John Legend Becomes First Black Man, Youngest Person Ever To Attain “EGOT” Status

first_imgJohn Legend has amassed 10 Grammy awards over the course of his career. He and Common won a “Best Original Song” Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards for their song, “Glory”, which was featured in the film Selma. Last year, he took home his Tony Award in the “Best Revival of a Play” category for his work as a co-producer of Jitney.Legend has been on track for entertainment greatness from an early age, beginning to sing with his church choir at the age of four and quickly and consistently accumulating accolades ever since. He started playing the piano at age seven, entered high school at age 12, and graduated as his class salutatorian at age 16. After earning an Ivy League college education from the University of Pennsylvania, he began his career in earnest, notching a number of notable collaborations and contributing to acclaimed projects by the likes of Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, and more before releasing his debut album, Get Lifted via Kanye’s GOOD Music imprint in 2004.Congratulations to John Legend (as well as Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice) for your well-earned EGOTs![H/T Billboard] John Legend is just that: a living legend. At Sunday night’s Creative Arts Emmys,  the 39-year-old Legend achieved a historic milestone that places him among the most decorated entertainers of all time: the coveted “EGOT.” With his Emmy win, John Legend becomes the first black man to earn an EGOT, as well as the youngest person overall to nab the distinction.For those unaware, “EGOT” is an acronym that represents the most prestigious awards presented in various sections of the entertainment industry—Emmy (TV), Grammy (music), Oscar (film), and Tony (Broadway). Last night NBC live teleplay Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert—produced by and starring Legend—earned a Creative Arts Emmy for “Outstanding Variety Special (Live)”, adding the final jewel to his EGOT crown.Legend’s fellow Jesus Christ Superstar co-producers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice also completed their EGOT resumes with the production’s Emmy win last night, making the three men just the 13th, 14th, and 15th people ever to achieve the milestone. Chrissy Teigen, Legend’s wife, tweeted a photo of the three newly minted EGOTs with their awards on the red carpet. Check it out below:last_img read more

Institute renamed after Kelman

first_imgThe Vienna-based Institute for Integrative Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding was officially renamed the Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation on Dec. 29, 2011. Herbert C. Kelman is the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics Emeritus and for a decade directed the Program for International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Kelman was also elected as the institute’s honorary president.The Kelman Institute is affiliated with the Center for Peace Research and Peace Education at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. Its primary focus is on conflict transformation and peace building in international and intercommunal relations. Its work follows the tradition of interactive problem solving — an approach developed by Kelman and his associates, which is derived from the pioneering work of John Burton and is anchored in social-psychological principles, and which Kelman has applied most extensively to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the past four decades.last_img read more

