WASHINGTON (AP) — Progressive lawmakers including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are pushing the Biden administration to act ever more aggressively on climate change now that Democrats are in charge of Congress and the White House. A week after President Joe Biden signed signed executive orders intended to combat the worst effects of climate change, liberal lawmakers are urging him to go even further and declare a national emergency on climate change. Such a declaration would allow Biden to reinstate a ban on crude-oil exports and force companies to manufacture solar panels and other elements of the so-called green economy.
Julia Udine & James Barbour in ‘The Phantom of the Opera'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) View Comments The 2015-16 Broadway season ended on May 22, marking yet another record-breaking year. Attendance was up by 1.6% and grosses were up by 0.6% from the 2014-15 season, bringing in a total of 13.32 million theatergoers and $1.37 billion. For the first year in recorded Broadway history, average ticket prices went down (by $1.07). In the final week of the season, the usual five blockbusters—The Lion King, Hamilton, Wicked, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon—held the top spots. Just shy of making the frontrunners was The Phantom of the Opera, which after 28 years, still manages to reach seven figures from time to time. Meanwhile, new musicals On Your Feet! and Waitress had energizing weeks, while Tuck Everlasting and Fiddler on the Roof might need a boost to keep going strong; buzz and appearances up through the Tonys would certainly help.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending May 22:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,056,550)2. Hamilton ($1,764,808)3. Wicked ($1,673,967)4. Aladdin ($1,474,530)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,388,431)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Fun Home ($424,225)4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($409,027)3. Eclipsed ($332,255)2. Tuck Everlasting ($325,361)1. The Father ($295,322)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.53%)2. Hamilton (101.77%)3. Waitress (101.15%)4. Shuffle Along (100.62%)5. The Lion King (99.94%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Fiddler on the Roof (72.28%)4. Something Rotten! (71.80%)3. Tuck Everlasting (69.85%)2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (69.78%)1. Jersey Boys (66.08%)Source: The Broadway League
After spending more than $30 million to combat the mosquitos that carry West Nile virus, New Yorkers have learned the value of a mosquito control program. Georgia officials are hoping to learn from their experiences. West Nile virus can cause encephalitis or inflammation of the brain. As it makes its way southward, Georgians need to act now to prevent its spread.Georgia’s Ready “Georgia is as prepared for the West Nile Virus as any U.S. state,” said Paul Williams, consequence management specialist for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. “We can deal with this disease if it arrives.” The virus had a huge economic impact in the Northeast, but shouldn’t here. “It’s highly unlikely that we won’t get it here,” Williams said. But Georgia’s preparedness should lessen its impact. In coastal and marshy areas where mosquito populations are the greatest, Georgia has one of the best mosquito control programs in the country. Asian Tiger mosquitos are one of the most prevelant types of mosquitos in Georgia. Mosquito control is very important in stopping the spread of disease. Photo:Leonard Mustermann Mosquito Control Paramount “If the virus shows up in Georgia, the best way to control the spread is to enact a mosquito control program,” said Elmer Gray, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The program would include spraying to kill adult mosquitos when they’re most active -– at dawn and dusk. That would also help protect beneficial insects and the state’s valuable bee industry, since those are the times when bees are less active. A Georgia task force will monitor the situation. The West Nile Virus Working Group includes representatives from GEMA, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the UGA CAES, the UGA School of Veterinary Medicine, the Georgia Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources and many others. The UGA SVM and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study are conducting a two-pronged monitoring system. They are studying both live birds and dead birds in the state to see if they are carrying the virus.Dead Crows, Early Warning “The best evidence of the virus is dead crows,” said David Stallknect, a UGA SVM veterinarian. “It’s like an early warning system.” More than 50 bird species are known to have died from the virus. But it’s most prevalent in crows and blue jays. If you see a dead crow or blue jay, call the county health department. Don’t try to collect it yourself. If the bird tests positive, the health department will notify you. If it doesn’t test positive for West Nile, it will be tested for other possible diseases, and you will get a report in several weeks. “We can’t test all dead birds, but we are monitoring as many cases as we can,” Stallknect said. So far, West Nile virus hasn’t been found in any of the more than 200 birds tested in Georgia. One crow in North Carolina, however, was identified as exposed to West Nile.West Nile’s Journey The virus first appeared in the United States in 1999. Later that year, seven of 62 people infected in New York City died. Last year, two out of 21 infected people died. Gray said many healthy people, though, probably just never got sick enough to see a doctor. “Officials feel many more people have been exposed than the clinical cases diagnosed,” he said. Most people infected with West Nile will have no symptoms or may have a mild flu-like illness with a fever, headache and body aches. In some cases, particularly the elderly, the virus can cause serious illness or death. West Nile is spread by mosquitos that get the virus from infected birds. It’s transmitted by both the Culex mosquito, which usually bites at dusk, and the Asian tiger mosquito, which bites during the day. Both species are in all Georgia counties. The odds of getting any illness from a mosquito bite in Georgia, however, are very low. For more information on West Nile, visit: http://health.state.ga.us/epi/vbd.shtml.
