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first_imgSit back, relax and get ready for the absolute best part of the week. No, not a new episode of Dance Moms. It’s time for the Lessons of the Week! We’re bringing you all of the silliest, strangest and craziest Broadway news from the last seven days. We learned that Lea Michele might be getting freaky, Zachary Quinto might be getting naked, and we can actually live on Aaron Tveit Way. (Yep. This is real.) Check it out!Wicked Was All Ben Platt’s IdeaWe always knew The Book of Mormon star Ben Platt was well-connected—his dad is Wicked producer Marc Platt, after all. But we had no idea Platt’s obsession with The Wizard of Oz is what inspired his dad to take on the project…and that working with Kristin Chenoweth on The Music Man got her cast as Glinda. The Great and Powerful Ben Platt has spoken!Lea Michele Could Be a FreakGlee gal Lea Michele is apparently eyeing another Ryan Murphy project—American Horror Story: Freak Show! We immediately started dreaming up ridiculous freaks (with love) we’d like to see her play, including a half-goat, half-Lea hybrid and a Bollywood monkey. Best of all, these ideas are totally, completely plausible.Nathan Lane Makes a Great GlindaYou can see the real Nathan Lane in It’s Only a Play, but to catch a great impression of the Tony-winning star, check out Wicked. Jenni Barber is serving up l’essence du Nathan Lane eight times a week as oh-so-popular witch Glinda. Wait—a creature with the head of Nathan Lane and the body of Glinda? Lea Michele could totally play that.Patti LuPone Is the Ice Bucket QueenWe’ve seen Broadway stars go shirtless, go shirtless again, and even get help from an elephant to raise money for ALS, but the winner of the best ice bucket challenge of all time unquestionably goes to Broadway legend and beach bum Patti LuPone. Can we get this gal a special Tony for her showstopping performance?James Snyder Might Have HypothermiaSpeaking of ice and buckets, If/Then star James Snyder documented his ice bucket challenge on his Broadway.com video blog. Not content to follow the crowd, Snyder had fans at the stage door pour individual cups of ice on him, one at a time. Slowly. After cup five, he clearly began to regret this decision. The moral of this story? Be more like Patti LuPone.Ethel Merman Lived on Sesame StreetOK, this isn’t exactly news, but this week we revisited an awesome old clip of Ethel Merman cheering up the citizens of Sesame Street with a rousing rendition of “Tomorrow” from Annie on a special holiday episode. She also tells Imogene Coca (another apparent Sesame Street resident) she “looks like an idiot.” Way to get into the Christmas spirit, Ethel.No One Is Alone with the Sondheim AppWhat goes together like peanut butter and jelly? Yes, Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, but what else? Stephen Sondheim and technology, of course! Starting September 1, there’s a new phone app that features a series of short movies with a Sondheim soundtrack. Well, there are worse things than staring at your iPhone on a Sunday.Girls Loves Naked Broadway BoysFirst, Hedwig star Andrew Rannells showed his butt on TV’s Girls. Now, The Glass Menagerie alum Zachary Quinto might be getting in on the naked dude action. This is an awesome trend, HBO. Next we’d like to nominate Aaron Tveit, Jeremy Jordan and Ramin Karimloo for the Girls naked dude challenge.Theater People are the Sexiest PeopleWhen we asked the cast of It’s Only a Play what makes someone a “theater person,” we got a lot of wacky responses. Apparently, theater people can’t do anything else for a living, are usually gay and don’t make a lot of money (unless they’re Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, of course). But as F. Murray Abraham points out, they’re also the sexiest people. Damn straight. Oops, we mean damn “usually gay.”You Can Now Live on Aaron Tveit WayTveitortots, the day has finally, finally arrived: Aaron Tveit has a street named after him. HOORAY! We’re so glad Middletown, NY was eventually convinced by the flyers, flowers and trucks full of peanut butter cups we’ve been sending to the Middletown mayor’s office every day for the last five years. Bye, we’re going house hunting. See you next week! View Commentslast_img read more


first_imgA hiker from Jackson, Mississippi is alive and well after missing for three days in Sequoia National Park. Mary Joanna Gomez, a traveling nurse working in San Francisco, took a trip to Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks last weekend. In a rush to see the sunset while visiting Sequoia National Park, Gomez became disoriented and lost the trail. She was reported missing by her family when she failed to arrive at work the following day.  A young bear tied with heavy rope was found dead on the banks of Mills River on Sunday, the Citizen-Times reports. Wildlife officials estimate the bear was 1-2 years old. The rope was tied around the bear’s neck and to it’s left hind limb. “It could be that the bear had been run over, and somebody tried to move it or relocated it with ropes,” wildlife officer Aaron Stronach told the Citizen-Times. The bear had been dead for at least a week and was too decomposed for an autopsy. Wildlife officials are asking anyone with information about the death or relocation of the bear to call 1-800-662-7137.  