Is Covid taking the T out of TAMI?

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink TagsCoronavirusCoronavirus Real EstateTechnologycenter_img Tech giants Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Google and Netflix have inked massive new office leases across the country in recent years. How much could the pandemic change that? (iStock)For those in the very physical world of commercial real estate, recent news from one of the internet’s largest companies has been hard to swallow.Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that many of Facebook’s 48,000 employees can work from home indefinitely — while the social media giant taps pools of talent in smaller markets — has rattled office landlords and many of their brokers. The decision, which Zuckerberg made public in late May, echoed similar messages from Twitter and Shopify.But while some say the move could spell the end of major office leases for tech firms, many in the real estate industry have been quick to counter that the changes won’t be too far reaching.“I think we have to put everything in perspective,” Bill Rudin, head of Rudin Management and chair of the Real Estate Board of New York, told The Real Deal in an Zoom interview before the city’s first phase of reopening started.“All Facebook’s products are related to the internet and people interacting in a virtual world,” he said.” Fortunately, we live in a real world, where human interaction is critical.”No matter how you slice it, though, one of the fastest growing sectors in commercial real estate — with lease deals that have overshadowed those of banks and law firms in recent years — is now caught in limbo. Tech’s seemingly insatiable need for office space has been hit with a pair of contradictory messages in less than a month.“I don’t think anybody has a tremendous amount of clarity about this thing. People are wondering what to do.”Bryan Woo, Youngwoo & AssociatesOn one end of the spectrum, the announcements from Facebook, Twitter and Shopify raise new questions about whether a temporary measure to help stop the spread of Covid-19 could lead to a permanent shift in how tech firms view office space.On the other end, newcomer TikTok signed a lease for 232,000 square feet in the Durst Organization’s Times Square building One Five One — Manhattan’s first six-figure office lease deal since the pandemic ground most of the city’s real estate activity to a halt.“Facebook, Amazon, Google and others have put a lot of money and effort into creating terrific campuses,” said Columbia Property Trust CEO Nelson Mills, Twitter’s landlord at its Chelsea headquarters. “They’ve done that for efficiency and productivity, security [and] also for cultural reasons. Those drivers still exist.”Others say the long game for influential social media, e-commerce and other tech firms could lie somewhere between gobbling up space at pre-pandemic levels and rejecting traditional offices as relics of the past — especially if property owners won’t budge on rents. One of the biggest frustrations for commercial landlords and brokers since March has been the uncertainty about what the public health crisis and economic downturn will mean for tech companies in the long run.“I don’t think anybody has a tremendous amount of clarity about this thing,” said Youngwoo & Associates’ Bryan Woo, whose company has a major lease with Google at Pier 57 in Manhattan. “People are wondering what to do.”Out of officeSacha Zarba, a tech office leasing broker at CBRE, said that while he’s not concerned about a massive drop in demand for office space across the board, it will be tough to make a final call on any company’s strategy until a vaccine hits the market.Despite Twitter’s new WFH policy, the company has no plans to close or shrink any of its offices, a company spokesperson told TRD.“I don’t think we get a real answer on this or a real firm direction … until we see the ebb and flow of employees and what they decide to do post-vaccine,” he said.While the long-term strategies among tech firms remain up in the air, none of the big companies expect all of their employees to return to the office in the next few months.Amazon employees who can effectively work from home can continue doing so until at least Oct. 2, according to a company spokesperson.Google plans to start opening more buildings in more cities starting July 6, though returning to the office will be voluntary for most employees through the end of the year, the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post in late May.