Joy Behar Officially Opens in Me, My Mouth and I Off-Broadway

first_img Behar starred on Broadway in the variety special Comedy Tonight and has also appeared on stage in The Food Chain and The Vagina Monologues. She won a Daytime Emmy award for her work on The View in 2009, along with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters. Comedian Joy Behar officially opens in her new solo show off-Broadway on November 23. The world premiere of Me, My Mouth and I will play a limited engagement at the Cherry Lane Theater through December 21. Me, My Mouth and I Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 21, 2014 Related Shows Me, My Mouth and I follows Behar’s Brooklyn childhood to her stand-up work and sitcom appearances, along with her 16 years as co-host on The View. View Commentslast_img read more

Travesties, Starring Tom Hollander, to Bow in West End

first_img View Comments Tom Hollander in ‘Travesties'(Photo: Johan Persson) The rumors were true and the acclaimed London revival of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play Travesties will transfer to the West End. Next stop Broadway? Led by Tom Hollander, the production will move from the buzzy Menier Chocolate Factory (where the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple originated) to the Apollo Theatre. The limited engagement is set to run February 3, 2017 through April 29 and will officially open on February 15. Directed by Patrick Marber, the production is running at the Menier through November 19.Hollander’s extensive theater resume includes The Judas Kiss on Broadway, along with A Flea in Her Ear, The Threepenny Opera, Tartuffe and The School for Scandal. Screen credits include Doctor Thorne, The Night Manager, Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, The Riot Club, Muppets Most Wanted, The Invisible Woman, Valkyrie, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, A Good Year, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pride & Prejudice, Enigma, Maybe Baby, Ambassadors and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.Stoppard’s dazzling comedy of art, love and revolution features James Joyce, Tristan Tzara and Lenin as remembered—and misremembered—by Henry Carr (Hollander), a minor British diplomat in Zurich 1917. When Gwendolen and Cecily wander in from The Importance of Being Earnest, Henry’s mind wanders too. He knows he was Algernon in a production in Zurich. But who was the other one?Along with Hollander the cast includes Clare Foster as Cecily, Freddie Fox as Tristan Tzara, Forbes Masson as Lenin, Peter McDonald as James Joyce, Amy Morgan as Gwendolen and Sarah Quist as Nadya.Travesties opened at the West End’s Aldwych Theatre in 1974, directed by Peter Wood, and played on Broadway the following year, winning the Tony for Best Play. It has never been revived on the Great White Way.  last_img read more

