Culturalist Challenge! Rank The Top 10 Cats Characters You Want to Adopt!

first_img Related Shows View Comments Cats The staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Get ready to put those paws up like it’s 1983! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning tuner Cats returned to the Great White Way on July 14 at the Neil Simon Theatre. (It officially opens on July 31.) Whether the meowsical is already one of your faves, or you’ve yet to snag an invite to the Jellicle Ball, get as excited as a pussycat in front of a bowl of milk (or on top of a tire). The Trevor Nunn-helmed tuner (he nabbed a Tony for directing the original Broadway production) has got the office staff cat crazy (seriously—we can’t stop watching this video). Luckily, Resident Rum Tum Tugger Tyler Hanes has snagged us a peek inside the rehearsal room so that we can all get to know our furry friends. So which feline is your fave? Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan kicked things off with her top 10. Now it’s your turn to tell us which Cats character you want to adopt!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 30, 2017last_img read more

Business Leaders Unite to Propose Alternative to New Tax on Vermont Yankee

first_img Wealready know that nuclear energy is clean, reliable, and inexpensive; itrepresents one-third of our electricity supply The most aggressive renewableenergy portfolio cannot approach replacing this base-load power. Nuclear energyis one of the reasons we are the lowest carbon-emitting state in the union. Itis the backbone of our portfolio. To levy a new tax on that one corporation,Entergy, in effect showing them the door, is the wrong message for Vermont to be sending if we care aboutGlobal Warming. Diverse Vermont Business Leaders Unite to Timothy McQuiston 2 2 2007-04-30T17:24:00Z 2007-05-01T17:44:00Z 2007-05-01T17:44:00Z 1 886 5054 William Shouldice & Associates 42 11 5929 10.2625 Print Clean Clean MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;} The groupis proposing an alternative to the 35% tax on certain Vermont Yankee grossrevenues that is in the current version of a bill due for action this week inthe Vermont Senate because they believe the new tax on Vermont Yankee will havea negative impact on Vermonts economy and businessreputation. The group believes the proposed new tax could affect companyrelocation and investment decisions, electricity costs and reliability and thatthe new tax eventually could lead to an increase in the amount of greenhousegas emissions in Vermont. Wecommend the legislatures focus on reducing CO2 emissions from non-electricsources in Vermont. The new entity to be chargedwith this task will not be up and running until January 1, 2009,under pending legislation. Our proposal would provide $5 million by that datefrom existing revenue sources without raising taxes, said Lisa Ventriss, President of the Vermont Business Roundtable. We haveworked very hard over the years to try and make Vermont a place where we can remain inbusiness and support our communities. By risking future energy costs andcreating an unpredictable tax environment for businesses, this proposed tax onVermont Yankee threatens to seriously undermine this work. Brian Keefe, Vice President ofGovernment Affairs, Central Vermont Public Service Membersof the business group had the following specific comments about the proposednew tax on Vermont Yankee: “Likemany companies employing thousands of Vermonters, our facilities here in Vermont must compete every day not onlywith other manufacturers, but with other Ethan Allen facilities in the US and abroad. Creating anunpredictable tax environment and risking higher energy costs in the yearsahead does nothing to help keep or create high paying jobs in Vermont.””Ethan Allen understands efficiency and has made great strides to improveour facilities here. But the bottom line is that Vermont has a very high-cost businessenvironment. Any new tax-based approach to funding efficiency will only head usfurther in the wrong direction.” John OKane,Manager of Community Relations and Government Affairs, IBM Microelectronics CVPStakes very seriously our responsibility to provide our customers with reliableelectric power at the lowest possible prices. Vermont Yankee is currently avery important source of reliable, affordable power for Vermont. Any action by the legislaturethat creates uncertainty about future power costs is quite destabilizing. Kellie Morton, Manager of HumanResources, General Electric Corp. Thegroups proposal would use unspent and uncommitted funds from FY 07 and FY 08revenues that go to Vermonts existing Clean EnergyDevelopment Fund. These funds are generated by existing payments to the Stateby Vermont Yankee. It also would tap funds to be received by Vermonts existing efficiency utilityfrom so-called forward capacity payments, which reflect electric energy beingsaved by Efficiency Vermont.center_img IBM musthave reliable, affordable base-load power to operate successfully in Vermont. The tax being proposed has notbeen thought through and is likely to threaten the availability of base-loadresources not only from Vermont Yankee but from other potential suppliers whowill view Vermont as an unreliable partner andcustomer. Since2002, Vermont ratepayers have saved more than $160 million becauseEntergy agreed to fixed, long-term contracts when it bought Vermont Yankee. VermontYankee also enables Vermont to get one third of its powerwith practically zero greenhouse gas emissions and is a major reason why Vermont has the lowest per capita CO2emissions rate of any state in America. Christopher Dutton, ChiefExecutive Officer, Green Mountain Power Cite Dangers toVermonts Business Environment and Reputation of Sudden Change in Tax PolicyRegarding One Vermont Company Montpelier,VT/April 30, 2007 A diverse group of leading Vermont business executivestoday proposed an alternative to a new tax on Vermont Yankee as a way to fundVermonts proposed new all fuels efficiency utility. The proposal would provide$5 million in start up funds for the non-electric energy efficiency fundproposed to be created by legislation pending in the Vermont Senate. Asuddenly imposed new tax on one business, especially if it does as much asVermont Yankee does for Vermont, is a threat to all Vermont businesses and the tens ofthousands of Vermonters they employ. Daniel Kurzman,General Manager, Northeast Region, Ethan Allen Operations Nothingis free. If a business has a tax imposed on it, it will collect the costsassociated with that tax, one way or another, sooner or later. My concern isthat a tax on a major power supplier to Vermont will make more difficult thenegotiations that the utilities in Vermont have underway with the powersuppliers that now provide us with relatively carbon-free electricity underlong-term contracts. Its not just Entergy that will be troubled by such a tax.All power suppliers, including Hydro-Quebec, will wonder if and when such a taxis coming their way. Eventually, this kind of tax will have the effect ofdiminishing the economic value of what we are able to secure in thosenegotiations for our customers. Lisa Ventriss,President, Vermont Business Roundtable Diverse Vermont Business LeadersUnite toPropose Alternativeto New Tax on Vermont Yankeelast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded

