Weekend Poll: Which Song MUST Idina Menzel Sing at Radio City?

first_img Idina Menzel View Comments Related Shows If/Then Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Star Files Guys, it’s actually happening: Idina Menzel is coming to Radio City Music Hall! For one night only, the If/Then star is trading Elizabeth’s cardigans for a gorgeous gown—and we’re hoping she sings hits from the new musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey as well as well as old favorites from Rent, Aida, Wicked and of course, Frozen. Idina Menzel: Live at Radio City is sure to have a stellar setlist, but let’s suspend our imaginations for a second. If you could only choose one song for Idina Menzel to sing on June 16, what would it be? The Oscar-winning earworm “Let It Go”? The not-so-family-friendly gem “What the F*ck” from If/Then? Or what about “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent? We know it’s impossible to choose just one, but too bad, we’re making you do it. Which song must Idina Menzel sing live at Radio City Music Hall? Cast your vote below!last_img read more

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CVPS surpasses quality standards for seventh straight year

first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service (NYSE-CV) met all of its service quality standards in 2010, the seventh straight year the company achieved that goal ‘ the best record in Vermont.‘Service quality and reliability are critical to our customers and drive us every day,’ President Bob Young said. ‘Employees make a tremendous effort to provide customers with high-quality service, and they measure that effort every day through our SERVE standards.’SERVE stands for Serving Everyone with Reliability, Value and Excellence. CVPS, Vermont’s largest utility with about 159,000 customers, has 17 SERVE standards. The company measures and reports to state regulators on everything from how quickly customer care representatives answer phones to bill accuracy, customer service, outage numbers and duration, and safety. All Vermont utilities have specific service quality standards and must report the results regularly to state officials. Penalties can be imposed for failure to meet the standards.In the Customer Information Center, CVPS answered 82.07 percent of calls within 20 seconds last year, beating the standard of 75 percent.Other key measures from 2010:* 91 percent of customers said they were satisfied following customer-initiated contact, compared to a national rate of 85 percent.* The complaint rate was just 0.00313 percent, just a fraction of the standard, which is 0.07 percent.* Just 0.0893 percent of bills were inaccurate.Despite one of the most rugged, rural service territories in the country, the average customer lost service just 2.2 times, for an average duration of 2.7 hours, excluding major storms. The SERVE standards for reliability are an average of 2.5 outages lasting an average of 3.5 hours each, excluding major storms.According to the latest J.D. Power and Associates survey of electric utility customers, CVPS ranked No. 1 in the East Midsize segment for customer service, second for corporate citizenship and third for communications. CVPS’s score for customer service was 769, compared to a segment average of 688.Source: CVPS. 2.7.2011last_img read more

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38% Drop in Production at Top 2 U.S. Mines

first_img38% Drop in Production at Top 2 U.S. Mines FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Taylor Kuykendall for SNL:The latest data shows that the nation’s two top mines — the only two in the country that have recently demonstrated annual production capacity of over 100 million tons — have drastically cut production in the first quarter. The move signals a potential willingness to take major sectorwide action to rein in an oversupplied thermal coal market.S&P Global Market Intelligence reported April 15 sharp cuts at Peabody Energy Corp.’s North Antelope Rochelle mine preceding its bankruptcy filing and layoff notices. New data recently posted to the MSHA database shows the only mine close to competing with North Antelope, Arch Coal Inc.’s Black Thunder, also significantly slashed at its own production.Peabody’s North Antelope production was down by one-third year over year. Production at Black Thunder was down 42% off the year-ago period.Together, Black Thunder and North Antelope produced about 208.8 million tons of coal in 2015. That is roughly 23.3% of the entirety of the 896.8 million tons of cumulative U.S. coal production in 2015 and more than half of the 405.0 million tons of coal produced in the Powder River Basin in that year.The two mines cumulatively trimmed about 38.4% of production. More than two-thirds of the coal coming from the Powder River Basin now comes from a company recently filing for bankruptcy.Full article ($): Twin coal giants in Powder River Basin deliver drastic supply cuts early in ’16Additional article ($): Nearly every Powder River Basin coal mine struck with major supply cut in Q1’16last_img read more

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Cops: Cedarhurst Man Being Evicted Intentionally Set Fire to Apartment

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Cedarhurst man has been accused of intentionally setting his apartment on fire because he was angry about being evicted. Nassau County police arrested Douglas Drummond, 53, and charged him with arson. He will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead. Drummond allegedly lit eight separate fires inside his apartment, which became fully engulfed in flames, police said. The Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department responded to the blaze just after 2 p.m. and was able to prevent the fire from spreading to additional apartments inside the 57-unit building, police said. Several apartments did sustain water damage, police said. The entire building was evacuated, and several tenants were displaced, police said. Drummond and a 24-year-old male victim who lives in a neighboring apartment were both transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation and were treated and released, police said. No other injuries were reported.last_img read more