State Awards over $2 Million for Clean Energy Projects

first_imgState Awards over $2 Million for Clean Energy ProjectsMontpelier, Vermont – The State of Vermont announced today that the Department of Public Service (DPS) will award $2.28 million from the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) for projects throughout the state. The goal of the CEDF is to increase the development and deployment of combined heat and power (CHP) technologies and renewable energy generation.”Vermonters are innovators, whether in the workplace or in the home,” said Governor James Douglas. “My administration has worked diligently with stakeholders and legislators to encourage the development of clean and renewable sources of energy. Although we are fortunate to have a very clean and reliable energy portfolio, we can always do more. Renewable energy resources will continue to play an important role in Vermont’s Energy Future,” Governor Douglas said.The DPS received 29 proposals seeking $3.2 million in funding, in response to the CEDF grant solicitation issued in February. Applicants submitted proposals for projects in the following categories: Pre-Project Financial Assistance, Small-Scale Systems, Large-Scale Systems, and Special Demonstration Projects. There was a maximum grant award of $25,000 for Pre-Project Financial Assistance, $60,000 for Small-Scale Systems, and $250,000 for all other projects.The following projects were selected for grant awards:Pre-Project Financial Assistance:” Goddard College Woodchip CHP System Feasibility Study, Goddard College” Evaluation of Biomass CHP at Northeastern VT Regional Hospital, NVRH” Industrial Park Sustainable Energy Project, Northeastern VT Development Association” CHP Feasibility Study, ReNew Building, Materials & Salvage, Inc.” Anemometer & Wind Resource Report, Peter Schneider & Jessica Donavan” Randolph BioFiber CHP Project, Randolph Area Community Development Corp.Small-Scale Systems:” Micro-Hydro Energy in the Northeast Kingdom, Northwoods Stewardship CenterLarge-Scale Systems:” Proposal to Restore Hydroelectric Power Generation to Middlebury Upper, Anders Holm” Biomass Cogeneration Facility, Columbia Forest Products” HCRS Solar Project, Health Care & Rehabilitation Service of SE Vermont” Anaerobic Digester, Chaput Family Farm” Large-Scale Solar Energy System at Green Mountain Power, Green Mountain Power” Solar PV at National Life, National Life Group” Co-Generation System Implementation at the Airport Parkway Wastewater Treatment Facility, City of South Burlington” 51.24 KW PV array, WallGoldfinger, Inc.” Large-Scale Solar Energy System at Farm-Way, Farm-Way, IncSpecial Demonstration Projects:” Installation of a Concentrated PV System, Nathaniel Group Inc.” Power Generation from a Small Farm Digester, Avatar Energy, LLC”The Committee was excited to find that the range and quality of applications was even stronger than our first round,” said Lawrence Miller, Chair of the CEDF Investment Committee. “Vermont firms are doing some really interesting and novel work, and we are especially gratified to see the level of creativity brought to financing these efforts.”Additional information on the CEDF is available at:http://publicservice.vermont.gov/energy/ee_cleanenergyfund.html(link is external)Source: Department of Public Servicelast_img read more

Analysts, industry officials see bright outlook for renewable energy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Banks have been lining up in recent months to finance a trio of solar plants that Scatec Solar ASA is developing in Tunisia. The offers are unlike anything that Raymond Carlsen, Scatec Solar’s CEO, says he has ever seen. “I have to say that I’m positively surprised how eager the banks have been to support us,” Carlsen told analysts July 17.As companies and governments try to steady themselves from the coronavirus crisis, investors and executives in the renewable energy sector say business is chugging along, attracting new money and players as it goes. The momentum is being fueled by a potent mix of falling technology costs and popular support for green government and corporate policies and sustainable investing.“I don’t think this trend is going to reverse,” Dennis Arriola, CEO of Avangrid Inc., which is sitting on a massive pipeline of renewable energy projects in the U.S., said July 22 on a call with analysts. “When you look at what’s going on with [environmental, social and governance] investing and, specifically, the growth and continued trends in clean energy, I think we’re really well-positioned.”So far this year as of July 23, the Invesco Solar ETF, which invests in stocks tied to the global solar market, is up 48.5% compared to a 1.4% increase in the value of the S&P 500 and a 44% decline in the S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Select Industry Index.Outside of equity markets, funding for renewable energy projects rose 5% during the first half of 2020 despite economic and financial disruptions from the pandemic as an investment spike in the offshore wind market offset sharp declines in other sectors, according to analysts at BloombergNEF.Top investors see little chance the industry will be knocked off course. “The time for renewables is now,” James Robo, chairman, president and CEO of NextEra Energy Inc., said July 24 on a call with analysts. “Frankly, the economics and the need to … decarbonize not only the electric sector but the rest of the sectors of the economy … transcend what happens in elections.”Benoit Allehaut, managing director of clean energy infrastructure at Capital Dynamics AG, agreed. “We think solar is happening everywhere,” Allehaut, whose firm has $6.4 billion of renewable energy assets under management, said in a recent interview. “So, it is about simply having feet on the ground and making sure that when people are asking for the product, you have it available.”[Michael Copley]More ($): Clean-energy optimism soars as world struggles with the pandemic’s fallout Analysts, industry officials see bright outlook for renewable energylast_img read more