“Our campuses are designed to enable collaboration and community — in fact, some of our greatest innovations were the result of chance encounters in the office — and it’s clear this is something many of us don’t want to lose,” Pichai wrote. He also noted that Google is “very familiar with distributed work as we have many offices around the world and open-minded about the lessons we’ll learn through this period.”Google declined to comment beyond Pichai’s post. Netflix declined to comment on the company’s work from home plans, and representatives for Apple and Facebook did not respond to requests for comment.And despite Twitter’s announcement that some employees can work from home for as long as they want, a spokesperson for the company told TRD that it has no plans to close or shrink any of its offices.Twitter’s Manhattan headquarters encompasses more than 200,000 square feet at Columbia Property Trust’s 245-249 West 17th Street, and Mills said he remains confident in the company’s tenancy there. “We’re not worried about Twitter in particular. They’re committed to the space,” Mills said, adding that he believes “other tech companies will continue to expand their footprints in Manhattan.”Twitter, which launched in March 2006, has become one of the tech world’s more established social media companies with about 5,0000 employees and a market cap of more than $25 billion. By comparison, the Chinese video sharing service TikTok first hit the internet in September 2016 and has rapidly grown over the past few years with offices in Asia, Europe and the U.S. As of now, most of TikTok’s U.S. employees are based in Culver City, California.Representatives for Durst and TikTok did not respond to requests for comment.The record amount of office leasing in New York City in recent years has largely come from the tech industry, according to Newmark Knight Frank tri-state president David Falk. And though some companies have offered employees the option to work from home indefinitely, Falk said he doesn’t see enough people taking advantage of that to lead to significantly smaller tech offices.“People have been told, ‘You have to work remotely’ for the last 11 weeks. They didn’t choose to do this,” he said. “The problem with remote working is it’s not for every job function or every person.”At the same time, most of the Big Tech giants have inked large office deals in San Francisco in recent years. These include Facebook’s more than 750,000-square-foot lease in Park Tower, Google’s 140,000-square-foot lease at 215 Fremont Street and Amazon’s leases totaling more than 300,000 square feet at 525 Market Street.Scott Harper, a Colliers International broker in San Francisco, said the rapid rate at which tech firms have expanded their office footprints in recent years has put the city in a strong position to deal with a slower rate of growth in the sector. If those companies decide to take up less space in the city post-pandemic, he said, other tech startups would likely make up the difference.“As the financial sector has reduced its footprint, technology has more than made up for it,” Harper said. “And I still think you’ll see some of that going forward, maybe just not at the rate we’ve been blessed with over the last few years.”Tech tectonicsAlthough Silicon Valley remains the stronghold for most of the country’s largest tech companies, many have dramatically increased their office presences in the Big Apple in recent years.Google purchased the Chelsea Market building for a near-record $2.4 billion in 2018 and inked a 1.3 million-square-foot lease at St. John’s Terminal in Hudson Square last year. Facebook recently leased 1.5 million square feet of office space across three Hudson Yards buildings and is closing in on a deal for 740,000 square feet at the Farley Building. And Apple reportedly inked a 220,000-square-foot lease in February at Vornado Realty Trust’s 11 Penn Plaza.And while Amazon famously backed out of its plan to build part of its HQ2 in Long Island City last year, the e-commerce behemoth has still been increasing its presence in New York, buying the Lord & Taylor Building from WeWork for $1.15 billion and signing a lease for 335,000 square feet in 2019 at SL Green’s 410 10th Avenue on the Far West Side.Woo said it would be “silly” to assume there won’t be any changes to the way tech companies view office space in dense cities like New York. He maintained that at least a partial slowdown is inevitable. “To a certain degree, it’s unquestionable that there’s going to be a decrease in demand for office space — at least in the short term,” he said. “It’s a question of how much.”But Woo said he also believes the city will retain its appeal to tech companies, given how much they’ve invested in New York over the years. Office landlords will still be eager to have them, he added, as long as they still have good credit and can pay competitive rents.Julie Samuels, executive director of the nonprofit Tech:NYC, said she expects more employers in the field to let their staffers work from home, “because it’s frankly been pretty easy for tech companies to work from home.”But even though New York emerged as the center of the global pandemic this spring, Samuels said remote working may end up being less permanent in the five boroughs than in other markets.“People who live in New York are attracted to so much of what city life uniquely offers, and a big part of that is being out and about,” she noted. “And whether that’s going out for a meal or meeting up with friends or going to an office, it’s just part of the culture here.”If any sector will look to aggressively reduce its office space, Falk said he thinks it will be what has rapidly emerged as one of the pandemic’s biggest punching bags: the retail industry.“What’s not doing well right now is corporate offices for major retailers,” he said. “These companies need to save money.”last_img read more