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Seniors enjoy afternoon concert from balconies in Johnson City

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Folks at the Reynolds Pointe Senior Apartments enjoyed an afternoon concert from their balconies Monday. Songs included numbers by Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and more. Residents listened to classic hits played from the parking lot by a local singer and guitarist. center_img Staff say the concert was a great way for residents to get outside and recharge after being cooped up inside amid the pandemic.last_img

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Study: Media can distort public’s views on infectious diseases

first_imgNov 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Media coverage of infectious diseases such as avian influenza can create the impression that the conditions are more of a threat than they really are, according to a recent study from Canada.However, media stories that include factual information on disease symptoms, mortality, and infection rates leave readers with a more accurate view of the risks, according to the authors, who published their findings in the Oct 29 issue of Public Library of Science One (PLoS One). The study group is from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.Meredith Young, lead author and graduate student in McMasters’ Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behavior, said in a university press release that the media focus on rare and dramatic events. “When a certain disease receives repeated coverage in the press, people tend to focus on it and perceive it as a real threat,” she said. “This raises concerns regarding how people view their own health, how they truly understand disease, and how they treat themselves.”Looking for readership trendsThe researchers compared reader impressions of 10 infectious diseases. Five have frequently appeared in the print media—anthrax, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and avian influenza. The other five are rarely mentioned in news stories—tularemia, human babesiosis, yellow fever, Lassa fever, and hantavirus.In two different experiments, undergraduate psychology students and then medical students were asked to rate the seriousness of the diseases; judge the likelihood that each condition was actually a disease, ie, how “disease like” it was; and estimate how many of their peers would contract the disease in the ensuing year.To assess if immediately available information can skew perceptions of well-known diseases, the authors randomly assigned some volunteers in each group to make judgments based only on the disease name and others to base their assessments on the disease name followed by a short description. They included a medical student group to assess if the disease perceptions were more accurate in a better informed group.Frequency skews severity impressionsBoth the undergraduates and the medical students rated the “high media frequency” diseases as more serious than the “low media frequency” diseases and gave similar ratings for disease-like status. However, the medical students estimated lower prevalence rates for the diseases.The disease descriptions tempered the media effect in the undergraduates, but not in the medical students, the authors found. They said a possible reason for this difference is that the medical students may have already had more knowledge about the diseases.In a third experiment, the authors paired similar disorders—for example, human babesiosis and Lyme disease—based on label-free disease descriptions and asked 12 graduate students to rate severity. These students rated the low-media-frequency diseases as worse than the more heavily covered conditions.The results suggest that disorders more likely to be covered by the media are not considered to be objectively worse, the authors reported.The group concluded, on the basis of the three experiments, that repetitive media coverage can bias the public’s perceptions of diseases.”The media function as a critical interface between the scientific community, government, and the public, with a responsibility to strike a careful balance between raising awareness of issues of public concern and irrationally alarming the public at large,” they wrote.Expert weighs in on media coveragePeter Sandman, PhD, a risk communication expert based in Princeton, N.J., told CIDRAP News that the findings are familiar and stretch beyond infectious diseases. “You find that public concern and media coverage are strongly correlated with each other and that neither is strongly correlated with technical seriousness,” he said.However, Sandman questioned the group’s assertion that the media alone influence the level of concern and suggested that the decision to cover a topic is more complex and dynamic. He pointed out that journalists typically cover issues their readers and viewers consider important. “Public concern influences the amount of coverage, the amount of coverage influences public concern, and both are influenced by other characteristics of the disease or risk in question,” Sandman said.Placing a priority on novel diseases can be useful, because sometimes rare and dramatic occurrences are sentinel events, he said. “SARS at first looked like every virologist’s worst fears come true. It took a while to learn that super-spreaders were rare and the disease was susceptible to traditional epidemiologic measures.”Other aspects besides seriousness are relevant to a disease’s newsworthiness, such as the bioterrorism potential in anthrax and the pandemic risk posed by avian influenza, Sandman said.”Note also that newsworthy diseases often break policy ground that affects a society’s preparedness for less newsworthy diseases as well,” he said. “Anthrax, for example, has had a big impact on bioterrorism preparedness policy—which certainly includes preparedness for a tularemia attack.”Sandman said the bottom line is that the media gravitate toward new diseases that have unsettled policy implications and might lead to a natural or manmade disaster.Early media emphasis on a new infectious disease, before many people die, can help society take early, appropriate precautions, he said. “Sometimes the media miss these potentially serious risks until they become serious in the here-and-now, but sometimes they do their job right,” Sandman added.With avian influenza, the media problem isn’t that people have an inflated impression of its risk, he said. “It (media coverage) has died down too quickly, and avian flu hasn’t been hooked clearly enough to the pandemic threat.”Young ME, Norman GR, Humphreys KR. Medicine in the popular press: the influence of media on perceptions of disease. PLoS One 2008 Oct 29;3(10):[Full text]See also:Oct 29 McMaster University press releaselast_img read more

