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Aegis Energy, EDF Group now Dalkia Aegis, EDF Group

first_img Pinterest Facebook Aegis Energy, EDF Group now Dalkia Aegis, EDF Group Local News Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Aegis Energy, EDF Group, the leading provider of cogeneration technology, has changed its name to become Dalkia Aegis, EDF Group. This extends a period of excitement for the company who recently moved into a newly renovated, state-of-the-art building located at 59 Jackson Street in Holyoke, Mass., just behind their previous office space.center_img TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – March 19, 2021 Previous articleAnalysis: Pebble win makes Berger feel he belongs among bestNext articleReaves lifts No. 12 Oklahoma over No. 14 WVU 91-90 in 2OT Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Jack Black Pledges Allegiance to B’way’s School of Rock

first_img Jack Black’s just pledged allegiance to the band! The creator and headliner of the hit 2003 movie School of Rock stopped by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage adaptation for the first time on May 1. “It’s surreal,” Black told Broadway.com. “I had lots of déjà vu and lots of powerful moments of pride to be part of something that has transformed into this incredible Broadway masterpiece.”The musical stars Alex Brightman in Black’s role of wannabe rock star Dewey Finn. “There’s no way I could have done it that well. He really made it his own and he took it to another level,” said Black. Brightman revealed: “We’ve been waiting for him and he stayed away for great reasons. He wanted to let the show be its thing and now he came and this was one of the best shows we’ve done!””It’s just so emotional,” added Sierra Boggess, who plays headmistress Rosalie Mullins in the tuner, about Black’s attendance.”My hope is that he feels that we really honored him.” We think it’s safe to say the three-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner’s wish came true. Added Black: “I was laughing, I was crying and I was rocking!”Directed by Laurence Connor and featuring new music written by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Julian Fellowes, the production is playing at the Winter Garden Theatre. Sierra Boggess, Alex Brightman, Sammy Black & Jack Black(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Related Showscenter_img School of Rock – The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019last_img read more

Safeland buy-in fuels privatisation rumours

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Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years

first_imgThe decision by Juventus to hand the reins of coaching its team to untried Andrea Pirlo promises to make this season’s Serie A title race one of the most open in years.Already, a queue of clubs are waiting to pounce should the champions’ remarkable gamble backfire. The Turin side will be bidding for a 10th successive Serie A title this season, which kicks off on Saturday.But they will do so under the leadership of a man who, for all his undoubted ability as a player, has never coached at senior level before.Pirlo, who makes his debut at home to Sampdoria on Sunday, only received his official badge on Monday after presenting his thesis at the Italian federation’s coaching school in Florence.It now remains to be seen how he will adapt to the new role.“I’m the Juventus coach and it’s natural that anyone who comes here must win,” said Pirlo after a pre-season friendly against Novara. “I know I have to win, it was like that as a player and it will be like that as a coach.”There are further question marks over Juventus, including the way in which they staggered over the finish line last season, winning only two of their last eight matches.There was also the issue of their dependence on Cristiano Ronaldo.While his record cannot be questioned, Ronaldo’s presence demands that the team is built around him, leaving his coach short on tactical options as Pirlo’s predecessor Maurizio Sarri found.With Juventus in transition, Serie A has become arguably the most difficult of the major European leagues to predict  — not least because the transfer window does not close until October 5. This is two weeks after the opening fixtures.Inter Milan, who finished one point behind Juve in second place last season, appear to be the most dangerous and obvious challengers to Juve’s dominance.But that is if they can overcome the inconsistency which exasperated coach Antonio Conte last season.Their neighbours AC Milan are equally intriguing.RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge After years of mid-table mediocrity, the seven-times European champions came to life in the second half of last season, partly inspired by the presence of 38-year-old forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Stefano Pioli, their experienced and amiable coach, seemed to have found the right blend of youth and experience — something Milan have been chasing for years.That seemed to be why they were unbeaten for their last 13 matches of the season.Yet, most observers agree that none of those three played the best football last season.That honour belonged to Atalanta who blasted 98 goals on their way to finishing third.Although, clubs of Atalanta’s size often struggle to keep their team together after a successful season, the Bergamo-based team appear to have escaped that fate.Instead, they have consolidated their position after their UEFA Champions League debut last season.Similarly, Lazio were outstanding for part of last season and led the table shortly before Serie A stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March.Their small squad struggled with the heavy fixture list after the break.But they still finished fourth as forward Ciro Immobile equalled the Serie A scoring record for a single season with 36 goals.With a few reinforcements, they could launch another challenge this season.Lazio’s neighbours AS Roma, after exchanging one American owner for another following the take-over by the Texas-based Friedkin group, also finished strongly last season under Portuguese coach Paulo Fonseca.Meanwhile, Napoli, who have been Juve’s main challengers for the past decade, overcame a mid-season crisis and finished with a trophy after winning the Coppa Italia.With the feisty Gennaro Gattuso at the helm, they can certainly not be written off.(Reuters/NAN)Tags: Andrea PirloJuventusSerie Alast_img read more