Solar glass manufacturer criticises Chinese oversupply

first_imgSolar glass manufacturer criticises Chinese oversupplyJapanese glass company AGC is betting on auto glass because it says it cannot compete with Chinese prices. The well-worn complaint echoes those of EU and U.S. solar companies. October 14, 2013 Max Hall Finance Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Japanese glass company AGC is the latest concern to take a swipe at Chinese-manufacturing driven oversupply. In a press release on Thursday, the Asahi Glass Company (AGC) announced that its solar cell cover glass manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China, will be converted into a factory for automotive glass. AGC said its AGC Flat Glass (Suzhou) subisidiary will ‘gradually’ stop running its solar cell manufacturing line with the conversion to auto glass manufacture complete in the first quarter of 2015. That would mean AGC’s three Chinese manufacturing sites are all devoted to auto glass and AGC cited the decline in solar cover glass prices – thanks to Chinese mass manufacturing and a resultant oversupply – as a reason for the switch. AGC said it had closed down its U.S. solar cover glass manufacturing facility last year, as well as halting the production of the raw materials required, in the Phillippines. But, the company added, those measures were not enough to make it able to compete with Chinese-made solar glass, a complaint which echoes the ongoing legal cases lodged by failed U.S. solar manufacturers against Chinese solar companies.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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Capital Stage posts 54% boost, forecasts sunny future

first_imgCapital Stage posts 54% boost, forecasts sunny futureThe Hamburg-based renewable energy group has expanded its investor base and moved into France, where it has made its biggest ever investment in four solar farms with a combined output of 40 MW. April 2, 2014 pv magazine Finance Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share An expansion of its investor base and a move into the French market helped German solar and wind park operator Capital Stage AG increase its net profit last year by nearly 54 percent to €14 million ($19.3 million). The Hamburg-based renewable energy investment group posted a 26.4 percent boost in revenue to €57 million while operating profit (before interest and tax) rose 54.6 percent to €31.7 million. The company, which surpassed its earnings targets, said the past financial year was consistently positive primarily due to the successful placement of its so far largest capital increase and subsequent extensive investment. Capital Stage CEO Felix Goedhart said the group had seen “a tremendous dynamic development” last year. “We were able to broaden and internationalize our investor base, significantly increase our portfolio and enter into the French market. At the same time we have strengthened the second pillar of our group, the management and technical service of external solar parks. Therefore, we are very pleased with the development of Capital Stage and see a lot of potential for further growth.” Propelling the company’s dynamic expansion was the placement of a €49.3 million capital increase in October. In addition to financing its targeted growth, Capital Stage was able to broaden and internationalize its investor base and ensure the inclusion in the selective SDAX index through the transaction. In total, Capital Stage acquired solar- and wind parks with a total output of 66 MWp in 2013, resulting in an expansion of its power generation portfolio to 241 MWp as of December. In addition to acquisitions in Germany and Italy — markets in which Capital Stage had already been active – the company entered the French market with the purchase of two solar projects in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon in December. The move paved the way for the purchase of further French solar parks, including the largest single investment in the company’s history in March 2014 (after the end of the reporting period) for four solar parks with a combined output of 40 MWp, which increased its portfolio to its current 288 MWp. Along with the expansion of its solar park portfolio, the company’ Capital Stage Solar Service GmbH subsidiary acquired further service contracts for third-party solar parks, thereby increasing the management and service volume to about 165 MWp. Looking forward, the company expects a growth in revenue to more than €80 million and a boost in earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) to €40 million and in earnings before tax (EBT) to more than €23 million.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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The ideal format pv magazine 7 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The speed at which manufacturers are introducing changes from one product generation to the next is accelerating – curre… iAbout these recommendations Elsewhere on pv magazine… Cracking the case for solid state batteries pv magazine 29 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Scientists in the UK used the latest imaging techniques to visualize and understand the process of dendrite formation an… MIBEL alcanzó nuevamente los precios más bajos de Europa mientras subieron en el resto de mercados eléctricos pv magazine 23 March 2021 pv-magazine.es En la tercera semana de marzo los precios de la mayoría de mercados eléctricos europeos subieron, mientras que MIBEL mar… Tasmanian Labor installs solar at the top of its campaign promises Blake Matich 8 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Tasmania (TAS) is going to the polls on May 1, and the opposition Labor Party has put forth a $20 million plan to fund l… India closing in on 7 GW of rooftop solar pv magazine 13 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com India’s cumulative installed capacity of rooftop solar stood at 6,792 MW as of December 31, 2020, with 1,352 MW having b… Spotlight on Australian solar Bella Peacock 21 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Calculating the average sunlight hours data from the Bureau of Meteorology from January toDecember 2020, Darwin was cro… Q&A: EEW’s $500 million Gladstone solar to hydrogen project is just the start Blake Matich 18 March 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com pv magazine Australia: Australia is the testing ground for a lot of different aspects of the future green hydrogen market. 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Atlantis Special Economic Zone for Green Technologies gaining momentum

