Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want to Hustle on Broadway

first_img 2.Wolf of Wall Street—19% Your second place choice is Martin Scorsese’s epic tale of the rise and fall of a wealthy Wall Street fat cat. Sounds perfect for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Broadway musical alter-ego, Aaron Tveit! Greed, sex, drugs, money, betrayal? That’s something worth singing about! We already know that our favorite Oscar-blessed pic is going to be a Broadway musical. Now we’re turning our attention to the nine films nominated for Best Picture at the 86th Annual Academy Awards. We asked you which flick should be adapted into a Broadway musical. The results are in, and it turns out a lot of you want to do the Hustle on the Great White Way. View Comments 1. American Hustle—34% Move over, Saturday Night Fever! The con is on with this late-‘70s set movie about an elaborate sting operation executed by people with elaborate hairdos in New Jersey. Life and death stakes make for great drama. Plus, disco balls never go out of style. 3. Her—12% We have to assume you’re as attached to your technology as we are (hello, we’re a website!), so we understand why you picked Spike Jonze’s film about a writer who develops a loving bond with an operating system. Cue the soulful duets.last_img read more

Kathleen McNenny to Replace Liz Wisan in The Father

first_imgKathleen McNenny(Photo: Bruce Glikas) A Broadway switcheroo right before the first preview. Kathleen McNenny (Enemy of the People) will replace the previously announced Liz Wisan in the role of Woman in the American premiere of Florian Zeller’s The Father.Led by three-time Tony winner and Oscar nominee Frank Langella, the translation by two-time Tony and Oscar winner Christopher Hampton is set to be directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes. The limited engagement will begin previews on March 22 and officially open on April 14 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.The Father looks inside the mind of Andre (Langella), a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?The cast will also include Kathryn Erbe, Brian Avers, Charles Borland and Hannah Cabell. The Father Frank Langella View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Star Files Related Showslast_img read more

Customers asked to call CVPS if power still out

first_imgOver 500 workers continued to work to restore power to the last 300 CVPS customers in Windham County Thursday morning.”We made good progress Wednesday, and with the light so visible at the end of the tunnel, we’re giving it all we’ve got yet again today,” said spokeswoman Christine Rivers. “Each repair is still coming slow, as crews continue to spend hours to restore power one or two customers at a time, but we expect every customer outage we are aware of to be restored by late tonight. Thus we encourage customers still without power to call 1-800-451-2877.”At daybreak Thursday, more than 75 contract lines crews were working with 40 CVPS line crews, 50 tree crews and hundreds of support staff to wrap up the $3 million restoration effort that began Friday.”This has been a long but amazing restoration effort. The ice and tree damage we’ve seen in Windsor and especially Windham County rivals anything we’ve seen in our service territory. And we could not have done this without the invaluable coordination and support of dozens of utilities and local businesses, and federal, state and local officials,” said CVPS President Bob Young. “We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support we’ve seen from the customers, communities and businesses we serve. I cannot put into words how much we appreciate everyone’s efforts, patience and selflessness to restore normalcy to our customers. I also want to thank our employees, who have devoted themselves to customers while putting their own lives on hold.”CVPS estimates that it has resolved more than 1,200 separate problems on its system this week, in some cases rebuilding sections that were destroyed within Orange, Windsor and Windham counties. Over 80 poles were broken – more than 50 of those in Windham County alone, and thousands of trees brought down hundreds of lines.PLEASE CALLCVPS asked customers who are still without power as of 8 a.m. today to contact the company at 1-800-451-2877. Due to the extent of the damage in some areas that are affecting only single and small groups of customers, some without power may not be listed in the outage management system. As restoration efforts draw toward an end, the company wants to assure that no one is left without power.If customers see that others in their neighborhood have power, but they do not, CVPS asks that those customers switch their breakers off and on to assure the problem is not localized inside their home.The company also reminded customers that while service lines or overhead wires that run from a pole to a house or business are the utility’s responsibility, the service cable that runs along the side of the house is the customer’s responsibility.If those service cables are damaged, customers should contact an electrician. The service bracket that attaches the service line to the house is generally maintained by CVPS. However, the weather head, attached to the service cable, which prevents water damage to the wiring, is maintained by the customer’s electrician.last_img read more