Emery still believes Arsenal can finish in the top four despite the defeat (Picture: Getty)‘When we win we win together and when we lose we lose together. In general we have the possibility to be in the top four.‘I want to say to the players and supporters we are continuing and will take the opportunity on Sunday.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Unai Emery rates Arsenal’s top-four chances after shock defeat to Wolves Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Apr 2019 10:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link146Shares Wolves ripped Arsenal apart in a ferocious first half display (Picture: Getty)‘We are disappointed but we need also to look at all the season. It’s not in our hands but we need to prepare the best possible match on Sunday,’ said Emery, who faces Leicester next.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We started at the beginning [of the season] last after two matches in the Premier League and little by little we came back and took chances to be in the top four. That’s our target but it’s difficult.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘This is the moment to think that all these players worked to have this opportunity. We lost today and Sunday but we have two ways into the Champions League.’He added: ‘I usually am very critical with myself. I’m angry with myself. First I am thinking the solution: think about Sunday and take the possibility to come back with our best performance. Advertisement The Gunners’ poor away form this season continued at Molineux (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is still optimistic that Arsenal can finish in the top four this season despite succumbing to a shock 3-1 defeat away to Wolves on Wednesday night.The Gunners were put to the sword by the hosts in a ferocious first half, with Ruben Neves curling in a free-kick, Matt Doherty heading home and Diogo Jota seizing on a misplaced pass to run through the Arsenal defence and score.The results means Arsenal stay in fifth place in the table, one point behind Chelsea, and now need their rivals to slip up. Advertisement
The One in West End is offering the first ten buyers, before June 30, a new Toyota Yaris.A BRISBANE developer has joined in the End of Financial Year sales blitz, offering the first 10 unit buyers, before June 30, a free Toyota Yaris hatchback. The One at West End is making the offer through online property agency iBuyNew.iBuyNew CEO Alex Caraco said buyers could choose from 16 floor plans to ensure their new apartment fit the urban lifestyle.One-bedroom apartments start from $418,000 for 51sq m with two bedrooms ranging in size and price from 70 to 92sq m and $570,000 to $710,000.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoThe One in West End.“With Brisbane’s residential developments on the rise, there’s no better time than now to invest in property that shows high appreciation,” Mr Caraco said. “The developer’s offer provides buyers with the perfect opportunity to own an exceptional property in West End plus secure a fabulous new car.”Due to start construction next month, The One at 89 Victoria Street, West End, is close to some of Brisbane’s best cafes, restaurants, bars, shopping and recreational spaces.The $33 million apartment project will deliver 61 apartments across eight levels, along with a three-bedroom penthouse.Resident only facilities include a rooftop terrace with a pool, barbecue facilities and private dining room.
