New York seeks delay of costly FERC power capacity zone decision
For New York, playing without their two best players, this draw will only look better on closer examination. For Seattle, while a late equalizer leaves the feeling of points lost, theyre still in-control of their Supporters Shield fate, a position which would have been slightly more precarious had they contrived to lose on Sunday. But with the 1-1 result, the Sounders remain one point behind East-leading New York in the Supporters Shield chase, and with two games in hand, the Western Conference co-leaders remain favorites to claim their first regular season title. This weekends results did see Real Salt Lake pull even with them in the West, but still holding two games in hand on their Rocky Mountain foes, Seattle can only be so disappointed with the weekends results. Against New York, Sigi Schmids team took the lead just before intermission, finally coming good on a slew of late-half chances when Brad Evans converted from the spot. But Seattle lost their edge in the second, allowing New York to hit the woodwork twice before Tim Cahill, lost in the left of the penalty area, buried a late equalizer. The right-footed curler inside Michael Gspurnings far post gave Red Bull a well-earned point from a match few saw them winning. Thats because Thierry Henry, with a chronic Achilles condition, was a no-go. Jamison Olave was scratched, too, his knee costing him the battle of conference leaders on Seattles FieldTurf surface. Though highly-debated during the week, the decision proved prescient as a unexpectedly heavy storm saw Sundays match played beneath a downpour. In those conditions, without their two best players, New York have to be happy with the point, even if they failed to deal a blow to Seattle. For the Sounders, the result may be disappointing, but they didnt lose any ground. Against a backline that had not played together before this season, the team may not be satisfied with a draw, but now seven unbeaten and with only one loss in their last 11, the Sounders continue to position themselves for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The New York Film Festival kicked off Friday night with a standing ovation for the premiere of Sony’s Captain Phillips , the audience clearly impressed by the suspenseful Tom Hanks-starrer, based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips’ struggle with Somali pirates in 2009. our editor recommends New York Film Fest: New Chief Explains 2013 Picks (Q&A) Before the movie, screenwriter Billy Ray told The Hollywood Reporter that the gripping nature of the real events made it easy for him to turn them into a film. “As true stories go, this one laid out like a movie,” he said. “I mean, it had drama and tension and huge politics to it. It had action built into it. The beauty was I didn’t have to invent anything, we just had to make smart event choices and get out of its way.” PHOTOS: New York Film Festival’s Movies to Know Ray conceded that there were challenges in terms of trying to portray the events accurately, but he had help from the real Captain Phillips to make sure he got the details right. “I had access to him whenever I needed it,” Ray said. “I spent a great deal of time with him and his family. A lot of phone calls, a lot of e-mails back and forth when he was back at sea againHe was absolutely invaluable.” Ray’s previous work includes writing screenplays for Shattered Glass and the movie version of State of Play, and he told THR that those titles, as well as Captain Phillips, are all films about integrity. Captain Phillips notably bypassed the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals to debut in New York, a decision that producer Michael De Luca told THR was based on a combination of timing and his and producer Scott Rudin’s Gotham-centric backgrounds. PHOTOS: Exclusive Portraits of Captain Phillips’ Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi “It’s always a combination of schedule and the best platform for the movie and we just thought the New York Film Festival would be the best opening platform for the film and it worked out for us schedule-wise,” De Luca said. “They really embraced the movie, and any chance to be at the New York Film Festival (I’m a New Yorker, ex-New Yorker because I live in L.A. now, Scott Rudin’s a New Yorker), any chance to be in this festival because of its prestige and what a great show they put on, we had to leap at it.” Prior to its enthusiastic reception at the festival, Captain Phillips had already received good reviews from critics like THR’s own Todd McCarthy . “It seems like the intention of the filmmakers has been received and appreciated by audiences and critics, which is a fantasy but when it comes true, you’re really happy about it,” De Luca told THR, noting that he reads every single review.
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Demand response providers who agree to reduce power usage when needed can also participate in capacity markets. The new zone will include the current NYISO zones G, H and I in the Lower Hudson Valley and zone J in New York City. The PSC and NYPA said the state is already working on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s so-called Energy Highway initiative to expand the state’s transmission resources to bring more power from upstate New York to the Lower Hudson Valley and New York City area. The PSC and NYPA said the Energy Highway could negate the need for FERC to offer financial incentives to build more power plants downstate. “We strongly urged FERC to reconsider its decision to create a new capacity zone in New York, which it says is needed to build more power plants downstate to alleviate demand for electricity,” PSC Chairwoman Audrey Zibelman said in the release. “We are well aware of the downstate demand for electricity…However, in its decision, FERC did not take into consideration the ongoing initiatives included in the Governor’s Energy Highway,” Zibelman said. The biggest power companies in New York include units of Consolidated Edison Inc, National Grid Plc, Iberdrola SA, Entergy Corp, TransCanada Corp and NRG Energy Inc. COSTS TO RISE The PSC said if FERC’s plan goes into effect, typical residential customers in the Lower Hudson Valley could see monthly bill increases ranging from 5 percent to almost 10 percent, depending on the utility. The increases for industrial and commercial customers could be even higher, the PSC said. “Creation of a permanent new capacity zone undermines the Governor’s Energy Highway initiatives,” Gil Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive, said in the release. “The Energy Highway pursues a long-term solution to deliver lower-cost, upstate power to the downstate area by reinforcing the transmission system, Quiniones said, noting the new capacity zone will “take money out of the pockets of ratepayers and result in a windfall of profits for existing power plant owners in the region.” The NYISO plans to implement the new zone by May 1, 2014.
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At home they tend to run for up to four hours, often starting at 6pm and finishing at 9pm or 10pm. In New York they commonly run for only a couple of hours and normally from 6pm to 8pm or 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Two hours seems perfect for New Yorkers as it suits their busy lifestyles. Networking conversations in New York are also very direct and straight to the point. There is a feeling that time is money and therefore not be wasted. Its no secret that New Yorkers know what they want to achieve before they even enter the networking room. This is a joy to discover because during my training sessions, I constantly stress the importance of having networking goals if you want to be successful. Business communication also has a correspondingly fast-paced style and the preference is not to make phone calls. First choices for communication are email and SMS texting. Interestingly one delegate at a networking event even told me that making phone calls can often be considered stalking. It has also been amazing to experience that during the close of conversations it is much more common in New York than in London for networkers to save time by whipping out their mobile phones and storing new contact details there and then without batting an eyelid. It is also the standard, unlike in the UK, to take the last names as well as the first names of delegates when saving their contact details. During my training sessions I help delegates to develop the skill of combining networking conversations to include both social and business questions in their exchanges.