Governor Shumlin taps Beth Robinson to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today announced the appointment of Beth Robinson to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court. An attorney with nearly two decades of experience practicing law in Vermont, Robinson is also a  widely respected civil rights advocate whose work to secure marriage equality rights in Vermont earned wide national recognition. Robinson will replace Justice Denise Johnson, who is retiring.   Robinson practiced law for 18 years at Langrock Sperry & Wool in Middlebury and Burlington, with a civil practice that included workers’ compensation, family law, employment law, negligence and injury cases. She served as co-counsel in the case of Baker versus Vermont, the landmark case that led to Vermont’s passage of a first-in-the-nation civil union law, and led the successful quest for full marriage equality for same-sex couples in Vermont.  ‘I am proud to appoint Beth Robinson to the Supreme Court,’ the governor said. ‘Beth’s strong legal background, experience with crafting legislation at the State House and commitment to the equal rights of all Vermonters will make her an exceptional justice on the Vermont Supreme Court. While I am thrilled to see Beth go to the Court and believe her to be the best qualified of an extraordinary pool of candidates, I am also sad to lose Beth as my legal counsel. In addition to depending on Beth’s sound legal advice, it is a pleasure to work with her every day.” Robinson added, ‘I’m humbled by the confidence that Governor Shumlin has placed in me, and deeply grateful both for the opportunity I’ve had to serve his administration these past 10 months, and for the chance to serve Vermont’s judiciary in the years to come.’  Robinson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1986 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1989.    According to the Vermont Superme Court Web site, Denise R. Johnson was born in Wyandotte, Michigan. She graduated from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (A.B., 1969); the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D., 1974); and the University of Virginia School of Law (LLM, 1995). She taught at the Vermont Law School, 1978-79; served as an Assistant Attorney General, Chief, Public Protection Division, 1980-88; served as chair, Vermont Human Rights Commission, 1988-1990. Appointed Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, December 3, 1990, by Governor Kunin.Governor’s office. 10.18.2011last_img read more

Brazilian War College Embarks on Academic Trip to the United States

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo August 15, 2018 Students from the Brazilian Ministry of Defense’s War College (ESG, in Portuguese) are set to take off for the United States. The trip, scheduled for September 15-22, 2018, will allow students of military studies to learn about important defense centers in Washington, D.C. The institution prepares leaders and consultants for political and strategic fields related to national defense. The delegation comprises about 150 instructors and students from ESG’s main courses: the Advanced Policies and Strategy Studies Course (CAEPE, in Portuguese), taught at the Rio de Janeiro campus, and the Advanced Defense Studies Course (CAED, in Portuguese) from the campus in Brasília. The trainees, as students are known, are senior officers from the Brazilian Armed Forces and partner nations, as well as high-ranking members of auxiliary and civilian forces from government and nongovernment organizations. The trip involves visits to the Inter-American Defense College (IADC), National Defense University (NDU), William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, Pentagon, and U.S. Southern Command in South Florida. The existing cooperation between ESG and similar U.S. institutions, such as IADC and NDU, prompted the trip. The activities will focus on the role of national power, particularly in the political and military fields. According to Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) General Décio Luís Schons, commandant of the Brazilian War College, trips undertaken by the school enable strategic contact with national and international institutions and aim to expand the knowledge and training of human resources in the defense field. In June, the delegation visited units of the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese), the Brazilian Air Force, and EB to become familiar with strategic defense projects in southeastern Brazil. For Gen. Schons, the trip will bring both institutional and academic benefits. “We will visit educational institutions that can contribute to updating ESG’s academic activities,” he said. “This is an opportunity to increase understanding of different agencies’ missions and gain useful knowledge that can be developed within the school, while strengthening bilateral and multilateral ties.” The visits will bring support to students applying ESG’s strategic planning method in the analysis of global scenarios and other subjects taught during the courses. For MB Captain Gustavo Calero Garriga Pires, a CAEPE trainee, the trip to the United States will provide important knowledge for his career. “The knowledge acquired during these practical visits, combined with the array of information and data passed on to the trainees until now, will be very positive.” International relations ESG has encouraged international cooperation throughout its 65 years of operation. The school takes part in the Ibero-American Defense College Association, which aims to promote permanent exchange of experiences and discussions on the studies of peace, defense, and security. The association also promotes closer ties among participating nations and develops a culture of security and defense in the Ibero-American community. Four of the 90 CAEPE trainees are foreign officers from the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Pakistan. CAED has 65 trainees, all from Brazil. U.S. Army Colonel Hector Ivan Martinez Piñeiro, a CAEPE trainee, spoke to Diálogo about the importance of the exchange for both countries. “Getting to know the future leaders of the Brazilian Military and government, plus the cadre of such respected institution will definitely allow our countries to work more harmoniously in an environment of mutual trust, camaraderie and respect,” he said. For Col. Martinez, the course is a great opportunity to understand the socio-political complexities of the Brazilian government and Brazilian internal policies. “It has opened my eyes to a series of very interesting concepts and viewpoints from the best subject matter experts in the field of political science, sociology, law, and military doctrine,” Col. Martinez said. “I have also met a fantastic group of future military leaders and civilians positioned to make a difference for the betterment of Brazil.” The experience, according to Capt. Calero, is invaluable, not only for the bonds formed with officials from partner nations but also the knowledge shared. “Spending time with representatives from partner nations has opened a range of possibilities, not just limited to replicating solutions, but also to searching for new paths that are appropriate for the country’s reality,” he said. The academic trip will enable ESG’s delegation to experience first hand the U.S. government’s interagency approach for cooperation and problem resolution, Col. Martinez added. “They will be able to understand the strategic logic to some of our policies and actions. That can then give the future Brazilian leaders an idea of a way to do certain things,” he said. “Plus, Washington D.C. is a majestic city filled with culture and historic monuments.” ESG also works with the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and carries out multilateral activities and forums. “These activities allow trainees to evaluate the actions of military diplomacy, and carry out a political and strategic analysis of international security and national defense,” Gen. Schons said. “There are also combined activities performed with other similar institutions, such as IADC and NDU.” Tradition in forming leaders According to ESG’s Public Affairs Office, more than 8,000 people—military officers, presidents, ministers, and other prominent figures—graduated from the school since its 1949 inception. In addition to the yearlong CAEPE and CAED, the school has 11 shorter defense courses, taught at both of campuses, from which more than 700 trainees graduate annually. “ESG fulfills its role as a platform for debates, studies, and seminars, involving not only the permanent staff, but also government authorities and trainees, professionals with excellent resumes and experience that can add value to national defense studies,” Gen. Schons said. “The school contributes to the formation of leaders who will play an important role in defining the government’s measures and actions, especially of a military nature, for the defense of territory, sovereignty, and interests” Captain Galero praised the multidisciplinary nature of the courses’ trainees. “We can create a network of contacts that will certainly be valuable in the future,” he said. “I hope to train to not only serve as a high-level consultant, but also to take on decision-making roles in the Brazilian Navy.”last_img read more