This Spring Hill house was built in 1880. Picture: Realestate.com.au The house is on 266sq m of prime land. Picture: Realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago The house is crying out for an upgrade but can be rented out as is for land bankers. Picture: Realestate.com.au“We’ve been inundated with enquiries,” he said. “We put the listing on last night and we’ve woken up to whole lot of messages to follow up on.”Spring Hill’s limited stock of houses so close to the city centre always saw strong demand, he said, with only about 10 on the market right now.“It’s just the old law of supply and demand. Because these are quite rare, buyers are prepared to pay a premium for them. We’ve got some interstate investors looking at buying them as well as interstate people looking at relocating here.”Mr Turnbull said there was strong rental demand for houses in the area post renovation – ”something like this one would rent out straight away” – but also demand for unrenovated rentals. There is more than enough rooms to park several cars. Picture: Realestate.com.au This historic Spring Hill renovator, built in 1880, hit the market last night priced at offers over $797,000. Picture: Realestate.com.auA HISTORIC renovator cottage on the edge of Brisbane’s CBD is so rare that it sparked a flood of calls within hours of listing overnight.The three bedroom Spring Hill house, which was built in 1880, was listed at offers over $797,000.It’s about a kilometre from Queen Street Mall in the heart of the CBD, and an even closer walk to the bustling restaurants of Eagle Street Pier and Fortitude Valley nightclub scene.Agent Michael Turnbull of Lowest Commission told The Courier-Mail that the location was superb, with callers seeing major potential to add value to the site. The Brisbane CBD is literally right there. Picture: Realestate.com.au“What a lot of our clients do is buy the property and land bank, putting in a tenant for 12 months for cashflow while they decide what to do. Even if you don’t get top rent, in five to 10 years’ time it will be worth $1m.”Mr Turnbull said there was also interest from DIY couples as well as families wanting to be in the vicinity of great schools in the area which include Brisbane Grammar, Brisbane Girls Grammar, St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace, Kelvin Grove State College and St James College, while the Queensland University of Technology also has its main campus in the CBD zone.“It’s a lovely quiet street and we’re doing all inspections by appointment.”*Follow Sophie Foster on Twitter or Facebook
However, rising interest rates led to a 5.4% loss on its 44% fixed income allocation.This loss was the main reason behind the scheme’s overall return of 1.8% for the period, SPMS said.Steenvoorden attributed SPMS’s 5% loss on emerging market equities to slowing economies and rising interest rates, triggered by the US central bank’s tightening of its monetary policy.“Falling local currencies contributed to the investment loss,” he added.However, the director stressed that SPMS would not alter its investments in emerging markets.“We consider the disappointing performance as a temporary phenomenon and are positive about the long-term prospects,” he said.Hedge funds returned 8.5%, according to the pension fund, which noted marked performance gaps between various strategies.Steenvoorden declined to provide details on the strategies, but confirmed that returns ranged between 1% and 14%.The pension fund’s 10% property portfolio delivered an overall return of 0.2%, with European listed real estate returning 11%.By contrast, non-listed property and US listed real estate produced 1% and 2% losses last year.SPMS said that, on balance, rising interest rates had had a positive effect its financial position, as decreasing liabilities lead to a funding increase of 5 percentage points to 117% at year-end. The pension fund has granted all of its participants a 3% indexation. The €7bn pension fund for medical consultants (SPMS) in the Netherlands has reported a 50% return on its Japanese equity investments in 2013.Jeroen Steenvoorden, the scheme’s director, said: “Because we fully hedged the currency risk on the yen, we could fully benefit from the equity yield.” He added that, without currency cover, the net return in euros would have dropped to 22%.Meanwhile, SPMS’s 34% equity allocation generated a 17% return, with US and European equities returning 28.5% and 27.2% respectively.
5 Temple Street, Dulacca, was owned by the Anglican Church.QUEENSLAND’S cheapest house and land has gone under contract for a dirt cheap $25,000 — though it is missing a bathroom.Sold off by the Anglican Church’s diocese of Brisbane, the former church is located about five hours northwest of the Queensland capital in gas territory.The two room, double car space building sits on a massive 1,012 sqm block of land west of Miles.How huge is this block?FORMER ORIGIN STAR STILL KICKING GOALS IN 2018 RAFTER COUNTRY: HOW PROPERTY FULFILLED A CHAMPION FAMILYGET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS FREE & DIRECT TO INBOXThe property had been on the market for 80 days before finding its new owner, according to CoreLogic records.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoAgent Julie Morris of Ruralco Property Gdl Real Estate — Dalby had marketed the property as a “well priced renovator”.“This is a renovators delight, appealing timber church with potential.”It’s not too bad, is it?MARGOT ROBBIE’S SECRET WEDDING ESTATE FOR SALENRL TITANS OWNERS MADE MILLIONS SELLING NSW PROPERTYThe church building consists of one gigantic room and another smaller one, and has timber flooring and features throughout, and is even fenced.The only catch is that there are “no bathroom or kitchen facilities” at the moment.The property was in a tiny town called Dulacca — population 249 at last census, and was considered “a renovators dream at a fantastic price”.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:41Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:41 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCheap homes on the market00:41
