Amy Adams Takes on Idina! Watch the Golden Globe Winner Belt Out ‘Defying Gravity’

first_img Related Shows View Comments Star Files Wicked And nobody is gonna bring her down! The newly minted Golden Globe winner Amy Adams showed off her vocal chops singing “Defying Gravity” from Wicked at a gay karaoke bar in Los Angeles, according to TMZ. The American Hustle star is no stranger to musicals having starred in a Grease parody, as a Disney princess, with The Muppets and in The Public’s Into the Woods throughout her career. Perhaps this is an “audition” for that future Wicked film?! We commend anyone for bringing musical theater to a karaoke night (who needs another butchering of “Rumor Has It”). Check out the performance below to hear every gay in that bar scream for the Oscar nominee. Oh please, you would too! from $95.00 Idina Menzellast_img read more

Thumbs Up! Tony Hosts Kristin Chenoweth & Alan Cumming Are Wonderfully Wacky

first_img Star Files Kristin Chenoweth View Commentscenter_img Now that the 2015 Tony Awards are over, can we take a second to talk about how ridiculously entertaining Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming were? Hosting Broadway’s biggest night is no walk in the park (please, you try keeping an entire theater full of show people amused and on schedule) but Cheno and Cumming pulled it off with fabulous flying colors. The co-hosts kicked off the Tony Awards with a laugh-a-minute medley of quirky quips and sassy songs that showed off their show-stopping talents and frisky chemistry. Cumming performed “Willkommen” from Cabaret, joking that it would be the last time he ever performs the song, or as Chenoweth put it: “Until a revival paycheck comes along.” Speaking of that cheeky Cheno, she spent the evening putting the Energizer Bunny to shame with her wacky costume changes (“Eat your heart out, Kelli O’Hara!”), practically tackling Tommy Tune and blowing the roof off Radio City Music Hall with her On the Twentieth Century performance. Yes, she does, indeed, “Got It All.” Cumming and Chenoweth kept the ceremony light and fun by being their perfectly goofy selves. Whether they were both claiming to have hooked up with Bradley Cooper, confusing Fun Home with E.T.’s “phooone hooome” or joking about how Hollywood casts adaptations of popular Broadway shows, the two hostesses with the mostesses made the 69th Tony Awards three hours of delightfully devilish fun. Chenoweth and Cumming are two of showbiz’s brightest stars for a helluva lot of reasons and we had the privilege of spending the night with them while celebrating all of the things we love about Broadway.last_img read more

Final Tony Eligibility Rulings: Decisions on Shuffle Along & More

first_img View Comments Brandon Victor Dixon & Audra McDonald in ‘Shuffle Along'(Photo: Julieta Cervantes) Let the countdown begin! The Tony Awards Administration committee met today for the fourth and final time this season to determine the eligibility of nine Broadway productions for the 2016 Tony Awards.The nine productions discussed were Bright Star, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, The Father, American Psycho, Waitress, Fully Committed, Tuck Everlasting, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed.Check out the decisions below.Carmen Cusack will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Bright Star.Ciarán Hinds and Saoirse Ronan will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.Frank Langella will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in The Father.Es Devlin and Finn Ross will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work on American Psycho.Jessie Mueller will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Waitress.Fully Committed will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.Sarah Charles Lewis will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Tuck Everlasting.Michael Shannon and John Gallagher, Jr. will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category for their respective performances in Long Day’s Journey Into Night.Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical category for their respective performances in Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed.Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed will be considered eligible in the Best Musical category.All other eligibility determinations were consistent with the show’s opening night credits.Andrew Rannells and Patina Miller will announce this year’s Tony nominations on May 3 at 8.30 AM. The 70th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Tony Award winner James Corden, will air on CBS on June 12.last_img read more

