blogging is right for their industry. The blogs on this list received the highest percentile score for blogs we track in the technology industry. Grader One final note: Do you think there’s a blog that should be included on this list? Do you know of blogs that we should consider for lists of top blogs in other industries?   service from HubSpot. Blog Grader measures the marketing effectiveness of blogs by considering inbound links, Technorati rank, Google Page rank, social media mentions and other factors, then calculating a percentile score for each blog. Blog Optimization This list was generated by  build traction on social networks impact blogging can have on businesses Today we’re starting with this list of top technology-company blogs: Blog Grader By now, most marketers and small business owners understand the kind of  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack , a free  If you’re in the technology industry, check out these blogs. See what they write about, how they structure their posts, and how often they publish. They’re all great models. . They understand that it helps  blogging helps with SEO Want to learn more about publishing a blog on your business website? Over the next few weeks we’re going to address some of these concerns with a series of posts highlighting top business blogs in different industries. to learn how to create a thriving inbound marketing blog. . And they understand that it’s a way to build  Topics: . Please add them herelast_img read more

5 Ways to Get Out of the Pay-Per-Click Weeds

first_imgWe see this happen time and time again: In the midst of managing a pay-per-click (PPC) campaign, marketers get bogged down in the details of the campaign without paying attention to what actually matters.  What actually matters? PPC return on investment (ROI), of course.  If you’re managing a PPC campaign, you need to understand how all the little bits of data can play together and help you achieve a better ROI.  To do this, you should consider a few things: Overall, you have to keep your eye on the prize when it comes to PPC.  Make sure you’re not getting lost in the budget, impressions, and clicks weeds–what do these little things matter in the big picture of generating quality leads?  PPC involves so many little details and tweaks, that it’s incredibly ea.  Keep your goal in mind and keep working at it and you’ll be sure to improve your lead quality. Are you paying attention to your ads? to see how paid search fits into your inbound marketing strategy. sanderovski & linda Learn how to get the most out of your pay per click marketing campaigns. impressions One of the biggest PPC mistakes we see is when folks go after expensive, popular words rather than long-tail, more relevant ones.  Should you really go after “running shoes” when your product is only peripherally related to them? Probably not. What words are you going after? each, pause the one with fewer click-throughs and write a new one.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  You should also always remember that effective ads include offers–in essence, they’re calls to action. It’s easy to get caught up in the words you’re targeting and let your ads languish.  Are you aggressively A/B testing your ads?  If you’re not, you can do this easily in AdWords by running two ads per campaign in balanced views (don’t let Google manage Topics: What are your priorities? Download the free video We have seen people add random lingo in order to increase their relevance score without thinking about what phrases would generate quality traffic for them.  Perhaps you are obsessing about When you tweak, what are you tweaking for? One of the most common PPC errors is to dump all the traffic onto your main homepage.  A better idea is to send them straight to landing pages so that you can get that click (that you paid for) to convert to a lead much sooner! Originally published Jul 30, 2010 8:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 . Video: Get the Most out of Your PPC Campaigns Photo courtesy of , but never getting any click-throughs.  Make sure you aren’t optimizing for clicks without making sure the visitors would be quality leads.  It’s very easy to fall into the “I must do better at one metric” trap without keeping your high-level goals in mind. impressions impressions for you), and when you have a good number of PPC Where are you sending your traffic? Your priorities tend to reflect on what you’re being measured, and we hope you’re being measured primarily on generating high quality leads.  If you’re not, perhaps you need to examine why.  Do you have a long enough sales cycle that you can get a more immediate measure from number of leads generated or click-throughs?  Whatever your priority is, keep that in mind throughout measuring your campaign.  You should be asking yourself the question, “Am I getting closer to my goal?” Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more