Judicial qualifying moved up

first_imgJudicial qualifying moved up Judicial qualifying moved up May 1, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img A new state law has changed the qualifying period for the state’s judiciary, giving those up for election or merit retention two more months of campaigning time.A section of SB 618, which has been signed by Gov. Jeb Bush, moves the qualifying period from July to between noon May 13 and noon May 17. The change applies to both trial and appellate judges. Those who want to qualify by getting petitions signed in lieu of paying the filing fee must have submitted those signatures by April 22, according to the revised law.Rep. Gaston Cantens, R-Miami, sponsored the amendment to the House version of SB 618 that was eventually included in the final bill, which otherwise dealt with cleaning up glitches from last year’s election reform law.Cantens said the changes recognize that judges are different from other elected officials. “Their names aren’t out there on a regular basis, and they don’t run every two years like we do,” he said, and they don’t have large or continuing campaign organizations.He said the last election in Miami-Dade County saw some experienced, good trial judges attract last minute opponents and then lose because they didn’t have enough time between the July qualifying period and the September primary to gear up their campaigns. (Appellate judges up for merit retention don’t appear until the November general election ballot.)“At least this gives them four months to organize their docket so they can go out and campaign,” Cantens said. “Hopefully, it will be a positive change.”The new dates match the qualifying period for congressional candidates. Cantens said he had favored an even earlier qualifying period for judges, but the state Division of Elections was worried about having too many different filing time slots.The qualifying period for state representatives, senators, and other nonjudicial elective state posts remains in July.As passed the bill provides that, “Candidates for judicial office shall qualify no earlier than noon of the 120th day, and no later than noon of the 116th day, before the first primary election.”last_img read more

Look to new tactics when marketing to younger generations

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Many financial institutions struggle to connect with young people. Often, it’s because they are still using the same methods that work for more mature audiences. That doesn’t work, because younger generations have different interests and spend their time doing different things than people older than them. Here are some tips and specific channels you should use to reach younger consumers.YouTubeAccording to YouTube’s own statistics, 18+ year olds in the United States spend more time watching YouTube than any television network. If you have teenagers or know one, you know they spend a good part of their lives watching videos online. In a survey conducted by Stageoflife.com, 77% of respondents said they subscribe to at least one YouTube channel. About 65% have shared a YouTube video on Facebook, Twitter and other social media and 80% have teachers who use YouTube in the classroom for educational purposes.YouTube is the place to be if you are trying to get younger generations’ attention. They turn to YouTube for entertainment, information and advice. You can target your audience on YouTube according to zip code, age, interests and even what time they watch. If you’re financial institution is not on YouTube, get on YouTube. continue reading »last_img read more