Burlington Telecom meets with Public Service Board

first_imgBurlington Telecom,The following is a statement issued by Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss in regards to Burlington Telecom, following a meeting with the Public Service Board. BT’s chief creditor is seeking to repossess some of the municipal telecommunications company’s hard assets. BT also owes the city $16.9 million. The circumstances of that financing are being investigated at the state and federal levels.Mayor Kiss: “At today’s status conference the City had the opportunity to explain its plans for the future of Burlington Telecom to the Public Service Board in Montpelier. It should be made clear that the City is not in default on its Lease-Purchase agreement with CitiCapital. Any and all rental payments the City is obligated to make under the agreement have been made.”The Lease-Purchase agreement has been terminated. In order to fulfill its obligations under the lease agreement, the City is making arrangements for the return of BT’s equipment to CitiCapital in concert with the acquisition of replacement equipment to continue providing BT services. With its advisors Dorman & Fawcett, the City is in discussions with CitiCapital regarding the appropriate return of the equipment covered by the Lease agreement.”Dorman and Fawcett (D&F) is also in discussion with potential financial and strategic partners inside and outside Vermont in order to finance the acquisition of replacement equipment. An essential element of these discussions includes the potential for future repayment of BT’s debit to the City’s pooled cash account.”The City will come back to the Public Service Board with a plan for this transition that will eliminate or minimize any disruptions to service as these plans develop. The Board must approve any plan before it is implemented. These plans are part of the City’s commitment to develop a successful cure for any CPG violations as specifically provided for by the law and the Board’s most recent order. D&F will continue discussions toward completing plans to return equipment to CitiCapital and procure replacement equipment.”Throughout this process, BT has shown resilience consistent with its track record of high-quality services and hard-working staff. As interim managers of BT, Dorman & Fawcett have brought new efficiencies to BT’s operations, with FY 2011 revenues remaining above prior-year levels. The City and BT appreciate the loyalty and support of its customers. BT customers and Burlington residents should know that the City is committed to preserving and enhancing the tremendous telecommunications and economic development asset we have in Burlington Telecom.”Source: City of Burlington. December 8, 2010.last_img read more

Honduras Records Significant Decrease in Violence as Armed Forces and Police Remain Vigilant

