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The Red Raiders celebrate their South Jersey Group 3 championship. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Moran) Ocean city wins!!!! The Red Raiders defeated Hopewell Valley 1-0 in the Group Three semi-final game. Summer Reimet scores the lone goal on an assist from Hope Slimmer with ten minutes remaining in the game. Ocean City advances to the State Championship game for the first time ever in program history!! The game will be held Saturday at Kean University where the OC Red Raiders will face the Ramapo Raiders. More details to follow.
I am afraid my husband cannot speak for more than ten minutes, or he will have a problem with his throat – I will slit it. Paul, thank you very much for those kind words of introduction, and for inviting me to speak to you again tonight.Let me start where you left off, by offering my thanks to John, as he steps down later this year as Chairman of TheCityUK’s Board.I know you are a keen singer John. So let me just say that your leadership was pitch perfect…and best of luck with the next gig.And, of course, thanks to you too, Paul, as you start your final year as Chairman of the Advisory Board.This really is the changing of the guard for TheCityUK, and I thank you both for your exceptional leadership over a critical period.Let me also pay tribute to all of you in this room.You lead and champion a crucial sector of the British economy……supporting business with capital and services……and households with mortgages, insurance and pensions.You contribute over £176 billion of GVA to our economy……creating a trade surplus of over £75 billion at the last count……and employing more than 2 million people in every region and nation of the UK.But as the world changes, so must The City.And I want to talk this evening about how we work together to ensure that your sector remains at the forefront as Britain rises to the challenges of a changing world……and that the UK continues to be a world-leading finance and business centre long after the Brexit turmoil has died down.There is a story about a politician whose wife would introduce him at speaking events, by saying: My wife, sadly, isn’t here tonight, but with the dessert still to come, I promise you I will pretend she is.Let me start by updating you on Brexit.I do, of course, understand your frustration at the Brexit process.I cannot make it go away……(the frustration nor the process)……but I can try to explain what is happening and what is likely to happen next.Last night’s vote gives us, for the first time, a clear commitment by Parliament to support a deal.But it is, of course, a deal with significant differences to the one that has been agreed with the EU…as I think the EU quickly observed!So we face a challenging task in seeking to persuade the EU to move its position. But that is what we will be seeking to do.The PM also made a very important commitment to those who were seeking to prevent a “No Deal” outcome.She told them that yesterday would not be their last chance to attempt to persuade the House to do so – and that there will be an opportunity to repeat last night’s vote on February 14th.So we now have a clear timescale: the PM will work up a new proposal to put to the EU over the coming days.She will negotiate on the basis of that proposal for the very best deal it is possible to secure – and will bring that back for approval by the Commons.If that approval is not forthcoming, there will be a further opportunity for Parliament to reach a majority decision about how to proceed on February 14th.Navigating Brexit in good order is clearly our most immediate task – but it is not the only challenge on the horizon.Nor, over the long-term, is it necessarily the most significant.The City would be facing profound change, even if we were not leaving the EU.The global economy is changing; an irreversible shift of wealth and power is taking place.Dramatically higher savings rates in some Emerging Market economies……and the growth of a vast new middle class……mean the geographical balance of asset holdings is changing at a breath-taking pace.At the same time, the technology revolution is having a profound impact on our economy and society……forcing us to take radical action to ensure we have the skills and talent we need for the future.Against this backdrop, and even without Brexit, we would have had to make the case all over again for Britain as the best place in the world for financial and business services.And we have a plan to do so.We start from a position of strength.The City has a long history of dynamism and agility, and significant structural advantages, that mean it is well-positioned to respond to challenges and turn them into opportunities.The fundamentals of our economy are robust……we are dealing with the deficit, cutting taxes, and tackling the productivity challenge through our modern Industrial Strategy……and it has grown continuously for eight years – proving remarkably resilient in the face of Brexit uncertainty.Paul, you rightly challenged me on what the government is doing about investment and infrastructure.And I have an answer:Through initiatives like the National Productivity Investment Fund……the government is delivering the biggest sustained programme