Cheyenne Jackson to Bring Music of the Mad Men Era to L.A.

first_imgWhen you’re throwing a party, you’ve gotta invite Cheyenne Jackson! The Broadway star, along with Emmy winner Jane Lynch and Rebecca Romijn, will bring his Music of the Mad Men Era concert to L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall on April 26. Jackson and his special guests will sing lounge music from the ‘50s and ‘60s accompanied by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The concert hall is celebrating its 10th anniversary season. Jackson has also performed his popular Music of the Mad Men Era concert at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers in Washington, D.C. The concert is described as centering on “a time when bossa nova was new, the lounges of New York City were hip, and catchy dance music spun on every hi-fi.” Jackson, who jumped from Broadway’s Xanadu and Finian’s Rainbow to TV’s 30 Rock and Glee, will perform hits of the era such as “Feeling Good,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sway.” Jackson most recently appeared on Broadway as a porn star in The Performers, with other credits including Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie and All Shook Up. His upcoming film credits include Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks and Opening Night. On stage, he’ll appear with Laura Benanti in the Encores! revival of The Most Happy Fella in April. Cheyenne Jackson Laura Benanticenter_img Star Files View Comments Jane Lynchlast_img read more

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Los Zetas, a Cartel of Former Military Personnel, Suspected of Killing Migrants

first_imgBy Dialogo April 14, 2011 Just like the rose bush produces roses, the army produces these degenerate paramilitary groups and how weird is that the USA continues selling them arms and pretending like nothing is happening. In this game those with power win and the powerless people always lose! Los Zetas, whose tentacles extend from the southern United States to Central America, are a group created by Mexican military personnel who deserted to join the Gulf cartel, with which they are now in confrontation, and in order to finance this dispute, they resort to kidnapping migrants and to other crimes. Their territorial base is in northeastern Mexico, where they are believed to have kidnapped several buses and murdered at least 116 people whose bodies were found this month in San Fernando, a town in the state of Tamaulipas, according to statements by the attorney-general, Marisela Morales, on Tuesday. Heriberto Lazcano (alias ‘El Lazca’) is considered the organization’s highest-ranking leader by the Mexican government, which has put a price on his head of more than two million dollars. Los Zetas usually wear black and use military ranks (“commanders,” “veterans,” “falcons,” and “cobras”), and they use “high-powered weapons and cutting-edge technology that they deploy in order to organize ransom operations and large-scale attacks,” a Mexican government document indicates. The Gulf cartel continues to handle the majority of cocaine trafficking, while Los Zetas, according to Guadalupe Cabrera, a professor of government at the University of Texas at Brownsville, have begun to expand into other crimes as well, such as kidnapping, extortion from retailers, and stealing fuel. According to Raúl Benítez, a researcher on security issues at the Autonomous University of Mexico, “they kidnap migrants in order to ask their relatives in the United States for ransom, or in the case of the poorest ones, in order to use them as ‘mules’ (porters) to bring cocaine” into the United States. In August, Los Zetas were alleged to be responsible for the massacre at a rural property in San Fernando of seventy-two migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, and Brazil, who had been on their way to the United States. In February 2010, a Texas court found several firms guilty of buying gasoline stolen by Los Zetas in Mexico. In June, Nicaragua seized a weapons stockpile from alleged members of the gang near Managua, and in the same month, Venezuela announced the detention of Luis Tello, a Colombian, whom it identified as a liaison for Los Zetas. In December, the Guatemalan government declared a state of emergency along the Mexican border for several weeks, in order to combat Los Zetas camps, and detained eighteen people. The gang was initially made up of around forty members of the Mexican Army’s special forces, recruited by then-first lieutenant Arturo Guzmán (alias Z-1, for his military code) to provide security for Gulf cartel boss Osiel Cárdenas. Cárdenas was arrested in 2003, extradited to the United States in 2007, and sentenced last year to twenty-five years in prison. Since then, Los Zetas have entered into a fratricidal dispute over control of the Gulf cartel that according to Mexico’s National Security Council had left 1,600 dead as of December.last_img read more

