first_imgOn 23 April I confirmed that I had written to Trinity Mirror plc and Northern & Shell Media Group Limited to inform them that I was minded to issue a Public Interest Intervention Notice (PIIN) on the basis that I had concerns that there may be two public interest considerations – as set out in the Enterprise Act 2002 – relevant to consideration of the merger.The first public interest ground is the need for free expression of opinion, and concerns the potential impact the transfer of newspapers would have on editorial decision making. The second public interest ground is the need for a sufficient plurality of views in newspapers, to the extent that it is reasonable or practicable.I invited written representations from the parties by 26 April and, having considered these, I have written to the parties today confirming my decision to issue a Public Interest Intervention Notice (PIIN) on both grounds.This PIIN triggers action for Ofcom to report to me on the media public interest considerations and the CMA on jurisdiction and any competition issues, respectively, by the 31st May 2018. I will then consider whether or not to refer the merger for a more detailed investigation, or whether to accept undertakings-in-lieu of such a reference.The role of the Secretary of State, in this process, is quasi-judicial and procedures are in place to ensure that I act independently and follow a process which is scrupulously fair and impartial.last_img read more

first_img PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen Min Kahng is the composer and writer of the award-winning “The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga,” which he based on the autobiographical comic by Japanese artist Henry Kiyama. Kahng will lead a master class for students on a three-day visit to Harvard as part of the Office for the Arts’ Learning From Performers program.In addition to leading a workshop, Kahng will deliver a public lecture at Houghton Library on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in connection with its exhibition on “Treading the Borders: Immigration and the American Stage.” In advance of his visit, he talked with the Gazette about his creative process and artistic journey.Q&AMin KahngGAZETTE: “The Four Immigrants” was originally a Japanese manga. How did you come to bring it to the stage?KAHNG: I stumbled upon it in a used bookstore in downtown Berkeley (California). Henry Kiyama was a 20th-century Japanese artist who came to the U.S. to study art. He was college-age in San Francisco when immigration laws were stiffened. It primarily interested me because the narrative we are told about Asian immigrant history is they came here to become laborers. To learn there was a Japanese immigrant who came to study art at the San Francisco Art Institute really spoke to me because I feel like I’m trying to carve a similar path. I got in touch with the English translator Frederik Schodt, who I discovered lives 20 minutes away. Fred is a very generous and giving person. He gave me his vote of confidence, and through him I got the blessing of Kiyama’s daughter and granddaughter, who are in Japan. “My parents knew I had a creative side, but they didn’t know how to cultivate it.”,GAZETTE: So was your path to the arts non-linear?KAHNG: I was not involved in theater growing up. I listened to cast albums of Broadway shows, and the Disney renaissance happened when I was in elementary/middle school. But I grew up in a household where the arts weren’t necessarily encouraged. My parents knew I had a creative side, but they didn’t know how to cultivate it. They didn’t know there were theater programs and classes. I think that was fairly common in immigrant families. It may be changing now, but in the ’80s the focuses for immigrant parents were on the classic doctor/lawyer goals. It was definitely a struggle when I decided to major in music — how would I sustain myself, what kind of career would I have? — so I double-majored in rhetoric. It was a way to say to my parents I might become a lawyer.GAZETTE: You mentioned Disney as an influence. Which movie was most powerful?KAHNG: The film that really grabbed my attention was “Beauty and the Beast.” I think the opening number showed me how a single song could set up an entire movie. In that first song, you learn all you need to learn about Belle, and you hear it from a range of townspeople. The way their voices are interwoven, and then Gaston too — by the end of the song, you’re ready to see what happens next. “Optimism” from “The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga — Original Cast Album,” courtesy of Min Kahngcenter_img GAZETTE: Back to your education: When you graduated college with your music degree, you went into marketing. Were you trying to take the more expected path?KAHNG: After college, I felt fairly confused as far as what I felt I needed to do. I had not ever seriously considered a career in the arts. Also, the low presence of Asian Americans in media reinforced that; it didn’t seem there were a lot of us working in theater or film or television. When I finally decided to go for it, I used voice lessons as my stable job and took on a whole bunch of other gigs. I was performing community theater, music directing, playing in orchestra pits, and eventually teaching theater classes. Along