Argentina’s 300MW Cauchari solar farm begins commercial operation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Argentina’s northernmost province of Jujuy announced Friday the start of power supply at the 300-MW Cauchari solar photovoltaic complex.The Argentine Wholesale Electricity Market Clearing Company (CAMMESA) issued the commercial authorisations to the Cauchari I, II and III PV parks, each with 100 MW of individual capacity. These plants started the sale of renewable power on Saturday.The solar complex’s output will be delivered to the Argentine Interconnection System (SADI) under a 20-year power supply contract, the Jujuy government said in its press release. Together, the three solar parks are expected to generate enough power to meet the demand of 166,000 local homes.Cauchari represented an overall investment of about USD 390 million (EUR 335.3m), with 85% of the financing coming from state-owned bank Export-Import Bank of China and the remainder from the local government of Jujuy via a green bond placement.Shanghai Electric Power Construction (SEPC), a subsidiary of construction group Powerchina, was in charge of the construction.[Lucas Morais]More: Solar complex of 300 MW in Argentina goes live Argentina’s 300MW Cauchari solar farm begins commercial operationlast_img read more

Bridgedale Sponsors Race in Support of Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

first_imgOn October 10th, 2015, the Ruffner Mountain Crusher Ridge 21k and 42k took place in Birmingham, Alabama. A challenging 21k loop with a double loop option takes the runner to every corner of the park and features many of the rock crushers that give the race its name.  Once an old mining site, it has been reclaimed by nature and is now maintained for recreational use.CrusherRidge logo-01In support of the Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Bridgedale was pleased to sponsor a race where all the proceeds from the race were to help them maintain and preserve a tranquil landmark.In each runner’s swag bag, Bridgedale donated a redemption card that would allow each runner to receive a free pair of Bridgedale’s CoolFusion® Run Speed Demon or Speed Diva. David Link, Bridgedale’s Sales Agent, personally attended the event to meet the runners and hand out the free socks.BNA Speed DemonBNA Speed DivaIdeal on the trails of Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Bridgedale’s CoolFusion®Run is technically designed for trail or road running. Maximizing the benefits of natural and technical fibres it is knitted to deliver a highly ventilated and comfortable pair of socks. Bridgedale Logo 2015-01last_img read more

Garden City Park Crash Kills Pedestrian

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Roslyn woman was struck and killed by a Jeep Tuesday night while walking across Jericho Turnpike in Garden City Park, Nassau County police said.Susan Katz, 68, was walking south across Jericho Turnpike around 6:45 p.m. when she was struck by a 2012 Jeep Liberty being driven by a 42-year-old Long Beach woman, police said. Katz was taken to Winthrop University Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 10:36 p.m., police said.Police said the crash doesn’t appear to be criminal at this time.last_img

Belmont Stakes May Last Two Minutes But Fans Might Take Two Hours to Leave the Racetrack