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Managing today’s multi-generational workforce

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The pressure was on for Cindy Swigert.It was 2010, and Swigert’s new employer, a growing Midwestern credit union, was preparing for a full core system conversion. Compounding the situation, half of the credit union’s employees had recently transitioned to a new system in the wake of a major merger and would have to go through the process all over again.“Add to that the dynamics of the different generations [of staff] and it became a big scary monster,” recalls Swigert, now vice president of human resources at $331 million asset Day Air Credit Union in Kettering, Ohio.Swigert and her colleagues tackled this challenge by forming multigenerational, multifunctional project teams. Their success provides a primer on how credit unions can leverage generational strengths to better serve members, and retain motivated employees. continue reading »last_img read more

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3 ways to settle student debt

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr First Tech Federal Credit Union ($12.1B, Mountain View, CA) is $45 million into addressing the nation’s trillion-dollar student debt issue the Silicon Valley credit union says is hitting hard among its membership and SEGs.The cooperative is three years into a deliberative process of discovery and creation that took it out of lending to students for school and put it into refinancing their existing debt.First Tech offers three different loan products that are tailored to members at different life stages and repayment capabilities. The loans have been available for approximately 18 months — the credit union soft launched them in April 2017 — and already account for approximately 700 of the 1,600 student loans currently on First Tech’s books. continue reading »last_img read more

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Ready, set, play! Kopernik Science Park complete after 6 year process

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — The Kopernik Observatory has been working for years to bring a brand new science park to its site and now it’s finally here. “For us it’s and what really Kopernik is all about is helping people understand, how does the world work? I think people are so used to their cell phones and their TVs or whatever computers working, but what makes it work? And getting kids to start asking those questions, how does this work? Why does it work? What might I be able to do to make it even better?” Kopernik Observatory Executive Director Drew Deskur said the entire project took about 6 years in conjunction with the Junior League of Binghamton. The park is full of all kinds of exhibits to play on including for climbing, sliding and swinging. It’s no ordinary playground, however, when you’re playing on structures there are corresponding signs with QR codes that you can scan on your phone. When you scan a code, a little science lesson pops up that has to do with the structure that you’re playing on. Funding for the project came from private individuals, local and nationwide foundations and state funding.center_img There were quite a few hiccups along the way including the pandemic, but now he’s just happy the park is complete. The obervatory hopes to have a grand opening come the spring, but is currently open to explore and play on. Staff at the observatory ask that if there’s another group at the park with you that you wear a mask. As for what he hopes the new addition provides, Deskur said:last_img read more

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Jakarta office market resilient during new normal