the way, I was also writing. I had a passion project called “The Song of the Nightingale” (based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale).GAZETTE: On your blog, you talk about a trip to New York to network theater connections and how you dreaded having to “schmooze.” Was it as bad as you expected?KAHNG: That trip gave me hope that even if I become more integrated in the New York theater community at every level and in every pocket, there are donors, producers, actors, and musicians who just love making theater. Some might be all about the business and tough to deal with, but the majority of my interactions were pleasant. I’m learning to stop using the word “schmoozing” and instead think about it as connecting with people who are like-minded. I think they are out there.GAZETTE: What are your next projects?KAHNG: My next production is called “Gold: The Midas Musical,” which opens in February at Bay Area Children’s Theatre. It’s an imaginative romp through the Midas story as if imagined by a 10-year-old living today, combining anachronisms like a telescope and wristwatch with contemporary musical theater song styles. I hope to truly focus in on the relationship between King Midas and his daughter, and how they both discover that family is worth more than all the gold in the world. I’ve also been developing a play called “Calafia: A Reimagining.” It’s a portion of an epic story written in the 16th century about a black Amazonian warrior queen who rules over an island of black Amazonian women. It’s believed to be how we got our state name. I’m reimagining her because in the original story she ends up converting to Christianity and getting married — the opposite of everything I found fascinating about this character. My take is focused on the island itself, and addresses themes of how we deal with outsiders in our community.GAZETTE: Is it harder to think of yourself as an artist or a businessperson?KAHNG: I’ll have to say it’s harder to declare myself an artist. I’ve always had a very practical side of my brain, so while some other artists might struggle with the business side of things, I’m pretty adept at it. Having had a corporate job helped me to understand professional dynamics. But because of my path, not thinking art was a career option, it took me a while to have the confidence to say that’s what I am. I’m definitely there now.last_img read more

first_img Directed by Stephen Daldry and featuring music by Elton John and a book and lyrics by Lee Hall, Billy Elliot is based on the Oscar nominated film and is an inspiring story of one boy’s dream to know his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England alongside the backdrop of the historic 1984-85 miners’ strike, Billy follows his passion for dance in secret to evade disapproval from his struggling family. The West End cast of Billy Elliot currently includes Ruthie Henshall as Mrs Wilkinson, Deka Walmsley as Dad, Chris Grahamson as Tony, Ann Emery as Grandma, Howard Crossley as George, Barnaby Meredith as Older Billy. The current Billy Elliots are Elliott Hanna, Ollie Jochim, Bradley Perret and Matteo Zecca. Billy Elliot has a new BFF! This week 11-year-old Todd Bell joins the cast of at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre to play Billy Elliot’s best friend Michael, alternating the role with current Michaels Zach Atkinson and Tomi Fry.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen SA submitted an environmental report to the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Gdansk, Poland, for the offshore wind farm it is developing in the Polish Baltic Sea. The company, or PKN Orlen, is developing the project via subsidiary Baltic Power, which holds a license to construct wind farms with an aggregate capacity of up to 1.2 GW.Comprehensive surveys were carried out at the site from October 2018 to February 2020. After a round of consultation with various stakeholders, the environmental report will serve as the basis for a conditional environmental permit.PKN Orlen added July 23 that it can now seek a building permit, prepare a detailed schedule and define technical conditions for the project.Based on the data collected, the company will be able to prepare an indicative layout of the wind turbines and provisionally define the optimum type and size of the support structures.“[The project] will deliver nearly 1.2 GW of capacity installed in the Baltic Sea, which — along with our planned investments in gas assets — will result in a permanent shift in Poland’s energy mix, ensuring stable power supplies, with meaningfully reduced emissions,” Daniel Obajtek, president of PKN Orlen’s management board, said.The company has already secured grid connection conditions and is now seeking an industry partner and technical adviser to carry out the project.[Maryam Adeeb]More ($): Poland’s PKN submits environmental report for 1.2-GW Baltic Sea wind farm Poland’s PKN Orlen moving forward with planned 1.2GW offshore wind farm in Baltic Sealast_img read more

