Broadway darling Bernadette Peters stopped by The Today Show on December 17 to chat with Kathie Lee and Hoda about her new Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle (over some midmorning wine, of course). In the show, which premieres on December 23, Peters plays Gloria, a chairwoman of the fictional New York Symphony who recruits the young hotshot Rodrigo as the symphony’s newest conductor. And no, she doesn’t get “steamy” with him…yet. “It’s only the first season,” she said coyly. She also doesn’t show off her pipes either, but, as she teases, “Who knows in the future?” And while she’s known for her signature fiery curls, the Tony winner is really bad at identifying fellow curly-haired celebs. Take a look below! View Comments
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Karen Uhlenhuth for Midwest Energy NewsOver the past several weeks, both utilities made presentations to the Alliant and MidAmerican outlining potential rate changes that would impose a demand fee on customers who generate some of their own power.The demand charge, which is based on a customer’s peak demand for power, is common for industrial and commercial customers, and recently some utilities have begun exploring similar charges for residential customers.“We’re concerned that Alliant and MidAmerican are trying to force the parties into a confrontation around very dramatic rate-design changes, and singling out solar customers in particular to bear the brunt of these new rates they want to charge,” said Brad Klein, an attorney with the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “We feel it is not appropriate and is not called for by any data that has been collected.”Klein and other clean-energy advocates also are concerned that the utilities may try to push through a new rate without going through a rate case, the standard process for doing so.Full article: Iowa utilities float new charges for customers with rooftop solar Utilities in Iowa Orchestrate Strategy Against Rooftop Solar
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Federal agents arrested a Shirley man Wednesday who admitted to allegedly aiming a laser pointer at two aircrafts last August after initially denying any involvement during his first interview with police the day the incident occurred, authorities said.Investigators said Angel Rivas, 33, fessed up to the crime after he was interviewed a second time on Jan. 4 when Suffolk County police responded to a disturbance at a convenience store in Shirley, authorities said.Rivas approached a Suffolk police officer and “stated…that he had shined the laser beam at the aircraft,” on Aug. 21, 2012, according to the criminal complaint.Investigators said Rivas voluntarily waived his Miranda rights and stated that he used a laser pointer to direct a laser beam at an airplane and Suffolk County police helicopter flying overhead, according to the complaint.During the initial investigation, a Suffolk police aviation unit was able to confirm that the laser beam came from Rivas’ home on William Floyd Parkway, but Rivas denied any wrongdoing at the time, authorities said.“Rivas allegedly endangered the lives of passengers and crew of not one but two aircraft, and potentially, people on the ground,” said George Venizelos, assistant director-in-charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New York office. “Pointing a laser at an aircraft is not a prank, it is a federal crime with penalties befitting its seriousness.”Rivas is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 48-year-old pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle in front of his Lindenhurst home on Thursday night.Suffolk County police said Xu Jingeng was crossing West Hoffman Avenue when he was hit by a westbound Lexus between South Broadway and South 4th Street at 6:30 p.m.The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead.The driver, 34-year-old Agnieszka Chelchowski of Lindenhurst, was not injured.First Squad detectives impounded the Lexus, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8152.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, NCUA reminds credit union industry stakeholders to remain vigilant and take steps to protect their systems and critical infrastructure.“In this day and age, cybersecurity is everyone’s business,” NCUA Chairman Rodney E. Hood said. “Even during COVID-19, hackers and thieves do not rest. We expect credit unions to take appropriate measures to protect themselves and their members, and we have information and resources to help them do that. I hope everyone in our industry will continue working to keep our financial system and the millions of Americans who entrust their financial well-being to us safe from cyber threats.”Cybersecurity remains a supervisory priority for the NCUA, and the agency puts particular emphasis on:Advancing consistency, transparency, and accountability within the cybersecurity examination program;Encouraging due diligence for supply chain and third-party service provider management at credit unions;
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Time is tight for both club tournaments, with the 32-team Champions League needing to complete four rounds of group-stage matches before reaching the knock-out phase.The Champions League and AFC Cup finals are both scheduled to take place in November.Asked if there were any proposals to change the tournaments’ home-and-away format to avoid potential infections, John said talks were ongoing.John said it was a “positive sign” that sport was beginning to return around the world, adding that the AFC had several contingency plans to cope with travel restrictions.”We know that all our stakeholders, including our passionate fans and loyal sponsors are eager for the AFC’s competitions to resume,” he said.”Our players too are equally motivated to return to the pitch to entertain and excite fans.”But as the AFC has reiterated from the start of this pandemic, the health and wellbeing of everyone continues to remain our absolute priority.” “We have to wait for all the domestic leagues to start first,” added John, when asked about the return of the AFC’s club tournaments.The AFC Champions League, Asia’s top club competition, and the second-tier AFC Cup have both been on hold since March, along with World Cup and Olympic qualifiers.Of the 12 countries involved in the Champions League, South Korea is the only league back in action, with four more restarting in June or July and Thailand scheduled for September.John said the AFC was “still in discussion” about when its competitions will restart, declining to reveal a possible date. Topics : Asia’s Champions League is getting closer to a return but it will have to wait until domestic competitions are back in action, a senior football official told AFP on Wednesday.Football is gradually resuming around the world after closing down because of the coronavirus, although most leagues are still yet to return.Asian Football Confederation general secretary Windsor John said: “We are approaching closer to the return of football.”