first_imgWhen Israel’s robotic lunar lander, Beresheet, crash-landed on the moon in April, it was carrying a box of tardigrades. Tardigrades, it turns out, are micro-animals that have been found everywhere from the tops of mountains to the deep sea. They are considered to be extremely hardy and resilient and capable of surviving in space.  After a crash landing, tardigrades may be alive on the moon July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded Notably, the record heat comes without the influence of El Nino, which adds heat to the ocean and increases temperatures across the globe. July 2016, for example, was an El Nino year. “While we don’t expect every year to set a new record, the fact that it’s happening every few years is a clear sign of a warming climate,” Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist with Berkeley Earth, told the Washington Post. center_img Are we starting to sound like a broken record here? June 2019 made headlines for being the hottest June ever recorded, but that was nothing compared to what followed. July 2019, it turns out, has officially been deemed the hottest month on record ever, narrowly edging out July 2016 by about 0.07 degrees. The troubling title is measured by feeding temperature readings from weather balloons, satellites, buoys, and other sources into a computer model.  While the box of tardigrades on board Beresheet was dehydrated, those associated with the mission believe the animals are likely to have survived the crash, though they would need to be “brought back to life” before they truly made the moon their new home. Coming back to life from a dehydrated state is not out of the question for the tardigrade, however. Tardigrades can survive without water for 10 years and can withstand temperatures over 300 degrees Fahrenheit. One tardigrade is even known to have survived being frozen for 30 years.last_img read more

Long Island Man Sentenced in Girlfriend ‘Walking Dead’ Shooting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Williston Park man who shot his girlfriend over an argument about the hit TV show The Walking Dead was sentenced in Nassau County Court Thursday to three-and-a-half years in prison.Jared Gurman had pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted assault on Dec. 4, 2013—almost exactly one year to the day police said he shot his girlfriend with a rifle following an argument over AMC’s popular zombie show.Gurman was initially charged with second-degree attempted murder, but the charge was downgraded to attempted assault as part of the guilty plea.Back in December 2012, Nassau County police said Gurman’s girlfriend was driving him home from a bar when the couple began arguing about The Walking Dead.Gurman, 28, argued that there is a possibility of a zombie virus being released by the government.Their argument continued via text message after she dropped him home, police said. She later decided to go back to the apartment to calm him down, but was shot as she walked inside, police said.Gurman drove her to a local hospital, where he was later arrested, police said.She suffered a pierced lung, pierced diaphragm and a shattered rib, but survived.Gurman’s attorney previously said the shooting was an accident.“Even just brandishing a loaded weapon is never the right choice in an argument, no matter what it’s about,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement. “This shooting could have had a much more grave outcome and it’s fortunate that Mr. Gurman’s victim didn’t die or have worse injuries than she did.”last_img read more

