The King and I Trio Brings Glam to Siam in Vogue

first_img View Comments Related Shows The Broadway revival of The King and I has begun performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, and three of its stars are certainly dressed for success. In the latest issue of Vogue, Siam stunners Ashley Park, Conrad Ricamora and Ruthie Ann Miles trade in their traditional garb for a more modern look that screams “Something Wonderful.” The trio plays Tuptim, Lun Tha and Lady Thiang, respectively, in the Bartlett Sher-helmed production, appearing alongside headliners Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe. The King and I opens officially on April 16. The King and I Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img

African Development Bank launches $500 million fund for small-scale renewables

first_imgAfrican Development Bank launches $500 million fund for small-scale renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The African Development Bank launched a financing facility for small scale renewables in sub-Saharan Africa at the Africa Energy Forum held in Lisbon this month.The lender said the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI) is its “first blended finance facility in the energy sector dedicated to increasing access to energy through renewable energy technologies.”The facility will provide debt financing through two funds, added the bank in a press release. The off-grid facility is a “$100 million debt fund supporting the short-term growth of off-grid energy access companies and catalyzing their long-term capacity to access capital markets at scale.”The on-grid credit line is a “$400 million debt fund supporting improved energy access through the development of small-scale renewable energy generation projects – of less than 25 MW [generation capacity] and $30 million funding – including independent power producers, mini-grids and captive power projects across Africa.”The lender yesterday announced the European Commission is offering the new facility a €40 million investment approved by the bloc’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development in December. The African Development Bank said the cash will enable the new lending facility to raise funds “from a range of commercial and private investors”.More: African Development Bank sets up $500m facility for sub-Saharan small scale renewableslast_img read more

Training Food for Thought

first_imgI’ve been very fortunate over the years to work with a number of incredible athletic thought leaders in the Asheville community.  I always try to absorb as much knowledge as I can whenever I’m around them, and I’ve picked up a number of useful tips that I thought I would pay forward.  Here are a few of the most useful that can apply to any sport:-It’s important to consume 12+ grams of protein within 30 minutes of a strenuous workout, so that the broken down muscle fibers begin rebuilding immediately.*Yoohoo is actually an excellent post-workout drink.  My personal choice is Myoplex, which is apparently the most high-powered stuff that is still NCAA approved*-Apple-Think of your body as a holistic machine.  It’s usually best to train the whole body rather than focus on sport-specific muscles only.  Only strengthening certain parts of the body can lead to unbalance and make us injury-prone.-Work out with a training partner.  It’s always good to be accountable to someone, and to have friendly competition to push yourself to the next level.-Always keep a training log.  You want to have baselines upon which to gauge your progression as an athlete, and it’s rewarding to look back and see the hard work that went into your performance at a given event.-Plan out your workouts for the week, and put them in your calendar.  The fast-paced nature of life these days often means that we are more forgetful about our athletic goals.-Aerobic capacity is the most difficult to attain, and the easiest to lose.  This is the base of your pyramid, and should be the first thing that you focus on when gearing up for a big event.-Focus on the tapering process!  A lot of athletes do not allow themselves to properly rest before a big event in fear of losing the capacity that they have gained through their training.-Check out the PALEO diet.  Although I have never fully committed to this diet, I have seen incredible athletic results from other people who have done it.  It is still one of my goals to transition to this diet for a couple of months out of every year.-Work out in the morning on weekdays.  This boosts your metabolism throughout the day, and the endorphin flood will put some extra energy into the rest of the day.  It also frees up the evening for family/social time.Well, I hope that provides some good food for thought as you achieve your athletic goals in 2012!  Putting this down on paper reminds me that I need to realign my lifestyle in certain ways to continue reaching for my own athletic potential.Work hard and I hope to see you on the river, trail, or slopes!last_img read more