Humanitarian Aid is Routine in the Brazilian Air Force

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo June 08, 2017 Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) service members wake up every morning knowing that this might be a mission day, whether they will be responding to an emergency search, helping victims of a natural disaster, operating in support of public safety or transporting an organ for transplantation into a designated recipient. And these operations are not limited to Brazilian territory. Since the beginning of the year, FAB has provided assistance to neighboring countries on three different occasions. In February it employed a C-130 Hercules aircraft to fight more than 100 fire hotspots in Chile’s forests. At the beginning of April, it deployed150 service members and two aircraft in a search operation for a tanker ship that went missing in Uruguay’s area of maritime responsibility. In its most recent mission, FAB used two C-130 Hercules aircraft and deployed 32 service members to assist the Peruvian government in providing emergency aid to nearly 700,000 people affected by flooding. That situation, considered one of the most serious in recent Peruvian history, also mobilized support from other nations in addition to Brazil. “There were aircraft from other nations, such as Chile, Argentina, and later, the United States. Even though there was not direct teamwork, it occurred as the sum of the solidarity shown by the individual efforts of each country, which contributed to a reduction in suffering by the population in the regions that were hit,” said Lieutenant Colonel Marcelo da Silva Ribeiro, commander of FAB’s Cascavel Squadron (1st GTT). This military unit alternated with Gordo Squadron (1st/1st GT) in the operation in Peru. These FAB squadrons fly C-130 Hercules aircraft, considered as best suited for the Peruvian context “due to their features of higher capacity for cargo and passenger transport,” explained Lt. Col. Ribeiro. Over the 22 days of the mission — from March 21st to April 11th — service members logged 154 flight hours. Nearly 2,000 people were transported in FAB’s planes, most rescued from the cities of Trujillo, Chiclayo, Piura, and Tumbes, and taken to the Peruvian capital, Lima, where they received shelter and health care. On their return from the capital to the flooded regions, the aircraft were loaded with provisions, water, and medicine. Together, both Brazilian aircraft delivered around 380 tons of cargo to the population. Lifeline Lt. Col. Ribeiro stated that the quick response to humanitarian issues is the result of ongoing FAB training. “We keep our troops and aircraft ready to carry out a range of missions at any moment, for use at any time, and in any place, through a rigorous training program that is done at the beginning of each year.” The human organ transport service is one of the activities that illustrate the lifesaving potential of the Air Force’s work. June 6th marked one year since this type of operation was stepped up by FAB. Since the publication of Decree No. 8783/2016, at least one aircraft has been available to respond to calls for organ transport at any time of the day or night. A specialized response team also remains on alert “so that the mission can be planned and all of the support that is needed for the operation coordinated in the most varied situations,” explained First Lieutenant Linccon Gregório Fernandes, a pilot in FAB’s 6th Air Transport Squadron (ETA 6, per its Portuguese acronym), located in Brasília. Since this initiative was put into practice a year ago, FAB has completed the delivery of 258 organs. The team that takes part in these operations is basically composed of the crew of the activated plane, which includes two pilots and a mechanic. On some types of aircraft, a commissioner is also present. In addition, two military service members or civilians may join the group to function as a doctor and nurse for the collection. “When there is a call, the pilots fly the aircraft to the airport that is closest to the organ collection location. The mechanic assists with periodic checks of the aircraft equipment and the commissioner provides aid to the crew in case of emergency. The doctor and nurse collect the organ [they pick up the material at the hospital or institution that did the surgery to harvest the organ] and bring it onto the aircraft,” 1st Lt. Linccon summarized. Organ transport is often a race against time, as the organ must be transplanted within hours to increase the likelihood that it will take. Faced with this challenge, FAB anticipates within its organ transport logistics, using fast, long-range aircraft able to take off and land on different types of terrain. “That way, according to the location and the type of organ, a certain type of aircraft is assigned,” 1st Lt. Linccon underscored. The pilot insisted in recalling one of his experiences leading this kind of mission. “I was getting ready for bed and the telephone rang. It was a night like any other, but the call disturbed my peace. I put on my uniform, picked up my suitcase, and headed to 1st Wing, in Brasília.” There, he learned that the mission would entail taking a doctor and a nurse to Dourados, in Mato Grosso do Sul, where a liver would be harvested for transplantation in Brasília. “Approximately two hours after being called up, we were already landing in Dourados. That mission really left a mark on me, because I was at home on an ordinary night, and the operation left me feeling gratified to know that I was saving a life.”last_img read more

An audit is the starting point

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When is the last time your marketing machine was analyzed? Does your marketing “engine” need a tune-up? If you are counting on growing your bottom line, make sure you have a well-oiled marketing machine.Having conducted strategic marketing audits for many clients over the years, reviewing every aspect of marketing is important for all organizations to make strategic changes for next year’s plan.Here are a few questions from the areas we analyze:Situational analysis. What major developments or trends will create an opportunity or threat? What is your market share for the geographic area where you operate? How many other competitors are in your same market and how strong are they in terms of size, customer base, and location(s)? continue reading »last_img read more

Former CU assistant manager faces sentencing for fraudulent loans

first_img continue reading » In 2015, Cynthia Feazell jeopardized her 19-year credit union career, her reputation and her freedom to buy a mobile home.The former loan officer and assistant manager of the $27.5 million Valex Federal Credit Union will be sentenced in December after pleading guilty on Sept. 10 to authorizing fraudulent loans that caused more than $240,000 in losses for the Pineville, La.-based cooperative, according to court documents.Feazell, 48, of Montgomery, La., worked at the credit union from 1997 to 2016.In 2015, federal prosecutors said Feazell decided she wanted to buy a mobile home. But she knew she would not qualify for a loan from the credit union because she was already paying for three auto loans. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The importance of credit union employee brand ownership