Overexposed? Data of 123 million households leaked

first_img continue reading » 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The insidiousness of cybercrime encompasses the incessant probing for vulnerable data and systems such as the exposure of 123 million households’ data and a recently discovered printer spoofing operation.Symantec and others alerted users that an Amazon Web Services cloud storage bucket containing data from some 123 million U.S. households had information exposed in a leak of data belonging to marketing and analytics company Alteryx, potentially raising the risk of identity theft.According to Symantec, cybersecurity company Upguard said it discovered the exposed data on Oct. 6, 2017, in a cloud-based repository, and made its discovery public on Dec. 19, 2017. The data warehouse contained a variety of data from the Irvine, Calif.-based Alteryx, including datasets belonged to its partners, credit reporting agency Experian and the U.S. Census Bureau.last_img read more

A 10-year look back at secondary capital

first_imgInterest in secondary capital is growing, and new strategies, larger loans, and NCUA decisions are changing the way credit unions deploy it.Since the 1990s, the federal government has allowed low-income credit unions (LICUs) to accept non-member deposits and secondary capital, which gives credit unions a shot to their net worth and makes available new avenues to expand loan portfolios, assets, and services.More than 40% of all credit unions held a low-income designation at midyear; however, only 70 reported using secondary capital. Even fewer institutions in credit union land have made secondary capital a foundational element in their mission to help members and stimulate the economies of the low-income communities in which they operate.The following nine metrics draw from more than a decade of data from the 5300 Call Report as well as Callahan’s own Peer-to-Peer analysis tool. They highlight the impact secondary capital has on cooperatives and the members they serve. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Feds stage airport test of plan to slow pandemic

first_img Many public health experts have supported keeping borders open in a pandemic setting, because they don’t believe closure would block the spread of the virus and because keeping borders open would preserve the flow of crucial supplies and soften a pandemic’s impact on national economies. The system would begin when it’s clear that a pandemic influenza virus is spreading globally and would end as soon as the virus begins causing illnesses in the United States. The RBBS is a short-term strategy that the federal government will use in the initial states of a pandemic to delay the spread of the virus enough to afford officials a little extra time to educate the public on how to protect themselves from the disease, produce and distribute vaccine, and position medication and supplies, Pearson said. The strategy involves screening international air passengers to gauge if they are sick or have potentially been exposed to others who are sick with the pandemic virus. Nov 12, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Officials from several agencies recently converged on Miami’s international airport to take part in a full-scale exercise of the federal government’s risk-based strategy to slow the spread of a future pandemic influenza virus across US borders. Pearson said last week’s drill was a joint exercise that involved the HHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Transportation (DOT), along with numerous state, local, and airline-industry partners. Christine Pearson, a spokeswoman for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), attended the first day of the 2-day drill on Nov 5 and told CIDRAP News that, unlike previous tabletop discussions to test the risk-based border strategy (RBBS), the exercise at Miami included a real plane and actors who played the role of passengers in an airport setting. She said Marty Cetron, director of the CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, was pleased with how the exercise went and said it exceeded his expectations, particularly how well the partners worked together. The scenario involved a novel and lethal human influenza strain that emerged in Southeast Asia and spread quickly and efficiently among humans, she said. The playbook had the World Health Organization (WHO) identifying a human-to-human H5N1 variant that spread to areas of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The WHO declared a severe (phase 6) pandemic, prompting the United States to raise its response stage to 3 and the secretaries of DHS, HHS, and DOT to enact nationwide RBBS activities. It’s likely that the RBBS in its current form will change, based on what officials learned during the exercise, Pearson said, adding “But by testing this now, we will help ensure that the plan we have in place will do what it’s designed to do and will ultimately help us to protect the public’s health during the next pandemic.” Federal officials routinely conduct drills at quarantine stations, Pearson said, and though additional activities are planned, no plans are in the works to do another large-scale exercise. Officials are likely to conduct more tabletop discussions that could include smaller drills to address certain parts of the RBBS plan. “It provided a level of realism that we hadn’t had in past exercises, which had mostly been facilitated discussions,” she said.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Dec. 3

