Norm Lewis & Sierra Boggess Step Into The Phantom of the Opera

first_img Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Boggess has previously played Christine in Las Vegas and in both the London and Broadway 25th anniversary productions of the show. She also originated the role in Phantom’s London sequel Love Never Dies, for which she received an Oliver Award nomination. She made her Broadway debut as Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Her credits also include Master Class on Broadway and Les Miserables in the West End. The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest-running show, continues its record-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre. In addition to Lewis and Boggess, the musical currently stars Jeremy Hays as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as Monsieur Andre, Tim Jerome as Monsieur Firmin, Michele McConnell as Carlotta, Ellen Harvey as Madame Giry, Christian Sebek as Piangi and Deanna Doyle as Meg Giry. At certain performances, Sara Jean Ford will play the role of Christine. View Comments from $29.00 Lewis, who received a Tony nomination for Porgy and Bess, has also appeared on Broadway in Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy, Chicago, Side Show, The Wild Party, Amour, Les Miserables, Sondheim on Sondheim and The Little Mermaid (playing Boggess’ father). His film and TV credits include Scandal, All My Children and Les Miserables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary. Sierra Boggess Related Shows Let your spirit start to soar! Tony nominee Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess step into The Phantom of the Opera on May 12, with Lewis making Broadway history as the first African-American actor to play the title role on the Great White Way. He replaces Laird Mackintosh, who donned the mask in the interim following Hugh Panaro’s final performance on May 3. Boggess will take over from Mary Michael Patterson as Christine Daae. Star Files The Phantom of the Opera Norm Lewislast_img read more

Banks Distance Themselves From Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Gina-Marie Cheeseman for Triple Pundit:Coal is a dirty fossil fuel that is responsible for a big portion of carbon emissions. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis predicts a bleak future for coal. It sees declining demand and the increasing use of renewables as accelerating the trend of using less fossil fuels like coal.Clearly, some banks are getting the memo that coal is a thing of the past as two big banks recently updated their coal policies. One of them is JPMorgan Chase, which released new commitments to stop financing for the coal industry. The other is Deutsche Bank which released a new corporate responsibility policy that explains the bank’s decision to phase out funding mountaintop removal coal mining.JPMorgan’s new coal policies prohibit financing new coal mines or a new coal-fired power plant in developed countries. The policies specifically prohibit “project financing or other forms of asset-specific financing where the proceeds will be used to develop a new greenfield coal mine.” A greenfield mine is an uncharted one, where coal deposits were not known to previously exist.JPMorgan’s new policies also include the following:It will reduce its “credit exposure” to companies that derive most of their revenues from extracting and selling coal.It will apply “enhanced due diligence” to transactions with diversified mining and industrial companies whose proceeds will be used to finance new coal production capacity.It will not provide financing for companies that will developed a new coal-fired power plant outside of developed countries unless ultra-supercritical steam generation technology, a method that experts say is cleaner and more efficient, is used.Full article: JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank Set New Coal Policies Banks Distance Themselves From Coallast_img read more

Army Links Tactical Radios, Chat Services with Commercial Communications

first_imgBy Dialogo August 10, 2011 Army researchers have linked tactical radios and military chat systems with cell phones, instant messaging and other commercial communications technologies as part of an effort to streamline collaboration across the force. The integration of emerging commercial software with the existing tactical communications infrastructure has far-reaching potential as the Army expands communications for soldiers at the tactical edge, shares more battlefield data with NATO allies and equips users with tools to help minimize information overload. “Whether you’re at the command post or on patrol, you know when someone is online and what the best way to reach that person is,” said Osie David, Fire Support Command and Control system engineer and former solutions architect for the Army’s Project Manager Mission Command. Spearheading the effort is the Command and Control Directorate for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s communications-electronics center (RDECOM CERDEC C2D). Engineers there have integrated the software with a widely used military situational awareness application called Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below/Blue Force Tracking (FBCB2/BFT). A user can trade chat messages with an operator of FBCB2, which enables war fighters in vehicles and aircraft to exchange messages, such as the location of an enemy or an improvised explosive device, and share a common operating picture of the battlefield. Beyond text chat, CERDEC also used the software to enable voice communication between users and Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System radios, cell phones and Voice over Internet Protocol phones. With a mouse click, an individual could place a call to another user and reach him or her on whatever communication medium was available. There was no need to remember phone numbers or take extra steps to call a radio. The CERDEC C2D team is now exploring other potential uses of the technology, such as adding the software presence and functionality into Command Post of the Future, which ties together collaborative capabilities and allows commanders to share the Common Operating Picture through map displays, charts and other data. With NATO allies also investing in similar systems, the technology could potentially serve as a way for the U.S. to share battlefield data and information with other countries without providing them an actual system, David said. Within U.S. forces, CERDEC C2D’s work could also serve as a “bridge” improving communications between deployed joint forces and the supporting workforce at home, as well as within both groups, according to West.last_img read more