Crewmembers of the California Air National Guard unsuccessfully searched for hours for Gomez using infrared technology before the co-pilot of the plane spotted a 6-foot by 18-foot S-O-S rock formation and Gomez beside it. A helicopter was dispatched to rescue Gomez, who was a little banged up but in good condition overall. Her survival is credited to the fact that Gomez found a clearing in the forest and stayed there. “We don’t see this too often at all, unfortunately,” Lt. Col. David Weidman told local news station KTLA 5. “Usually lost hikers keep hiking.”  Dead bear found tied with rope in Henderson County, NC The report focuses on sites in the coal regions of Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio that represent opportunities to secure a variety of funding sources like the Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot funds appropriated by Congress and the RECLAIM Act, a bill which would accelerate the distribution of $1 billion of existing funds over five years to revitalize coal communities.center_img The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition releases report outlining ways to give new life to abandoned coal mines The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition will release their second annual report today outlining potential projects that would clean up abandoned coal mines. The projects would breath new life into the blighted mines, transforming the coal mine lands into sustainable agriculture businesses, solar farms and other innovations. Woman missing for days in Sequoia National Park spotted by helicopter after spelling SOS with rockslast_img read more


first_imgOur movement was born out of a desire to better serve our communities, and it’s likely that none of us remember feeling that need more acutely. During the Great Recession, credit unions were applauded for their continued lending and economic stimulation during the downturn. The COVID-19 pandemic brings even larger challenges, and credit unions will not be able to rely on business as usual to rise to the occasion. We’ve put together a list of actions for credit unions that are adapting to serve the needs of their members and drive impact in their local communities during these uncertain times.Fast track projects to stand up digital capabilities for remote accessMany credit unions were already focused on making digital account opening and digital loan origination easier and more reliable. COVID-19 has transformed digital from a value-add to a minimum requirement in a matter of days. This includes, but is not limited to, online account opening, loan origination, or requesting assistance through self-service, automated channels. With branches closed and members encouraged to stay in their homes, being able to open accounts and originate loans in this remote environment is essential to continuing to serve the membership. With integration into many of the leading digital innovators, platforms, and partners serving credit unions, TransUnion can help credit unions quickly launch or optimize digital account opening or loan origination capabilities. We’ve been encouraged by the strides taken by credit union industry partners, companies like SavvyMoney, CuneXus and Rate Reset, to swiftly enable CUs to implement new loan products and distribution channels via digital experiences.  Identify members in need and continue extending creditThis is where understanding who members are — and their potential needs — becomes so important. Many people are making day-to-day decisions right now; they’re not spending time thinking about whether or not they have the right financial product.Pulling back on fees is a great way to demonstrate flexibility and to keep a few more dollars in peoples’ pockets in times of need. In addition to measures like that, we’re expecting many institutions to take more concerted efforts to provide flexible solutions to help people in their community. Lenders that want to make an impact are taking a proactive look at their portfolios and identifying where early outreach is the best option. Many are also segmenting and prioritizing their portfolios for effective management in the weeks and months ahead. They’re looking for people with mortgages who could benefit from a lowered monthly payment or may have untapped equity to refinance and firm up other monthly obligations. They’re evaluating credit card portfolios for people who would benefit from a line increase. They’re thinking about rolling out short-term liquidity loans or other vehicles cited in a recent NCUA letter to those who would benefit and not be overburdened. Credit unions can leverage robust trended and alternative credit data to better identify members with evolving financial needs. With a fluid economic situation and potential changes in consumer incomes, credit unions should consider risk solutions that help them safely expand access to credit to those who need the help but also have the capacity to repay the loan. Get a handle on individual member scenarios, member needs and optimize outreachWith unprecedented uncertainty and volatility across markets, credit unions are being called upon to help members