first_imgWhile security forces have made good progress in the battle against gangs and organized crime groups, they must remain vigilant. By Dialogo September 21, 2015 I would like updated information on this topic, especially with regard to the Honduran Government’s initiative for companies to invest in the Country with security guarantees. How has public safety changed from the time in which the material was published? What do the authorities currently claim with regard to this topic (companies/industries investing)?Thank you! “Honduras is regaining its territory,” Ayestas affirmed. FUSINA is also one of multiple agencies, including the National Intelligence Investigation Bureau, the Armed Forces, the National Police, and other justice and government agencies, to participate in Plan Morazán. That initiative was put into effect in late January 2014 to protect Hondurans, reduce crime rates and improve citizen security through the improvement of democratic governance, security and economic development. Participating agencies work together to provide an interdiction and response capability able to execute counter-drug operations and actions against other illicit criminal organizations and activities. This Plan has had positive effects in lowering crime rates and improving citizen security in Honduras. “We will need a sustained effort,” Ayestas said. Between January 1 and early July, FUSINA forces and other law enforcement officers arrested more than 800 suspects allegedly participating in extortion schemes. During that time, the Military and police executed 1,634 arrest warrants for various crimes and broke up 55 criminal gangs. That level of coordination is proving necessary as street gangs and transnational criminal organizations expand their tactics and strategies. Honduran law enforcement efforts Those forces have succeeded in capturing several important drug traffickers in recent years. For example, by the end of October 2014, the Military and police had arrested eight of 19 alleged drug traffickers wanted in the U.S. Among them was Héctor Emilio Fernández Rosa, an alleged drug trafficker who was arrested on October 7, 2014, by Military Troops in cooperation with prosecutors and U.S. security forces. “Twenty people were losing their lives daily at that time. The number of deaths per day now is 14…we assume that the homicide rate number will drop a little bit more by the end of 2015, given the current conditions. To begin with, there is a full awareness of the problem. Municipal authorities also understand that security is an issue that pertains to them. Lastly, civil society is empowering itself, owning this difficult, life-or-death topic, demanding more security, and the reduction of impunity in the country.” Two new law enforcement agencies are contributing to the fight. In March, the Public Ministry created its own criminal investigation unit, the Technical Criminal Investigation Agency (ATIC), which focuses on high-profile cases. And on September 1, a new police investigative branch – the Police Investigations Division (DPI) – began operations; with improved training and equipped with modern technology, this new branch replaces the former national investigative unit, the National Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DNIC). A month after her arrest, Honduran security forces seized more than 50 properties that belonged to members of Los Valles, including homes, a farm, a hardware store, a cafe, a cattle ranch, and land. And two months after those seizures, Troops captured three of Digna’s brothers who were leaders of Los Valles: José Inocente Valle Valle, Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle and Luis Alonso Valle Valle. The latter two brothers were extradited in December to the U.S. to face drug-trafficking charges. “There is a correlation,” Ayestas said. “The laws that allow the extradition of drug traffickers (and) the creation of new police forces, including the Military Police and a new investigative police, have had an effect.” Drug traffickers captured and extradited Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies are working with the Armed Forces to capture drug traffickers and confront violent street gangs, such as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18). During CENTSEC 2014, General Freddy Santiago Díaz Zelaya, Chief of the Honduran Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Diálogo that Honduras will not halt in their efforts to curb crime in the country. “We will use all of the state’s resources to keep drug-trafficking from occupying our territory.” Law enforcement agencies have also been coordinating with the Armed Forces to help improve public safety. For example, the National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA), created in February 2014, brings together the Armed Forces, National Police, judges, investigation agents, and prosecutors against organized crime, drug trafficking, and common offenses. Working cooperatively, Armed Forces Troops and police officers conduct security patrols and man checkpoints throughout the country. Confronting evolving threats “It’s a considerable decrease,” said Migdonia Ayestas. She’s the director of Honduras’ National Violence Observatory and the National Autonomous University’s Institute on Democracy, Peace, and Security (IUDPAS, for its Spanish acronym), which was created in 2008 to strengthen the bonds between the university’s research, education, and society. Amid these successes, civilians are contributing to the fight against crime through the “Únete a Nuestra Lucha” (Join Our Fight) campaign — an initiative that allows residents to cooperate with the Drug Enforcement Bureau (DLCN) to reduce and eliminate the sale of narcotics and to disband drug-trafficking gangs. Through the program, civilians have the opportunity to provide anonymous tips to fight drug trafficking, money laundering, and related crimes. As a consequence of the campaign, the Armed Forces received 112 reports and tips about drug trafficking and money laundering activities between May 11 and August 14, compared to 32 during the same time frame in 2014. They have also diversified their source of income. Gang members are responsible for almost all extortion in various neighborhoods, where they also account for most retail drug peddling, and where members of MS-13 and Barrio 18 also carry out murders-for-hire. Violence is decreasing in Honduras, which once had the world’s highest homicide rate: last year it dropped to 68 per 100,000 residents after peaking at 86.5 in 2011. “We will begin working with 1,000 agents during this first phase of the DPI,” said police spokesman Deputy Commissioner Leonel Sauceda. “When people are attacked or grieving, and file a report, they can expect answers.” The drop in the number of violent deaths follows the capture and extradition during the past year of several Honduran organized crime leaders and operatives. In addition, security forces have strengthened the country’s air, land, and sea shields against international drug trafficking. Such cooperation between Honduran and U.S. security forces has led to significant progress against Los Valles, an international drug-trafficking operation that’s closely aligned with the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican transnational criminal organization. In July 2014, U.S. federal authorities arrested Digna Valle Valle, a key member of Los Valles, in Florida. She eventually agreed to cooperate with U.S. federal prosecutors and pleaded guilty to drug-trafficking charges; in July, a U.S. federal judge sentenced her to 11 years and three months in prison. Many Honduran victims of homicide are young: 51 percent of victims of violent deaths are under the age of 30. “It’s the vulnerable groups of people – women, children, the youth, the public transportation workers – being hit the hardest.” “Gangs started to evolve in the early 2000s, after laws prohibiting gathering of citizens for illicit purposes were approved,” Ayestas said. “Some of those laws have even gotten tougher. Gang members have stopped tattooing themselves in visible areas of their bodies. We get glimpses only when their shirts are removed. So, in that sense, their external appearance has changed, but not the ways in which they communicate.” last_img read more