first_img TAGSAtlantisAtlantis Special Economic ZoneCape Towngreen technologies Previous articleClean energy – are definitions and lack of standardised metrics holding back investment?Next articleGreen building movement projected to reach 47% by 2021 Guest ContributorThe views expressed in this article by the author are not necessarily those of the publishers and/or association partners. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the publisher and editors cannot be held responsible for any inaccurate information supplied and/or published. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policy UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Generationcenter_img AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector BRICS The recent designation of the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (ASEZ) for Green Technologies in Cape Town, is providing further momentum to community and business development activities in Atlantis. With events scheduled for 15 and 22 November, the people of Atlantis will have a chance to have their say about a proposed ASEZ Community Stakeholder Network (ASEZ-CSN) for engagement between the ASEZ and representatives of the community.In August this year, during a community information sharing session, five people from Atlantis were nominated to be interim members of the ASEZ Stakeholder Working Committee.Together with eleven other members (nominated in February during an event held by the Department of Trade and Industry), and government representatives, these members made up an interim ASEZ Stakeholder Working Committee.The committee met twice and the focus group, made up of only community representatives, met four more times to jointly develop a draft Terms of Reference for the proposed stakeholder network. The Terms of Reference, which outlines the roles, responsibilities and activities of the network, will be presented to the community on 15 November.Following this, the community will also have an opportunity to elect Atlantis representatives to the eight identified sectors that would make up the ASEZ-CSN.Member elections are expected to be completed by 3 December, with another open community session planned as an AGM on 4 December, where all the elected members will be presented to the community.“The SEZ legislation encourages community involvement and what we’re seeing in Atlantis is very positive, with the community at the table and working together towards a successful Atlantis Special Economic Zone for all,” says Ursula Wellmann, Skills and Stakeholder Manager for the SEZ Project Office, which is managed by GreenCape.On 22 November, an interactive business development workshop will be held in Atlantis. The workshop is part of the priority given to the development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) by the ASEZ, and as part of the plan to create an enabling environment for investors, community and small businesses.During the workshop, various business support organisations from the local, provincial and national government will showcase what they offer small businesses – from business support and information to legal and compliance support. The workshop is also intended as a forum during which the needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs for effective enterprise development can be discussed.“Small businesses are the engine of the South African and Atlantis’ economy, and are key to creating jobs and building better livelihoods,” says Wellmann.“Starting a business and making it successful is hard work. The enterprise development work we’re doing in Atlantis, helps entrepreneurs tap into support systems and programmes that can help their businesses succeed.”last_img read more

