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Lessons of the Week: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Barbra Streisand & More

first_img View Comments Adam Kantor, Sally Field, Scott J. Campbell, Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Barbra Streisand Happy Friday! We’re sure you have some busy plans this weekend, with Bernadette Peters and Kelly Bishop’s birthdays and the Oscars, but before you order a bunch of balloons in the shapes of clowns and ballerinas, let’s have a Broadway refresher. A lot went down this week on the Great White Way, so take it all in with the Lessons of the Week.Lin’s Gonna Feed the Birds“What’s your name man? Jack, the lamplighter” doesn’t have quite the same ring as Hamilton’s opening number, but this is still pretty exciting. Fresh off his Grammy win, Lin-Manuel Miranda is in talks to star opposite Emily Blunt in Disney’s new Mary Poppins film. He won’t be a chimney sweep and he (presumably) won’t dance with penguins, but still, it’s never too soon to start rehearsing that Cockney accent!Angelica Schuyler Got a Grammy SurpriseWhen a cast recording wins the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, its principal soloists also win. However, Hamilton standout Renée Elise Goldsberry never got this memo. As our favorite lamplighter rapped his way through his acceptance speech, Goldsberry beamed, not realizing she too had just won. If you need an Awards primer, Renée, let us know! We don’t want you to run into this problem again in June.Liza Miller Is a Huge #LiveatFive FanAre you watching #LiveatFive, our daily Periscope broadcast with special Broadway guests? Because Liza Miller (a.k.a. two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster) probably is. On this week’s Younger, the 40-something millennial mentioned Periscope as part of her proposed marketing strategy. Take that, Laura Benanti! Just kidding, Laura. We love you, too. Let’s get vanilla ice cream. And Periscope it.Scott J. Campbell Wants to Be SketchyScott J. Campbell takes on the role of the late Gerry Goffin eight times a week in Beautiful, and while he’s playing a real person, his dream roles are bit more two-dimensional. On Live at Five, Campbell revealed that he’d love to star in the upcoming musical adaptations of Spongebob Squarepants and Frozen. We’re pretty sure the latter hasn’t been cast, so Sven can still be yours, Scott!Fears at Disaster! Are NOT Itsy-Bitsy As Broadway.com vlogger Jennifer Simard polled her Disaster! co-stars about their fears, we learned that both Adam Pascal and director Jack Plotnick have the same, highly specific fear: a spider crawling up the toilet while they’re on it. A spider suddenly biting you on the ass? Wait. Is THAT what Kiss of the Spider Woman is about? Wait. Oh my God. A Kiss of the Spider Woman revival with Plotnick and Pascal. You’re welcome.The Nederlander Has Sturdy ColumnsPlotnick, the aforementioned Disaster! director with a phobia of toilet spiders, makes his Broadway directorial debut with the jukebox musical at the Nederlander. However, it’s certainly not his first time causing a scene at that theater. Plotnick revealed that one of his first Broadway memories is seeing Rent in the standing-room-only section, where he bawled and held onto a column for dear life. Never let go, Jack!It’s Always Glass Menagerie TimeThe last time a Glass Menagerie revival was on Broadway, Beyoncé dropped a surprise album, Sandra Bullock fell from space and Queen Latiah officiated a mass gay wedding. Yes, it was a lifetime two years ago. That’s not stopping Oscar winner Sally Field, who is rumored to headline a revival later this year. While it may be soon, we can’t say no to the thought of Sam Gold having Field tell us all about her 17 gentlemen callers in one afternoon.Babs Should Eat Biscuits on the Big ScreenHelloooo, cheese grits! If you’ve ever wanted to follow Barbra Streisand around as she visits various Cracker Barrels across the United States, you’re not alone, and you have very specific desires. Tony nominee Thomas Sadoski revealed this week that he wants to make a documentary about the legend, in which she visits the aforementioned restaurant chain. 1. OK, Tom. Good thinking. 2. How does this affect the Gypsy remake?Audra’s Dog Lost It for Betty LynnWe all go crazy for Betty Buckley, but no one loses their shit more than Audra McDonald’s dog, Georgia . Unfortunately, we mean that literally. Between discussing Shuffle Along and tackling some Yahoo Answers in song on The Tonight Show, McDonald revelaed how Buckley’s visit backstage went wrong: two-month-old Georgia suddenly got diarrhea and started circling Buckley. You win, Georgia. We’ve never done that.Adam Kantor Is a Jellicle of JelliclesAdam Kantor may be in Fiddler at the Broadway Theatre, but later this summer, he can go around the corner to appear in Cats at the Neil Simon. In this week’s episode of Motel Citizen, the Broadway.com vlogger shared his, uh, interesting warmup techniques, inspired by Meisner’s repetition exercise. Watch as he meows continually with castmate Melanie Moore. Fiddler has never been so Jellicle! Star Files Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