of public sector investment since the 1970s……and is committed to 2.4% of GDP being spent on research and development, in a partnership with industry to ensure Britain remains at the cutting edge.But despite these successes I am not for one moment, complacent about our economic performance; I know we will only stay ahead by being one step ahead of the competition.So let me set out my vision for the future prosperity of the UK’s finance sector – and then, I promise, it will be time for dessert.First, our future success will depend on becoming more, not less open as an economy.The deal that we have negotiated with the EU – which remains in my opinion the best basis for a negotiated Brexit……means that we will retain close economic and trading links with our EU neighbours, including in financial services, even as we leave the EU.But of course, that relationship will evolve……and over time we must expect EU business to be a gradually declining share of our financial services exports……as a steadily rising proportion will be with the fast-growing economies beyond Europe.We are well equipped to make this transition.We have always had a global outlook – part of the world, not just part of Europe.Our historic relationships mean we are uniquely well-positioned to build trade and economic partnerships with the fastest expanding markets.And we should not underestimate the significance of the change that is underway in the global balance of financial power……nor the scale of the opportunity it represents.Emerging and developing economies together are home to 85% of the global population and 90% of people under 30……and their economies already account for nearly 60% of global economic activity and one third of global trade……but they account for just 10% of the global financial system.So, as savings accumulate and the new middle class grows exponentially……there is an enormous opportunity for the City.The government is taking action to support you to take advantage of this profound transformation.Our Global Financial Partnerships strategy is an ambitious programme to build Financial Services links with sophisticated financial centres around the world……that will provide new levels of market access and new channels into emerging and developing economies for UK businesses.That strategy will utilise the new flexibilities at our disposal as we leave the EU…… as well as leverage existing approaches, like bilateral Dialogues and regulatory cooperation.So that a Bank based in London can deliver services as easily to a business on the other side of the world as it can today to one on the other side of the Channel.We are already seeing the first fruits in insurance agreements signed in recent weeks with the US and Switzerland.I am grateful for your support and input in developing this strategy – and I look forward to working with TheCityUK to build on this momentum in the months ahead.In parallel with these profound changes, the rising tide of protectionism is imposing tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of trade.I am clear that Free Trade is the only way to secure prosperity around the world.So we need to make and remake the case for free and open markets.But we must also make the case for reform.And nowhere is that reform more needed than in liberalising the rules for trade in services.Services now account for 65% of global GDP……and as much as 80% of the most developed economies.So liberalising trade in services would be one of the simplest and quickest ways to rebalance global trade.Doing so would be:…good for the global economy as a whole – IMF analysis shows that reducing trading costs for services by 15% could boost total GDP of G20 countries by more than $350 billion this year……good for developing countries, with the IMF and World Bank estimating that liberalising services trade could raise manufacturing productivity in these economies by over 22%……and exceptionally good news for the UK as the world’s second largest exporter of services.So I very much welcome the start of formal negotiations in Davos last week on the eCommerce agreement between 75 WTO members.But we must go further still.The UK will lead the world in arguing for services liberalisation, through pushing for ambitious services provisions in Free Trade Agreements……and multilaterally through the wider WTO reform agenda……using our expertise to shape and influence the liberalisation of the global services economy.In the new global economy, our world-leading record on innovation and technology will secure the UK’s competitive advantage.Nowhere is that truer than in financial services.The FinTech revolution is driving a remarkable transition in the way we access financial services – changing the way these services work, and the structure of the industry.And Britain is at the forefront of it.We’ve heard a lot about ‘unicorns’ over the last few weeks. But frankly, I’m more interested in growing tech ‘unicorns’, than slaying Brexit ones..A record-breaking £12 billion was invested in UK Fintech in the first six months of last year alone – so I expect to see a lot more of them, grazing contentedly in UK fields, in future.But alongside investment and innovation, a safe and transparent regulatory environment – one that fosters, rather than