through challenging times. To start, credit unions should consider using the most current and accurate credit data to identify, segment, and prioritize those members most at risk. Using that data, credit unions can develop targeted outreach strategies, new product needs, and communication plans.Not only can segmenting and prioritizing accounts help build loyalty by personalizing both communications and offers for assistance, but it can help prioritize collection efforts in the future and mitigate potential losses as well.Over the last several years, both data and technology have evolved significantly, giving lenders new information to monitor portfolio health. For example, trended credit data can help credit unions identify members’ signs of financial distress, allowing credit unions to proactively offer forbearance, modifications, refinancing, or other remedies. Protect credit union assets against ever-evolving fraud schemesWith consumers preoccupied with health and safety, many credit unions are understandably focused on business continuity and adapting to changing economic circumstances. But credit unions need to be prepared to combat increasingly more complex fraud threats. Implementing solutions like device recognition and synthetic fraud risk models — especially those available through existing platforms and applications — enable credit unions to match and link digital identities to physical identities.  Doing so can remove friction from the member experience while simultaneously defending against today’s most sophisticated fraud schemes. These kinds of investments in digitally-optimized fraud capabilities and delivery options means fewer disruptions to the member experience, too — something that’s very important during times of economic uncertainty.Much like the 2008 financial crisis created opportunities for credit unions to prove out their philosophy of “people helping people,” the COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity for financial cooperatives to step up and help members again. Swift and immediate action can position credit unions as a key partner to the communities they serve. Extending timely, relevant and personalized assistance, optimizing digital channels, and protecting against emerging fraud threats are immediate steps each credit union should consider as we collectively navigate these uncharted waters. 83SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgThe first weekend of July and the opening of air corridors will show the direction of this year’s tourist season in the town of Hvar. “Hvar as a destination is completely safe and once again an invitation to everyone to visit the town of Hvar ” Razovic concluded. By the way, the carriers of Hvar’s tourism so far have been tourists from the USA and Great Britain (65% of all overnight stays), so it is quite logical that there has been a large drop in arrivals. Now the focus of the island of Hvar is placed on the markets of Germany, Slovenia, Austria, but also Croatia. Compared to the record year 2019, the city of Hvar is currently achieving only 14 percent of last year’s tourist results, which clearly shows how much this crisis has affected the island of Hvar. “We are extremely pleased that in the time we are guests staying on the island and enjoying the beauties of Hvar can feel completely safe, which makes the town of Hvar an attractive destination for a summer vacation. We want to invite all guests who in previous years wanted to visit Hvar, that now is the right time to experience a piece of paradise in Croatia”Said Petar Razović, director of the Hvar Tourist Board. The announced flights from Great Britain, and marketing cooperation with the British tour operator are expected to increase the arrival of foreign guests as well as increase the number of nights from the current 1.000 nights per day.center_img “Affected by this corona crisis, unfortunately we can not talk about a successful tourist season, but the opening of airlines, primarily with the British market, we expect an increase in the number of arrivals and overnight stays” says Razović. “I can invite all guests, both domestic and foreign, who had the desire to visit Hvar to take advantage of it now and that now is the first time to come to Hvar. By the way, Hvar was known for its high prices, but this crisis has now changed everything. Cheaper either private and hotel accommodation is provided. Arriving on the island of Hvar is much more affordable and cheaper, state shipping companies have left winter prices. Maybe all this will be a good indicator that all guests choose Hvar as their summer destination ” said Razović and added that all accommodation and catering facilities on the island adhere to epidemiological measures and guests can certainly feel safe. Hvar as a destination is completely safe and once again an invitation to everyone to visit the town of Hvar. It is important to emphasize that the prices of private accommodation have been reduced compared to last year, and that hotels offer more services for the same price. last_img read more