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAmerica needs an FDR, not a TrumpI watched the impeachment inquiry on Nov. 13 and became confused as to who it was that they were investigating, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Vice President Biden or Trump.The Republicans really have to let the 2016 election go. They claim it is the Democrats having a hard time, but they continually bring it up.My son and I went to FDR’s home and museum, and in today’s world he would definitely be called a “liberal.” To me he represents what and who a president should be. This man took office during the Depression, Dust Bowl and aggression from Germany, Italy and Japan. Each and every one of them have benefited from the action he took to save our country.Most of it was done in the first 100 days of his term — Social Security, unemployment insurance, welfare, 40-hour work week, minimum wage, child labor laws, United Nations, just to name a few. After seeing what he accomplished, I looked at my son and said, “and Trump is what we have today.”If there ever was a president that deserved to be impeached, it is Trump. What ever became of men like FDR? Is there really one around? If there is, I am hoping we can find him or her in one of the candidates running in 2020.Patricia FialkowskiRotterdamClimate report cited was misleadingJames Homan’s Nov. 28 letter (“Don’t believe all you read about climate”)  led me to do some quick fact checking.What I soon found was criticism that only 10 of the “500 scientists” identified themselves as climate scientists, none actually doing active research. A significant portion of the co-signers are either engineers or professionals in non-technical fields.A majority of scientist reviewers said it relies on inaccurate claims about climate science that are very misleading. For example, Timothy Osborn, a professor at the University of East Anglia and director of research at the Climatic Research Unit, wrote: “This statement is unscientific. It ignores well-established understanding of climate and of what causes the climate to change. It makes cherry-picked statements, such as noting that some vegetation grows more with increased CO2 while ignoring the risks of serious damage arising from the climate change that is being caused by the same increase in CO2.“The authors of the statement appear to be very unfamiliar with climate science: for example, they do not know that the amount of global warming we have observed is very close to the amount predicted by climate models.”The truth is that the vast majority of climate scientists are in agreement that climate change is real, and it is an emergency.Even the U.S. military is preparing for its effects.Tom McCrossanNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Franklin County enters class-action opioid lawsuit

first_imgBrookville, In. — Officials in Franklin County have agreed to join other municipalities in legal action against opioid manufacturers. Reports indicate there are at least 100 similar class action lawsuits nationwide. The county is able to enter the lawsuit at no cost in return for a 30 percent share of the settlement to the law firm, Crueger, Dickerson, VonBriesen and Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC. A cash settlement to Franklin County could be used to defray legal expenses funded by the county for indigent people, establish a drug treatment program or to local law enforcement to fund continuing efforts.last_img

Rooney aims to knuckle down

first_imgManchester United striker Wayne Rooney is trying to show the right attitude after he was denied a summer move to Chelsea. Rooney scored his 200th goal for United when he claimed a brace in Tuesday’s 4-2 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen, but questions over his happiness at Old Trafford remain. However, the 27-year-old England international says he is focused on letting his football speak for itself following a summer of discontent. Press Associationcenter_img “I’ve put my head down and worked hard and tried to do everything right,” Rooney told The Mirror. “I’ve tried to show the right attitude. I’ve always felt that’s a really important thing to do. That’s paying off for me on the pitch. I feel fit and ready to do well. “I feel good. I’ve had some good training the last few weeks. It’s been stop-start with the injuries, but I’ve just kept my head down and worked hard and now I’ve played and got some goals. “I feel great. The training is a bit different under the new manager – I remember it from Everton, it’s more intense. That’s helping me. “I feel good and am glad to be out playing.” Rooney also backed manager David Moyes to succeed with the Red Devils and hopes they will be able to form a strong working relationship. “He’s a great manager and thoroughly deserves this job because of what he did at Everton. It’s good to work under him and hopefully be successful together,” Rooney added. last_img read more