first_imgIt’s racing season on the Southern SlopesSki and Snowboard Comps in the SouthBreakneck speed or big air? The ski and snowboard racing scene in the South can satisfy both. Whether you’re looking to navigate the gates down a slalom course or huck off a ledge in the terrain park, regional resorts are offering plenty of head-to-head action this season.Cataloochee Challenge Cup Ski Race SeriesMaggie Valley, N.C. • January 10 – March 7  On Thursday nights, Maggie Valley is the place to be for the Cataloochee Challenge Cup Race Series. Adults 21 and over can hit the hill every Thursday at 7:30pm to race against the clock on a giant slalom or slalom course for the best of two runs. Racing slots only cost 10 bucks, and a post-race party goes down after the action. cataloochee.comUSSA Slalom and Giant Slalom Competition   Sugar Mountain Resort, N.C. • January 26-27 A crew of United States Ski Association racers will head to Sugar—a High Country resort with 1,200 feet of vertical drop—and weave in and out of the gates for a long weekend of competition in both slalom and giant slalom. All participants must be licensed USSA racers. skisugar.comFreestyle Double Cross  Wintergreen Resort, Va. • January 27, February 10 and 23  Strap into your board or click in to your skis and get ready for the fast-paced action of double cross. Four racers launch out of the starting gate at once, tightly fighting for space and aggressively rubbing elbows through a course of table tops, jumps, and whoop-de-doos. The top two then advance to the next round, until one winner is left. Racers can accumulate points for an overall series win. Wintergreen Terrain Park Series Wintergreen Resort, Va. • January 20, February 3, 20 and March 3, 9This series is composed of two rail jams (January 20 and March 9) and three slopestyle comps (February 3 and 20 and March 3), so you’ll have plenty of chances to get your tricks dialed at Wintergreen’s terrain park. Show off your moves on a mix of obstacles, including jumps, rails, and boxes. Judges will be standing by to notch scorecards for difficulty of trick, difficulty of feature, creativity, and consistency. Prizes are awarded during individual events, and a grand prize is up for grabs for competitors who participate in three out of five events. Cupp Run Challenge  Snowshoe Mountain Resort, W.Va.  • February 4Every year ski racers feeling the need for speed flock to Snowshoe from all over the East Coast to test their skills on the gnarly downhill slalom course on Cupp Run—an epic black diamond run designed by Olympian Jean-Claude Killy that drops more than 1,500 vertical feet in a little over a mile. Big prize money is awarded in pro and amateur divisions. snowshoemtn.comThe Maryland Open  Wisp Resort, Md. • February 23Get your moves in check, because the competition at Wisp will be stout. This high-profile event crowns the top freestyle skier and rider in the Mid-Atlantic. Competitors head to the resort’s pro park at the base of Face to drop their best moves in three categories—slopestyle, big air, and terrain park—as they’re judged on style and amplitude. Recess Wreck Less Rail Jam   Appalachian Ski Mountain, N.C. • March 2  This one is not for newbies. There’s no other way to put it. Fast becoming a tradition among App’s big air ballers, the Wreck Less Rail Jam gives intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders each 45 minutes to hit the rails and show off their best tricks. Then the finals get interesting with a game of SHRED—just like the old school basketball game of HORSE with snowboard tricks in place of hoops. If you can’t land the trick determined by roll of the dice, you get a letter. The last rider standing is eligible for cash, prizes, and serious bragging rights in the High Country freestyle scene. appskimtn.comGrom Jam   Snowshoe Mountain Resort, W.Va. • March 30Is your little one starting to get brave on the features? Bring aspiring air dogs to Snowshoe’s Mountain Parks for some free on-hill coaching and an informal rail jam on Skidder, near the village. Held during the last weekend of the season, the kid-friendly event will lead into the resort’s Last Hurrah party. snowshoemtn.comRun in the snowThe dedicated ultra addicts of the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners don’t like to slow down in the winter, so every year they host a 5K Snowshoe Run at the Whitegrass Touring Center in the Canaan Valley near Davis, usually during the third weekend of January. Runners huff it for three miles on a loop course created on Whitegrass’s cross-country ski trails. At an area that receives 200 inches of snow every year, competitors could find themselves pushing through some serious powder. If you don’t own snowshoes, no worries. Whitegrass offers cheap rentals. wvmtr.orgElsewhere in the South, Beech Mountain in the North Carolina High Country holds the only regional event in the United States Snowshoe Association’s National Championship Series on January 12. beechrecreation.orglast_img read more

first_imgENDWELL (WBNG) — New York State Police say no injuries were reported after a car back into a tractor-trailer around 10:30 p.m. on North Street. The crash took place at the intersection of North and Moore Avenue in Endwell. New York State Police were on the scene investigating the crash. Authorities called the incident “minor.” Police say the driver of the car failed to see to the tractor-trailer. 11:23 A.M. UPDATE:center_img —– There is no word on any injuries or what caused the crash. ENDWELL (WBNG) – A car slid under a tractor trailer at around 10:45PM Monday night. Stay tuned to 12 News on-air and online as we continue to follow this developing story.last_img