Steve Jobs on credit unions: The Apple marketing philosophy

first_imgEmpathy. Markkula expressed the need for the Apple brand to have an intimate connection with the feelings of the customer. “We will truly understand their needs better than any other company.” Do you understand the needs of your members? When you write the copy and creative brief for your next campaign, are you using industry jargon and only going surface deep with your message? Do you understand that your members aren’t excited about an auto loan from your credit union, but rather what that auto loan can do for them? Do you truly understand the needs of your members better than any other bank or credit union? More importantly, does your staff understand the needs of your members better than any other bank or credit union?Focus. Markkula understood that trying to be all things to all people is brand suicideand urged Jobs to eliminate all of the “unimportant” opportunities. Browse through your membership brochure and the copy on your website. Is it clear who you serve and what you can offer them? I often see credit unions offering a product (mortgages, for example) through a mediocre third-party only because they feel they have to keep up with banks other credit unions. It’s not necessary to offer everything other financial institutions offer unless it directly fits in with the vision of your credit union and who you want to serve. “In order to do a good job of those things that we decide to do, we must eliminate all of the unimportant opportunities,” Markkula said. What products and services are you currently offering that are sucking up valuable resources needed to successfully promote those things that mean more to your members?Impute. That’s not a typo. Markkula believed that consumers do judge a book by it’s cover. What are the first impressions that members or potential members have with your website, your new app, the person answering your phone, or the culture within your branch? Does it accurately convey the right message? “We may have the best product, the highest quality, the most useful software, etc.; but if we present them in a slipshod manner, they will be perceived as slipshod; if we present them in a creative, professional manner, we will impute the desired qualities,” Markkula wrote in his brief to Steve Jobs. You may be one of the credit unions in the minority that say you have great service, and truly do have good service. But when that new member receives their new membership packet that is nothing more than 8.5 x 11 inch black-and-white Xerox papers folded up and stuffed into a white envelope, what will they think? What about when attempting to find information about you on the internet, but coming away empty handed because your website isn’t up-to-date or hard to navigate from their phone or tablet?Isaacson noted that because of this single page of notes from Markkula, Jobs forever focused only on a handful of core products. He cared and often obsessed about marketing, the image of Apple, and even small details down to the packaging. How much do you, your management team, and board care?“A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” – Steve Jobs “You should never start a company with the goal of getting rich.” That was one of the first pieces of advice venture capitalist and the future CEO of Apple, Mike Markkula, gave to Steve Jobs at the beginning of their relationship and in the launch of Apple.The relationship between Markkula and Jobs was more than a business relationship, though. It was more like a father-son relationship. In Walter Isaacson’s biography, “Steve Jobs,” Jobs said that Markkula instantly took him under his wing in terms of business, but especially in terms of marketing.Before Markkulas and Jobs launched the Apple II, Markkula wrote a one-page paper titled “The Apple Marketing Philosophy,” with three main points to it. That’s right — only three points. Marketing folks often like to overthink the art and science of marketing, but Markkula did a wonderful job of boiling effective marketing down into three brief points that fit on one page. If you were to follow these points in your credit union marketing through 2015, it could lead to great accomplishments. 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Vestal Parkway reopened following crash Monday afternoon

first_img—– VESTAL (WBNG) — According to Broome County Dispatch no one was injured in the crash. Dispatchers said it was too early to comment on any possible injuries. —– They say multiple vehicles were involved in the crash. VESTAL (WBNG) — Dispatchers tell 12 News that one person was entrapped after their vehicle rolled over onto its side following a crash on Rano Boulevard and the Vestal Parkway. —– 2:00 A.M. UPDATE: Stay tuned to 12 News in its 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. newscast for coverage regarding this incident.center_img VESTAL (WBNG) — Emergency crews have reopened the Vestal Parkway following a crash in which one car had rolled over to its side. 3:32 P.M. UPDATE: VESTAL (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says a person is trapped in a vehicle after a crash on the Vestal Parkway Monday afternoon. Dispatchers say the crash took place by the corner of Route 434 and Rano Boulevard. They also say traffic on part of the parkway is being diverted due to the crash. At this time they couldn’t say exactly where traffic was being diverted. 4:21 P.M. UPDATE: Stay with 12 News as we learn more and continue to update the ongoing situation.last_img read more

