Thumbs Up! Tim Federle’s New Book Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Deserves a Standing Ovation

first_img View Comments Katniss Everdeen fought to the death in a televised battle and Harry Potter overcame Lord Voldemort, but Nate Foster has an even bigger challenge ahead of him: Making his Broadway debut as Alien Number Seven in E.T.: The Musical! Broadway alum Tim Federle’s newest middle-grade novel Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, the follow-up to last year’s outstanding Better Nate Than Ever, somehow manages to be even more dramatic, quick-witted and poignant than its predecessor. To catch you up to speed, the first installment introduced us to Nate Foster, a 13-year-old boy from Jankberg, PA, who dreams of making it big on Broadway. So, at the urging of his best friend Libby, Nate boards a Greyhound bus (shudder) and hightails it to the Big Apple for an open audition for E.T.: The Musical. Five, Six, Seven, Nate! picks up just as our young, gleeful and gifted hero—yes, he’s a hero, in his own right—is beginning rehearsals for the big-budget tuner. The novel playfully pulls back the curtain on the painstaking, high-pressure and wildly theatrical world of mounting a Broadway musical, but the story truly excels in its quieter, more vulnerable moments. With a nuanced flair, Federle taps into the struggles of not only the lovable Nate, but the child of a cancer-stricken parent, an aging performer, a sensitive teen trying to make friends and more. Five, Six, Seven, Nate! isn’t just for Broadway buffs or fans of middle-grade fiction, it’s for anyone who has ever felt special but stifled, ecstatic but scared, or loved but lonely. And to top it all off, Five, Six, Seven, Nate! ends with (in this writer’s opinion) the most inspiring text message exchange ever. Pick it up in bookstores now!last_img read more

Iberdrola begins construction of Australia’s largest hybrid wind-plus-solar project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The Spanish energy giant Iberdrola has announced construction has begun of its 317MW hybrid wind and solar farm near Port Augusta, the company’s first greenfield project in Australia, and the largest wind and solar hybrid project in the country.The $500 million Port Augusta Renewable Energy Project – featuring 207MW of wind generation and 110MW of solar – is located near the former site of South Australia’s last coal-fired power station, along with the 220MW Bungala solar farm and the 214MW Lincoln Gap wind and battery projects that have helped replace it.It is also located in the heart of the electorate of state energy minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan, who wants the state to reach its target of “net 100 per cent renewables” by 2030, a target that will be accelerated if the proposed new link to NSW, Project EnergyConnect, is built as planned.Iberdrola is a global company of significant scale, with a market value of more than $A100 billion, and is one of a number of multi-nationals building large scale renewables in Australia, along with the likes of Enel Green Power, Total Eren, BP, and Shell.Iberdrola is also completing its purchase of the listed renewable energy company Infigen, which will give it an operating portfolio in Australia of more than 800MW – mostly wind and the Lake Bonney big battery – and a development pipeline of more than 1,000MW.Van Holst Pellekaan said Port Augusta will showcase a new generation of renewables designed to provide predictable power more uniformly across the day. “The project’s combined solar and wind generation output is expected to closely match South Australia’s electricity demand profile which will help place downwards pressure on electricity prices while also assisting with the security and reliability of the grid,” he said.[Giles Parkinson]More: Iberdrola begins construction of Australia’s biggest hybrid wind and solar farm Iberdrola begins construction of Australia’s largest hybrid wind-plus-solar projectlast_img read more