Tottenham out after Juve’s Wembley comeback

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesTottenham 1 Juventus 2(Juventus won 4-3 on aggregate)A stunning comeback by Juventus at Wembley knocked Tottenham out of the Champions League.After a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Turin, Spurs knew their away goals meant a clean sheet would guarantee them a place in the quarter-finals.And they found themselves in an even stronger position by half-time of the second leg courtesy of Son Heung-min’s goal six minutes before the interval.Son’s scuffed effort following Kieran Trippier’s ball across the face of goal was enough to put Spurs ahead and was a just reward for their first-half dominance.Embed from Getty ImagesBut the Italian side hit back by scoring twice in the space of three minutes midway through the second half.Gonzalo Higuaín netted from close range and then set up Paulo Dybala, whose goal proved to be decisive.Harry Kane headed against the post in the 90th minute as Tottenham tried in vain to find an equaliser.Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier (Lamela 74), Dembele, Eriksen, Alli (Llorenta 86), Son, Kane.Subs not used: Vorm, Rose, Wanyama, Lucas, Sissoko. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Dover I.D. Trial Calls Star Witness

first_imgMichael “Irreducible Complexity” Behe, the Lehigh biochemist famous for flagella, mousetraps and black boxes, took the stand in the Dover, Pennsylvania trial Monday Oct. 17.  This was widely reported, such as in New Scientist, MSNBC News and the Washington Post.  For an ID-friendly report with more detail of the actual proceedings, see EvolutionNews.    Behe snowed some of the listeners with technical jargon, but otherwise maintained his position that evidence for intelligent design in biology is overwhelming, based on positive evidence, not admissions of ignorance.  He also took swipes at the ability of Darwinian mechanisms to explain molecular machines.    Other school boards are watching this trial with both interest and trepidation.  The Washington Post said,More school boards are considering mandating mention of intelligent design.  Randy Tomasacci, a school board member from Shickshinny, north of Harrisburg, said his board is debating whether to require teachers to spend a few days on intelligent design.  We’re thinking about it,” he said.  “But we don’t want to get sued out of existence.”For Behe’s part, he is safe.  Though Lehigh University, where he teaches, has repudiated intelligent design, Behe has tenure and (unlike some other ID supporters) cannot be terminated for his views.  Reporters and critics, meanwhile, seemed fixated on Behe’s Catholicism and on whether he believed the Designer is God.Can’t the reporters get fixated on the evidence instead?  Maybe they would learn something about science instead of the secret motivations of their caricatured foes.  At least anti-ID reporter Alan Boyle is working his way through Lee Strobel’s book The Case for a Creator among his stack of pro-evolution books and websites (see MSNBC), perhaps after being sufficiently hammered by emails from readers about his bias.  MSNBC also printed a story about a parent worried that his daughter might not be accepted by other students if she doesn’t agree with ID.  No worries.  Christians don’t believe in doing unto others as they did unto us.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