Govt gears up for future COVID-19 vaccination

first_imgThe government has drafted scenarios and prepared logistical needs necessary to distribute COVID-19 vaccine across the archipelago, to make sure it can be evenly disbursed once available.The scenarios were discussed in a coordination meeting led by Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan on Wednesday.“The vaccine is necessary for us now. Our main priority is preparing vaccination logistics, targets and mechanisms,” the minister said. Read also: Jokowi gives committee two weeks to draft COVID-19 vaccination planIn order to distribute the vaccine evenly across the country, the government plans to procure cold chain equipment to store and distribute hundreds of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine from other countries.State-Owned Enterprises Deputy Minister Budi Gunadi said two state-owned pharmaceutical firms, Bio Farma and Kimia Farma, currently only had the capacity to store 123 million out of 352 million vaccine doses.Indonesia has forged cooperation with several countries regarding the supply of potential vaccines. Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech partnered with Bio Farma to launch the late-stage human trials of a candidate vaccine in Bandung, West Java. The trial involved some 1,620 volunteers since August.Kimia Farma struck a deal with Group 42 (G42) Healthcare, an artificial intelligence company in the United Arab Emirates, to develop a potential vaccine.The Research and Technology Ministry is also leading a national consortium, comprising research bodies and universities, to develop the Merah Putih vaccine.The Health Ministry also signed an agreement with UNICEF to procure COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX, a global vaccine allocation plan co-led by the World Health Organization aiming for even distribution of the vaccine.Read also: Indonesia secures massive supply of potential COVID-19 vaccine until end of 2021During Wednesday’s meeting, Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) head Penny Kusumawati Lukito said the agency’s technical team would check laboratories designated to mass produce the vaccine as well as the ongoing clinical trials.The agency would also discuss with Sinovac regarding the vaccine’s delivery. After the vaccine arrived in Indonesia, BPOM would submit a halal certification for the substance to the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).In the meantime, the Health Ministry is training medical workers for the vaccination program. Two community health centers (Puskesmas) in Badung, Denpasar, Bali as well as Bogor, West Java would become the locations for vaccination simulation.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said medical personnel and other workers in health facilities would be vaccinated first. “The second group [to be vaccinated] would be workers aged 18 to 59, which is a high-risk group.”Topics :last_img read more

Wolf Administration Provides Update on Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiative

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – PennDOT is moving ahead with accelerated repaving contracts after applying more than 109,000 tons of patching material and improving more than 1,000 miles of roads through July to deal with the widespread outbreak of potholes following the long destructive winter season.“PennDOT has accelerated its work to repair potholes and resurface roads after a difficult winter, but more work is required, and our paving contracts are aimed at shoring up pavements to better resist pothole formation,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “With 40,000 miles of road to maintain, PennDOT faces a tough challenge fixing every pavement problem, but its crews have worked tirelessly to address the problems.”Under the Resurface PA initiative, PennDOT has mounted an aggressive campaign to accelerate repaving interstates and attacking potholes across the state’s 40,000 miles of PennDOT-maintained roads, the nation’s fifth largest such system. The program calls for an additional $7 million being invested in seven interstate maintenance projects covering potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of roads this year. In addition, these additional investments are planned:$30 million in transportation infrastructure investment funding for interstate improvements;$60 million in PennDOT investments from interstate-project bid savings being reinvested in resurfacing; and$62 million in additional funding for interstate preservation projects.Together, these commitments will make 17 interstate paving and preservation projects covering 255 miles happen at least two years sooner than scheduled, with projects beginning this year and next year. These accelerated projects, which will preserve the pavement surfaces for at least five to six years, build on the 85 interstate projects covering more than 775 miles that are underway or expected to begin or finish this year.A significant part of the work is being financed using savings from other projects since Governor Wolf took office.Examples of some of the paving contracts that are in process or design:Interstate 78• From mile marker 16 to Route 61, 5.9 miles in Berks CountyInterstate 79• From mile marker 178 to 182.5, 6.5 miles in Erie CountyInterstate 80• From I‐380 to Route 115, 10 miles in Monroe County• About 4 miles in Luzerne County and then from the Luzerne County line to the Monroe County line, 26 miles in Carbon County• Nine miles in Jefferson CountyInterstate 81• From the Luzerne County line to Mile Marker 185.5 in Lackawanna County, including bridge work. 7 miles.• 28 miles in Luzerne County, from Sugar Notch to Avoca• From Gordon to Frackville, 11.9 miles in Schuylkill County• From Mahanoy to McAdoo, 16.7 miles in Schuylkill County• From Ravine to Hegins, 12.5 miles in Schuylkill CountyInterstate 83• From Route 262 to Carlisle Road, 3.4 miles in York and Cumberland countiesInterstate 84• Interchange area with Interstate 81, between Exits 185 and 186 on I-81 and from I-81 to Exit 2 on I-84 in Lackawanna County, 7 milesInterstate 95• Approximately 6 miles of I-95 in Philadelphia and another 17 miles in Delaware CountyInterstate 180• From the Market Street Bridge to the Loyalsock Creek bridge, 9.7 miles in Lycoming CountyInterstate 380• From the Monroe County line to Interstate 84, 15 miles in Lackawanna County• From Interstate 80 to Route 940,5.1 miles in Monroe CountyInterstate 376• From the Fort Pitt Bridge to Edgewood, 14.8 miles in Allegheny CountyOther state routes where repairs have been made this year:Adams County – Routes 15, 30, 94, 97, and 394. Also, 18 secondary routes.Allegheny County – Interstates 79 and 376, Routes 19, 22, 28, 30, 51, 60, 65, 121, 136, 400, 837, 885, and 910. Also, 59 secondary routes.Armstrong County – Routes 28, 66, 128, 156, 210, 268, 422, and 839. Also, 57 secondary routes.Beaver County – Interstate 376, Routes 18, 30, 51, 65, 68, 151, 168, 288, 351, 551, 588, and 989. Also, 55 secondary routes.Bedford County – Interstate 70, Routes 26, 30, 31, 36, and 96. Also, 14 secondary routes.Berks County – Interstates 78 and 176, Routes 12, 61, 100, 183, 222, 419, 422, 562, 625, and 662. Also, 28 secondary routes.Blair County – Interstate 99, Routes 22, 36, 164, 764, and 866. Also, 14 secondary routes.Bradford