first_img“The key is flexibility with both parties. That’s what makes us resilient in the office market sector,” he said.While landlords are able to be flexible with the payment, tenants’ commitment to honor the contracts, amid possible fines for termination, have been some of the main factors that have maintained the office occupancy rate in Jakarta, the firm stated.Companies all over the country have remote working arrangements for their employees to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, lowering the use of office space during the pandemic. The government’s large scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several regions have also forced offices and businesses to shut, although the government began gradually reopening the economy in June.The monthly rental ask price in Jakarta has also been relatively stagnant, Knight Frank data show. For Premium office space, the ask price was Rp 439,000 (US$30.2) per square meter in late May, while in the second half of 2019, the price was Rp 441,000 per sq m. The office market in Jakarta has remained resilient due to the flexibility of landlords and tenants during the health crisis, despite the growing trend of working from home, property consulting firm Knight Frank has stated.Jakarta’s Premium and Grade-A office occupancy rates remained stable at around 76 percent in late May. The same level was seen in the second half of 2019, according to the company’s data.Knight Frank business development director Martin Wijaya told The Jakarta Post in an online interview on June 19 that both office property owners and tenants in Jakarta had been able to compromise in terms of payment, which contributed to the city’s stable office occupancy rate. For Grade-A office space, the monthly ask price in late May stood at Rp 352,000 per sq m. In the second half of 2019, it was Rp 354,000 per sq m.“The office occupancy rate is relatively stagnant compared to the previous period with around 400,000 sq m of space available throughout the year,” Knight Frank senior researcher Syarifah Syaukat said during the interview.According to the company’s records, office space demand is currently dominated by sectors that have not been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the financial sector, e-commerce, food and beverage and insurance.Tenants are also reluctant to unilaterally end their rent, as the majority of rent contracts include a hefty penalty for early termination, which could see tenants lose their security deposits and require that they pay fees for the rest of their lease term.While landlords typically do not approve of rent price cuts, they usually allow for rent payment deferment for cash-strapped tenants, according to the firm’s associate tenant director, Rina Martianti.However, despite the relative resiliency, new tenants are starting to take shorter lease terms, down from five years to three years, to minimize risks. In addition, companies are postponing their decision to relocate, upgrade or expand.Property consultant Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Indonesia head of research James Taylor said in May that Jakarta might experience the most significant impact from the pandemic on new leasing deals in the second quarter, as businesses continued to implement work-from-home arrangements.“However, we expect tenant demand to return once the worst of the crisis has passed. In some ways, COVID-19 is accelerating changes to the workplace that were already coming,” he said in a statement on May 26.Leasing activity in the Asia-Pacific dropped 9 percent in the first quarter of 2020 from the previous quarter in 2019, despite a 14 percent year-on-year increase, JLL data show.Topics :last_img read more

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Arsenal begin transfer talks with Layvin Kurzawa

first_imgArsenal are eyeing the free transfer of PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have initiated talks with Layvin Kurzawa with a view to signing the PSG defender on a free transfer in the summer.The 27-year-old is out of contract in less than six months and is unlikely to be offered a new deal by the French champions.Kurzawa is currently free to speak with any potential European suitors and according to RMC, Arsenal have already registered an interest in the experienced left-back.Despite Arsenal’s remote hopes of finishing in the top four this season, Mikel Arteta is unlikely to spend heavily, if at all, in the January window and will plan for the summer market instead.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe new Arsenal head coach is said to have championed the signing of Kurzawa and Arsenal could yet submit an offer to PSG before the end of the month if their injury crisis continues to worsen.🔋 Working towards the comeback! 💪 @KieranTierney1 pic.twitter.com/akMMiuzWHG— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 15, 2020 Arsenal spent £25million on Scotland international Kieran Tierney in the summer but injuries have restricted the former Celtic star to just 11 appearances this season.Indeed, the 22-year-old is not expected to back in full training until March after he dislocated his shoulder against West Ham in December, while the club’s only other recognised left-back, Sead Kolasinac, is nursing an ankle injury.With Nacho Monreal having been sold in August, Bukayo Saka has been asked to fill in at left-back on occasion, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos played at right-back in the recent FA Cup win over Leeds in the absence of Calum Chambers whose season was ended by a cruciate knee ligament injury.When asked about Arsenal defensive injury problems ahead of Saturday’s match against Sheffield United, Arteta said: ‘We have a lot of issues at the back, the fact that Calum got the big injury is modifying our plans.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‘It is what we have, the situation, it can happen between December and January, it is very common.‘We have to live with it, this is what we have. We have to put 11 players out on the pitch on Saturday and I am sure we will.‘They will try their best, and I will try to select the ones who in my opinion are the best fit for that game.’Kuzarwa, meanwhile, has played 12 times for PSG this season but missed the side’s last four matches.He returned to PSG’s starting XI on Wednesday night as the Ligue 1 champions took on Monaco at the Stade Louis II.Should Arsenal sign Kurzawa now or wait until the summer?Get it done now0%Wait until the summer0%Don’t sign him at all0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Liverpool poach Arsenal head of medical services Gary O’Driscoll despite Mikel Arteta interventionMORE: Mikel Arteta plays down John Stones interest but teases Arsenal transfer wishlist Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Jan 2020 7:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.2kShares Arsenal begin transfer talks with Layvin Kurzawa Advertisementlast_img read more

