Odds & Ends: La La Land Wins Big in Toronto & More

first_img View Comments Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land'(Photo: Summit Entertainment) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. La La Land Wins Big in TorontoBuzz is building for new musical La La Land, which features lyrics by Broadway favorites Pasek and Paul. Damien Chazelle’s movie, which stars Main Stem alum Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and features music by Justin Hurwitz, has won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The winner has historically mirrored Oscar voting so the film is in prime position moving into “awards season.”From Fox to Broadway for Ben Vereen?Ben Vereen, who will soon be seen in Fox’s Rocky Horror remake, has additionally been tapped by the network for a recurring role in the comedy series Making History, Deadline reports. The Tony winner is also attached to new musical From Brooklyn to Broadway; Broadway.com has confirmed that the show is aiming to land on the Main Stem next fall and that there will be a workshop this December. We will keep you posted!Charmian Carr Dead at 73Charmian Carr, who played Liesl von Trapp in the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, died in Los Angeles on September 17 at the age of 73. According to the New York Times, her spokesman said the cause was complications from a rare form of dementia. Carr subsequently appeared in the Stephen Sondheim TV musical Evening Primrose; she later ran her own design business. Watch her iconic performance of “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” below.last_img read more

U.S. Power Companies Say They Will Continue Shift to Renewables Regardless of What Trump Wants

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:Some of the biggest U.S. power companies said they are pushing ahead with investments in renewable and gas-fired electricity and are including climate change as a part of their corporate strategy, regardless of the Trump administration’s plans to roll back Obama-era environmental rules.Some sizable power companies, such as American Electric Power Co., NRG Energy Inc. and Southern Co., said Tuesday the move will have only a marginal effect on their planning. Cheap fuel, improving technology and consumer demand are creating a market for cleaner energy that is largely unaffected by what is happening in Washington.The Trump administration argues that the Obama rules weren’t allowed under the Clean Air Act—an issue that will likely be argued in court for years. A generational shift in the energy industry was happening long before that tug of war in federal government. Power plants cut their carbon dioxide by 25% between 2005 and 2016, a trend that is likely to continue, according to the Edison Electric Institute, an industry group.Cheap natural gas from the shale-drilling boom and more-efficient power plants have run coal-burning rivals out of business. Advancements in wind and solar power, with help from subsidies, have cut emissions, too. And confronted with the risks of climate change and how governments might deal with it, power companies now expect the cost of carbon emissions to rise and plan on ways to reduce them.“This will not change our planning process,” a spokesman at Southern Co. said of the EPA’s move on Tuesday.More: ($) Power Companies to Stick With Plans Despite EPA’s Emissions Repeal: Cheap fuel, technology and consumer preferences are driving demand for cleaner energy U.S. Power Companies Say They Will Continue Shift to Renewables Regardless of What Trump Wantslast_img read more

UK roundup: L&G, Scottish Widows back bulk annuity deals

first_imgInsurance giant Legal & General (L&G) has insured the UK liabilities of an unnamed Fortune 500-listed company in a transaction worth £285m (€321m).The deal covers roughly 1,100 members and follows an “enhanced transfer value” exercise, which involved the scheme boosting the value of members’ total benefits to provide an added incentive to take their pensions out of the defined benefit structure.Laura Mason, CEO of L&G Retirement Institutional, said early engagement with the scheme’s trustee board meant the insurer was able to grant “price certainty… while enabling them to offer flexibility” to members.“In this busy market, we remain focused on providing innovative and tailored solutions that enable trustees and sponsoring companies to secure their members’ benefits efficiently, while fully settling their pension obligations,” Mason added. The deal follows L&G’s £4.4bn buy-in with the Airways Pension Scheme, announced last week – the UK’s biggest ever single bulk annuity transaction.Brewery dilutes pension risk with £50m buy-inIn a separate de-risking deal, brewery firm Greene King has secured a £50m buy-in for its Spirit (Legacy) Pension Scheme.The contract was agreed with Scottish Widows and marked the scheme’s first bulk annuity deal. Aon, which acted as adviser to the pension fund, said the Spirit scheme planned to secure further buy-ins in the future “when supported by the scheme’s asset strategy and available market pricing”.Iain Urquhart, chairman of the trustee board of the Spirit (Legacy) Pension Scheme, said: “The scheme has progressed well on its journey to providing full and permanent benefit security, and reaching this important landmark as part of the wider plan represents good progress.”The transaction made use of Aon’s Compass platform, which is designed to streamline the bulk annuity purchase process. Dominic Grimley, risk settlement adviser at Aon, said it had allowed the trustees and the company to react “quickly to capture a market opportunity”. Willis Towers Watson selects Hermes for stewardship mandateConsultancy giant Willis Towers Watson has appointed Hermes Equity Ownership Services to provide voting and engagement services to its £3bn Global Equity Focus fund.Hans-Christoph Hirt, head of Hermes EOS, said his company would engage with the fund’s holdings “on a wide range of issues, including business strategy and risk management” as well as environmental, social and corporate governance issues.Craig Baker, global CIO at Willis Towers Watson, added: “We believe that the principles underlying sustainable investment, including effective stewardship and responsible ownership practices, form the cornerstone of a successful long-term investment strategy. We are committed to being at the forefront of sustainable investing.”The Global Equity Focus fund is a ‘best ideas’ product launched by the consultancy in 2016 and containing the top 10-15 stock selections from eight of its top rated equity managers.last_img read more