Member experience: Link interaction to experience

first_imgCredit unions have been working hard to figure out how their optimal member experiences will look and feel. From rebranding, to process and systems improvement, to streamlined procedures and policy—all can be essential elements to success.One CEO I work with regularly recently said, “We always thought we were member-centric, but when we really dug into things, we didn’t have a clue what a mess we’d created for them [the members] and for us.”Our conversation also sparked another realization. A lot of time and energy was going into improving transaction quality and making sure staff was trained to know the systems and processes. But very little attention was being paid to interaction quality.What’s the difference? Transaction quality is the technical accuracy and efficiency of getting something done. Transactions can involve staff or not. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Altice Completes Its Takeover of Cablevision

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York European-based media mega-giant Altice N.V. announced Tuesday that it has completed its purchase of Bethpage-based Cablevision Systems Corp., which owns Newsday, amNewYork and News 12, for $17.7 billion.Altice made its initial offer to acquire the company on Sept. 16, 2015, estimating that the sale would go through by the second quarter of this year after getting the required regulatory approval. In May, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that the deal “serves the public interest.” Last week the New York State Public Service commission approved the purchase with conditions that it estimated could provide $243 million in benefits to New York consumers.By combining Cablevision’s 3.1 million customers in the tri-state region and the nearly 1.5 million customers of Suddenlink Communications, the St. Louis, Missouri-based company that Altice acquired last December for $9.1 billion, Altice USA becomes the fourth largest cable operator in the U.S.Billionaire tycoon Patrick Drahi, who founded Altice in 2002, said the Cablevision acquisition was “a crucial step” to the company’s growth.“We are very excited about our U.S. business and the opportunities we see in this market,” Drahi said in a statement. “We will accelerate network investments and bring innovative products and services to U.S. customers by leveraging our global operational expertise, scale and resources.”He had kind words to say about Cablevision’s now former owners, the Dolans.“I wish to also thank the Dolan family for entrusting us with their life’s work at Cablevision, where they have developed under their pioneering stewardship one of America’s pre-eminent cable operations with best-in-class management talent.”Wait a minute: Considering on online MBA? There’s many benefits to pursuing a master’s in business administration online rather than the traditional in-class settingDrahi’s favorable sentiments about Cablevision’s employees were echoed by Dexter Goei, president of Altice N.V., and chairman and chief executive officer of Altice USA.“Our very talented employees have great energy and enthusiasm,” Goei said in a statement, “and we are confident that altogether we will help to build Altice USA to the benefit of our customers and the local communities that we serve.”Naming its new executive leadership team, Altice USA said that Patrick Dolan would remain head of News 12 Networks.MORE: There’s nothing like summer on Long Island. Here’s a list of this year’s summer fairs and festivals“To meet our customers’ content and information needs, the company through News 12 also offers hyper-local news and programming created specifically for the communities we serve,” said the new company in its press release.There was no comment about the fate of Newsday, despite requests.The sale doesn’t include Madison Square Garden Co., which under the umbrella of MSG Sports, owns the New York Knicks, New York Rangers and New York Liberty.last_img read more

The first phase of the investment cycle in Helios Faros facilities on the island of Hvar has been completed

first_imgAt the end of July last year, the bankruptcy proceedings against Helios Faros were successfully completed by taking over Valamar Riviera and PBZ Croatia osiguranje and settling all bankruptcy creditors. Valamar has taken over the management and future development of this Hvar hotel pearl, and as previously announced in the takeover bid, PBZ Croatia osiguranje dd and Valamar Riviera dd have proposed a five-year investment plan in tourist property in the amount of HRK 650 million.  The first phase of the investment in the Lavender Sunny Hotel by Valamar in the bay near the Old Town on the island of Hvar has just been successfully completed, thus starting a wider investment cycle in the facilities of Helios Faros. The next phase of the investment continues this fall, so the investment in the Lavanda hotel with a capacity of 179 accommodation units will amount to a total of 43 million kuna. This investment will contribute to the repositioning of the destination according to the offer of higher value-added services and the further development of tourism on the island of Hvar, Valamar points out.  The former Lavanda Hotel, after refurbishment, has become part of the Sunny by Valamar brand, which is chosen by guests looking for the ease of a beach holiday in attractive locations. Lavanda Sunny Hotel by Valamar welcomed guests this season with modern rooms, a lobby, a kitchen and a restaurant, and a new IT structure was introduced and the quality of service was significantly improved. Valamar’s comprehensive program of health, safety and environmental standards called V Health & Safety was introduced, and the HACCP system and digital facility management system were implemented. What is important is how the Lavender Sunny Hotel by Valamar opened on July 15 and immediately recorded high occupancy. During June and July, Valamar gradually opened 21 hotels and resorts and all 15 camps in eight Adriatic destinations, which currently house more than 30.000 guests. Through the complete renovation and construction of two high-category resorts with a capacity of about 700 accommodation units, the portfolio of Helios Farosa dd will be repositioned according to the premium offer. Photo: Valamar Rivieralast_img read more