County – Routes 6, 14, 187, 199, 220, 367, 409, 414, 467, 514, and 706. Also, 50 secondary routes.Bucks County – Interstate 95, Routes 1, 32, 63, 113, 132, 152, 202, 213, 232, 263, 309, 313, 332, 413, 513, 532, 563, 611, and 663. Also, 107 secondary routes.Butler County – Interstate 79, Routes 8, 19, 38, 58, 68, 108, 173, 228, 308, 356, 422, and 528. Also, 46 secondary routes.Cambria County – Routes 22, 53, 56, 160, 164, 219, 240, 271, 403, 756, 865, and 869. Also, 32 secondary routes.Cameron County – Routes 46, 120, and 872. Also, 2 secondary routes.Carbon County – Interstate 80, Routes 93, 209, 248, 309, 443, 534, 902, and 940. Also, 23 secondary routes.Centre County – Interstates 80 and 99, Routes 26, 45, 64, 144, 192, 322, 350, 445, 504, and 550. Also, 12 secondary routes.Chester County – Routes 1, 3, 30, 41, 52, 82, 100, 202, 272, 322, 345, 352, 372, 401, 472, 796, 841, 896, and 926. Also, 52 secondary routes.Clarion County – Interstate 80, Routes 36, 66, 68, 208, 322, 536 and 861. Also, 9 secondary routes.Clearfield County – Interstate 80, Routes 36, 53, 119, 153, 219, 253, 255, 322, 410, 453, 729, 865, 879, and 970. Also, 38 secondary routes.Clinton County – Interstate 80, Routes 120, 144, and 150. Also, 3 secondary routes.Columbia County – Interstate 80, Routes 11, 61, 118, 254, 339, and 487. Also, 26 secondary routes.Crawford County – Interstate 79, Routes 6, 8, 18, 19, 27, 77, 98, 173, 198, 285, 322, 408, and 886. Also, 41 secondary routes.Cumberland County – Interstates 81 and 83, Routes 11, 15, 34, 94, and 641. Also, 1 secondary route.Dauphin County – Interstates 81, 83 and 283, Routes 22, 25, 39, 147, 209, 225, 230, 300, 325, 422, 441, and 743. Also, 25 secondary routes.Delaware County – Interstate 95, Routes 1, 3, 13, 30, 202, 252, 291, 320, 322, and 352. Also, 39 secondary routes.Elk County – Routes 120, 153, 219, 255, 321, 555, 948, and 949. Also, 17 secondary routes.Erie County – Interstates 86, 79 and 90, Routes 5, 6, 8, 18, 19, 20, 77, 79, 86, 89, 90, 197, 226, 290, 426, 474, 505, 531, 699, 832, and 955. Also, 50 secondary routes.Fayette County – Routes 40, 51, 119, 166, 201, 381, 653, and 819. Also, 16 secondary routes.Forest County – Routes 36 and 62. Also, 2 secondary routes.Franklin County – Routes 11, 16, 30, 75, 163, 233, 416, 433, 456, 533, 696, and 997. Also, 17 secondary routes.Fulton County – Interstate 70, Routes 30, 522, 643, 655, and 928. Also, 6 secondary routes.Greene County – Interstate 79, Routes 18, 19, 21, 88, 188, 218, and 221. Also, 26 secondary routes.Huntingdon County – Routes 22, 26 35, 350, 550, and 665. Also, 6 secondary routes.Indiana County – Routes 22, 36, 56, 85, 119, 210, 217, 286, 403, 422, 553, and 954. Also, 38 secondary routes.Jefferson County – Interstate 80, Routes 28, 36, 119, 310, 322, 949, and 950. Also 23 secondary routes.Juniata County – Routes 22, 75, 104, 235, 333, and 850. Also, 5 secondary routes.Lackawanna County – Routes 6, 171, 247, 267, 307, 407, 435, 438, 590, and 632. Also, 26 secondary routes.Lancaster County – Routes 23, 30, 72, 222, 230, 241, 272, 300, 322, 340, 372, 441, 462, 472, 501, 625, 722, 741, 743, 772, 897, and 999. Also, 38 secondary routes.Lawrence County – Routes 18, 108, 168, 208, 224, 288, 351, 422, 551, and 956. Also, 13 secondary routes.Lebanon County – Routes 72, 117, 322, 341, 419, 422, 501, 645, 897, and 934. Also, 26 secondary routes.Lehigh County – Interstate 78, Routes 22, 29, 100, 145, 309, 329, 863, 873, and 987. Also, 47 secondary routes.Lycoming County – Interstate 180, Routes 14, 15, 42, 44, 87, 118, 220, 239, 284, 287, 405, 414, 442, 654, 864, and 973. Also, 30 secondary routes.Luzerne County – Routes 11, 29, 115, 118, 239, 307, 309, 315, 415, 437, 615, 924, and 940. Also, 77 secondary routes.McKean County – Routes 6, 46, 59, 66, 146, 219, 246, 321, 346, 446, 646 and 770. Also, 18 secondary routes.Mercer County – Interstates 79, 80 and 376, Routes 18, 19, 58, 62, 79, 80, 158, 173, 208, 258, 318, 358, 376, 518, 718, 846, and 965. Also, 53 secondary routes.Mifflin County – Route 2002.Monroe County – Interstates 80 and 380, Routes 33, 115, 191, 209, 314, 390, 402, 447, 534, 611, and 940. Also, 17 secondary routes.Montgomery County – Interstates 76 and 476, Routes 23, 29. 