Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: VIEVU / YouTubeALBANY — New York State Police say they plan to go forward with a body camera pilot program for state troopers, a move that would change the agency’s status as one of the few primary state law enforcement agencies in the nation without body or dashboard cameras.Kevin Bruen, first deputy superintendent of the New York State Police, disclosed the plan for a pilot program Monday at the state Capitol. He did not provide details of the plan, such as how many troopers will receive the devices and how much money the pilot program might cost.His comments come months after a nationwide Associated Press survey found that New York State Police are the country’s largest primary state law enforcement agency not equipped with body or dashboard cameras.Without operating those devices, New York State Police continue to remain an anomaly compared to police forces in large cities and state police agencies across the U.S., the Associated Press survey found. Many primary state-level policing agencies do not operate body cameras, but do use dashboard cameras.Patrol cameras are regularly praised by law enforcement experts as ways to increase transparency and hold officers and citizens accountable.Equipping state police with body cameras has received support from New York Attorney General Letitia James. Some state lawmakers have also expressed support for bringing the technology to the agency.New York State Police has said it once had VHS cameras and later digital cameras on a limited number of vehicles. But, according to the agency, it did not have the money to continue the VHS cameras and the digital cameras required “costly maintenance.”
Bluewater Productions, the company behind Female Force, has also showcased (in comic book format) such female heroes as Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Walters and Angelina Jolie. Oh, and the cast of Glee. Publisher Darren G. Davis says the Female Force series aims to examine “strong women in today’s society that have inspired generations and shaped the culture of today.” Nana-nana-nana-nana nana-nana-nana-nana…LIZA! Forget Batman, forget Spider-Man and forget Babs, even. Our new favorite comic book hero is Liza Minnelli. Female Force: Liza Minnelli, a comic book detailing the life of the iconic performer, is now available in digital and print editions. View Comments The 24-page saga is written Michael L. Frizell, illustrated by Rafael Cordeiro and highlights key moments from Minnelli’s prolific career. From her wild days at Studio 54 to her Oscar-winning performance in Cabaret and beyond, Female Force tells it all. What’s missing, sadly, is that time she battled the Green Goblin and the time she took off her glasses and revealed her true identity is Lois Lane. The book comes in four collectible covers, so you should probably definitely buy all of them.
Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016 Laura Benanti This will put a spring in your step! The Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular, starring Tony winner Laura Benanti and five-time Dancing with the Stars winner Derek Hough, has extended through May 7. The show had previously been set to shutter on May 3 at Radio City Music Hall.Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner as co-creative directors, the show is penned by Joshua Harmon. The new production featuring the iconic dance troupe is a whirlwind adventure across the Big Apple that tells an inspiring and hopeful story about three New Yorkers who change each other’s lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. Spring Spectacular contains 3D special effects, large-scale puppetry and a soundtrack of original songs, classics and pop hits.The cast also includes Lenny Wolpe and Jared Grimes. Whoopi Goldberg and Bella Thorne have been tapped to voice the Statue of Liberty and the Alice in Wonderland statue, respectively, while So You Think You Can Dance’s Mia Michaels has choreographed the first number. The production also features Rockette dance routines reworked from Heart and Lights, which canceled its premiere last year.New York Spring Spectacular is produced by MSG Entertainment and The Weinstein Company (which is working with Paulus on Finding Neverland). New York Spring Spectacular Star Files View Comments
Related Shows from $149.00 Hamilton View Comments The new musical Hamilton doesn’t open officially on Broadway until August 6, but celebrities are already flocking to Lin-Manuel’s hip-hop history lesson. A slew of stars were in the crowd on July 29, 2015, including Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Alex Trebek, Alicia Silverstone, Gayle King, and Questlove. After the show, the cast invited the stars onstage for a group photo. Check out these Hot Shots of the celebs catching the new Broadway hit, then see Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre!