first_imgThe show follows the royal family through decades of Elizabeth’s reign — from the early years of her marriage to Philip to the introduction of Princess Diana.Even as The Crown filmed flashbacks of drama within the monarchy, TV-worthy moments played out in the present day, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s step back from their roles as senior royals in March 2020.“It’s not gonna go that far. No, I asked. [Creator] Peter [Morgan] said he’s not going that far,” actor Jared Harris exclusively told Us Weekly in February 2020 of whether the show would cover the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s resignations. “It was never gonna go this far though.”- Advertisement – Netflix initially announced in January 2020 that The Crown would end with season 5. However, the streaming platform picked up the series for an additional season in July 2020. Season 6 will not bring the show further into the present though.“As we started to discuss the story lines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” Morgan said in a statement.- Advertisement – Despite the fact that the cast has earned critical acclaim for their performances, the royal family is split on watching the series. For instance, Colman recalled asking Prince William whether he was a fan.“He asked what I was doing at the moment before he quickly added, ‘Actually, I know what you’re doing,’” the Oscar winner explained during a November 2019 episode of The Graham Norton Show. “I was so excited and asked, ‘Have you watched it?’ His answer was a firm, ‘No.’ But he was very charming and very lovely.”Scroll down to see the cast of The Crown through the years! Following in royal footsteps! A multitude of actors have juggled portrayals of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Princess Margaret and other members of the British royal family during The Crown’s run.The Netflix series premiered in November 2016 with Claire Foy taking on the role of the queen. The actress went on to win an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her two seasons of work on the drama. Olivia Colman then took over for seasons 3 and 4, garnering a Golden Globe of her own for the performance. Imelda Staunton will next embody the part for seasons 5 and 6.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 3 Jun 2020 11:18 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares Ryan Fraser no longer a ‘priority’ transfer target for Arsenal and Tottenham Fraser has struggled to replicate his form of last season (Picture: Getty Images)Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser is not a ‘priority’ signing for either Arsenal or Tottenham in the summer window, according to reports.The 26-year-old is set to leave the Cherries on a free transfer with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.Given the financial uncertainty over the coronavirus crisis, swap deals and signing free agents could be the order the of business for many Premier League clubs in the next transfer window.However, despite Arsenal and Spurs previously showing interest in Fraser, according to The Athletic, the experienced winger is no longer viewed as a top target.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners were close to recruiting the Scotland international last summer, but the report claims that the club had reservations over whether he would fit in at a top club due to his ‘introverted personality’.He is more likely to slot in at a mid-table side, with the likes of Crystal Palace and Watford registering their interest in signing the winger. Advertisement Advertisement Comment Man City stars head back into training as season set for June 17 returnTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:58FullscreenMan City stars head back into training as season set for June 17 return is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arsenal have also been linked with Chelsea winger Willian, who is also out of contract this summer.And ex-Gunners star Kevin Campbell believes his former side could do worse than recruiting both the Brazilian international and Fraser.’You can get Ryan Fraser on a free transfer, his assists for Bournemouth were double figures last year, I know he suffered injuries but he’s still been having a decent season,’ Campbell told last month.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘That’s playing for Bournemouth, when you’re playing for Arsenal, he’s going to get more of the ball in the positions he wants and give more opportunities, because there’s a lot more threats for Arsenal than some of these other teams.‘There’s talk of Willian, I like Willian, there’s still a lot of life left in him. He actually suits what Mikel Arteta wants to do, playing in a three, he’s got pace, he can beat people, he can score goals and we could get him on a free, and he’s experienced.’MORE: Ian Wright says Martin Keown was his most ‘intense’ team-mate at ArsenalMORE: Harry Redknapp admits Harry Kane could leave Tottenham amid Manchester United transfer linksFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