Who Serves The Best Greek Food on Long Island?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York May is National Mediterranean Diet Month, and what better way to celebrate than by heading over to one of Long Island’s many great Greek restaurants?The public voted Sufiya’s Grill Best Mediterranean Restaurant on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition. Neraki Greek Mediterranean won Best Greek Restaurant on Long Island in that contest, The Greek Place earned the title of Best Gyro on Long Island and Athenian Greek Taverna was named Best Spinach Pie on Long Island!When the mood for Mediterranean cuisine strikes, there is no better place to satisfy that urge than Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill in Huntington. They take special care to present the delicacies, like a feta-filled Greek salad with chunks of white meat chicken grilled to perfection, to lamb, eggplant and falafel specialties. Be sure to try the stuffed grape leaves. And don’t you dare leave without sampling some grilled octopus!Mediterranean cuisine served in a warm, inviting atmosphere with a diverse menu of items masterfully prepared with fresh ingredients has made Sufiya’s Grill a favorite among Long Islanders. Grilled kebabs, tasty seafood and delicious homemade stews have consistently helped it earn the top spot in this prestigious category. This family owned-and-operated restaurant in East Meadow also specializes in authentic Persian cuisine, which features Kashkeh Badenjan (chunky eggplant and tomato dip), Babaganosh and Sambuseh as appetizers, and custom-made Persian ice cream for dessert.The Greek Place’s Chef Pete has created Greek Fusion, which incorporates home-style Greek food with other national and international dishes—from the Gyro Philly Steak, which is made with sauteed onions, peppers, mushrooms and melted cheddar, to the Italian Gyro, which consists of sauteed gyro, melted mozzarella and marinara. Aside from having many traditional dishes available, Chef Pete delivers a new way of enticing your taste buds. The gyro made at The Greek Place is sauteed and cut off the all-famous “Gyro Cone,” yet it is made to order so you get fresh juicy gyro—sauteed on a flat iron grill and splashed with an au jus that will make your mouth water and your soul sing!And as for the spinach pie, to the warm and welcoming staff of Athenian Greek Taverna, it’s spanakopita. No matter what you call it, nobody does it better than Athenian. Layers of flaky phyllo dough and spinach greens with a feta cheese mixture–a perfect balance of delicious flavors. Like everything cooked up at Athenian, the spinach pie is made “Yiayia’s way,” just like grandma makes it, with fresh and authentic ingredients. Make Yiayia proud and be sure to order enough spinach pie to share with everyone on your next visit to Athenian Greek Taverna.To find all the other 2017 Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Winners of the 2018 contest will be announced in February. Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.Neraki Greek Mediterranean is located at 273 Main St. in Huntington. They can be reached at 631-385-3474 or Neraki.comAthenian Greek Taverna is located at 2187 Jericho Turnpike in Commack. They can be reached at 631-499-7660 or atheniangreektaverna.comThe Greek Place is located at 2144 Jericho Tpke. in Garden City Park. They can be reached at 516-673-4545 or thegreekplacegcp.comSufiya’s Grill is located at 2320 Hempstead Tpke. in East Meadow. They can be reached at 516-644-2200 or sufiyasgrill.comlast_img read more

Is your credit union ready to rev up its revenue?

first_img 134SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At NAFCU’S 2018 Strategic Growth Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, March 5-7, your credit union will learn a variety of innovative growth strategies from the industry’s very best. From creative ways to successfully capture the millennial generation, to new ideas for credit union rejuvenation, the agenda is packed with ways to inspire your executive team to maximize your credit union’s full potential.Brett King, co-founder and CEO of Moven (the world’s first mobile, downloadable bank account), will deliver the keynote address. As a world-renowned futurist and author, King has garnered international success for his inventive take on the direction of banking. His keynote—on the astounding and unconventional changes innovators are bringing to banking—is critical to hear if you want to prepare your credit union now to stay relevant.  Attendees will also learn ways to win the fintech and payment wars, plus ways to increase credit union share-of-wallet by learning best practices of the industry’s most successful.If you strive to boost your credit union’s revenue and surpass the competition, plan now for your trip to Nashville, one of Travel & Leisure Magazine’s “Best Places to Travel.” Register with code GROWTHSAVINGS by January 12 to save $200. It’s a great way to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to elevate your revenue, beat your competitors, and gain a real view of the future of financial services.last_img read more