By William Terry KelleyUniversity of GeorgiaWhen garden fever hits, it’s easy to think about exciting things such as heirloom tomatoes, new varieties and the latest in garden implements. Soil testing seems to get swept under the rug as boring to most folks. That’s a big mistake. Volume XXXIINumber 1Page 10 A huge number of the problems that gardeners have each year could be resolved before they start by getting a good soil test and following the resulting recommendations.The first step in the process is taking a good sample.Sampling is really quite easy. Take a clean plastic bucket and a spade and get samples 4 to 6 inches deep in four or five places in the garden. Blend the samples well in the bucket. Then take the bucket to your county University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office and ask them to submit your soil sample.Quick feedbackIn just a few days, you’ll get a report that recommends how to fertilize your garden and whether to add some lime to adjust the soil pH. In most cases, soil pH decreases over time as we use a garden spot. You have to add lime from time to time to adjust the pH. A good soil pH for most garden crops is between 6.2 and 6.8.If your soil test results call for lime, you’ll need to apply this two to three months ahead of starting your garden to be most effective. You can apply it later, though, and still do some good. Ideally, work lime into the soil when you till the garden spot.Apply potassium and phosphorus according to the soil test recommendations. In some cases, if you’ve used extra fertilizer over the years ? as gardeners often do ? your garden soil may not even need phosphorus. You may not need much potassium, either. So when you fertilize, you may be able to use something like potassium nitrate or ammonium nitrate instead of the usual 10-10-10 analysis.Rules of thumbWhile different crops in the garden have different nitrogen requirements, you can follow some general guidelines.Heavy feeders such as cabbage, sweet corn and leafy greens will need about 5 pounds of 10-10-10 per 100 square feet. Medium feeders such as most vining crops like squash and cucumbers need about 3 pounds per 100 square feet. And light feeders like snap beans, peas and lima beans will only need about 2 pounds.If your garden has sandier soils, divide the fertilizer into an application at planting and one to two side-dressings. On heavier soils, use half at planting and half as a side-dressing.Look in your soil test results for indications of any minor nutrient deficiencies. Consult your UGA Extension county agent on how to correct these.(Terry Kelley is a Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Anne Galloway on March 3, 2011. www.vtdigger.org(link is external) by Anne Galloway,March 3, 2011 vtdigger.orgGovernor Peter Shumlin asked President Barack Obama to give the Nuclear Regulatory Commission the authority to require Entergy Corp. to fully decommission Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant instead of allowing the company to store all of the radioactive waste from the facility on the site. Shumlin told reporters on Wednesday that he made his case to the president during the National Governors Association meeting last weekend. Obama supports a new generation of nuclear power plants.‘I said you know in order to sell new nuclear to America you’re going to have to deal with old nuclear better,’ Shumlin said. ‘The fact that we’re sitting here with â ¦ an aging nuclear power plant. We’re going to have high-level nuclear waste on the banks of the Connecticut River for as long as the eye can see. The NRC feels that it’s up to Entergy Louisiana â ¦ to decide to leave the carcass of the plant in place for 60 years because they’ve been unwilling to fill up their decommissioning funds to keep their promises to take the waste away whenever they shut down. We need some help here Mr. President.’It wasn’t clear from Shumlin’s remarks whether help from Obama will be forthcoming. Vermont’s congressional delegation, however, on Monday pressed the chair of the NRC, Gregory Jaczko, to require Entergy to decommission the plant.Entergy prefers SAFSTOR, a scenario in which the fuel would be removed from the reactor and stored on site. Systems would be disconnected and drained, and the plant would then be monitored as the radioactivity of the plant decays. (Editor’s note: this description was corrected, and the following paragraph was added on March 4.)Shumlin opposes SAFSTOR for Vermont Yankee. He wants Entergy to decommission the plant once it is closed. This process would entail removing the ‘carcass’ of the plant and shipping it to a landfill, now under development, in Andrews County, Texas.In December, the NRC ruled that radioactive nuclear waste could be stored for 60 years on nuclear power plant sites. The previous limit was 30 years, according to the Associated Press.Last month, three New England states, including Vermont, sued the NRC claiming the agency ‘violated federal laws requiring a site-by-site review of health, safety and environmental hazards,’ the Associated Press reported.Two other New England nuclear power plants with single atomic reactors ‘ Maine Yankee and the Connecticut Yankee ‘ were decommissioned at the time the facilities were shut down.Barring a change of heart in the Vermont Legislature, Vermont Yankee is slated to close in March of 2012. The Democratic leadership has said it will not reverse the Vermont Senate’s decision made last year to deny Entergy permission to pursue a 20-year license renewal for the 39-year-old plant.In a letter to Jaczko, Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch said SAFSTOR ‘would let Entergy off the hook’ for cleanup and waste disposal for decades. Sanders is a member of the Senate panel that maintains oversight of the NRC.