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details Credit unions love to talk about (and rightfully so) the member-owners that make our industry so unique and differentiated for consumers. Having member-owners is a distinction upon which our industry must never lose focus.However, have you ever thought about the importance of having employee-owners of your credit union? I’m not talking about your current employees that are also actual members of your credit union (although that is also vital and important). The angle here is much more along the lines of “just how strongly do your current employees see themselves as owners of the credit union when it comes to its reputation and brand?”An interesting recent book, The Cult of the Customer, highlights the importance of having an “organization in ownership.” In this case, the organization is your credit union and ownership refers to the degree to which employees see themselves as intrinsically tied to the brand and member experience. The book offers several clues that your employee mentality and brand/member experience are in alignment, including:Strong levels of employee engagement as the norm (not the exception) in the organizationHigher-than-average retention numbers among front-line employeesFormal internal processes that empower employees to fix problemsDeep concern at all levels of the organization for the quality of the customer experienceThe ability to bounce back and recover quickly in situations where there is a challenge with a customer by fixing the problem with a sense of urgency and with the right attitudeYou might want to take a moment to re-read those bullet points, asking yourself the question “how well do these clues apply to my credit union?” For example:Do you have strong levels of employee engagement (and how do you measure that metric?)Can you boast of higher-than-average frontline employee retention numbers?Does your credit union have formal internal processes in place that fully empower your staff to not only fix problems but engage with each other as teammates and with members to rally around your brand promises?Just how deeply, at all levels, does your staff exhibit genuine concern for the quality of your member experience?When challenging situations arise with a member, does your credit union boldly address those challenges, exhibit a fixation on fixing the challenge, all with a positive and brand-centric attitude?Your honest answers to those questions are a good barometer of both the existing brand, culture and member experience of your credit union as well as the degree to which your staff see themselves as owners of these important elements. If you are able to answer positively to all of the questions, your credit union is likely already ahead of the curve. However, if any number of those questions gave you cause for pause (and maybe a little heartburn), it’s highly likely your credit union would greatly benefit from an increased focus on its investment in employee training, brand and overall member experience.One of the foundational elements of the credit union movement is having members that are actually also owners of their financial institution. As an extension of this, as credit unions continue to face an uncertain and tumultuous financial products and services environment, your staff must also fully see themselves as invested owners of the overall credit union culture. As brand ambassadors, they are the primary drivers of your culture and by extension, the growth of your credit union.last_img read more

Dix Hills Crash Leaves Pedestrian Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle while crossing a road in Dix Hills early Sunday morning.Suffolk County police said the pedestrian was walking across Deer Park Avenue at the corner of MacNeice Place when he was hit by a southbound Lincoln at 6:20 a.m.The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead. His identity was not immediately released.The driver, 54-year-old John Capalbo of Dix Hills, was not injured.Second Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8252.last_img read more

UHPA Day program published in Vinkovci

first_imgUHPA Days is an annual meeting organized by UHPA, the largest national professional association of travel agencies, bringing together more than 150 participants, travel agencies – UHPA members, representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Croatian National Tourist Board, tourism professional associations and other Croatian stakeholders. tourism sector. Thus, 2019 will certainly be a great positive turning point for Slavonia, since the UHPA Days and the Days of Croatian Tourism (Vinkovci, Osijek) will be held in Slavonia. UHPA Days 2019 will be held from 21. to 23.03.2019. years in the oldest European city – Vinkovci. The three – day program envisages interesting presentations, expert lectures and social events primarily intended for UHPA members, but also for other stakeholders in the Croatian tourism sector. center_img Whole preliminary program UHPA Day 2019 read HERE This is a great opportunity for the whole of Slavonia to present its tourist offer to travel agencies and meet agents and representatives of travel agencies directly on the spot.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Research Funding to Grow PA Agriculture Industry