Hate: Not always a 4-letter word

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John is the co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, Inc., a company that specializes in B2B marketing to community financial institutions. He started out in the savings and loan industry, but wisely … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Details I started my third tour of duty at Symitar in 2007 just in time for Jack Henry’s big July sales meeting. Each year, this awesome event gathers sales and marketing folk from across the company to lay out the plan for the coming year and generally get everyone excited. Each of these meetings starts with a keynote by some motivational/business speaker.To be honest, I don’t remember much about these keynote speakers or what they said – except for the one from 2007. I can’t remember his name. However, I do remember his message. That’s because he made one of the most profound statements about sales and marketing that I’ve ever heard.What did he say to blow my mind? You should hate your competitors, and your competitors should hate you. If your competitors don’t hate you, you’re doing something wrong.While this is true for business in general, it’s absolutely essential for your marketing efforts. Marketing is no place to play nice. Your marketing should be so powerful that each time a competitor encounters it, they think to themselves, son of a b#$%h, I really can’t stand those m@*%$*#!%&ers. I hope they die in a fire.Does that seem too harsh? If it does, you need to rethink your marketing strategy. Your competitors may be run by the nicest people in the world, but given the opportunity, they’d gladly put you out of business. That’s just the way it works. You need to go for the jugular because believe me, they’re going for yours.I know this is an especially hard pill for credit unions to swallow. After all, some of your competitors are other credit unions, and credit unions are supposed to be nice to each other, right? I get that, but some of your competitors are big, evil banks, too. You need to market with the worst of your competitors in mind, not the best.Of course, you need to approach this with a certain degree of detachment. For the sake of your own mental wellbeing, your hatred of your competitors needs to be emotionless. I’d never suggest that you should hate other people, just other organizations that would benefit from seeing your company nosedive into the deep end of an empty pool.So go ahead and feel free to hate your competitors. Even more important, work your ass off to make them hate you. That’s when your best marketing will happen.last_img read more

County fair officials concerned over state fair extension

first_img“If the county fair is now running at the same time as the state fair, how does that work?… We are impacting the kid and their future. That program is so important to creating good citizens down the road,” said Underberg. Underberg also mentioned the effect the overlap can have on 4-H students who use county fairs to qualify for state fairs. “There’s a much bigger ripple effect around the state than just attendance at the Erie County Fair or attendance at the state fair,” said Jessica Underberg, the CEO of the Erie County Fair, one of the nine fairs affected. “Maybe if we had known about this back in September or October, we could have sat at the table and said ‘Okay. It’s a big jigsaw puzzle. If I move here, you can move here and we can all coexist’.” Joanh Reardon, the Board Secretary for the Broome County Fair, says even though the 18 day state fair schedule will not interfere with theirs either, he still has concerns. (WBNG) – The state’s announcement to make the Great New York State Fair five days longer has county fair officials concerned over how it could affect smaller fairs. “They put together their route a year in advance, maybe sometimes more. I thought ‘Oh my gosh, the people that come to Erie County then go to Syracuse… They’re going to either have to choose a fair or they are going to have to choose to invest heavily in their business and build another stand and staff at that stand so that they can be at two spots at once’,” said Underberg. The now 18 day state fair would overlap with nine county fair schedules across the state, according to the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs. Organizers say they were shocked to hear the news. County fair officials say they plan to speak with state fair officials to figure out the best way to coexist.center_img The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs says in a press release it “will be working with all county fairs to ensure that communities are not negatively impacted.” 12 News reached out to officials at the Delaware County fair, who admit the State Fair extension will overlap with some of their dates, but say they are waiting to learn more before commenting at this time. Officials from the Chenango County Fair tell 12 News their schedule will not overlap with the state fair. “Though the State Fair is a fantastic agricultural and family event that showcases the best of what New York State has to offer, the lack of funding or support that state and county governments provide local fairs is a concern,” said Reardon. “In recent years, New York State has given the state fair millions of dollars for this year alone, all county fairs have to split half a million. We are worried that the minimum funding allotted to all of our local fairs will be taken away in order to support the extended week of the New York State Fair.” “Where are they scheduling different aspects as far as livestock and 4-H into their schedule? Can it be laid out in a way that it will have the least impact to the youth exhibitors and the livestock exhibitors? I think that is the first step,” said Underberg. “We all need to be at the table sharing conversations. The conversation cannot be one-sided.” Underberg says the sudden announcement puts their food and entertainment vendors in a sticky situation.last_img read more

Air France announced direct flights to Croatia in October

first_imgSource: Croatian Aviation Photo: Air France Air France presented operational changes in its flight schedule until the end of October this year, which include the continuation of traffic to Dubrovnik and Zagreb in August. The Paris-Zagreb route was to operate daily through October, Croatian Aviation points out, adding that it remains to be seen whether Air France will reduce the number of weekly flights on this route in the winter flight schedule, which will be in effect from the end of next month. Positive news is coming to us from Air France. Namely, the line Paris – Dubrovnik is on sale 3 times a week through October, every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (until October 24 this year). last_img read more