stifles, innovation – will be a key location driver for cutting edge technology businesses in the years to come.So we’ve set up the Cryptoassets Taskforce to provide certainty about regulation and tax while protecting consumers and markets in the face of growing use of cryptoassets and distributed ledger technology.We are leading the world in meeting the ethical challenges of technology innovation, by establishing the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation……and through the Regulators’ Pioneer Fund, we are supporting our statutory regulators to develop world-leading regulatory responses to the challenge of new technology.Finally, for the professional services industry, Britain must remain open to talented professionals from around the world. And it will.As we leave the European Union, free movement from the EU will end……and we will move to a globalised immigration system.But the Immigration White Paper is clear, it proposes removal of the cap on numbers for highly skilled workers, and the resident labour market test; and the continuation of short-term business mobility.Our objective is a system that responds to public concerns about freedom of movement, while protecting our economy……by making sure that businesses can get the talented people they need, when they need them, with minimal friction.We have announced a 12-month engagement period – and I urge the City to engage constructively with this process.Domestic skills will also be crucial to the future of this sector. And I’d like to thank TheCityUK, and Mark Hoban in particular, for their crucial work on our domestic skills pipeline.I look forward to hearing your proposals soon.The City has long been a world-leading financial centre;Our history is one of innovation, resilience and openness.Our success today is built on a complex ecosystem, not easily or quickly replicable by others.But to remain ahead, we must evolve, as we have done continuously in the past.Managing our exit from the EU……developing new opportunities in our domestic market……and building our presence in the fast-growing Emerging Market economies.Fighting for liberalisation of trade in services……embracing and shaping technology……leading the regulatory response to it……and developing the skills we need for our future.Working together……capitalising on London’s strengths……we will build the most cyber-secure; best regulated; most innovation-friendly financial centre in the world.The trading location of choice.Match fit, and ready for the future.Let’s do it together.
Natalie Cressman and Brazilian guitarist/singer Ian Faquini have teamed up to write and record 10 new songs which will appear on a forthcoming album, Setting Rays Of Summer. The collaborative album is scheduled to arrive through Cressman’s own label on April 5th and acts as the first solo release for the Trey Anastasio Band horn player since her The Traces EP arrived in March 2017.According to reports, two musicians tracked each of 10 new original songs in a live setting at the recording studio owned by Cressman’s father in San Francisco. Aside from “a few overdubs,” listeners will hear almost exactly what was played in real-time by the two musicians, who performed the songs together in one room throughout the recording process. The album will also feature song lyrics sung in three different languages including Portuguese, English, and French.Related: Natalie Cressman Joins Pit Orchestra For New ‘The Cher Show’ Musical On BroadwayA statement shared to go with the album’s announcement on Wednesday reads, “With the warm instrumentation of acoustic guitar and trombone alongside two-part vocal harmonies hugging the Brazilian-accented Portuguese, Cressman & Faquini weave their musical voices together to create a fully orchestrated sound befitting a much larger ensemble.”“With the release, we hope people will respond to the honesty and intimacy of this music,” Natalie and Ian also mentioned in a joint statement. “We hope that the songs resonate with people on an emotional level as they experience new stories and new styles of Brazilian music and that they will find the simplicity of two instruments and two voices making music together to be a welcome change from the majority of music made today.”Cressman and Faquini are no strangers to playing with each other. Last year saw the two form a new project named Brasilense alongside Rebecca Kleinmann and Julien Cantelm. The band even spent some time performing across California for a brief run of concerts last spring.As of Thursday, the two have a trio of upcoming performances scheduled including shows in Portland, OR (April 10th); Seattle, WA (April 13th); and Denver, CO (April 16th). They’re expected to announce more tour dates in California, New York, and Washington in the coming weeks leading up to the album’s April arrival.Setting Rays Of Summer Tracklist:1. Terê2. L’Aube3. Lenga Lenga4. Debandada5. Setting Rays Of Summer6. Mandingueira7. My Heart Again Will Rise8. Uirapuru9. Museu Nacional10. SereiaView Album Tracklisting