30, 63, 73, 100, 113, 152, 202, 263, 309, 320, 332, 363, 422, 463, 563, 611, and 663. Also, 75 secondary routes.Montour County – Interstate 80, and 7 secondary routes.Northampton County – Interstate 78, Routes 22, 33, 145, 191, 248, 378, 412, 512, 611, 946, and 987. Also, 42 secondary routes.Northumberland County – Routes 11, 44, 45, 61, 125, 147, 642, and 890. Also, 20 secondary routes.Philadelphia – Interstates 76, 95 and 676, Routes 1, 3, 30, 73, 291, and 611. Also, 19 secondary routes.Pike County – Routes 6, 447, 590, and 739. Also, 8 secondary routes.Perry County – Routes 34 and 849. Also, 9 secondary routes.Potter County – Routes 6, 44, 49, 244, 449, and 872. Also, 12 secondary routes.Schuylkill County – Interstate 81, Routes, 25, 54, 61, 125, 183, 209, 309, 339, 443, 501, 645, 895, 901, and 924. Also, 33 secondary routes.Snyder County – Routes 11, 15, 35, 104, 204, 235, and 522. Also, 21 secondary routes.Somerset County – Routes 30, 31, 40, 219, 403, 523, and 669. Also, 23 secondary routes.Sullivan County – Routes 42, 87, 154, and 220. Also, 10 secondary routes.Susquehanna County – Routes 11, 29, 92, 106, 167, 171, 247, 267, 371, 374, 425, 492, 547, 706, 848, and 858. Also, 54 secondary routes.Tioga County – Routes 6, 14, 15, 287, 349, 549, and 660. Also, 34 secondary routes.Union County – Routes 15, 45, 192, and 304. Also, 13 secondary routes.Warren County – Routes 6, 27, 62, 69, 426, and 957. Also, 22 secondary routes.Washington County – Interstates 70 and 79, Routes 18, 19, 22, 40, 50, 88, 221, 231, 331, 481, 519, 837, 844, and 980. Also, 80 secondary routes.Wayne County – Routes 6, 170, 191, 196, 247, 296, 370, 371, 507, and 652. Also, 43 secondary routes.Westmoreland County – Interstate 70, Routes 22, 30, 31, 51, 56, 66, 119, 130, 136, 156, 201, 217, 259, 286, 356, 366, 381, 400, 711, 780, 819, 906, 981, 982, and 993. Also, 111 secondary routes.Wyoming County – Routes 6, 11, 29, 87, 92, 107, 187, 292, 307, and 367. Also, 28 secondary routes.Venango County – Interstate 80, Routes 8, 38, 62, 80, 157, 208, 227, and 322. Also, 28 secondary routes.York County – Interstate 83, Routes 15, 24, 30, 74, 94, 116, 124, 181, 194, 214. 234, 295, 425, 462, 516, 616, and 851. Also, 58 secondary routes.Through the end of July, PennDOT used 109,007 tons of patching material, compared to 101,326 tons during the same period in 2017. Department forces improved more than 1,800 miles of roads between January and the beginning of August, including pothole and other work. Also, the number of pothole concerns reported to PennDOT this year climbed to 15,154 through the end of July compared to 7,261 in 2017 and 4,135 in 2016. The investment in pothole repairs totaled $41 million through July and an additional $31 million in repairs is planned through October. This is in addition to the Resurface PA contracted paving.Motorists can report potholes and other highway-maintenance concerns on state routes at or by calling PennDOT’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623). In addition to the potholes addressed through continued monitoring by PennDOT crews, 96 percent of the more than 12,365 pothole concerns reported to PennDOT were addressed through May 21.Motorists are asked to be as specific as possible when providing locations of maintenance concerns. Motorists should report the county, municipality, street name, and state route number, which can be found on small black and white signs posted along state highways. In addition, a description of any familiar landmarks would be helpful for PennDOT to locate the problem area.Maintenance concerns will be corrected as soon as possible. Emergency road repairs, such as road wash-outs, are handled on a top-priority basis.The 1-800-FIX-ROAD number should not be used to report traffic accidents, disabled vehicles or other emergencies. Motorists should continue to call 911 to report these types of emergencies.To learn about how potholes form and how PennDOT addresses them, view the department’s “Pothole Patrol” video on its YouTube page, the conversation on social media with #PotholePatrol. Visit PennDOT on Facebook at and Instagram at, or visit us on Twitter at @PennDOTNews SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Provides Update on Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiativecenter_img August 13, 2018last_img read more