Football home opener marred by arrests

first_imgAs the Fighting Irish started their home football season on the right foot with a win over Purdue Saturday, the fan experience went smoothly to begin the 125th season of Notre Dame football, director of Game Day Operations Mike Seamon said. “We thought the weekend was a huge success,” he said. “Compared to the South Florida game a year ago, it was night and day. It was remarkably better.” Saturday’s unseasonably cool weather was a major factor in the success of the 2012 home opener, Seamon said. Saturday’s unseasonably cool weather was a major factor in the success of the 2012 home opener, Seamon said. “Last year was a really uncomfortable weekend,” he said. “We had excessive heat leading up to the storms. This year was the exact opposite. The weather cooperated. It wasn’t too hot and it wasn’t raining, so that was a pleasant surprise.” Seamon said the 125th anniversary pep rally, held Friday evening in front of the Knute Rockne Memorial Gymnasium, started the weekend’s festivities on a high note, with an estimated 15,000 attendees. “Everyone we spoke with, including students, fans, the team and football administrators, liked having it in front of the Rock,” he said. “There was a great energy, and we got it in just before the rain started. It was also good because we got to kick off our 125th year in front of the building named after the man responsible for the birth of the Notre Dame football tradition.” In addition to the nearly 3,000 visitors to the stadium tunnel on Friday afternoon, more than 1,500 people visited the LaBar Practice Fields on game day, and the Glee Club performed on Library Quad before the football team walked to the stadium, Seamon said. “That was the first time they performed on game day, and they performed for several thousand people,” he said. “It was a really nice change. The fans loved it.” In response to the high volume of cell phone usage on game day, Seamon said the University made “significant investments” in improving cell phone coverage during the offseason. Cell phone chargers were also placed in several campus locations and moved to the Guest Services booth inside the stadium Saturday. “Early reports tell us that cell phone coverage was better this year,” Seamon said. “People kept using the cell phone chargers around campus as well.” Seamon said medical calls were down from last year due to the cooler weather. Considering the large scale of the day’s operations, Seamon said the game “couldn’t have gone better.” “For the first game, we couldn’t be more pleased,” he said. “We had wonderful weather and good, positive energy. People were excited to kick off the home season coming off the win in Dublin, and we’re looking forward to the Michigan night game in two weeks.” Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) director Phil Johnson said police arrested eight people on campus outside the stadium on game day and issued two citations or tickets for underage drinking. Johnson said three were arrested for false informing and liquor law violations, one arrest was made for public intoxication, one for resisting law enforcement and public intoxication and one for disorderly conduct. Additionally, police arrested one person for criminal trespass and one man for outstanding warrants and apprehended a juvenile for shoplifting. Inside the stadium, Johnson said police made one arrest for public intoxication. After announcing the implementation of its Intensified College Enforcement program at Notre Dame, Indiana State Excise Police officers cited two and arrested three minors on nine total charges in Legends and the C1 parking lot in front of the stadium during the game, Cpl. Travis Thickstun said. One female was cited for minor possession, and another was cited for minor consumption and false informing, Thickstun said. He said excise officers arrested two females and one male for minor consumption and false informing after providing repeated false names and birthdates to officers. They were then turned over to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office for transportation to jail. Contact Kristen Durbin at [email protected]last_img read more

Cynthia Erivo’s EGOT Quest and a Natalie Portman Play Top Our Must-Do Events for the Week of February 3 to 9