Interdictions Showcase Value of Regional Cooperation in Fight against Drugs

first_imgDoug Garner, Director of the National Air Security Operations Center in Jacksonville, stated “Every day we’re committed to detecting, interdicting and preventing acts of terrorism and the unlawful movement of people, illegal drugs and other contraband toward the United States.” Garner added “The strong relationships with our international partners continue to bring results.” On January 20, an OAM P-3 crew on patrol again reported a suspicious speedboat approximately 190 miles northwest of Isla de Coco, Costa Rica. A British vessel intercepted the smugglers with the aid of the continuous surveillance of the speedboat provided by U.S. Navy and Coast Guard air assets. The operation resulted in the arrest of three suspects and the recovery of more than 954 pounds of cocaine. On January 18, a CBP Office of Air and Marine (OAM) P-3 crew on patrol reported a suspicious go-fast vessel dumping bales of marijuana some 90 nautical miles east of Costa Rica. Costa Rican law enforcement proceeded to intercept the vessel, recovering 1,313 pounds of marijuana and arresting five smugglers aboard the go fast. In recent days, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and regional partners seized more than $74 million in illegal drugs in separate counter smuggling operations in the waters off Costa Rica. On January 18, a CBP Office of Air and Marine (OAM) P-3 crew on patrol reported a suspicious go-fast vessel dumping bales of marijuana some 90 nautical miles east of Costa Rica. Costa Rican law enforcement proceeded to intercept the vessel, recovering 1,313 pounds of marijuana and arresting five smugglers aboard the go fast. These operations exemplify the work of the U.S. interagency and international counter illicit trafficking initiative called Operation Martillo, which fosters coordinated patrol and interdiction efforts by U.S. and partner nations’ military and law enforcement agencies in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern Pacific. Operation Martillo brings together diverse resources from multiple international partner nations including Costa Rica to fight transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. On January 20, an OAM P-3 crew on patrol again reported a suspicious speedboat approximately 190 miles northwest of Isla de Coco, Costa Rica. A British vessel intercepted the smugglers with the aid of the continuous surveillance of the speedboat provided by U.S. Navy and Coast Guard air assets. The operation resulted in the arrest of three suspects and the recovery of more than 954 pounds of cocaine. In recent days, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and regional partners seized more than $74 million in illegal drugs in separate counter smuggling operations in the waters off Costa Rica. These operations exemplify the work of the U.S. interagency and international counter illicit trafficking initiative called Operation Martillo, which fosters coordinated patrol and interdiction efforts by U.S. and partner nations’ military and law enforcement agencies in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern Pacific. Operation Martillo brings together diverse resources from multiple international partner nations including Costa Rica to fight transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. By Dialogo January 30, 2015 Doug Garner, Director of the National Air Security Operations Center in Jacksonville, stated “Every day we’re committed to detecting, interdicting and preventing acts of terrorism and the unlawful movement of people, illegal drugs and other contraband toward the United States.” Garner added “The strong relationships with our international partners continue to bring results.” last_img read more

Man charged with endangering welfare of a child in Cortlandville

first_imgSmith was arraigned and released. He is scheduled to appear in the Cortandville Town Court on September 2. Authorities say officers responded to a reported disturbance near State Route 281 and Fisher Avenue, and found Randy W. Smith involved in a domestic dispute with other parties. Police took Smith into custody on two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and harassment in the second degree.center_img CORTLANDVILLE (WBNG) — The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office has charged a man with the endangering the welfare of a child.last_img read more