Hunter Group Takes Ownership of Apollo’s VLCCs

first_imgNorwegian publicly traded investment company Hunter Group ASA has entered into a definitive back-to-back contract transfer agreement with Apollo Asset for the transfer of shipbuilding contracts for four very large crude carriers (VLCC).The decision comes following Apollo’s non-binding indicative offer to Hunter Group ASA for the transfer of ownership in up to seven VLCCs at the beginning of April, as the contract includes options for up to three additional newbuildings.Apollo, owned by independent investor Arne Fredly, who is also a board member of Hunter Group, ordered the ships from Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in February this year.The 300,000 DWT ECO Design crude oil tankers, fitted with scrubbers, are scheduled for delivery in 2019 and cost USD 85.2 million each.Under the contract, Apollo has an option to order three additional ships of the same size, which if exercised would be handed over in 2020.The group plans to transfer the contracts to its subsidiary Hunter Tankers AS, a decision which is yet to be approved at the group’s general meeting scheduled for May 9.The general meeting’s agenda also includes a decision on whether to approve a private placement of NOK 172.5 million (USD 21.6 million) directed towards co-investors in the shipbuilding contracts and approving the issuance of warrants. Once the transaction is approved, Apollo will be entitled to subscribe for a total of 15,000,000 shares in Hunter Group.last_img read more

Batesville High School recognized for ‘Dual Credit’ performance

first_imgState Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg, left) joins Batesville High School Superintendent Paul Ketcham (right) and Batesville High School Principal Andy Allen (second from left) at the Statehouse Monday, Nov. 6.Batesville, In. — Batesville High School has been awarded “Silver Status” for their performance in the Dual Credit program. During the 2015-16 school year 52 percent of students earned at least one college credit hour.Dual-credit courses provide students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school, potentially saving future tuition costs. Dual-credit courses are taught by high school or college educators at a high school, college or university, or through online courses. These college-level courses are offered by both state and independent colleges and universities.last_img

Hugh J. Benz

first_imgHugh J. Benz, age 77 of Batesville, died Saturday, July 14, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus.  Born January 22, 1941 in Batesville, he is the son of Helen (Nee: Meyer) and Hugo Benz.  He married Darla Fichtner September 2, 1974 at St. Louis Church.  He was the purchasing agent for the Romweber Furniture Company and co-owner of the Beverage House liquor store in Greensburg as well as a member of the Batesville Knights of Columbus Council #1461.  He is a former Grand Knight.Hugh had two passions: cars and airplanes.  A long time Corvette club member, his 1961 and 2004 Corvettes were his babies.  When he wasn’t in the driver’s seat, you’d find him in the pilot’s seat.  Hugh had his pilot’s license forever according to Darla and was owner of Aero Associates.  The company sold planes, flew charter service and taught flying lessons.  Several years ago, he was able to check off a bucket list item that he thoroughly enjoyed and spoke of often.  He and a close friend went to Alaska, booked a charter service to fly them into various regions of the state and experienced all that Alaska had to offer.  He was also a proud Purdue Alumnus who enjoyed a cold Budweiser.  Hugh was very close to his nieces and nephews and thought of them more as his children rather than nieces and nephews.He is survived by his wife Darla; sister Myra Miller of Mesa, Arizona as well as his nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his sister Joan Doerflinger.  Visitation is Friday, July 20th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo Officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Batesville Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund.last_img read more