first_img“The government is convinced that it is safe now and that measures can be eased in England, and we are introducing an exemption from the travel corridor for some countries and areas. ” they point out from the Ministry of Transport of the United Kingdom, which would mean that the British will not have to go into self-isolation for 14 days after returning from certain countries, including Croatia. Passenger Corridors: Passengers coming from the following countries and territories will not have to isolate themselves upon arrival in England. “In the last two days since the news of the announcement of the categorization of destinations to which you can travel from the UK without the need for quarantine on return, there has been increased interest in Croatia, which ranks high as a safe destination since the pandemic. Airlines operate their programs in accordance with the decisions and recommendations of the Government, and we already have flight announcements from the beginning of July to Pula and Rijeka, and from mid-July to Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. The UK office is also showing high interest and increased public inquiries, especially over the past weekend.”Reic points out. From 10 July 2020, unless they have visited or stopped in any other country or territory in the previous 14 days, travelers coming from the following countries and territories will not have to isolate themselves upon arrival in England. In a recent conversation with the director of the CNTB Representation in Great Britain Darija Reić, when asked what is the interest in Croatia on the British market, Reić points out that Croatia ranks high as a safe destination, since the beginning of the pandemic, and even today.  Interview with the Director of the CNTB Representation in Great Britain Darija Reić, read in the attachment. The British government has announced that on July 10 it will abolish mandatory self-isolation for citizens who decide to travel abroad during the summer holidays, the UK Ministry of Transport has announced. DARIJA REIĆ, CNTB REPRESENTATIVE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM: BRITISH PEOPLE WILL LOOK FOR SMALLER TOURIST LOCATIONS OR “HIDDEN GEMS” Source: Gov.uk.last_img read more


first_imgGrateful for rescuers of pet from pit bullLast week we experienced a traumatic situation, to which many people responded, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them.While walking our dog, Mellie, near Central Park, a pit bull got loose from its home and attacked Mellie. The pit bull did not release its jaws from her for 30 to 40 terrifying seconds.We held onto Mellie, trying unsuccessfully to get the other dog to release her. Fortunately for us, some landscapers who were working down the street heard the commotion and rushed to our aid.It took the four of them to get the other dog off of Mellie. They then wrestled it to the ground and held it until someone came to get the dog.Mellie sustained several puncture wounds and deep lacerations.After excellent emergency care at Capital District Veterinary Referral Hospital, she is slowly healing.We realize that the situation could have been much more dire, if it hadn’t been for the quick action of the landscape workers down the street, who risked their own health and safety.Additionally, Lindsay from across the street and our neighbor, Jan, provided comfort and support. Several cars stopped to offer assistance before the paramedics and Animal Control arrived.We would like to thank everyone who assisted us during this traumatic experience, but especially the four landscapers, whose names we were unable to learn.For us, this act of bravery and compassion was a confirmation of humanity, for which we (and Mellie) are extremely grateful.Janet and Mark MattisNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHatred of Trump is destructive to countryMy wife is a very wise woman.She announced, years ago, that there’s no room in her life for hatred or any negativity.She’s going to surround herself with people she loves and good things. Like I said, a wise woman.Almost half of our electorate has been infected with a deep, abiding and vitriolic hatred of everything that is Trump. This hatred has had celebrities who should know better dropping the F-bomb on live TV; even newscasters have done this.I don’t mean just an ordinary hatred of Trump, oh no.They hate the color of his hair, the way he combs his hair, his wife, his children, etc. This is a deep and abiding hatred that knows no bounds and, I fear, could destroy one’s soul.With this depth of hatred, one risks becoming blinded to the truth. One does not read of Hitler with his destruction of millions of souls, Stalin with his slaughter of the Ukraine, etc., ever receiving this level of hatred.I don’t like Obama or what he stood for as president, most especially his anti-hegemony belief in America. But I don’t hate him. Many of my good friends are Trump haters. I just avoid mentioning him to them for fear of losing a friendship. This isn’t a healthy thing for our relationship and our nation. I pray that this hatred will be dialed back to a normal emotion, not one so self-destructive.In the meantime, I think I’ll spend more time with my wife.Dr. Arthur SalvatoreMalta Clinton was the real ignorant fool in officeI would like to respond to Cynthia Swanson’s remarks made in her May 3 letter regarding the president of the United States.She, of course, had absolutely nothing good to say and I truly respect and admire both her attitude and her opinion. She stated, “He’s an ignorant fool and continues to soil the office of the presidency.”The only president that truly soiled the office of the president was Bill Clinton, in the Oval Office, while his wife and daughter were down the hall.Who’s the ignorant fool, really?Evelyn Shields-KennedySchenectadylast_img read more


