Coronavirus to impact operations UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Fitch has also downgraded the senior unsecured debt to ‘B+’/’RR4’ from ‘BB-‘ and the senior unsecured guaranteed debt to ‘BB’ from ‘BB+’. Read more about:EskomCorporate governance BRICS The credit ratings agency will review Eskom’s national ratings following the re-calibration of its national ratings scale as a result of the sovereign downgrade. Generation Eskom has so far ensured the continuation of all its operations because electricity and the supply of coal are classified as essential services by the South African government. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Finance and Policy The credit ratings company stated that the continuing equity support, together with the implicit support afforded by a 10-year government budget framework, highlights the strong links between the government and Eskom. However, Fitch expects revenue, volume and receivable collections to be adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, partly mitigated by decreasing primary energy costs related to lower use of expensive open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT) generation capacity and lower legacy maintenance capex. Eskom management estimates the adverse impact on revenues and collections to be totally about R5 billion for the initial 21-day lockdown. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The ratings agency stated: “While we have not changed the assessment of Eskom’s Standalone Credit Profile (SCP) of ‘ccc-‘, we believe that higher liquidity, in addition to the agreed state equity support and planned external debt financing, would be needed should the lockdown persist longer than that currently defined by the government. TAGScorporate governanceEskomSouth Africa Previous articleFinanciers appointed for 15MW Kaptis hydropower projectNext articleAfrica Energy Forum relocates to Amsterdam from 20-22 October 2020 Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. “Eskom management could also need to look into internal measures such as cost saving initiatives or capex reduction in order to preserve cash. We understand that Eskom remains in regular discussions with the South Africa Treasury regarding its operational and financial situation. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Image source: Waldo Swiegers. Bloomberg “We will continue to monitor the situation, incorporating Eskom’s ongoing mitigation efforts and formal guidance from the government related to the duration of the shutdown, which has been recently prolonged by additional two weeks,” stated Fitch Ratings. The downgrade and subsequent negative outlook for Eskom follows that of the sovereign, South Africa (BB/Negative). RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fitch Ratings has downgraded Eskom’s Long-Term Local-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘B+’ from ‘BB-‘ with a negative outlook. “Eskom’s rating is driven by that of the sovereign (top-down -2 notches) due to our view of the strength of the links between Eskom and the state under our Government-Related Entities Rating Criteria, Fitch explained.
ABC News(CHICAGO) — Still fuming from the decision by prosecutors to drop charges in the “hoax” attack case against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the move Wednesday, saying all the evidence police collected against the TV star should be unsealed. “He’s saying he’s innocent and his words aren’t true,” Emanuel told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America. “They better get their story straight. This is actually making a fool of all of us.” On Tuesday, the Illinois State Attorney’s officer dismissed all 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct against Smollett stemming from what the 36-year-old actor claimed was a racist and homophobic attack on him that police investigators determined was a “hoax.”Emanuel suggests it was unconscionable for prosecutors to dismiss the case after Smollett agreed to forfeit the $10,000 bond he put up and complete “two days” of community service at Operation PUSH, the non-profit Chicago community organization founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.“Let’s get to the bottom of this. Let’s find out what happened,” Emanuel said. “Especially [in] a city that embraced not only him as an actor but more importantly the values of being whoever you are, whoever you love, whatever your background is, you have a home here. He took that, turned it around and tried to self-promote himself. And the fact is, he’s walking around with no sense of contrition, no sense of remorse, and the fact is also the state’s attorney is saying he’s actually guilty of this hoax, and he’s walking around saying, ‘No, I’m innocent.’” Cook County First Assistant State Attorney Joe Magats said Tuesday it was his decision alone to dismiss charges against Smollett.Magats took over the case after his boss, Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx, recused herself from the investigation after it surfaced that she had been in touch with Smollett’s family. Magats said he took into consideration Smollett’s lack of a criminal history and that the disorderly conduct charges are “low-level” felonies.In an interview with ABC Chicago station WLS-TV, Magats defended his decision, saying it was “the right disposition in the case.”But Emanuel called Magats’ decision “not on the level.”