A coalition of UK charities has sent an open letter to the Charity Commission and the country’s top lawyer seeking a landmark ruling on whether charities should ensure their investments support their goals and their duty to provide public benefit.They have also asked for specific legal guidance on whether charities should adopt investment strategies aligned with the Paris Agreement’s aim of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.The letter is signed by UK charities including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, as well as the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) – the umbrella body for civil society organisations – and environmental law firm ClientEarth.Any clarification of the law would apply to the £63bn (€73bn) worth of investments held in total by UK philanthropic organisations and would likely be of significant interest to other investors. The coalition is growing rapidly and now has a membership of foundations responsible for £2bn of assets. The open letter said the current law was “outdated and insufficient” and warned that there was “a risk that charity trustees misinterpret their duties”, calling on the Charity Commission and UK attorney general Geoffrey Cox to refer the matter to the Charity Tribunal for an “urgent and definitive” ruling.The Charity Commission gives guidance to charities but is unable to pronounce authoritatively on the nature of the law governing duties of trustees – this is the purpose of the Charity Tribunal. Current investment guidelines are unclear as to how to take into account the risk of climate changeExisting Charity Commission guidance on investing is largely based on the Harries v Church Commissioners for England lawsuit of 1991, when the judge held that charity trustees could make investments guided by ethical considerations rather than simple financial risk and return, if it could be shown that overall financial performance would not be harmed, or if it would be consistent with the charity’s objects.However, there is currently no legal requirement for charities to have a socially responsible investment policy.Luke Fletcher, a partner at law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite who drafted the coalition’s letter, said: “The case law is based on a judgement made 30 years ago, before society became really aware of climate change, which touches on every aspect of life.“We now know that if you invest in oil or gas companies [that] are not aligned with the Paris Agreement, you might be undermining your efforts to benefit society.”Conflicting investmentsAnother development in recent years has been public criticism of charitable institutions holding shares in companies whose activities undermine their aims, for example, by offering payday loans or marketing high sugar foods to children. The Church of England was criticised in 2013 after it was revealed its endowment fund had indirectly invested in Wonga, a payday loans company.The coalition’s letter warned: “Until charity trustees are encouraged to review consistency between their charity’s objectives and choice of investments, there is a real risk that stories of this kind will continue to damage public trust and confidence in charities and draw accusations of hypocrisy and inconsistency.”Alice Garton, head of climate at ClientEarth, added: “Charity trustees have legal duties to seek financial returns from investing a charity’s assets but they also have duties not to make any investments that might conflict with its charitable purpose. A lack of clarity around how these concurrent legal duties should be balanced is fuelling uncertainty for trustees and increasing the risk of their decisions being called into question later.”Bates Wells Braithwaite’s Fletcher said the coalition would “explore every avenue available to obtain legal clarity for trustees”, adding that the group could seek a legal ruling from the courts itself if the Charity Commission failed to act.He added that the Charity Commission may in future require all charities to have a responsible investment policy, as this was what the public seemed expect.Charity Commission respondsRebecca Fry, head of legal policy at the Charity Commission, said in a statement:“The commission’s purpose is to ensure charities can thrive and inspire trust so that they can improve lives and strengthen society. It is our role to ensure charities meet the high expectations demanded by the public of being true to their own purposes and demonstrating the difference they’re making. “We welcome the letter from [Bates Wells Braithwaite] and fellow signatories on the important issue of ethical investment. We agree that public attitudes to the broad issue of ethical investment by charities have moved on and we are sympathetic to calls for greater clarity for trustees.“However, a reference to the [Charity] Tribunal could be costly, time-consuming and its outcome, by definition, uncertain. There are other options to consider that might achieve a better outcome and greater clarity and confidence in the scope trustees have for investing their charity’s money in line with their purposes, ethos and values.”This article was updated on 20 March to amend the name of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust in the third paragraph.
6 Solander Boulevard Port DouglasPORT Douglas property is back with three stunning homes selling from well over the million dollar mark in the first six months of this year.Part of the Vivo Villas by Verri development, 24 Mudlo St topped the list with its $1.725 million sale last month. With four bedrooms and four bathrooms, the modern and sleek building is a short walk to restaurants, cafes and the beach. 23 Sand St Port Douglas 24 Mudlo St Port DouglasMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoHe said it was a rare buy in one of Port Douglas’s best beachfront positions. “It’s on the doorstep of Four Mile Beach, walking distance to Macrossan Street and Crystalbrook Marina yet offers seclusion, privacy and the tranquil sounds of the Coral Sea,” he said.The original two-level Queenslander-style house with three bedrooms is now for sale and the new owner was waiting on council approval to build two new dwellings on the land.The property had been home to the same family since the early 1980s and was on 866 sqm. 6 Solander Boulevard Port DouglasNow on the rental market for $850 per week, 6 Solander Blvd was sold by Sotheby’s International Realty – Port Douglas’ Barbara Wolveridge and Mardi Rae for $1.7 million in March. The biggest selling point of the Balinese-style pavilion home was the direct access to Four Mile Beach via a sandy pathway.And despite its dated exterior and interior, 23 Sand St, a deceased estate sold at auction for $1.27 million in March, drew plenty of interest, according to Ray White Port Douglas agent Mark Flinn. PORT DOUGLAS BIG SELLERS 24 Mudlo St $1.725mJune 2019 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms 6 Solander Boulevard $1.7mMarch 2019 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms 23 Sand St $1.27mMarch 2019 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroomsData: Core Logic