‘While Entergy may prefer leaving the plant to sit like an abandoned factory because it has not saved the necessary funds to fully decommission the plant, this is not the safest option for Vermonters,’ Leahy, Sanders and Welch wrote.Shumlin called decommissioning ‘a huge jobs issue for us.’ The governor said decommissioning the plant would fuel $1 billion into the Windham County economy for the ‘next 10 years.’John Dillon, a reporter for Vermont Public Radio, asked Shumlin how he could convince Obama and the NRC not to allow ‘the carcass,’ (Shumlin’s descriptive) to stay there for 60 years ‘when it’s part of the agreement Vermont signed?’Shumlin said the state has a right to question the company’s authority to use of SAFSTOR because Entergy never mentioned it as an option during the negotiations at the time it purchased the plant in 2002. He was president of the Senate when the deal was struck.‘I remember there were a few words that slipped in there in the thousands of papers that were exchanged,’ Shumlin said. ‘SAFSTOR was never uttered out of anyone’s mouth during that transition. It wasn’t. We were all listening. We were told we were getting a great new owner, one that could be trusted. We were told there was going to be so much money in decommissioning that they almost went to court, the old owners and the new, over who was going to divide up all the largesse after they decommissioned on time.’Shumlin said Entergy and the state should have been more transparent and let the public know about the reference to SAFSTOR in the documentation that accompanied the sale of the plant. ‘I think that’s bad government, if that’s what they were trying to do,’ he said.Several reporters noted that in 2002, Christine Salembier, the commissioner of the Department of Public Service at the time, signed a memorandum of understanding that includes pre-approval for the use of SAFSTOR or other forms of delayed decommissioning.When pressed by reporters again, Shumlin challenged them to go back through press reports from the period to find any mention of SAFSTOR.Terri Hallenbeck, of the Burlington Free Press asked Shumlin why the public discussion mattered more than the documents that show the state agreed to allow SAFSTOR on the Vermont Yankee site.Shumlin replied: ‘Are you, uh, are you working for Entergy today? You want the carcass of the plant down there for 60 years to rot while Entergy Louisiana raises dividends for its stockholders?’The MOU from 2002 states: ‘At the time of the site specific study referred to in Section 6, ENVY will demonstrate that funding will be sufficient to accomplish decommissioning, including site restoration and spent fuel management committed to in this docket. It is agreed such demonstration may include the implementation of SAFSTOR or other forms of delayed decommissioning. Entergy agrees that it will perform site restoration as described in Section 3 of this MOU.’ The agreement was signed by Salembier, Green Mountain Power, Central Vermont Public Service and Entergy.SAFSTOR also was mentioned in a 2002 Public Service Board docket. (See Page 29).For an overview of the MOU between Entergy and the state, read Vermont Law School Professor Michael Dworkin’s 2008 slide show report.
Saudi project may set the mark for lowest wind power price—1.99 U.S. cents per kWh FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Saudi Arabia’s 400MW Dumat Al Jandal onshore wind farm has announced what it says is a world record-low onshore wind levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) of 1.99 US cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).The Dumat Al Jandal onshore wind farm – set to be located more than 800 kms north of Riyadh in the Al Jouf region of north-western Saudi Arabia – will be the country’s first wind project and the largest in the Middle East.The developing consortium – led by French renewable energy group EDF Renewables and renewable energy developer Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company – was awarded the project in January at an already-impressive low price of 2.1 cents/kWh, a record for the Middle East and North Africa region.It was not until late-July, however, that the developing-consortium completed the financing for the project and announced financial close, during which time the project had made a 6.5% improvement on LCoE, bringing it down from 2.13 US cents/kWh to what the developers are now describing as a world-record 1.99 cents/kWh.“We are delighted to take part in the first wind project in the country, which is set to be the most powerful wind farm in the Middle East,” said Bruno Bensasson, EDF Group Senior Executive President responsible for Renewable Energies, and Chairman and CEO of EDF Renewables. “This new project demonstrates our ambitions in the country and represents another step forward under the EDF Group’s Cap 2030 strategy, which aims to double its renewable energy capacity by 2030 – both in France and worldwide – to 50 GW.”Construction of the project is expected to begin shortly, with commercial operations due for start in the first quarter of 2022. Vestas Wind Systems A/S has already been contracted as the project’s wind turbine technology provider and will be responsible for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC). TSK will be responsible for the balance of plant (BOP), while CG Holdings will provide the substations and high-voltage solutions.More: Saudi Arabia wind farm claims world record low energy cost