“He’s an actor, a person of influence. He got special treatment,” he said of Smollett. But one of Smollett’s attorneys, Tina Gladian, said she was shocked to hear Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson “double down” on their accusations against Smollett. “I think if they believed the charges they never would have dismissed the case,” Gladian said on GMA of the state attorney’s office. “I’m saying their actions speak louder than words. They could have proceeded in a variety of ways. We were ready to move forward. We appeared in court and pled not guilty. We were ready to fight the charges and they’re the ones who voluntarily discontinued the matter, so I think that speaks volumes.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Email Address* Message* Full Name* Contact Akiko Matsuda Paul Fishbein pretended to own properties across the city, pocketing rental assistance checks in the process, authorities said. (Getty)The scam went on for years, authorities said.Posing as a landlord with 20 properties around New York City, Paul Fishbein allegedly rented out apartments to homeless and low-income families, then collected the money through various government-run housing assistance programs. After the subsidy checks were received, he would evict the tenants and start over.On Tuesday, federal authorities charged the Far Rockaway resident with defrauding the government. He allegedly pocketed more than $1.5 million in rental assistance funds over eight years, using dilapidated apartments that didn’t belong to him.Paul Fishbein (LinkedIn)The 47-year-old allegedly forged deeds to prove he owned the properties, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which announced the arrest. The subsidy checks Fishbein allegedly cashed were from the city’s Human Resources Administration, Department of Housing Preservation & Development, and the Housing Authority.The scheme included more than $270,000 in stolen federal funds, the government said.Fishbein “not only took advantage of New Yorkers in need, he also defrauded city and federal government programs designed to help those very people,” Audrey Strauss, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement.The apartments Fishbein used in his alleged scheme did not meet the housing assistance program’s quality requirements. After receiving a lump sum of payments from agencies, Fishbein would evict those tenants from the properties without cause, authorities allege.“Homeless New Yorkers, and others in critical need of housing, not only have a need but a right to homes that are clean, safe, and secure, especially when they are offered through public assistance programs,” city Department of Investigation Commissioner Margaret Garnett said in a statement.Fishbein — also charged with separate Medicaid fraud exposed during the investigation — faces two counts of theft of government funds, along with mail and wire fraud. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years.Attempts to reach Fishbein were unsuccessful and the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not return a call for comment.Read moreNJ real estate investor Kushner (not that one) indicted for tax evasionBuildings inspector charged with bribery at Queens work siteHedge fund manager arrested for fraud in Neiman Marcus bankruptcy
“I just wanna win, that’s me, I’m not happy unless I win and I’ll be mad if I finish second,” said Logano, who drives the Team Penske No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford. “That’s just the 22 team. We have one goal, to win. And everything short of that isn’t failure, but it’s not achieving our goal. Wednesday morning the drivers worked on tire feedback for Goodyear and then the afternoon was dedicated to more individual team-centric goals. Logano remains confident his first victory of 2017 is imminent. He’s a two-time winner at tiny Bristol Motor Speedway, where the series visits April 23 after the off week, and he’s also a winner at the following venue, Richmond International Raceway. “Now this afternoon we get to play a little bit. The fun part’s about to start for me.” RELATED: Upping the ante at the All-Star Race | FAQ “Last week we had a 10th-place car and put ourselves in position to win, but we weren’t fast enough to win the race. MORE: Monster Energy Series driver points standings Logano, the defending Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race winner, told reporters he was good with the changes announced Tuesday to the May 20 invitational. But he deferred to his veteran crew chief Todd Gordon about the new tire strategy — including a softer, green-lettered “option” tire available to teams for the first time ever. It’s been an accomplished early portion of the season for the 2015 Daytona 500 winner Logano, who said he was glad the teams had this test on the 2.5-mile high banks. As good as his Team Penske group has performed this year, he hasn’t won a race yet. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Joey Logano was his typical smiles and optimism at Daytona International Speedway on a sunny Wednesday afternoon, where five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams tested for both NASCAR and Goodyear before enjoying the first off weekend of the 2017 season. “That’s our strategy, our approach. And we have better days than others. We know that.” NASCAR had the drivers — also including Alex Bowman (in Jimmie Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevy), Stewart-Haas Racing’s Danica Patrick, Richard Childress Racing’s Ryan Newman and Furniture Row Racing rookie Erik Jones — try out various packages. BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol “Obviously, tests are hard to come by these days, there aren’t many of them,” Logano said. “Yesterday (Tuesday) was interesting with a lot of different packages coming from NASCAR and today a Goodyear test. We did four 25-lap runs in a five-car pack to give them some data this morning and help them make decisions on their tire selections. “We have to take both of those things and put ourselves in Victory Lane, which I feel is just around the corner. Our cars aren’t far off.” He’s coming off a “better day” — a season-best third-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday and has six top-six finishes through the first seven races of 2017. And yet for all that, Logano is ranked sixth in the standings, which are topped by several new faces of excellence. “Those first three or four years of sucking are paying off now, so that’s good,” he said with a laugh. Speaking about the early season to date, Logano grinned in replying to questions about the “young guns” charging through the points standings. Kyle Larson, 24, currently leads 21-year-old Chase Elliott by 17 points atop the standings. Including Logano (ranked fifth, 72 points behind Larson) and 23-year-old Ryan Blaney, right behind in sixth place – four drivers 26 or younger leading the way. “I don’t think I’m old. I’m 26, for crying out loud,” he said smiling. “I do like that I have more experience than all of them. And that plays in my hand that I have nine years of experience, plus I’m 26 so I have plenty of youth, too. … I’m in a very good spot. “It’s interesting,” Logano said. “It will change it up for sure with a tire like that and change the strategy. You should probably talk to Todd. For me, it’s pretty basic, pass the car in front of me.” And while Logano recognizes he’s on the “upside” of the youth movement, the 17-time Cup winner was quick to remind that he has big boy trump cards in experience and confidence. And success. “We haven’t put the whole race together in all honesty,” Logano said. “When we’ve had fast race cars, we’ve had pit road penalties or weird things happen that we don’t score the stage points and we don’t put ourselves in position to win. We put ourselves in position to get a top-five again. Specifically on Tuesday they tried variations of a new NASCAR design to keep the race cars from going airborne easily or frequently. Yet. &lt;/p&gt;
The latest live Grateful Dead video from the band’s “All The Years Live” series is now available through the band’s official YouTube page. The new video features “Heaven Help The Fool” from October 30th, 1980 at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.As the band’s official archivist David Lemieux explains in the video’s description, “This is the only song from Bob’s 1978 solo record Heaven Help The Fool that made it into the Dead’s setlist, aside from the one-time performance of Salt Lake City in 1995. This was only ever played acoustically, and without vocals, by the Grateful Dead, but they sure did have fun with it.”“Heaven Help The Fool” is the title track off of Bob Weir‘s second solo studio album, which was recorded during time off from touring during the summer of 1977. This “Heaven Helps The Fool” came towards the end of the Grateful Dead’s first set of their three-set Radio City show. Weir and Jerry Garcia engage in some tight-knit interplay on their acoustics guitars, backed by some funky bongo work out of Mickey Hart‘s corner.Check out the newly released video of the Grateful Dead performing “Heaven Help The Fool” from October 30th, 1980 below:Grateful Dead – “Heaven Help The Fool” – 10/30/1980[Video: Grateful Dead]Previous editions of the Dead’s ongoing weekly “All The Years Live” video series have included:“China Cat Sunflower” / “I Know You Rider” from October 17th, 1974 at the Winterland Ballroom“Let It Grow” from July 16th, 1990 at Rich Stadium“Loose Lucy” from June 17th, 1991 at Giants Stadium“Big Boss Man” from June 16th, 1990 at Shoreline Amphitheatre“New Speedway Boogie” from June 17th, 1991 at Giants Stadium“Terrapin Station” from July 26th, 1987 at Anaheim Stadium“Not Fade Away” from New Year’s Eve 1978 