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World’s largest LNG buyer boosts Aug imports

first_imgLNG World News Staff For illustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Tokyo Electric Power)Japanese imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) rose 4.4 percent in August when compared to the same month a year ago, according to the provisional data released by Japan’s Ministry of Finance.Japan, the world’s top LNG buyer, imported 7.57 million tonnes of LNG last month compared to 7.25 million tonnes in August 2017, the data shows.The value of August LNG imports was about $3.49 billion, a rise of 28.6 percent on year.The country’s coal imports for power generation dropped by 11.3 percent to 11.24 million tonnes last month.To remind, Japan’s LNG imports declined in June and they were flat in July as the country’s power utilities are bringing online more nuclear reactors that had been shut in the wake of the Fukushima atomic disaster in 2011.However, Japan has been hit by various extreme weather since the beginning of July with record-breaking heat boosting demand for cooling. The country has also experienced devastating floods and landslides.last_img read more

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Dominica/China relationship blossoming says prime minister

first_imgLocalNews Dominica/China relationship blossoming says prime minister by: – May 14, 2012 Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit believes that Dominica’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has “blossomed” to the benefit of every community in Dominica.At the “China in my eyes” essay awards ceremony last week the Prime Minister noted that since Dominica established diplomatic ties with the PRC in 2004, several citizens have benefitted from the “advancement of the relationship between the two countries”.“The Government has sought to afford as many Dominicans as possible the opportunity to travel to China and to experience the country in addition to the dozens of Dominicans who have graduated and those who are now students there”. He said his government realizes that “human recourse development is key” in the development of any country hence their commitment to ensuring that citizens are given opportunities for educational enhancement“I believe that in looking at the students who have been to China and those who are presently students there and those who will be going there in September, we recognize that almost every if not every village in Dominica has had the opportunity to have at least one student studying in China and with the kind assistance of the PRC we have been sending dozens of Dominicans there for various short term courses and programs”.He also informed that there will be “a host of other opportunities for the rest of this year” urging citizens to “be informed of these opportunities” which he said are “opened to the entire country”.“While government to government relations are excellent, we are here to ensure that the people to people contact and the cultural exchanges has the opportunity to blossom also and so far the government of Dominica is very pleased with the level of cooperation in respect to cultural exchanges and people to people contact”.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share 59 Views   4 comments Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Do you favor a “Mercy Rule”?

first_imgAs I was reading an article in the Indy Star, the idea of putting in a Mercy Rule in Indiana football is being discussed.    What do you think?The IHSAA would favor it, but most coaches do not.  They do not like a “give up” attitude.  This was brought about by the number of early season high school games that resulted in margins over 40 points.  You may remember last year New Palestine averaged over 60 points a game during the regular season.  Most of their games were over after the first quarter.Twenty states have adopted a Mercy Rule that when a team is ahead by 40 points at half time, you use a running clock for the second half.  A similar number of states have a stoppage rule, but the number of points at which the game is terminated is not consistent among those states. I have seen mutual agreement rules between coaches that they start a running clock when the game is obviously out of hand.People my age remember the Batesville/North Decatur game about 40 years ago, and I think Batesville scored 114 points in the game.  A running clock would not have helped in that game, because almost every Batesville touchdown in the second half was a one-play touchdown.  In this game, it would have taken a stoppage rule.I think the running clock is one option that I could support, but I do not want a system which does not allow younger players their chance to play in a varsity game.  Some schools put in the younger players but they do not allow them to do anything but run straight ahead into the line so they won’t score any more. This does not help the younger athletes learn the speed of a varsity game.  This is worse than a Mercy Rule.last_img read more

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