first_imgTUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4FAMILY TIESSince winning several top playwriting prizes, Cambodian Rock Band has become a hot commodity at the country’s regional theaters for its ingenious combination of comedy, drama, history and music. Lauren Yee’s time-shifting “rock epic” centers on a Khmer Rouge survivor who returns to Cambodia as his daughter is preparing the long-delayed prosecution of a war criminal. As the title suggests, a live band performs songs by Dengue Fever and 1970s-era Cambodian oldies, underscoring the importance of music in a nation struggling to survive. Yee kicks off a residency at off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre with Chay Yew’s production of her breakthrough play, featuring Aladdin alum Courtney Reed, Joe Ngo and Francis Jue. INFO: Limited run through March 15 at the Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). Tickets start at $41.50. For more info, click here. Montego Glover Courtney Reed View Comments Star Files Mare Winningham Todd Almond SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9AND THE OSCAR GOES TO…Now that this year’s Academy Award-winning actors are pretty much set in stone (congrats, Joaquin and Renée!), we’ll be concentrating on the Best Original Song category during the host-less Oscar telecast on February 9. With Tony winners Elton John, Robert Lopez and Cynthia Erivo among the nominated songwriters, Broadway will be well represented—not to mention Adele Dazeem (um, Idina Menzel) belting “Into the Unknown” from Frozen II. John and Lopez already have a golden man on their mantels, making Erivo’s bid for the O in her EGOT the big cliffhanger of the night. Win or lose, her rendition of the stirring anthem “Stand Up” from Harriet is sure to be a highlight.INFO: 8:00 PM ET on ABC-TV.Illustrations by Tug Rice for Broadway.com. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6AMERICAN IDOLRemember this name: Kara Young. The lively #LiveAtFive guest and VMA voiceover announcer began a streak of powerful off-Broadway performances last fall in The New Englanders, followed by Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven. Her busy season continues with the starring role of starstruck teen Keyonna in C.A. Johnson’s off-Broadway coming-of-age comedy All the Natalie Portmans. Raised in poverty and considered too smart and “too gay” by her peers, Keyonna fantasizes about her favorite actress, Natalie Portman (Elise Kibler), who eventually starts talking back. Tony nominee Montego Glover plays the mom in this world premiere from an up-and-coming young playwright, directed by Kate Whoriskey.INFO: Limited run through March 15 at MCC Theater (511 West 52nd Street). Tickets start at $30. For more info, click here. Jay O. Sanderscenter_img FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7THE SOUL OF BOB DYLANWhen Bob Dylan entrusted his Nobel Prize-winning song catalog to Conor McPherson, the Irish playwright and director conjured a stageful of dreamers, losers, lovers, and crooks in a Minnesota boarding house during the Great Depression. Girl from the North Country quickly sold out at the Public Theater in the fall of 2018, and now this acclaimed show is transferring to Broadway with an ensemble cast led by Mare Winningham, Todd Almond, Marc Kudisch and Jay O. Sanders. “Each song takes the audience into the soul of a character,” Winningham told Broadway.com of the 20 Dylan tunes in the show—none more so than her fiery performance of “Like a Rolling Stone.” INFO: Opens on March 5 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 43rd Street). Tickets start at $49. For more info, click here. Cynthia Erivo Marc Kudisch Idina Menzel Music is the tie that binds this week’s must-do events, spotlighting the folk rock of Bob Dylan, the Cambodian pop of Dengue Fever and contemporary songs by Young Jean Lee. Check out these exciting events happening February 3 through 9, culminating with the Oscar night musical face-off between three super-talented Tony winners. And Natalie Portman is here too. What a week! David Byrne TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4LIFE AND DEATHYoung Jean Lee’s We’re Gonna Die began in 2011 as a rock-flavored cabaret evening in which the playwright told breezy tales about our inevitable march toward the grave. From the beginning, audiences appreciated a show that finds humor in the quest to live a joyful life while we’re still breathing. David Byrne loved it so much, he recorded the songs and appeared with Lee in a 2015 London staging. On February 4, We’re Gonna Die begins a seven-week off-Broadway run at Second Stage with a cast of six led by Janelle McDermoth (A Bronx Tale). Director/choreographer Raja Feather Kelly (Fairview) continues the evolution of this below-the-radar hit. INFO: Limited run through March 22 at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). Tickets start at $69. For more info, click here. View All (9)last_img read more

Vermont becomes 39th NRC agreement state, does not include VY

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Vermont Business Magazine Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Kristine L Svinicki and Vermont Governor Philip B Scott have signed(link is external) an agreement to give Vermont regulatory authority over certain radioactive materials in the state. Vermont is the 39th state to sign such an agreement with the NRC.Under the agreement, effective September 30, 2019, Vermont assumes responsibility for licensing, rulemaking, inspection and enforcement activities related to the industrial, medical and academic uses of radioactive material.The NRC is transferring 36 academic, commercial and medical licenses for radioactive material to Vermont’s jurisdiction. NRC retains jurisdiction over the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, which is currently decommissioning, as well as federal agencies using certain nuclear material in the state.Before entering into the agreement, the NRC determined that Vermont’s radiation control program is adequate to protect public health and safety and is compatible with the NRC’s regulations. The proposed agreement was published in the Federal Register for four consecutive weeks for public comment.More information about the Agreement State program, including a list of Agreement States, is available on the NRC’s website(link is external).Source: NRC 9.30.2019last_img read more

Eurobike 2017 ‘headed for success’