at the Winterland Ballroom“Cassidy” from June 17th, 1991 at Giants Stadium“Stagger Lee” from July 4th, 1991 at Rich Stadium“Lazy River Road” from June 26th, 1993 at RFK Stadium“Bird Song” from July 1st, 1992 at Buckeye Lake“Shakedown Street” from June 22nd, 1991 at Soldier Field“My Brother Esau” from July 24th, 1987 at Oakland, CA’s Oakland-Alameda County ColiseumBlow Away” from 7/16/90 at Rich Stadium“Touch of Grey” from 7/4/1989 at Rich Stadium“China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” from 7/6/1990 at Cardinal Stadium“Estimated Prophet” from 7/8/1990 at Three Rivers Stadium“Reuben & Cherise” from 6/6/90 at Buckeye Lake“Morning Dew” from 10/18/74 at the Winterland Ballroom“Sugar Magnolia”/”Scarlet Begonias”/”Fire On The Mountain” from 12/31/78 at the Winterland Ballroom,“Wang Dang Doodle” from June 14th, 1991 at RFK StadiumView Previous Releases
Vanessa Carlton takes her first bow as Carole King in “Beautiful”(Photo: Tricia Baron) The long-running hit bio-show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical has set a final performance date of October 27, just short of six years after beginning performances at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Beautiful began previews on November 21, 2013 and officially opened on January 12, 2014. By closing, Beautiful will have played 60 previews and 2418 regular performances.With a book by Douglas McGrath set to the song catalogue of Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Beautiful is directed by Marc Bruni and choreographed by Josh Prince, with musical supervision by Jason Howland and orchestrations by Steve Sidwell.Beautiful begins just before Brooklyn native Carol Klein composes her first hit song, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” in 1959 when she is 17, pregnant and newly married to 20-year-old lyricist Gerry Goffin. In the decade that follows, King and Goffin produce a string of classic hits while forming a lasting friendship with another composing couple, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. When Carole’s personal life begins falling apart, she responds by stepping out of the shadows with Tapestry, a deeply personal collection of songs that becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time.The original principal cast of Beautiful was led by Jessie Mueller as Carole King, Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann, Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil, Jeb Brown as Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as Genie Klein.Beautiful was nominated for seven 2014 Tony Awards and took home statues for Jessie Mueller’s performance and Brian Ronan’s sound design. The current cast is led by Vanessa Carlton as Carole King, Evan Todd as Gerry Goffin, Ben Jacoby as Barry Mann, Kara Lindsay as Cynthia Weil, Andrew Kober as Don Kirshner and original cast member Liz Larsen, who has remained with the musical as Genie Klein for the duration of its run.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges.Look back at the original cast in the show clips below. View Comments Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019
VA Medical Center,Vermont Business Magazine According to a statement from the White River Junction VA Medical Center, crews continue to work around the clock to complete all necessary repairs to ensure the operating rooms (OR) are fully operational as soon as safely possible. A repair is required for parts controlling the temperature and humidity in the OR suite and thus, surgical cases requiring the use of the OR through Friday, July 13th are the in process of being rescheduled. Facility and contracted staff are working diligently to reopen the surgical suite for the week of July 16. At approximately 4:55 PM on Friday, June 28, 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), White River Junction VA Medical Center experienced a sprinkler head burst in the penthouse of Building 31, the main hospital building. The facilities management and environmental management teams were on-site overnight with all hands on deck and have done a fantastic job mitigating damage.Source: White River Junction VA Medical Center 7.6.2018
GORE Wear is kicking off its 2019 Spring/Summer Collection with a completely new bib shorts concept. The design is called ‘central torso architecture’ and keeps the seat insert in the correct position, helping to ensure maximum comfort.The collection comprises three purpose-built bib shorts designs – one for competitive racers, one for cyclists who spend a long time in the saddle and one for hot weather conditions. The new shorts have been designed in collaboration with Olympic cycling champion Fabian Cancellara.Head of Design at GORE Wear, Clemens Deilmann, reportedly had the idea several years ago: ‘a bib short design that stems from the central torso and keeps the seat insert in the correct position no matter what.’ After much tweaking, the new cycle apparel offering is being unveiled with the international GORE Wear athletes and current Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara for the Spring/Summer 2019 season.GORE Wear’s new ‘central torso architecture’ builds the bib shorts’ design concept around the seat insert. In common constructions the seat insert is usually applied to an engineered bib short ‘shell’. When riding, GORE Wear adds that bib short straps exert multi-directional tension on the seat insert and the stretchy fabric of the bib short.The company claims that, with ‘central torso architecture… everything revolves around the seat insert and how it is connected to the body and the bib shorts.’ This design keeps the seat insert in position – and thus provides a stable but sensitive connection between rider and bike.What all the seat inserts also have in common is the ergonomically shaped and patented GORE WINDSTOPPER Cup. This is ‘breathable in summer to prevent overheating while being preventative from wind and over-cooling.’ Related GORE Wear adds that the use of elastic stretch materials also enables range of motion for a rider’s legs while simultaneously helping to eliminate most of the usual seams thanks to clever pre-formed cuts. The wide, seamless shoulder straps and the silicone thigh cuffs put the finishing touch to the fit.Fabian Cancellara, current Olympic champion and GORE Wear ambassador, was involved in the development at an early stage, especially when it came to the fit and details such as leg cuffs, seam placement or the degree of compression. He said “The best shorts throughout my professional career were always the ones I could barely feel. And these new Race Bib Shorts are so wonderfully unobtrusive that you could simply stay in the saddle forever.”The C7 Race Bib Shorts+ use a new lightweight, non-abrasive and woven 4-way stretch material with a compact seat for muscle support without limiting range of motion – ‘ideal for competitions and hard training’. The pre-formed Expert Race seat insert provides comfort through the use of open-cell foams paired with a dense, pressure-resistant foam at the precise point where the bones meet the saddle in the extended racing position.The C7 Long Distance Bib Shorts+, made from non-abrasive knitted 4-way stretch material, is for longer rides. The straps are soft and do not dig in, the thick knit fabric is opaque, comfortable and soft, and ‘provides comfort and a safe seat even after many kilometres on the bike’. The Expert Long Distance seat insert is the same design as the Expert Race seat insert but provides more comfort in various positions on the bike (normal on longer rides) thanks to the more generous use of pressure-resistant foam.The C7 Vent Bib Shorts+ are tailor-made for the hot and humid conditions of midsummer. The fast-drying, elastic fine knit fabric of these minimalist shorts feels cool in the heat thanks to their heat and moisture-wicking properties. The fabric is non-abrasive and opaque. Cleverly placed perforations add extra cooling, even when the race heats up. The exclusive Expert Vent seat insert provides a blend of comfort and ventilation on hot days thanks to its open-cell and simultaneously pressure-resistant foams across the entire seat. It reportedly absorbs only a tiny amount of moisture and dries quickly.www.gorewear.com
September 1, 2009 Regular News New lesson plans added to Justice Teaching’s lineup New lesson plans added to Justice Teaching’s lineup New lesson plans and other resource materials have been added to the Justice Teaching Web site:The following additional lesson plans are now available:• Under “Short Take Lessons”—A PowerPoint quiz titled “The Foundation of our Freedom.” The quiz format is designed to provide knowledge of the Declaration of Independence and the history behind the doctrine.• Under “Elementary School Lessons” — Planet Lawless ; an activity to teach students about the importance of laws in a civilized society. Also, “The Invaders” PowerPoint under “Elementary School Lessons” has been updated.• Under “Judicial Decision-making — Case Studies,” the following new case studies have been added: – Morse v. Frederick — The First Amendment case which involved the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” banner unfurled by high school students during the 2002 Olympic torch relay. – District of Columbia v. Heller — The Second Amendment case in which the United States Supreme Court addressed private weapons. – Safford Unified School District v. Redding — The Fourth Amendment case which involved a strip search of high school students for prescription strength and over-the-counter painkillers. – Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Company — The due process case that involved a litigant offering extraordinary financial support to a judicial candidate. – Arizona v. Gant — The Fourth Amendment case in which the Supreme Court addressed motor vehicle searches.An entirely new section titled “Materials for ESE Students” has been added and includes three worksheets on law-related topics (First Amendment, jobs related to the law, and compensatory and punitive damages) and corresponding answer keys.To view the plans, visit www.justiceteaching.org.