Harvard scientists say that low-carbon nuclear power may eventually gain greater support in the United States, suggesting that new, more economical plants could play an important role in the country’s energy production midcentury and beyond.Beset by high construction costs and undercut by cheaper natural gas, wind, and even solar power, the nation’s nuclear fleet is struggling, with nuclear power producing about 20 percent of U.S. electricity today. Plant development is rare and economically risky, while the pace of retirements is increasing, driven by aging infrastructure and red ink.Environmental fellow Michael Ford and climate scientist Daniel Schrag say those conditions are unlikely to change soon, but that the low-carbon power provided by nuclear plants may prove an important part of a future energy mix, one designed to fight climate change.“Certainly right now, the existing fleet is struggling,” Ford said. “There are quite a few plants that are under market pressure, many early closings. … And if you pay any attention to attempts to deploy new nuclear in this country, efforts in South Carolina failed in 2016 and the Vogtle construction project in Georgia is something on the order of 100 percent over budget and years behind schedule.”The central challenge, according to a paper Ford and Schrag published in October in the journal Nature Energy, is ensuring that acceptable technology — safe, cheaper, more efficient — is available to be deployed by midcentury, when market trends may again make nuclear power competitive with other sources.At the moment, the main barrier for American nuclear projects is “the high price of new development and market economics, driven by cheap renewables and natural gas — combinations that are somewhat unique to the U.S.,” said Ford, whose doctoral work at Carnegie Mellon University focused on the state of the U.S. nuclear industry.Ford and Schrag recommend that the U.S. government initiate a “tortoise” approach, investing in steady development of a range of advanced nuclear technologies, evaluating each so that the best option will be ready to go when need and market conditions arise.“We believe the likely timescale for the demand for this technology is still at least a couple of decades away,” said Schrag, the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, a professor of environmental science and engineering, and director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.In his work with the center, Ford, a retired Navy captain and nuclear engineer, has developed models of possible futures for the industry and is now creating a more detailed version of the proposal outlined in the October paper.The industry itself has pinned its hopes on developing a generation of smaller, less-expensive reactors that could be built more quickly on site, he said. A number of companies are betting on new nuclear designs to get there — technologies that use substances other than water for cooling, such as liquid sodium or molten salts.Ford and Schrag warn that there’s a risk in rushing ahead with a single advanced technology — what they call the “hare” approach — because it’s hard to know which of several options will work well enough to be deployable. In addition, whatever the technology, market conditions affecting nuclear power today are going to take decades to shift, they say.“The idea of developing advanced nuclear like the Manhattan Project actually doesn’t fit the pace of the problem,” Schrag said. “What we’re trying to explain is that there are a sequence of steps in the decarbonization process [of the electricity grid], and absolutely we can accelerate them, but those steps are unlikely to change.”Cheap and relatively clean natural gas will likely drive the closing of most of the nation’s coal-fired plants in the coming decades, Schrag said. At the same time, renewable power from wind and solar — both of which have become cheaper than nuclear in recent years — will likely take a larger share of the power grid.Market conditions could shift in nuclear’s favor as the intermittent nature of wind and solar creates higher demand for new sources of support.Though market conditions will initially favor natural gas in that role, gas is likely to become more expensive as demand increases, say Ford and Schrag, adding that pressure to include carbon capture technology could also boost the cost of electricity produced by natural gas plants.“A new demand for nuclear power in the U.S. is likely to come only when natural gas is expensive or considered dirty or both,” Schrag said.Ford and Schrag suggest that the U.S. direct research and development support to advanced nuclear designs and adopt a strategy that provides $200 million to $250 million annually to develop four or five promising technologies. Policy makers should also commit to providing additional funding — in partnership with industry — to demonstration plants that can scale up and test competing technologies, they say.Schrag said the amount needed is relatively small in the context of overall energy spending, making it more likely to survive budget battles and swings in priorities between Republican and Democratic administrations.Nonetheless, advanced nuclear won’t have a guaranteed spot in the nation’s energy mix, the scientists say. The industry would still have to compete with technologies such as carbon capture and large-scale battery storage.“We’re saying nuclear needs to be an option, we’re not saying that nuclear has to win that competition,” Schrag said.