Top doctor sparks row with claim virus ‘no longer exists’ in Italy

first_img‘Still a killer virus’: WHO And the World Health Organization also stressed that the new coronavirus had not suddenly become less pathogenic.”We need to be careful: this is still a killer virus,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told journalists.”We need to be exceptionally careful not to create a sense that, all of a sudden, the virus, by its own volition, has now decided to be less pathogenic,” said Ryan, who has a background in epidemiology.”It is not the case at all.”The head of Italy’s National Health Council, Franco Locatelli, said he was “baffled” by Zangrillo’s comments.”It’s enough to look at the number of new positive cases confirmed every day to see the persistent circulation in Italy of the new coronavirus,” he said.The director of the prestigious Spallazani infectious diseases institute in Rome, Giuseppe Ippolito, also said there was no scientific proof the virus had mutated or changed in potency.The government has insisted this is one of the most dangerous phases of a pandemic that has claimed over 33,000 lives in the country.It has urged people to abide by social distancing rules and wear masks to prevent the virus from spreading once again.A contact-tracing app to help the country avoid a virus relapse was being launched Monday in four of the country’s 20 regions, with others soon to follow.As part of the next stage of reopening the country, from Wednesday, foreign tourists will be able to enter Italy again and people will be able to move between regions. “The swabs performed over the past 10 days have showed a viral load that is absolutely infinitesimal in quantitative terms compared to those carried out a month or two months ago,” he said in an interview on RAI television on Sunday.”Someone has to take responsibility for terrorizing the country,” Zangrillo added.Milan is the capital of the northern region of Lombardy, which took the brunt of the pandemic in Italy.Several specialists, in Italy and abroad, were quick to object to Zangrillo’s remarks. Dr. Oscar MacLean, of the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, said Zangrillo’s claims were “not supported by anything in the scientific literature, and also seem fairly implausible on genetic grounds”.Martin Hibberd, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “In a situation where the numbers of severe cases are falling, there may be time to start observing people with less severe symptoms — giving the impression that the virus is changing.”  Top scientists, health officials and the WHO on Monday rushed to counter claims made by a leading Italian doctor who said the new coronavirus “no longer exists” in the country.The row came as Italy prepared the next stage of its gradual easing of a national lockdown imposed three months ago to fight the spread of the deadly virus.”In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” said Alberto Zangrillo, head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. Topics :last_img read more

Indian IT hub Bangalore locks down again

first_imgIndia’s IT hub Bangalore will go back into lockdown Tuesday as the number of coronavirus cases in the country surged towards a million with about 500 people dying daily.After imposing one of the world’s strictest lockdowns in late March, India has been steadily easing rules to lessen the huge economic impact. But infections have continued to soar, passing 900,000 on Monday with almost 24,000 deaths, according to health ministry figures that many experts say underplay the severity of the situation. Other states including Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous with 200 million inhabitants, Tamil Nadu and Assam have also introduced new restrictions.Kerala in the south, which earlier won plaudits for its handling of the pandemic, has also implemented tight controls in around a dozen areas including state capital Thiruvananthapuram until July 23.The state has seen cases shoot up to over 8,000 following the return of people from Gulf countries where Keralites make up a substantial proportion of foreign workers.Kerala’s communist-led government last week extended until July 2021 rules on the wearing of masks, social distancing and limiting numbers of people at weddings and funerals.In a glimmer of hope, Delhi, which apart from several “containment zones” has seen activity return to normal, on Monday reported 1,246 new infections — the lowest in 35 days.The crowded megacity’s government, which has struggled with overflowing hospitals and morgues, has put on hold plans to turn sports stadiums into coronavirus care centers.”If a successful battle against coronavirus has been fought anywhere in the world, it is in India,” Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday, saying the country was in a “good position”. Topics :center_img Mumbai and the capital New Delhi have been the worst hit so far but the southern city of Bangalore, home to more than 13 million people, has emerged as a new hotspot.A seven-day lockdown in the city is set to begin at 8:00 pm (1430 GMT), the government announced earlier. Transport will be banned except for emergencies and only shops selling essential items allowed to open. Firms in Bangalore’s lifeblood IT sector handling the back-office operations of global corporations can operate, but with only 50 percent of staff allowed on premises at any one time.A new lockdown has also been imposed in the western city of Pune, which on Monday reported a record 1,333 new infections, taking the total to 40,000 with 23 deaths.last_img read more