first_imgNZ Herald 17 September 2015Paid parental leave is back on Parliament’s agenda – and the Government has been urged not to use a veto to stop legislation that would extend leave to 26 weeks.A Labour Party bill to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks passed its first reading, 61 to 60 in Parliament last night, but only with the support of United Future leader Peter Dunne.This year, paid parental leave was increased from 12 weeks to 14 weeks on April 1, and will be extended to 16 weeks in April next year.The Labour bill, in the name of Sue Moroney, would extend paid parental leave to 22 weeks in April next year, and to 26 weeks from April 2018.It would also introduce flexibility for some contact hours with the work place by the parent on leave without losing the entitlement to paid parental leave.The bill now goes to a select committee for public submissions.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11514156last_img read more


first_imgBatesville sent all five varsity spots into the semi-finals of the EIAC individual tournament on Saturday, with four spots making it to the finals.#1 Singles- Lleyton Ratcliffe defeated Greensburg’s Trevor Foster in the semi-finals 6-3, 6-3. In the finals Ratcliffe defeated East Central’s Chase Lambrinides 6-1, 6-1 to earn the EIAC’s Most Valuable Player and all-conference awards.#2 Singles- Sam Giesting was defeated in a close match by Greensburg’s Brett Stringer#3 Singles- Adam Scott defeated East Central’s Logan Huisman in the semi-finals. Scott fell to Connersville’s Gavin Parsley in the finals.#1 Doubles- George Ritter and Cooper Williams defeated South Dearborn’s Alex Shackelford and Nate Cantrell in the semi-finals and fell to Greensburg’s Logan Smith and Ben Duerstock in the finals.#2 Doubles- Brayden Worthington and Lane Oesterling defeated East Central’s Gavin Daniels and Luke Kelly. The finals will be finished on Monday, due to rain.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more


first_imgRelatedPosts FG to encourage more private/public partnership to boost domestic gas – Sylva FG moves to quell agitation by Niger Deltans We never promised to keep petrol price permanently low — FG L-R: Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor; Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kolo Kyari; Executive Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Sola Aiyepeku; and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, at the opening ceremony of the finals of the 18th edition of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos… on Saturday.Tags: Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry GamesShell MDTeslim Balogun StadiumTimipre Silvalast_img


first_img Luiten bogeyed the opening hole but chipped in twice for birdie – on the sixth and 16th – and also holed from 40ft across the 17th green for another birdie to delight the large galleries. Jimenez, already the oldest winner in European Tour history after his win in the Hong Kong Open aged 48 and 318 days last November, carded 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey in his round, but fellow overnight leader Pablo Larrazabal slumped to a 77. Larrazabal’s round got off to a nightmare start with a triple-bogey seven on the first and although he birdied the seventh after a bogey on the fifth, a back nine of 38 ended his chances of a third European Tour title. McGrane, whose sole European Tour title to date in the 2008 China Open came in similar conditions, said: “It was really enjoyable, my short game was razor sharp which you need in tough conditions. I managed not to drop any shots all day which was a great achievement I am very content. “I enjoyed it only because I was able to hang in there and picked up a couple of birdies close to the end which turned it into a very good day. When the conditions get tough it falls back on chipping and putting and today I was pretty good at it. “Some of the holes are brutal, especially on the front nine, and when I weathered as far as number six I knew it would get a little easier. I’ve been showing reasonable form so I am looking forward to getting to this time tomorrow evening and see what it brings.” McGrane sits on eight under – two shots off the lead – alongside France’s Julie Quesne, with three-time winner Simon Dyson and fellow Englishman Oliver Fisher a shot further back after matching 71s. Holland’s Joost Luiten rewarded the home fans for braving some miserable conditions by claiming a narrow lead with a four-under-par 66 at Kennemer Golf Club to finish 10 under par, one ahead of overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez who battled to a level-par 70. Ireland’s Damien McGrane returned a flawless 67 to move into a share of third place after the third round of the KLM Open at Zandvoort.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more