It’s that time of year again. Another year gone by, which means prepare to be bombarded with bold predictions of technology-related innovations and trends that will come your way in 2019. And for every new amazing technology you’re introduced to, there’s many others that just need to go away. Like now. For good.If you want to move forward, you must be willing to shed the old. Technologies that were once cutting-edge, which brought IT productivity and innovation, can now trap you. They stagger on, slowly, relentlessly consuming your data center. And then your business. Bid them goodbye.Aging infrastructure can slow performance, require extra IT support, and incur unexpected maintenance costs. It can cause you to fail to meet business objectives. According to the analyst firm IDC, neglecting to upgrade your server infrastructure in a timely fashion, can cost IT organizations up to 39-percent of peak performance. IDC also found that is adds up to 40-percent in application management costs and up to 148-percent in server administration costs.[i]FOUR KEY METRICS SAY IT’S TIME FOR A SERVER REFRESH[ii]Server technology “unpredictions” As thought leaders look to the future and share things you should start doing, here, we’ll focus on the other aspect of innovation – the things that should be left behind.Goodbye: Hard Disk Drives (HDDs)Meeting the challenges of exponential data growth[iii] and increasingly diversified applications and infrastructure is nearly impossible with existing, spinning hard disk drive (HDD) technology. HDDs, tailored for traditional enterprise applications and mission-critical needs, have been the workhorse of the storage industry for decades. However, while the capacity of HDDs has increased over the years, their random input/out (I/O) performance has not, creating bottlenecks in data access. Additionally, they consume lots of power and maintenance. Many of today’s enterprise web, cloud and virtualized applications require both high capacity and performance; HDDs do not deliver a cost-effective storage solution.Hello: Solid State Drives (SSDs)Solid State Drives (SSDs) based on NAND flash memory are well suited for today’s modern data center.[iv] Compared to HDDs, SSDs offer vastly higher data-transfer rates, higher areal storage density, better reliability, and much lower and more consistent latency and access times. Additionally, SDDs consume less power per system than equivalent HDDs, reducing data center power and cooling expenses. And it is non-volatile memory (NVM), its retains data when power is removed; no destaging is required. While using SSDs instead of HDDs in any storage platform significantly improves application performance, the gains are even more dramatic with SSDs are connected directly to the server’s PCIe bus via NVMe™ (Non-Volatile Memory Express). When you maximize CPU core utilization with SSDs you can use fewer recurring software licenses across your deployments to maximize your IT budgets.Dell EMC-branded SSDs are put through a very stringent manufacturing and quality process to ensure you are receiving high quality components that are fully compatible with PowerEdge servers. Dell EMC has strong relationships with multiple suppliers of enterprise drives. Often, Dell EMC embeds requirements and test plans into the supplier’s product development processes. This means the drives have been developed with Dell EMC functionality in mind. Additionally, we specify and control the manufacture of our drives’ firmware and hardware subcomponents to ensure compatibility and add additional capability to reduce the costs of maintenance. (To learn more, see Why Choose Dell EMC Enterprise-class Drives?)Goodbye: Homogeneous ComputingThe speed of innovation is starting to catch up with Moore’s Law.[v] A few years ago, the typical data center was designed around row upon row of off-the-shelf, industry standard x86 servers. And like clockwork, the hardware got exponentially better and with it, software, every two years. But the one-size-fits all homogeneous approach is coming up against physical limits for scaling transistors while still managing power and thermals. This issue, as well as the demands from today’s compute-intensive applications, driven by the insatiable demand for more data, more real-time information and faster services, means the days where general-purpose microprocessors run all workloads are gone.Hello: Heterogeneous computing, where conventional CPUs are augmented with specialized processors, or accelerators, improves the performance and power efficiency of servers while running compute- and data-intensive workloads that are becoming commonplace in the modern data center. Accelerators in various forms like GPUs (graphics processing units), FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays), and ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) can be used to speed up workloads such as virtualization, 3D/2D graphics, HPC and emerging applications such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and database analytics.Dell EMC, together with our ecosystem partners, can deliver the PowerEdge servers, acceleration hardware and expertise to help you choose the tools you need to reach your performance goals. In the high-performance computing (HPC) and AI space, we offer systems that run both Intel® Xeon® and AMD EPYC™ processors, GPUs from NVIDIA® and AMD, and FPGAs from both Intel and Xilinx™. Dell EMC Ready Solutions for ML and deep learning with NVIDIA GPUs deliver unprecedented performance. Whether you have small or large IT infrastructure, there isn’t a user today who can’t use acceleration in some part of your environment. (To learn more about two accelerators used in AI, see, “FPGAs vs. GPUs: A Tale of Two Accelerators.”)Goodbye: Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI)Managing heterogeneous scale of cloud- and web-based data center infrastructures with large numbers of servers can be challenging. Traditional interfaces, defined for server-centric environments, like the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI), are outdated, complex, and vulnerable to security breaches. Additionally, administrators, programmers and DevOps must deal with a multitude of devices that didn’t exist when the IPMI was created, making it very difficult to integrate these devices into their environments.Hello: RedfishRedfish, an open industry-standard API published by the DMTF (formerly the Distributed Management Task Force), is designed to deliver simple and secure management for converged, hybrid IT and software defined data center. Delivering both in-band and out-of-band manageability, Redfish leverages common Internet and web services standards to expose information directly to the modern tool chain.On Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, the Redfish management APIs are available via the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC). An out-of-band management controller, iDRAC enables remote management of all hardware components on a server. (Information on the Dell EMC implementation of the Redfish standard can be found in the whitepaper, Introducing the Dell EMC PowerEdge Redfish API.)Goodbye: Cybersecurity Security attacks continue to take a substantial toll on organizations across all industries. New threats and vulnerabilities are being identified in real time, while many other attacks often infiltrate an organization’s firewalls. The consequences of a security breach can be staggering. The financial implications aren’t the only concerns. Security breaches also bring significant operational and reputational risks. However, while cybersecurity is increasingly top of mind for many IT managers, most of the focus is on preventive mechanisms that protect the OS and applications from malicious attacks. Little thought, or planning is devoted to securing the underlying server infrastructure, including the hardware and the firmware.Hello: Cyber ResiliencyCyber resiliency is a mindset that encompasses the full spectrum of issues that occur before, during and after a system experiences a malicious or adverse event. The objective is not to try to create an impregnable fortress. Rather, it is to create the capability to anticipate threats and to absorb the impacts of such threats. It is also to respond in a rapid and flexible way to ensure key systems and processes continue operating. By expanding the scope, cyber resilience offers a longer-term, sustainable approach to managing business risk.Dell EMC server and storage solutions address potential security problems with integrated, designed-in defenses and features that make then more resilient against both internal and external threats. PowerEdge servers leverage an immutable Root-of-Trust which establishes a chain of trust extending throughout the server lifecycle, from deployment through maintenance to decommissioning. Dell EMC combines it with comprehensive management tools to provide robust layers of security across hardware and firmware. The result is an integrated Cyber-Resilient Architecture that provides a hardened server design to protect, detect and recover from cyber-attacks. (To learn about the Dell EMC comprehensive approach to server security see, End-to-End Server Security: The IT Leader’s Guide.Out with the Old, In with the NewIf your business is still running on legacy infrastructure, you’re running on borrowed time.