On 3 August, the UK Supreme Court will hand down the judgement in the case of MT Højgaard vs. E.ON Climate and Renewables regarding the Robin Rigg offshore wind farm.The decision will be made on the liability for the costs of repairing the foundations, considering whether the contract for the design and installation of foundations for the offshore wind farm imposed a fitness for purpose obligation on the contractor amounting to a warranty that said foundations would have a service life of 20 years.On 20 December 2006, E.ON and MT Højgaard signed a contract for the design, fabrication and installation of the foundations for the wind turbines at Robin Rigg, after E.ON accepted the tender the company submitted in July of that year. In November 2006, MT Højgaard and Rambøll submitted a detailed Foundation Design Basis document, since Rambøll was hired by MT Højgaard to carry out the design work on the project.MT Højgaard completed the foundation installation in February 2009.The error in an equationThe facts of the legal case are that from 2007 to 2009, MT Højgaard designed, fabricated and installed the foundations that shortly after the completion of the installation started showing weaknesses in the grouted connections as a result of errors in the then applicable international standard issued by DNV, known as J101.During a hearing in 2013, an engineer employed by Rambøll, who had designed the grouted connections, said he complied with good industry practice and all the provisions of J101, which was applicable at the time.The same year Robin Rigg foundations were installed, an issue was discovered at the Egmond aan Zee wind farm in the Netherlands, which caused the grouted connections to fail and led to the transition pieces starting to slip down the monopiles. The same issue started to cause trouble at the Robin Rigg wind farm the following year.The problem at the Dutch offshore wind farm led DNV to carrying out an internal review during August/September 2009.The company discovered that there was an error in the value in a specific parametric equation, which was wrong by a factor of about 10, meaning that the axial capacity of the grouted connections at Horns Rev 1, Egmond aan Zee, Robin Rigg and certain other wind farms had been substantially over-estimated, according to a court document.DNV sent a letter to MTH and others in the industry on 28 September 2009, alerting them to the situation and subsequently revising J101 to correct the error.The grouted connections at Robin Rigg started to fail in April 2010 with the transition pieces starting to slip down the monopiles.The court floorFirst, E.ON and MT Højgaard embarked on jointly finding a solution to the problem and then agreed that E.ON would develop a scheme of remedial works. These works started in 2014.The legal proceedings have been initialised to ascertain who should bear the cost of the remedial works, with the legal case taking place simultaneously with the development of the remedial works, during which the companies agreed the cost of the remedial works are EUR 26.25 million, leaving the court to decide who should pay the price.In 2012, MT Højgaard applied for declarations as to the cost of the remedial works and who should bear that cost, claiming it had exercised reasonable skill and care and complied with all its contractual obligations, and should thus have no liability for the cost.In the amended defence and counterclaim, E.ON claimed there were numerous breaches of contract by MT Højgaard and counterclaimed for declarations to the effect that MT Højgaard was liable for the defective grouted connections.The legal action came before a judge in November 2013. In April 2014, the first ruling went against MT Højgaard, but the company filed an appeal, and the Court of Appeal reversed the ruling in favour of MT Højgaard in April 2015. The court upheld MT Højgaard’s appeal on the basis that the contract only required that the foundations should have a “design life” of 20 years, meaning that they would probably, but not necessarily, function for 20 years.E.ON appealed this decision from 2015 before the Supreme Court, claiming that the contract imposed a fitness for purpose obligation on MT Højgaard amounting to a warranty that said foundations would have a service life of 20 years.The court(s) found Rambøll not negligent in its design of the grouted connections, explaining that it was reasonable to comply with the provisions of the J101 standard and to adopt the stated value for the parametric equation.Offshore WIND Staff
The Rothen Group, a national independent civil engineering and maintenance business servicing UK Waterways, has introduced a new 70ft narrow-beam crane boat to its fleet.According to the company, the 70ft narrow-beam crane boat has made lock maintenance even safer, more cost-effective and efficient for users. Operators can also use a controls device, from a safe proximity, in order to move the 16m extendable crane and lock into situ.Ian Rothen, Founder of The Rothen Group, commented: “Working on the canals over the past 18 years I’ve noticed a gap in the market for a solution like this, which would make lock maintenance safer and speedier for contractors working in hard to reach and narrow areas of the waterways.““The boat reduces downtime and can safely lift and move up to 1.5 tonnes, meaning it can also be used for other heavy lifting required on the canal, not just lock gates,” added Ian Rothen.To date, The Rothen Group’s 70ft crane boat innovation has been used exclusively by the Canal and River Trust on three separate jobs, in Banbury, Worcester and Warwickshire.Brendan Kavanagh, Site Supervisor at the Trust: “The Rothen Group’s 70ft narrow- beam crane boat has completely removed the need to use gantry lifting cranes when maintaining locks on the canal network. As a result, manual lifting is now a thing of the past. This has significantly sped-up our operation by reducing the time usually taken to complete this type of job by up to two days, delivering cost savings too.”The Rothen Group also has a wide-beam crane pontoon version, which has been purpose built to hold up to six tonnes, and is ideal for a range of lifting operations from piling and dredging to lock gate removal and installation.