African musicians mine a rich vein of history

first_imgAfrican rappers and pop stars are still sticking to the ancient traditions of the griot by using music to share knowledge, preserve history and inform the public of social issues. Pictured above is Gambian griot, Toumani Diabaté, performing at the Back2Black Festival in Rio de Janeiro in 2010. (Image: Domingos Guimaraens)Shamin ChibbaYoung Africans are turning to a familiar medium to air their views on issues that affect them and their communities: music, and particularly, the artistry of the griot.The griot, otherwise known as jali, is a caste of musicians from West Africa. Similar to bards, they are known mainly for relating history and social issues through music and poetry. British rapper and poet Akala said the griot was a “rhythmic, aural poet, singer, musician and custodian of the history and spiritual tradition of that [Malian] empire and culture”. Their music, he added, manifested in the United States as ragtime, blues, jazz, and hip hop.But griots also played greater roles: as storytellers, historians, diplomats, genealogists, teachers, warriors and even ambassadors. And modern day musicians from West Africa are keeping up the griot tradition by addressing societal issues, albeit with the latest technology and newer musical forms. For instance, Senegalese duo Xuman and Keyti have created an innovative form of using hip hop to tell the news. Le Journal Rappe, which is broadcast on You Tube, reports on current issues that are rapped to a looping beat.When he appeared on the online documentary series My Africa Is, Xuman said the programme reached out to a youth who did not read the news and did not dig deeper to find the absolute truth. “They stop at sensational headlines that are put together to recap the news. We said to ourselves, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to give our point of view to the everyday Senegalese person and say: ‘Listen, you have to learn to think differently.’ And all that led to Le Journal Rappe being created.”It came about as a reaction to the change to the constitution wrought by former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade, which would allow him to run for a third term in office. The youth were against this and took to the streets in protest. He eventually lost the election to the current president, Macky Sall. “Wade wasn’t a dictator,” said Keyti, the other half of the rap duo, “but he was trying to take away certain liberties [to which] the Senegalese were already accustomed.”The series has become popular among the youth in Senegal, where it has done its job of keeping them informed about current issues. Their model has been so successful that it has even been adopted by rappers in Vietnam, Jamaica and Uganda. The pair completed their second season in August, but there are no signs whether a third season will be produced. Xuman said it was difficult to find sponsors for the show as certain businesses were afraid to be associated with Le Journal Rappe. “Unfortunately it closes the door on us.”However, if there was a third season, Xuman assured it would continue to address issues in society, question the authorities and “make our opinions heard”. HeritagePrince Diabaté, a griot from Guinea, said that when a griot died, it was like a library burning. “We did not write the history on paper before, but the griot has all the history in his head. So when he passes away he is going with the history.”Diabate plays the kora, a 21-string lute-bridge-harp that typifies the griot. And like many griots, he comes from a long family line of griots.Gambian-Briton Sona Jobarteh is the first female kora player to come from a West African griot family, making her a pioneer in a male dominated tradition. She once told the BBC it is not normal for female griots to take up any instrument, yet it did not stop her from becoming a distinguished kora player.Speaking to Gambian newspaper, The Daily Observer, Jobarteh said she has had to respect the kora as a male instrument and she had to understand and embody the character of the kora before playing it. “If you are a female this may not come naturally. So it is a fine balance between your musicianship and your femininity.”Gambian-Briton Sona Jobarteh has broken tradition by becoming the first female kora player. She comes from a long line of griots. (Image: Official Sona Jobarteh website)Despite her situation, Jobarteh does not feel any pressure from being a kora player in a male dominated tradition. Instead, she believes her greatest challenge is living up to the reputation her family has built up over generations of being kora players. She comes from one of five principal West African griot families and they are renowned kora masters. Her grandfather, Amadou Bansang Jobarteh, and cousin, Toumani Diabaté, are known as a shapers in the Gambian musical and cultural landscape.She pays homage to her family in her 2011 album Fasiya. Meaning heritage, the album also addressed the balance between preserving tradition and innovating.Youssou N’Dour is also one of those musicians who has lived up to his family’s reputation as griots. Although he was not raised in the griot tradition of his maternal ancestors, he has certainly lived the life of one. As a musician he has belted out global hits such as 7 Seconds, featuring Nene Cherry, and Shakin’ the Tree with Peter Gabriel. But his music has made a bigger impact off the charts. In 1985, he organised a concert that called for Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. He also featured in Amnesty International’s Human Rights Now! Tour in 1988. He collaborated with Lou Reed on the cover of Gabriel’s Biko, which was included on Amnesty International’s benefit album, The Secret Policeman’s Third Ball.N’Dour is also involved in causes outside music. He started Project Joko with the United Nations and Unicef to open internet cafes in Africa as well as get Senegal connected to the rest of the world. He appeared in a joint Spain-Senegal advertising campaign to inform the African public about the consequences of illegal immigration. By 2012, he had entered politics, running for presidency in the Senegalese election. Though disqualified from the race over the legitimacy of signatures collected to endorse his campaign, he was appointed as minister of tourism and culture.Gabriel probably described N’Dour best when he told The Guardian: “He’s probably the top African artist in many ways. His music has reached a lot of people outside his culture. He’s also become something of a statesman with all the campaigns he’s taken on.” Aziza Brahim from Western Sahara uses traditional music to tell stories of the suffering her people, the Saharawi, after the country was occupied by Morocco. (Image: Werner Gensmantel) Modern day griotsIn a BBC article on modern day griots, DJ Rita Ray said pop stars emerging from Africa were more than commercial musicians. Peer underneath, she said, and you would find the ancient traditions of the griots. She referred to Ghanaian rapper Kwame Ametepee Tsikata, better known as M.anifest, South Africa’s Tumi Molekane and Nigeria’s Omawumi Megbele as commercial artists who carried the griot spirit.But it is Aziza Brahim, granddaughter of poet Al Kadra, who most closely resembles the griots of yesteryear. Hailing from Western Sahara, Brahim relates the strife and challenges suffered by her people, the Sahwari, at the hands of Moroccan occupiers. She infuses her vocals with the rhythmic beating of the tabal she plays, a traditional drum of her people. Ray said of Brahim: “She lifts her hauntingly beautiful voice to chronicle the history of the Sahrawi, the decades of war, civil uprisings and life as a refugee, whether in the camps of Algeria or in the Spanish city of Barcelona, where she now resides.”Griots like Brahim are the keepers of West African history and culture, revered so much that even a Mandingue proverb said: “May God move so griots never perish in war, on the battlefield, but every battlefield needs a griot, for without his presence the history of what happened would be forever lost.”last_img read more