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Vermont Yankee owner Entergy pulls plug on spinoff Enexus

first_img5 6% compound annual earnings growth from 2010 through 2014 (2009 base) Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee’s parent company, Entergy Corporation of New Orleans (NYSE: ETR), announced this morning that it will no longer pursue a plan to spin off the Vernon nuclear power plant and five others in its fleet into a new company called Enexus. The plan took a serious blow on March 25 when New York state effectively denied Entergy’s application to do so. Entergy said it will take a $0.40 to $0.45 writeoff to cover costs to date. The decision by the New York Public Service Commission was based on a high debt load for the new company of about $3 billion. New York officials were also concerned by the tritium leak at the Vermont plant and by the management action in Vermont associated with its relicensing. The Indian Point plants in Westchester County, NY, produce over 2 gigawatts of power, while the Vermont Yankee plant produces about 620 megawatts. Local response was understated.Steve Costello of Central Vermont Public Service said, “This may simplify things given the negative impression of Enexus in Montpelier.” He emphasized the “may.”Dorothy Schnure of Green Mountain Power said, “We are pleased at the news that Energy has decided not to proceed with the spin off as this appeared to be a major issue for many Vermonters.”Shawn Shouldice, of Capital Connections, LLC in Montpelier, said “There is actually a strong case that could have been made that Vermont would have been better served by Enexus rather than Entergy because of sizable additional financial assurances that the Vermont Department of Public Service was able to negotiate.”She added, “To the extent that this issue was largely a distraction in Vermont Yankee s license renewal process, however, taking the issue off the table, makes it more likely that Vermont Yankee will be able to continue to provide the state with clean, competitively-priced, and abundant power until 2032. So you could say, we welcome the company s announcement this week.”Shouldice is a registered lobbyist whose clients include the Vermont Energy Partnership and the National Federation of Independent Business.Vermont Yankee and the other plants targeted for the spin off are all so-called merchant plants, meaning that they are not owned directly by a utility but sell power directly to the wholesale power market. CVPS and GMP are former owners of the plant. They relinquished their stakes in the plant as the then Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation was sold to Entergy in 2002.Entergy said in a statement that the action is effective immediately as it plans to unwind the business infrastructure associated with the proposed separate non-utility nuclear generation and nuclear services companies while it evaluates and works to preserve its legal rights. This action includes the proposed new company, Enexus, and the associated management company, EquaGen. Meanwhile, Entergy said it is thus able to boost its dividend to shareholders to 83 cents per share from 75 cents, its first increase since 2007.Given the potential for the legal process to continue for an extended period, Entergy made the decision to unwind the internal organizations created for Enexus Energy Corporation and EquaGen LLC to eliminate dis-synergies related to the spin-off and redirect its efforts into other strategies as soon as possible in 2010. As a result of this decision, Entergy outlined capital return plans as well as updated long-term financial outlooks consistent with the current business structure. We are pleased the Board took action to return cash to our owners who have been patient during this protracted period of uncertainty, said J. Wayne Leonard, Entergy s chairman and chief executive officer . While we do not have an order from the New York State Public Service Commission, we believe there are serious questions with regard to the basis for the Commission s March 25 th decision to reject the spin-off transaction given the dialogue at the Commission s meetings over the last few months and will preserve all of our legal rights. That being said, we will leave that to the attorneys to figure out. We are moving forward on the business side to create and capture value unrealized today. Our tested business model focuses on portfolio management and operational excellence. Entergy has produced significant value by executing consistent with a market-based point-of-view through multiple changes in strategic direction over the last 11 years; in fact the highest total shareholder return in the industry over that period. Going forward, we will continue to apply this business model supported by strong cash flows and disciplined risk management to advance our financial and business aspirations.Capital Return PlansIn fourth quarter 2009, Entergy Corporation s Board of Directors authorized a new $750 million share repurchase program supported by the underlying business operations whether or not the spin-off transaction was completed. The company expects to execute on this $750 million share repurchase authority. The amount of repurchases may vary as a result of material changes in business results or capital spending or new investment opportunities. Further, this past weekend, the Board declared a quarterly dividend of $0.83 per common share payable June 1 to stockholders of record on May 12, reflecting the first increase in its quarterly common stock dividend since July 2007.Financial ImplicationsIn connection with the business unwind, Entergy estimated a total potential charge could range from $0.40 to $0.45 per share to reflect the write-off of capitalized costs incurred to date and certain other costs to be recorded in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The charge would be reported as a special item. This charge also includes the previously identified special items for spin-off dis-synergies and expenses for outside services provided to pursue the spin-off in 2010. Entergy will immediately take steps to eliminate spin-off dis-synergies as soon as possible during 2010.Overarching Financial AspirationEntergy continues to aspire to deliver