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The FBI had an ex-environmental company official wear a wire to secretly record the son of New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) discussing an alleged pay-to-play scheme, the official said.Bjornulf White, the former vice president of AbTech Industries, used the hidden device to record the senator’s son, Adam Skelos, who was hired by AbTech at the senator’s urging, discuss how Adam planned to lobby state Sen. Tom Croci (R-Bohemia) at Croci’s re-election campaign fundraiser rather than at Croci’s office so he wouldn’t appear on the senator’s official schedule, White said Tuesday during his second full day of direct testimony in the father and son’s corruption trial at Manhattan federal court.“After you meet with Tom Croci, I’m going to his fundraiser,” Adam told White in the conversation recorded on Feb. 13 at the W Hotel in Manhattan when he advised White on how to lobby Croci for legislation that would help AbTech. “That’s all I’m going to talk to him about.”Arizona-based AbTech is one of three companies that the former state Senate Majority Leader allegedly coerced $300,000 in bribes from in the form of no-show jobs for his son in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations. Adam, through a middleman, allegedly coerced AbTech into paying him $10,000 a month after threatening to sink the company’s bid for a $12-million Nassau County contract.White testified that the FBI told him to ask Adam about Chief Deputy Nassau County Executive Rob Walker, the $400,000 project that White said Walker promised AbTech, and what came of media reports that the senator was under federal investigation. White also asked Adam if he had a “safe number” so White could call him and avoid federal authorities recording their conversations on wiretaps. Adam gave White the number for Adam’s so-called burner phone—pre-paid disposable cell phones that aren’t billed in the user’s name. Then the FBI tapped Adam’s burner phone.The burner phone was one of many attempts Adam used to push for legislation on AbTech’s behalf despite his not being a registered lobbyist and despite breaking news of the federal investigation. White said Adam told him to avoid using email, and instead mail him paper copies of their request for Croci to sponsor legislation that would authorize AbTech to design and build its storm water drain filters, because state law requires different companies do those roles on public projects separately. Adam told White that he would hand deliver those paper copies to Adam’s father and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who was urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pass similar legislation, White testified.“It’s better that I distance myself from being in, like, official meetings,” Adam told White in a Feb. 23 wiretapped call while discussing their lobbying strategy and how to avoid detection by authorities. “Normally, I’m never that cautious…but with everything going on, I’m trying to be.”Meanwhile, Adam set up another lobbying meeting for White with state Sen. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa). Then he called the senator’s office to confirm that Venditto would be attending a GOP fundraiser after his meeting with White, according to additional wiretaps played in court. Adam thought Venditto would be more receptive than Croci, but his father’s senate staff canceled White’s meeting with Venditto before it could happen. When Adam found out, he called his father to complain.“I don’t work with that person anymore,” Adam told his father in a Feb. 24 wiretapped call. “He’s just a friend.”The senator was apparently more shaken by the news of his federal investigation than his son.“Right now we are in dangerous times, Adam,” the senator told his son.
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Topics : New Zealand on Monday recorded no new cases of the coronavirus for the first time since March 16 and less than a week after the Pacific nation ended a strict lockdown that appears to have contained the outbreak.Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told a news conference the result was cause for celebration, noting the death toll remained at 20 with no additional virus-related fatalities.”It is symbolic of the effort everyone has put in,” Bloomfield told reporters. “This is the first day that we had no new cases and we want to keep it that way.”Last Tuesday New Zealand ended a strict lockdown which shut offices, schools, malls, restaurants, playgrounds and all other public areas for over a month.However, several social restrictions remain in place with millions of New Zealanders still working and studying from home, although some economic activity was allowed to resume.Bloomfield cautioned that people must continue social distancing measures to ensure COVID-19 does not return. “Clearly these are encouraging figures today, but it is just one moment in time,” Bloomfield said.”The real test is later this week when we factor in the incubation period for the virus and the time it takes for people to display symptoms which is generally five to six days after exposure.”The total number of confirmed cases in the country is 1,137, he said.Foreign Minister Winston Peters on Monday backed calls for a so called trans-Tasman bubble that would allow movement of people between New Zealand and Australia, saying such an arrangement could work “seriously well”.Australia has so far escaped the high numbers of casualties seen in other countries, with about 6,800 infections and 95 deaths.The country had 26 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, including a seven-year-old boy, across three states in the biggest daily jump in two weeks.A New Zealand rugby team was given the green light to fly to Australia and start training for a tournament while undergoing 14 days of quarantine.”Officials in both countries are considering all aspects of the trans-Tasman concept, and planning how this could happen more broadly,” Peters said.