UW following senior leaders

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald PhotoIt was a big weekend for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team. After suffering an offensive hiccup against WCHA opponent Minnesota-Duluth last weekend, Wisconsin went on to trounce non-conference opponent Robert Morris this past weekend by the scores of 10-0 and 5-0.It was an especially big weekend for senior forward Sara Bauer, who recorded three goals and three assists en route to becoming Wisconsin’s all-time leading scorer with 179 points.The previous record holder Meghan Hunter has 177 points.Bauer now has 33 points on the season, which leads the nation.Bauer, the reigning Patty Kazmaier winner, was as modest as always and quick to downplay the significance of her achievement.”It’s definitely [about] the team as a whole,” Bauer said. “Nobody plays by their self out there, you’ve got two linemates, two [defenders] and a goalie … helping you out.”Any individual accomplishment, for anyone on the team, I think is a reflection of the team.”Senior defender Meaghan Mikkelson also had a huge series last weekend as she recorded one goal and five assists in the series, which is the most offense she has produced in one series during her collegiate career.Mikkelson’s 6 points gives her 22 points for the season, which is the best in the conference for defenders.Bauer and Mikkelson are also tied for the conference lead in powerplay points with 14, while Mikkelson is tied for the conference lead in game-winning goals with four.For their offensive production, Bauer was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week while Mikkelson was awarded with Defensive Player of the Week. It is the first time this season either player has received the award.”It’s nice to see Mikkelson do what she’s been able to do for the first 18 games,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “And obviously [Bauer] is … continuing to do what she did last year. After she won the Patty Kazmaier, she wasn’t complacent and she wasn’t sitting back on her laurels. She has continued to try to push herself and play at a higher level.”Bauer and Mikkelson are two of the most prominent and productive members on the team. However, just as they did last year, the Badgers have a very talented and oft-overlooked senior squad.”One reason why we’re going to be successful is … their leadership,” Johnson said. “Not only on the ice, but equally important off the ice. If Sara (Bauer) plays well and Mikkelson plays well, if Bobbi-Jo (Slusar) plays well and a couple key people in that core group, it gives you a good opportunity to win hockey games.”One of the most crucial players on the Badgers’ squad, however, is captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar, who was also a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award along with Bauer.Slusar is the anchor of a defensive line that features a nice mix of veteran and younger players, as well as being a key defender on the penalty kill and powerplay. Her career plus-minus rating is an impressive +86.Senior goaltender Christine Dufour has allowed just seven goals in her seven games this season, all of them coming in wins. She is often overlooked due to the stellar play of her counterpart, sophomore Jessie Vetter, who has made 11 starts compared to Dufour’s seven starts.Dufour holds a very impressive save percentage of .934, which leads the WCHA in goals against average and is the only goalie in the conference with zero losses. She put up similar numbers last year before losing playing time to Vetter and former senior Meghan Horras, who were simply playing hotter during the last stretch of the season.The Badgers also have the relatively unknown seniors Phoebe Monteleone and Heidi Kletzien. What Monteleone and Kletzien lack in offensive firepower, they make up for in experience and leadership. Monteleone was awarded the title of assistant captain this season and has a career plus-minus rating of +18 while Kletzien has a rating of +27.”I think we’re a good group,” Bauer said. “Obviously we’ve had some experience for the past few years … and we just take what we’ve learned and try to share it with the younger players.””With them being seniors now, they understand that there aren’t a lot of games left in their hockey career at Wisconsin,” Johnson said. “They want to get the most out of it.”last_img read more

McFadden handed down ban

first_imgThe winger is set to miss Leinster’s title run-in after being found guilty of making a dangerous and high tackle on Edinburgh’s Damien Hoyland.The suspension effectively means that McFadden won’t be able to play for Leinster again this season – unless the province reach the Pro12 final.last_img