superior value to owners as measured by total shareholder return. The company believes top-quartile total shareholder returns are achieved by:·Operating the business with the highest expectations and standards,·Executing on earnings growth opportunities while managing commodity and other business risks,·Delivering returns at or above the risk-adjusted cost of capital for each initiative, project, business, etc.,·Maintaining credit quality and flexibility,·Deploying capital in a disciplined manner, whether for new investments, share repurchases, dividends or debt retirements and·Being disciplined as either a buyer or a seller consistent with the market or Entergy s proprietary point-of-view.Long-term Financial OutlookOver the next five years, Entergy believes it offers a competitive utility investment opportunity combined with a valuable option represented by a unique, clean, non-utility nuclear generation business located in attractive power markets. The expected current long-term financial outlook includes the following:Earnings:·Utility: 5 to 6 percent compound annual earnings growth over the 2010 2014 horizon (2009 base year).·Entergy Nuclear: Relatively constant Adjusted EBITDA 1 under current forward prices, plus option value related to the potential positive effects of an economic rebound on market heat rates, capacity markets and natural gas prices. Potential environmental legislation and regulation could also recognize the value of clean energy to society.·Corporate: Results will vary depending upon factors including future effective income tax and interest rates, the amount of share repurchases and the ability to achieve the targeted financial results for the non-nuclear wholesale assets business.Capital deployment:·A balanced capital investment / return program. Entergy continues to see productive investment opportunities at the Utility in the coming years, as well as an investment outlook at Entergy Nuclear that supports continued safe, secure and reliable operations and opportunistic investments. Entergy aspires to fund this capital program without issuing traditional common equity, while maintaining a competitive capital return program. Given the company s financial profile with a mix of utility and non-utility businesses, return of capital is expected to be provided similar to the past through a combination of common stock dividends and share repurchases. Absent other attractive investment opportunities, capital deployment through dividends and share repurchases could total as much as $5 billion over the next five years under the current long-term business outlook. The amount of share repurchases may vary as a result of material changes in business results or capital spending or new investment opportunities.Credit quality:·Strong liquidity.·Solid credit metrics that support ready access to capital on reasonable terms.1 Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and interest and dividend income, excluding decommissioningexpense and other than temporary impairment losses on decommissioning trust fund assets.The long-term financial outlook should be considered in association with 2014 financial sensitivities as shown in Table 1 . These sensitivities illustrate the estimated change in earnings or Adjusted EBITDA resulting from changes in business drivers. Estimated impacts shown in Table 1 are intended to be illustrative. Assumption Corporate Entergy Corporation s common stock is listed on the New York and Chicago exchanges under the symbol ETR . EstimatedAnnual ImpactUtility Adjusted EBITDARelatively constant Adjusted EBITDA plus option value+0 1,500 Btu/kWh heat rate expansion+$0 30/ton CO 2+$0 4/kW-mo. capacity price- / + $0 2/MMBtu change in gas priceUp to 300Up to 500Up to 200Down / Up to 600 TeleconferenceEntergy will host a teleconference to discuss this release at 10:00 a.m. CT on Monday, April 5, 2010, with access by telephone, (719) 325-2247, confirmation code 8490199.  The call can also be accessed via Entergy s Web site atwww.entergy.com(link is external) .  A replay of the teleconference will be available through April 12, 2010 thereafter by dialing (719) 457-0820 , confirmation code 8490199.  The replay will also be available on Entergy s Web site atwww.entergy.com(link is external) . (Adjusted EBITDA                 in U.S. $; millions) Balanced capital investment  / return / credit quality 1% retail sales growth$100 million/year investment in service1% change in allowed ROE1% change in non-fuel operation and maintenance expense$100 million change in debt- / + 0.13- / + 0.03- / + 0.44+ / – 0.07+ / – 0.02 (Per share in U.S. $) (a ) *******************************************************************************************************************************In this news release, and from time to time, Entergy Corporation makes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, Entergy undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Table 1 :  2014 Financial Sensitivities  Illustrative Earnings growth Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  There are factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including (a) those factors discussed in Entergy s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, and Entergy s other reports and filings made under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, (b) uncertainties associated with efforts to remediate the effects of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the January 2009 Arkansas ice storm and recovery of costs associated with restoration, and (c) legislative and regulatory actions, and conditions of the capital markets during the periods covered by the forward-looking statements, in addition to other factors described elsewhere in this release and in subsequent securities filings. Source: Vermont Business Magazine. Entergy, 4.5.2010. Vermont Biz Drivers Additional investor information can be accessed on-line atwww.entergy.com/investor_relations(link is external) (Per share in U.S. $) (a ) 1% change in interest rate on $1 billion debt1% change in overall effective tax rate$500 million share repurchase+ / – 0.03+ / – 0.10+ 0.20 0.25(a) Based on estimated 2010 average fully diluted shares outstanding of approximately 187 million. Long-term Outlooklast_img read more