first_imgThis is a Huddle Up dealing with a couple things I like and dislike about the current world of sports. First the likes.  I like the way the powers to be have increased the emphasis on safety in sports, and secondly, I like the number of venues now available to young kids for their first experiences at sports.On the other side of the coin, I not only dislike what AAU is doing to sports, but I fear for the future of high school sports because of it.  My second big dislike in sports is the way high school athletes are being forced to choose one sport as a freshman in the hopes that they will just concentrate on that one.  Some systems at the high school level require so much of an athlete’s time that they are not able to play a second sport and still maintain their grades.  There will be more about this in a later Huddle Up.last_img read more

first_imgCincinnati, Oh. — Duke Energy today awarded $276,600 for 16 projects designed to aid clean water, clean air and conservation initiatives across Greater Cincinnati.“We’re proud to support organizations implementing impactful programs that aim to protect, improve or restore natural resources,” said Lynn Good, Duke Energy’s chairman, president and CEO. “From expanding land restoration to protecting habitats to educating future leaders on environmental stewardship, these projects will make a positive difference on the environment and the community.”Good joined the grantees for a ceremony at Smale Riverfront Park’s Anderson Pavilion earlier today. Each year, the Duke Energy Foundation funds programs across southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky that emphasize land and wildlife habitat conservation efforts; protection of water quality, water-related resources and air quality; and environmental education for local teachers and students.“Duke Energy continues to invest in cleaner energy, reducing our environmental footprint and employing groundbreaking technologies that offer customers more convenience and control over their energy use,” said Amy Spiller, president of Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky. “We also continually invest in community programs and projects that directly benefit this region and everyone who lives here.”The following are summaries of each of the 16 local projects that were awarded a combined $276,600 during this morning’s ceremony.Boy Scouts of America$10,000 for ecology and conservation programsThe Dan Beard Council, the local administrative body of the Boy Scouts of America, will apply its Duke Energy grant toward the hands-on ecology and conservation programs offered at Camp Friedlander in Loveland, Ohio. The programs help scouts build a better connection to nature through exposure, education and practical experience.Cardinal Land Conservancy$25,000 for Rinsky Woods Nature PreserveCardinal Land Conservancy, a regional land trust across seven southwest Ohio counties, will put its Duke Energy grant toward matching other funding to purchase a globally endangered habitat type in northeast Clermont County, Ohio. The new nature preserve will serve the surrounding communities by providing a hiking trail for passive recreation for all to enjoy.Children Inc.$10,000 for Service Learning ProgramSince 2005, the Children Inc. Service Learning Program has facilitated more than 5,000 projects with 220,000 students at more than 80 schools in our region. This Duke Energy grant will help enable Children Inc. to partner with Cincinnati Natural Center as well as expand its “service learning” strategy, which integrates meaningful community service with preparation and reflection to enrich students’ learning experiences, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.Cincinnati Parks Foundation$10,000 for increasing Cincinnati’s tree canopyCincinnati Parks’ ReLeaf program aims to increase the planting of trees – and develop the tree canopy – across Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods. The Duke Energy grant will be used to purchase hundreds of trees for residents to plant on their properties along streets where Cincinnati Parks cannot plant because of narrow rights of way. The benefits are clear: Trees remove pollutant elements from the air and help reduce energy use by providing shade.Cincy Red Bike$25,000 to expand bike share systemCincy Red Bike, which launched in 2014, will use its grant toward making bike share available to more neighborhoods and residents of Greater Cincinnati and, as a result, decrease single-occupancy vehicle trips. The expansion project will add 25 new bike share stations and 300 more bicycles, predominantly electric assist bicycles, which will aid users in traveling longer distances and mitigating the region’s topographical challenges.Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati$10,000 for community garden hubsThe Civic Garden Center is a regional horticultural resource whose mission is to build community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship. Duke Energy’s grant will allow the Civic Garden Center to expand the reach of its Community Gardens program by helping the organization establish three garden hubs, implement conservation techniques and make hands-on conservation instruction available to all nearby community gardeners.East Row Garden Club$10,000 for Newport Tree Revitalize programEast Row Garden Club will use its Duke Energy grant to partner with the city of Newport, Ky., and property owners to increase the overall tree canopy in the city. In turn, the new trees will improve public health, lower energy costs for residents and continue to revitalize the community for years to come. The need to improve the canopy in Newport comes on the heels of a recent assessment conducted by a local urban forestry council. In addition, the city recently removed about 120 trees lost to emerald ash borer.Foundation for Ohio River Education$20,000 for river and urban stream research and educationFoundation for Ohio River Education teaches people of all ages to become environmental stewards through hands-on programs. The Duke Energy grant will fund programs on the Ohio River for students to learn about water quality monitoring, habitat assessments and studies of aquatic organisms. In addition, the organization will use some of its grant money for a pilot program that provides training and materials for schools to conduct monitoring and cleanup activities at urban streams near their campuses.Green Umbrella$14,600 for green infrastructure at schoolsGreen Umbrella’s Watershed Action Team will use the lessons learned from a pilot project at Gamble Montessori to help four more schools take important first steps toward building green infrastructure on their campuses. This includes installing rain gardens and trees to manage stormwater, which is the leading cause of water pollution in our region.Lincoln Heights Comprehensive Development Corp.$20,000 for a green, sustainable and resilient eco districtLaunched in 2016, the nonprofit Lincoln Heights Comprehensive Development Corp. aims to transform Cincinnati’s Lincoln Heights neighborhood, a historical African-American community, into a sought-after, safe, walkable, livable and sustainable “net zero” village. The organization will use the 2018 Duke Energy grant to continue what they started with its 2017 grant – training young adults as environmental champions, upgrading its bioswale, improving tree cover and more.Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation$25,000 for Little Duck Creek Trail improvement projectThe Little Duck Creek Trail improvement project is a community-driven environmental restoration initiative at the Little Duck Creek Nature Preserve in Cincinnati’s Madisonville neighborhood. The local redevelopment nonprofit will use the Duke Energy grant money for the targeted removal of invasive vegetation and hire an expert to provide grant consulting services that aim to secure state funding for additional environmental and conservation education programs for the Madisonville community.Miami University$15,000 for student energy case competitionFounded in 2012, this annual case competition brings together students from all majors to learn how to understand, analyze and solve interdisciplinary business challenges in the energy sector. This year’s case will focus on attracting and retaining young talent to the energy industry given the aging workforce. Specifically, the industry’s transformation to a smart grid and the demand for innovative solutions related to sustainability are critical for achieving this goal.Mill Creek Alliance$15,000 for environmental education and service programsThe Mill Creek, which was once designated the “most endangered urban river in North America,” and its tributaries touch 37 political jurisdictions and more than 450,000 residents across Greater Cincinnati. The Duke Energy grant will support Mill Creek Alliance’s efforts to provide environmental education and service programs to more than 1,000 students in schools in and around the watershed. It will also help fund environmental workforce development programs as well as a summer youth program for students interested in pursuing careers in a variety of environmental fields.Thomas More College$20,000 for water quality researchThe Duke Energy grant will allow Thomas More College to fund undergraduate research in water quality at the college’s 25-acre teaching and research field station along the Ohio River in Campbell County, Ky. Students will study the No. 1 threat to our region’s aquatic resources: nonpoint source pollution – namely runoff from agricultural and urban areas. This work will ultimately lead to insights and solutions that reduce the adverse impacts of stormwater runoff.University of Cincinnati Foundation$25,000 for research training program for teachersDuke Energy will once again support for the Summer Environmental Research Training program that provides funds for K-12 teachers to team with UC researchers for six weeks of hands-on scientific research and instruction in air and water quality, biodiversity, waste management and other topics. The summer program aims to inspire teachers, enhance their scientific understanding, and help them develop curriculum modules and ideas to use in their classrooms.Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden$22,000 for pollinator-friendly habitatsCincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will put its Duke Energy grant toward initiatives aimed at increasing the number and size of pollinator-friendly habitats in urban landscapes across Greater Cincinnati. The project will include finding and growing the best plants for pollinators, educating homeowners and landscape professionals through a best practices workshop and handbook, and creating two large pollinator gardens at key community sites.last_img read more