[vi] So, as you turn the calendar forward to 2019, shake off the old and make way for innovation. And not sure where to start? It shouldn’t surprise you that our answer is, start with Dell EMC. Dell EMC Live Optics™ gives you an industry standard, safe and simple way to impartially explore your environment and workload performance. Live Optics, free, online software can help you identify what to leave behind and how to operate more efficiently in this new year.What would you ditch? Are there some technologies you hope to bid adieu in 2019? Share your thoughts in the comments section.[i] Jed Scarmella, Rob Brothers, and Randy Perry, “Why Upgrade Your Server Infrastructure Now?” (IDC White Paper commissioned by Dell EMC, July 2016)[ii] Ibid. When servers age beyond the optimal replacement cycle, relative sever performance declines over time as support costs increase. According to IDC, deltas between year 1 of operation and year 5.[iii] IDC predicts that the global DataSphere will grow from 33 zettabytes (ZB) in 2018 to 103 ZB by 2023, a 26% CAGR. (“Worldwide Global DataSphere Forecast, 2019-2023,” IDC #US44615319, January 2019)[iv] See, Dell Solid State Drive FAQ with Servers and Storage[v] Tim Cross, “After Moore’s Law,” Technology Quarterly, The Economist, March 12, 2016, retrieved January 28, 2019[vi] See, Forrester Consulting, “Modern Compute is the Foundation for Your IT Transformation, Failure to Update Can Stunt Your Growth,” February 2018, Thought Leadership Paper commissioned by Dell EMC and Intel
Tale as old as time: having so many good options always makes it harder to choose. It was a tough question but somebody had to do it. Broadway.com asked our readers which of the 12 Oscar-winning Disney songs was your very favorite. The results are in, and let’s just say it was a tight fight to the finish, but the top three are definitely songs that will make you smile! Angela Lansbury 3. Colors of the Wind, Pocahontas 15% This beautiful ballad was neck and neck with Aladdin right to the last second but came in third with a respectable 15%. Judy Kuhn portrayed the princess’ singing voice in the film, but Vanessa Williams’ rendition was performed at the live telecast. Watch this clip of the Tony nominee Williams painting with all the colors. 2. A Whole New World, Aladdin 16% Shining, glimmering, splendid! Love duet “A Whole New World” from Aladdin came in with the silver medal. This ultimate karaoke song (don’t you dare close your eyes!) featured a thrilling performance by Broadway vets and stars of the film, Lea Salonga and Brad Kane at the Oscars. Check it out below! View Comments 1. Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and the Beast 20% It’s no surprise that this tune took top honors here and at the Academy Awards. The Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s penned-title song was nominated alongside other greats like “Be Our Guest” and “Belle.” Check out this amazing clip of star Angela Lansbury opposite Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson at the ceremony. Star Files
Analysis shows Australia on track to hit 50% renewable generation by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Financial Review:Australia is on track to reach 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, an energy consultancy says, even if new installations of wind and solar energy drop to just a third of the present rate.Green Energy Markets estimates that if construction of wind and solar farms and installations of roof top solar continues at present rates, the nation will get about 78 per cent of its power from renewable energy by 2030.“I think most of us had thought a while back that 50 per cent by 2030 would be a pretty massive task for the industry to scale up to meet,” says Green Energy Markets director Tristan Edis. “But given the spectacular level of construction and rooftop solar installation activity since 2017, the industry is now facing a rather massive contraction in activity and employment even if Labor are elected nationally.”Global insurer Allianz has ranked Australia last among Group of 20 top economies for its action to implement the Paris climate agreement – with zero marks – and Environment Minister Melissa Price heads to Poland next week to update the latest round of United Nations climate talks on what Australia is doing to meet its Paris obligations.The Green Energy Markets report suggests things are not that dire. Solar rooftop installations are on track to hit 1500MW this year – about the capacity of the Hazelwood coal plant shut down in Victoria last year amid a political firestorm. Another 6800MW of large-scale wind and solar projects is being built – leaving the Australian Energy Market Operator struggling to manage grid indigestion – with annual construction commitments including rooftop solar running near 5000MW.Only a third of this annual construction rate – about 1850 MW – would be required to meet Labor’s 50 per cent renewables target, and jobs in the rooftop solar sector would fall from 24,000 today to about 6000.More: Australia on track for 50pc renewables by 2030