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Delaney urged to accept pay cut

first_img Fleming told the Irish Daily Mail: “He is getting twice as much as the Taoiseach of this country. It is unacceptable and it struck me that in itself is is within the parameters of the FIFA controversy. “It is not just a matter for the FAI as his employers, but also for the State because of the millions of euro in grants given annually to the association by the taxpayer. “We certainly need more development into youth and sport, but it looks to me as if the FAI’s priorities are totally wrong. “Halving his salary is the least that could be done and in my humble opinion, we need to be asking a lot more questions, especially when he earns more than the Taoiseach and the minister for sport put together. “The salary of the chief executive is a matter that is problematic in itself, quite apart from the five million euros that was paid by FIFA. It would be problematic and offensive to a lot of people in this country, which is a republic.” John Delaney has been urged to take a voluntary 50 per cent pay-cut as politicians prepare to quiz him. Members of the Oireachtas sub-committee on sport, which meets on Wednesday, are expected to call for the under-fire chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland to appear before them to explain the chain of events which led to FIFA’s controversial five million euros loan in the wake of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup play-off exit in 2009. However, member Tom Fleming TD has challenged Delaney to agree to halve his annual salary, reportedly around 400,000 euros before recent adjustments, to bring him into line with Taoiseach – Ireland’s Prime Minister – Enda Kenny. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Ellsworth boys’ soccer team defeats GSA again

first_imgBLUE HILL — The Ellsworth boys’ soccer team knows how hard it can be to break down George Stevens Academy’s defense. On Monday, the one time it did proved to be enough.A first-half goal from Judd Kinney proved to be the difference Monday night as Ellsworth held on to defeat GSA 1-0. It was the team’s second one-goal victory of the season against GSA after winning the first matchup 3-2 in overtime three weeks ago.Ellsworth goalkeeper Peyton Cole was quickly called into action in the first half, making two saves in the first 15 minutes to keep GSA off the scoreboard. GSA had more opportunities throughout much of the first half but found itself behind when Kinney scored against the run of play following a set piece.The goal came when Colby Clarke, playing with pain in his right foot, laid the ball off to teammate Trent Mahon on a free kick. Mahon dribbled to the left of the GSA defense and passed to Kinney, who scored from close range to give Ellsworth (7-2-1) the lead with 13:10 left in the first half.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“I sort of let the players decide themselves who was going to take that, and the decision they made ended up working pretty well,” Ellsworth coach Paul Lock said. “With Colby’s foot, I kind of knew they were going to try something like that because he probably wouldn’t be shooting on goal.”Ellsworth showed more promise offensively during the second half, but GSA (5-5) continued to get chances on goal. Just as he did in the first half, Cole came up with key stops and even made a diving save on a shot that seemed destined to find the bottom left corner with just over 17 minutes to play.“Payton was an inspiration to us tonight,” Lock said. “Whether it was his good positioning or making great saves, he really did it all for us when it mattered.”Ellsworth’s next game will be at home against the Hermon Hawks (5-4-1) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. GSA’s next game will be at home against the Bucksport Golden Bucks (0-9) at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Postslast_img read more

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