first_imgView image | gettyimages.com Horse-racing fans from all over the country will be watching the final leg of the sport’s fabled Triple Crown on Saturday as American Pharoah is led onto the Belmont racetrack to see if he will be the first horse to win the coveted title since Affirmed crossed the finish line in 1978.American Pharoah’s jockey, Victor Espinoza, has been in this position two other times with War Emblem in 2002 and California Chrome in 2014. This year the 43-year-old, 5’2’’ Mexican will be racing his horse against seven other horses and American Pharoah is the favorite with 2-3 odds.The 147th running of the Belmont Stakes follows the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, where American Pharoah already beat the competition. Unlike the other two, this race is a mile and half, lasting about two and a half minutes.If you’re looking to spend the day at the track in Elmont, here is what you need to know before you arrive.Although the gates open at 8:30 a.m., the first of the day’s 13 races won’t kick off until 11:35 a.m.  The Belmont Stakes will be the 11th one out of the gate. The post time for the Stakes is set at 6:50 p.m.General Admission tickets start at just $15. You must buy them beforehand because none will be sold on race day. To purchase them, either visit ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000. This year Belmont Park will only admit 90,000 people instead of allowing more than 100,000 like last year.After the 2014 Belmont Stakes ended, some fans took two hours to leave the facility. Officials want to speed it up this year.“After last year, we promised to make things better,” said Patrick Nowakowski, president of the Long Island Rail Road.The LIRR and the New York Racing Association have spent $5 million combined to make it easier to leave Belmont Park. The improvements include making the trains 10-cars long, raising train level platforms, installing new staircases and adding more lighting. The new trains will carry 25 percent more customers than past years.Despite these changes, Nowakowski said it will still be impossible to transport everyone from Belmont at the same time. He warned that the wait may still be over two hours.“We are working hard to do better,” he vowed. The MTA and Belmont Park will be enforcing a “no alcohol” policy. Bags and coolers may be searched before people enter trains at Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal or Jamaica Station. According to the MTA’s press release, the NYRA has issued other restrictions at the track including: no coolers, backpacks, umbrellas, folding chairs, cameras with detachable lenses, camcorders, selfie sticks and drones.During the day the NYRA will host live entertainment. The USMA West Point Cadets will sing the National Anthem. They will also hold a special tribute to thank the men and women of the United States Military Academy at West Point.At track side, the cast of the Tony award-winning Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” will perform songs from the show, featuring hits made famous by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Oh, What A Night.”The NYRA will also host a short pre-race set and a longer post-race concert featuring the Goo Goo Dolls, led by New York’s own Johnny Rzeznick and Robby Takac, whos sold millions of albums in the 1990s.For the first time ever Belmont Park will feature two Food Truck Villages, which will be held in the Backyard and near the Top of the Stretch, with more than 15 of the most popular food trucks in New York City.  Included in the list are Andy’s Italian Ices, Trusty Truck Corp, Hibachi Heaven, Crepes Truck and Mike n’ Willies so there will be a wide variety of food on hand.To avoid the congestion after the Belmont Stakes, fans are urged to stay at the park and enjoy the remainder of the racing card as well as the Goo Goo Dolls’ concert.And celebrate what could be an historic day if American Pharoah wins the Triple Crown. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York View image | gettyimages.comlast_img read more

Credit union’s C suite branches out

first_imgEvery year, executives from Texas Trust Credit Union make the rounds to meet with front-line employees at 12 branches and the operations staff at the CU’s Arlington headquarters during informal breakfast meetings that include Q&A sessions.In keeping with this year’s theme, “Keeping It Cool with the Cs,” the executive team—CEO James Minge, the chief operating officer, chief retail officer, chief information officer, chief financial officer, and SVP/human resources—comes bearing gifts—logo windshield shades—and shares healthy breakfast snacks with the branch or operations staff.The team also fields questions, collected in advance and submitted anonymously, “and answers them as transparently as possible,” Minge, a CUES member, says.“We get a lot of questions about leadership, current trends, and incentive programs, but our favorites are those that let employees get to know us better as individuals—things like, What was your first job? What is your favorite thing about your job? What challenges did you have as you moved up in your career? continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Data is powerful, but not a ‘silver bullet’

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » If you’re a typical bank or credit union, you’re facing more competition than you’ve ever seen before. However, because the industry is enjoying some of the most profitable years in the history of banking, most institutions aren’t feeling the pressure — yet.A rising tide does indeed raise all boats. But, regardless of whether you see it or not, intense competition is coming from both old and new participants. The top 100 banks have grown dramatically. Their share of all assets under management steadily increased from 41% in 1992 to 75.5% in 2018.Powerful New CompetitorsTech giants with trillions of dollars of market cap, billions of customers, and powerful and influential brands are positioning themselves to provide financial services as an adjacency to their core businesses. On top of that, in virtually every sector of finance — deposits, lending, investments, and payments — well-funded, fast growing start-ups are entering the financial industry and leveraging data to win the most lucrative parts of the banking industry’s business.last_img read more