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Nicolas Pepe’s agent approves Arsenal’s deal for David Luiz

first_img Sean KearnsThursday 8 Aug 2019 7:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Nicolas Pepe’s agent approves Arsenal’s deal for David Luiz David Luiz wants to force through a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe’s agent has backed Arsenal’s deadline day move for ‘natural leader’ David Luiz.The Chelsea defender refused to train on Wednesday and wants to join London rivals Arsenal before today’s 5pm deadline.Frank Lampard has made it clear that Luiz will not be first choice this campaign and Arsenal are desperate to sign a centre-back following the departure of Laurent Koscielny.Luiz signed a new two-year deal at the club in May but much has changed in pre-season and he’s ready to end his second stint at Stamford Bridge.ADVERTISEMENT Luiz is valued at around £8m (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have already spent around £120m this summer, the bulk of which was on Lille forward Pepe.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd the Ivorian’s agent, Samir Khiat, has backed the Gunners’ move for Luiz.He is not just a defender, but a natural leader,’ said Khiat.‘A beacon in a dressing room. It would be a good fit.’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 ArsenalArsenal had hoped to sign Red Bull Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano but the Bundesliga club are refusing to listen to offers for the Frenchman.Instead, Leipzig have informed the Gunners that they will need to pay the 21-year-old’s £92m release clause to lure him away from the club.MORE: Manchester United could pay £70million for Sean Longstaff after Ed Woodward blunder Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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UK government seeks ‘allies’ in challenging Brussels on IORP II

first_imgThe UK government has said it will challenge all proposals in the IORP II Directive that do not “add value” to the local pension system, a minister has warned.Economic secretary to HM Treasury, Andrea Leadsom, said the government fundamentally disagreed with the European Commission’s treatment of pensions as “insurance products”.The Conservative MP, who joined the Treasury in April this year, said the government would challenge IORP II proposals with allies in the European Union that postponed solvency requirements for European pension funds.However, speaking at the National Association of Pension Funds’ (NAPF) annual Europe seminar, the MP said details on how and which proposals to negotiate were still scarce. “The [European Commission] has forged ahead with a legislative proposal that still represents problems for the UK,” she said. “It has made a poor case for strengthened rules around governance and transparency.“The UK should not be obliged to change the way we regulate IORPs if we have a robust approach to regulation.“If there is no clear case for changing the way UK occupational pension schemes meet high standards of governance and transparency, then we will oppose new prescriptive requirements.”Solvency requirements were originally included in IORP II before being dropped by the Commission, after negotiations with member states opposed to the measures.The UK, alongside Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and Belgium, compelled the Commission’s to postpone solvency requirements in favour of a focus on governance and transparency, currently being debated.However, the revised IORP II, since publication in March this year, has drawn much criticism for being overly prescriptive in terms of transparency, communications to members and governance – particularly in more developed pensions markets.Leadsom denied suggestions her party’s plans to re-negotiate the UK’s relationship with Europe would undermine the government’s negotiating position – or the efforts of the NAPF and PensionsEurope.Should the Conservative Party win next year’s general election, it has committed to holding an in/out referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU if re-negotiations take place.Leadsom – also a member of the Conservative Party’s Fresh Start Group looking at re-designing the relationship – said that, where the government was focusing on policy, it would remain focused.“There is no muddying of the waters,” she said.“We are working towards reform of the EU to make it more competitive. But individual portfolios are absolutely focused on the engagement to the benefit of the EU and not just UK interests.“I do not see the two things as incompatible. Those who are negotiating within the EU are very careful to avoid bringing issues of fundamental reform into discussions about day-to-day legislation.”last_img read more

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20 soldiers killed in Nigeria attack

first_imgSoldiers belonging to the Joint Task Force patrol Monguno in Borno state, Nigeria on Dec. 15, 2019. AFP/ARAB NEWS They attacked troops inside the town,destroying at least 750 homes in the process. Thousands in Monguno had already beendisplaced from their homes elsewhere in Borno state by militants. The militants entered Monguno in Bornostate posing as a convoy of soldiers on Tuesday, the sources added. Aid group Medecins Sans Frontiereswarned last year that many thousands in Monguno lacked proper shelter, water,sanitation, and food.(Reuters) MAIDUGURI – Around 20 soldiers werekilled and nearly 1,000 people were homeless in a militant attack on a town innortheastern Nigeria, sources said on Wednesday. Islamic State West Africa Provinceclaimed responsibility for the attack on its Amaq news agency.       last_img read more

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