Injured Praveen out, Sreesanth in

first_imgPacer Sreesanth was on Tuesday drafted into the Indian team, replacing injured Praveen Kumar, the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Indian board announced. The decision was taken just 11 days before India play Bangladesh in the tournament opener on February 19 in Dhaka.Praveen has an elbow injury and he returned midway from India’s recent tour of South Africa as a precautionary measure to recuperate at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.In anticipation, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had asked Sreesanth to stand by and reach the NCA. “Praveen Kumar has been ruled out of the World Cup due to an elbow injury. The all- India senior selection committee has picked Sreesanth as Praveen Kumar’s replacement. The ICC has confirmed that Praveen can be replaced by Sreesanth,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.The 28-year-old Kerala pacer, who bowls with passion, was naturally excited. “It is a great opportunity and a great challenge to be part of Indian team for the World Cup. I am lucky to be a part of it and am looking forward to giving my best in the tournament,” Sreesanth, who will be playing in his second World Cup, told reporters.”I am just looking forward to giving my best in the World Cup. I am absolutely fine with any role given to me. Whatever I would be asked to do, I will perform accordingly.” Sreesanth’s replacement was approved by the ICC’s event technical committee headed by David Richardson (ICC). It also includes Ratnakar Shetty (tournament director), Campbell Jamieson (IDI representative), Anil Kumble ( host nominee), David Lloyd (independent nomination) and Sanjay Manjrekar (independent nomination).advertisementIt would have been Praveen’s first World Cup. But his right elbow failed to respond in time and with the prospects looking bleak, the selectors had no choice but to quickly find a replacement.The Uttar Pradesh bowler from Meerut consulted Dr Andrew Wallace, a London- based surgeon who has treated many Indian players including Sachin Tendulkar, but it seems the injury is more serious than anticipated.It is a huge setback for Praveen, 24, an automatic starter in One- Day Internationals who usually bowls with pace spearhead Zaheer Khan. He has so far taken 57 wickets in 48 ODIs.Praveen Kumar checks out his elbow as Sachin Tendulkar looks on.Sreesanth, who joins Zaheer, Ashish Nehra and Munaf Patel – the other pacers in the 15- member squad – has captured 75 wickets in 51 ODIs.The pacer said he would try to better his economy rate, which he admitted was a concern. “I was worried about that aspect of my game, but in the last couple of years, whatever chances I have got I showed a lot of improvement.With age and experience you learn a lot. I am still learning and, hopefully, will do a good job,” he said.”There are no issues as far as subcontinent pitches are concerned.Zaheer, Ashish and Munaf have all played in World Cups before and have enough experience. We are ready to give our best. We are doing well and are number two in ODIs. Hopefully, by the end of the World Cup, we could be the number one team in the world.” Sreesanth, who composed a song to cheer the team in the World Cup, said: “I was looking forward to cheer the team, but now I am happy to be a part of it.”last_img read more

Adarsh scam probe: CBI submits progress report to HC

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday submitted progress report to the Bombay High Court on the probe of Adarsh Housing Society case, involving 14 accused, including former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambata handed the report, in a sealed cover, to the division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More. The bench asked CBI to file a further report after four weeks.The matter has now been posted for hearing on July 20. CBI had earlier informed the Court that it had registered case against 14 persons, following which the court had asked the petitioner, Simpreet Singh, to forward his complaint and whatever documents he had, to the agency.Singh, a social activist, had originally sought transfer of case from state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to the CBI.Later, on its own, the state government decided to hand the case over the central agency.On the last occasion, Singh’s lawyer had said that High Court must supervise the probe, alleging that even Union Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was involved in the scam, but his name does not figure in CBI’s FIR.However, the court felt it was investigating agency’s prerogative as to whom to name in the FIR.CBI filed the FIR on January 29 under various sections of IPC, including criminal conspiracy, cheating, and forgery, besides sections under Prevention of Corruption Act.- With PTI inputsFor more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian wrestling lost a mentor in Dara Singh, says IOA chief

first_imgThe Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has mourned the death of wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh, and said Indian wrestling has lost a guide and mentor.IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra, in a condolence message, said Dara Singh raised wrestling’s profile with his impeccable demeanour, both on and off the arena, and added glamour quotient to it.”Indian wrestling in ’50s and ’60s was synonymous with Dara Singh and he gave a new dimension and direction to the sport which then it was confined only to rural India,” said Malhotra.He said Dara Singh’s rise to the fame also attracted rural youths to the sport and gave them a sense of self-belief.Dara Singh, 83, died at his residence in Mumbai early Thursday morning after a brief illness.last_img read more