first_imgThe organising team at Eurobike – billed as ‘the world’s leading exhibition of the bicycle industry’ and taking place from 30 August to 2 September 2017, in Friedrichshafen, Germany – note that this year’s show is ‘on course for success’. For the 26th edition of Eurobike… ‘some 1350 exhibitors from all over the world are again expected at Lake Constance.’“Eurobike is the world’s most important presentation platform in the bicycle industry and is setting another milestone in the now 200-year history of the bicycle with numerous highlights in 2017,” explained Klaus Wellmann, CEO of Messe Friedrichshafen.Many market leaders of the industry will again be represented with their product innovations in Friedrichshafen. Show Director Stefan Reisinger announced, “The bicycle industry is transforming itself, and Eurobike is changing with it. E-bikes and the associated parts, components, and applications are advancing the bicycle as a mobility product as well as fuelling rapid development of performance e-MTBs. Eurobike 2017 will again fill the entire exhibition grounds with trends, topics, and innovations for the 2018 season.”During the Eurobike Business Days from Wednesday 30 August to Friday 1 September, the expo will be putting its exclusive focus on the specialized needs of the global industry. Here exhibitors will be in dialog with more than 40,000 expected trade visitors and 1700 media representatives from around the world.With a mix of ‘entertainment, action and exhibition’, the Eurobike Festival Day on Saturday 2 September is geared toward all bike enthusiasts. In addition to ‘numerous innovations available to visitors for testing, the professionals will give their best in stunt performances on the fairgrounds.’Eurobike 2017 is open from 30 August to 2 September from 09:00 to 18:00 each day. On the Business Days from Wednesday to Friday, the fair will only be open to trade visitors and accredited journalists.www.eurobike- show.com Relatedlast_img read more

Gophers head into new season with confidence

first_imgGophers head into new season with confidence David NelsonOctober 2, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintBased on how the athletes spoke Wednesday afternoon at the University Aquatic Center, the Minnesota swimming and diving teams are ready for a big year.The men’s and women’s teams will kick off their 2014-15 season this weekend when they hit the road to take on Arizona State.Despite the loss of talent on both teams after last year’s seniors graduated, the Gophers don’t seem to have lost their swagger.“This team, since I got here, has been going through some rebuilding and some transition phases,” senior distance freestyler C.J. Smith said. “We’ve been doing a great job of holding it together. Now’s finally the time where … it’s all together.”It all came together for the women’s team last February as the Gophers won their third consecutive Big Ten title. However, senior Tori Simenec said the team needs to stay focused to ensure it stays on top.“Other teams have their eye on the same prize that we do,” Simenec said. “And we’re trying to make sure that we want it just as much if not more than the other teams.”The men’s team fell short of its goals after the 2013-14 regular season concluded.Following a fourth place finish at Big Ten championships, the men’s team took 22nd among teams at the NCAA championships.“We certainly left a lot on the table at NCAAs,” Smith said. Though Smith said everyone’s goal is to improve his or her standing at NCAAs, the senior acknowledged that the goal for this season remains to further the program.“We just want to leave this team on a better note than when we came in,” Smith said. “If that means placing higher at NCAAs, so be it. If that means setting this team up so the year after they kill it, that’s what it takes.”The men’s and women’s teams often talked about the closeness of the groups last season, and senior associate head coach Terry Ganley said she’s already seen that closeness come out this fall.“The team has said that themselves … that it’s been the easiest transition for our freshmen coming in,” Ganley said. “It’s a great team chemistry right now.”Simenec and Smith were both quick to rave about the talent within the team’s freshman class.“We got so many good people, so that’s something to be confident about,” Simenec said. “The freshmen are just doing a great job of stepping up and filling the shoes of the people who did leave.”The Gophers appear to be in high spirits as they get ready to face off against the Sun Devils.But no one sounded more excited to start this season than one of the coaches.“I don’t think we’ve ever been in a better place, and I’ve coached here 30 plus years,” Ganley said.last_img read more

CEO face shape linked to company performance

first_imgCBS News: The shape of a CEO’s face can predict his company’s financial performance, according to a new study in which researchers analyzed photos of 55 male chief executive officers of Fortune 500 businesses.The crucial feature: Facial width. Corporate leaders with faces that were wide relative to their length — such as Herb Kelleher, the former CEO of Southwest Airlines — tended to lead better-performing companies than CEOs with narrower faces, such as Dick Fuld, the long-faced final CEO of Lehman Brothers, the study found.This finding follows research that has shown that the ratio of facial width to height is correlated with aggression in men. This relationship between face shape and behavior, which is thought to be related to testosterone levels, has not been shown to hold for women.Other research has shown men with wider faces are more likely than those with narrow faces to behave unethically. In a previous study using a computer game, researchers found broad-faced men were less trustworthy than other men.In the new study, Elaine Wong at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her colleagues looked at the batch of CEO photos, along with information about the companies’ financial performances and letters to shareholders.Read the whole story: CBS News More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more