Qatargas delivers first Q-Max LNG cargo to Zeebrugge terminal

first_imgImage courtesy of QatargasThe world’s largest liquefied natural gas producer Qatargas has delivered the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Zeebrugge LNG terminal in Belgium onboard a Q-Max carrier.The cargo, which was loaded at the Ras Laffan terminal in Qatar on June 22, arrived on board the Q-Max vessel Al Dafna on July 22.Qatargas said that this was the eight multi-port delivery undertaken by the company in 2019. This was also the first LNG parcel discharged in Zeebrugge and a second parcel at the South Hook LNG terminal in the United Kingdom.The established practice in the LNG industry is to deliver a single cargo of LNG to a single location. Qatargas’ pioneering achievement was made possible by using the largest class of LNG vessel in the world, a Q-Max vessel, which has a cargo-carrying capacity of 266,000 cubic meters.Its large capacity allows it to deliver two full conventional size cargoes to multiple destinations and customers in one voyage.Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatargas’ CEO, said: “[…] we are very much focused on further developing the concept of multi-port deliveries of our LNG cargoes and offer it to our global portfolio of customers.”Pascal De Buck, CEO and managing director of Zeebrugge LNG terminal owner and operator Fluxys, added: “The Q-Max delivery demonstrates the versatility we offer our customers, with LNG carriers of all types and sizes able to dock at the facility, ample pipe gas take away capacity for delivery throughout north-western Europe and a range of options for downstream small-scale LNG distribution.“last_img read more

RPM workshops scheduled in Las Vegas, Indy, Daytona Beach

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – IMCA officials will meet with promoters and other automotive racing industry leaders at upcoming RPM workshops planned in Las Vegas, Indianapolis and Daytona Beach.Sessions at each are geared toward race track operations, i.e. promotional events, insurance and legal aspects. RPM promoters of the year will also be announced during the Daytona Beach session next February.IMCA President Brett Root and Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard will attend the Nov. 14-15 workshop at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and Dec. 9 workshop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Media Center.The Feb. 14-15 workshop will be held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Ocean Walk Village.last_img read more

Indiana communities invited to apply to host Smithsonian exhibit

first_imgStatewide —Indiana cities with fewer than 15,000 residents are being offered the opportunity to host an exhibit from the world-famous Smithsonian through a program sponsored by Indiana Humanities.Six communities will be selected through an application process to host Water/Ways, a national touring exhibit that highlights the role water plays in our daily lives and allows each host community to celebrate its unique connection to water. Applications should be submitted by tax-exempt organizations, such as museums, libraries, civic organizations, local governments or schools, representing their communities.Selected venues will host the exhibit for six weeks each. To prepare, the hosts will receive extensive training, funding, and other resources from the Smithsonian and Indiana Humanities. Each host organization will also curate a unique section of the exhibit that explores its community’s relationship to water.Organizations interested in serving as a host for the Water/Ways exhibit should complete an application, available by clicking here.  Applications are due Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.last_img read more

Stack harbours Lincoln doubts

first_img Press Association Fozzy Stack believes Onenightidreamed could be under-priced in the Tote Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh. He said: “I think he’s a very short price for what he’s done. He hasn’t run since last May and it’s a very competitive race. “He ran well in a similar race last season as a three-year-old and he’ll love the soft ground, but he’s drawn low (stall five), which is a worry. “I’d definitely preferred to have been drawn higher as when the ground is soft they tend to come up the stands side.” Mick Halford last won this valuable prize with Deauville Prince in 2007 and is double-handed this year, with Hasanour and Kings Ryker in contention. Halford said: “Shane (Foley) rides Hasanour as he’s got a weight he can ride at. He ran well in the (Irish) Cambridgeshire last year and he’s ready to go, but he wouldn’t want any more rain. If it goes soft I think he might struggle. “Kings Ryker has a good draw (stall 10) and is an unexposed horse with a light weight. Hopefully he’ll run well, but he wouldn’t want the ground too soft, either. “We’ll find out how forward the horses are on Sunday. The Dundalk horses have been in good form all winter, so we’ll see how those horses that haven’t run since last season are this weekend. They seem fit and well, so fingers crossed.” Yorkshire-based trainer Karl Burke is hopeful You’re Fired can make the trip across the Irish Sea worthwhile. He said: “We’re going there very hopeful. I think he’ll like the track and the trip and he’s a progressive horse. He finished last season with a couple of OK runs. He’s been gelded over the winter, which I think will really improve him.” center_img The lightly raced four-year-old heads the betting for the fiercely competitive handicap on the first day of the Flat turf season, despite having been off the track since finishing third over the course and distance last spring in just his third competitive start. Stack, assistant trainer to his father Tommy, also feels the chestnut gelding is drawn on the wrong side of the track. last_img read more