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau Legislator Howard Kopel, a Republican, was re-elected Tuesday night. (Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)Nassau County Republicans increased their legislative majority by one vote to 11-8, slightly strengthening their control, but still falling two seats short of a supermajority needed to approve borrowing without Democratic support.Of three open seats outgoing Democratic lawmakers are vacating at the end of the year, the GOP picked up one the North Shore, further padding the alliance with Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who was also re-elected Tuesday, according to unofficial results tallied by the Nassau Board of Elections.Republican Donald MacKenzie beat Democrat Dave Gugerty in while Democrats Laura Curran and Ellen Birnbaum fended off GOP candidates Debra Pugliese and Jane Centrella, respectively.The three seats were left open when Legis. Joe Scannell (D-Baldwin) retired, Legis. Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn) unseated the North Hempstead Town Clerk and Legis. Judi Bosworth (D-Great Neck) ran for and won the North Hempstead Town Supervisor seat that Jon Kaiman left last month when he was appointed chairman of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority.The closest race of the night came when Legis. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) beat Republican challenger John DiMascio 53 to 45 percent, with Green Party candidate Stephen Sloane winning one percent of the vote.Republican lawmakers who easily thwarted challenges include Legis. Howard Kopel (R-Lawrence), Legis. Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park), Legis. Dennis Dunne (R-Levittown), Legis. Rose Marie Walker (R-Hicksville) and Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow).GOP incumbents who ran unopposed include Legis. Francis X. Becker (R-Lynbrook), Legis. Vincent Muscarella (R-West Hempstead), Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) cross-endorsed Legis. Denise Ford (D-Long Beach), who caucuses with the Republicans, and Laura Schaefer, who won the seat held by retiring Legis. Joe Belesi (R-Farmingdale).Democratic legislators who won re-election include Legis. Robert Troiano (D-Westbury), Legis. Carrie Solages (D-Elmont), Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Wesbury) and Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport).
David Caruana is selling everything with their Ormeau home except their pet bird! There’s a Harley Davidson, Mercedes convertible and a yacht included. Picture: Richard GoslingDAVID and Lesley Caruana are so keen to start travelling the country that “anything not tied down” on their property is negotiable with the sale of their Ormeau house.This includes a Harley Davidson motorcycle, Mercedes Benz convertible, Hood 23 yacht, $5000 snooker table, furniture and a large collection of memorabilia.“Everything you see here, including the five goldfish, are negotiable,” Mr Caruana said.“Everything except our pet cockatiel Harley.”The couple bought the four-bedroom house on a 1022sq m block less than three yearsago but a desire to pack up and hit the road has called. David Caruana says the pool table is also negotiable with the sale of his home! Picture: Richard GoslingNGU marketing agent Dr Paul Howe, along with his wife Amy Howe, is responsible for themarketing of 9 Riverside Sanctuary Tce.Dr Howe said Mr Caruana was willing to give everything away to the right buyer.“It’s not just a marketing gimmick,” Dr Howe said.“It’s really a genuine offer for an interested buyer.“The boat makes sense as the marina is close by and all the furniture compliments the house so it’s a smart package to purchase.” Ormeau homeowner David Caruana is selling everything including his Harley Davidson. Picture: Richard Gosling“The plan is to get rid of the toys to travel around Australia in our motorhome,” Mr Caruana said.“The yacht, which is worth around $15,000, definitely has to go so if somebody is interested then we can throw the yacht in with the house as part of a deal.”Mr Caruana said it’s easier to leave the snooker table as it took eight men to put it into thebilliard room.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“It’s the best home we’ve ever owned and if we’d had it 30 years ago when we had youngerkids it would’ve been ideal but really, it’s just too big for us,” he said.“It needs a nice big family to appreciate it and use it for what it is.” 9 Riverside Sanctuary Terrace, Ormeau.The Caruanas’ home has a study, media room, billiard room, gymnasium, rumpus, man cave, powered work shop and plenty of off-street parking currently occupied by their motorhome.The property is for sale by negotiation.