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Research Funding to Grow PA Agriculture Industry SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced awards of nearly $1.3 million to seven organizations for research on issues critical to sustaining and growing Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Grant recipients include Penn State University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Think and Grow Farms, and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.“The agriculture industry contributes $136 billion to our state economy every year and supports 580,000 jobs,” Gov. Wolf said. “These investments in cutting edge research are key to sustaining and growing the industry that feeds our communities and our economy.”The grants, awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, focus on a broad range of research topics including adapting to and reducing climate change, extending growing seasons in urban agriculture, combatting animal disease, increasing farm productivity and profits, protecting pollinators, remote sensing to detect injured and sick livestock, controlling invasive species, and improving soil and water quality.“Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry is challenged by rapid changes in climate, technology, and evolving animal and plant diseases,” said Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. “Along with those challenges come opportunities to increase productivity, advance human and animal medicine, plant and environmental science, and food safety. Research is what fuels innovation and future prosperity.”Following is a list of grantees, amounts awarded, and project titles:PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Millheim, Centre County – $73,683 – Building Soil Health and Climate Resilience through On-Farm Citizen SciencePA Association for Sustainable Agriculture – $71,268 – Improving Farm Viability through Collaborative Financial BenchmarkingTemple University, Philadelphia – $145,634 – Furthering Computational Approaches to Model the Spotted Lanternfly invasion and economic impactsTemple University – $48,161 – Investigating the Role of Invasive Plants on the Prevalence of Lyme Disease in PennsylvaniaThink and Grow Farms, York – $136,950 – Urban Agriculture, Workforce Development, Blockchain Technology in Food Systems, Aquaponics, and Market Potential of HempWestern Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pittsburgh – $41,268 – Bees of Barrens HabitatsPennsylvania State University – $89,394 – Spotted Lanternfly Host Preference and Impacts on Ornamental TreesPennsylvania State University – $102,714 – Predicting Pollinator Responses to Climate ChangePennsylvania State University – $180,000 – 2020-2021 Pennsylvania Farm Conservation Practices Inventory and Total Maximum Daily Load Cost StudyPennsylvania State University – $64,918 – Evaluating Bio-pesticides Against Spotted LanternflyPennsylvania State University – $49,995 – Use of IMT-504 to Develop a Novel in Ovo Vaccine against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5 VirusPennsylvania State University – $28,500 – Investigating the Use of RB51 Brucella Abortus Vaccine in Pa. Cattle, and the Prevalence of Shedding of the Vaccine in MilkPennsylvania State University – $16,324 – Defining Avian Influenza Viral Diversity in Pa. Wild Ducks to Proactively Identify Risks to Animal AgriculturePennsylvania State University – $7,000 – Investigation of a Four-Sugar Absorption Test to Diagnose and Quantify Gastric Ulcers and Gastrointestinal Disease in HorsesPennsylvania State University – $33,000 – Improving Pregnancy Toxemia Diagnostics for Pennsylvania Meat Sheep FarmsPennsylvania State University – $21,000 – Assessment of the effect of intrauterine dextrose infusion on animal welfare and performance in post-partum dairy cows diagnosed with clinical metritisUniversity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia – $22,852 – Smart Farming: Automated Detection of Lameness with a Time of Flight CameraUniversity of Pennsylvania – $30,000– Understanding the Contribution of Quorum Sensing Signaling in Dissemination of Antimicrobial Resistance on Pa. Dairy HerdsUniversity of Pennsylvania – $30,000 – A Novel Approach to Improve Productivity and Reduce Methane Emissions Based on Bacteria-archaea Networks in Rumen of PA Dairy CowsUniversity of Pennsylvania – $22,952 – Rapid Detection of Foreign Animal and Other Viral Diseases in Boars Using Precision AgricultureUniversity of Pennsylvania – $11,000 – Understanding and Addressing Consumer Concerns Related to Use of Antimicrobials on Dairy FarmsUniversity of Pennsylvania – $14,330 – The Amazing Cow: A Bio-processor for Converting Human-unavailable Biomass into Milk and Advancing SustainabilityUniversity of Pennsylvania – $29,700 – Temporal Dynamics of Virulence Evolution in Cattle Salmonella Serotypes in Pa: Implications to Animal and Public HealthUniversity of Pennsylvania – $4,960 – Retrospective Analysis of Fatal West Nile Virus Encephalitis in Pa. Horses from 2009-2019 and Correlation with Climate, Human, and Avian Diseasecenter_img November 13, 2019last_img read more

PensionsEurope welcomes Commission plans to retain IORP Directive

first_imgPensionsEurope has welcomed European Commission plans to retain, not scrap, the revised IORP Directive as part of its 2015 Work Programme.Matti Leppälä, secretary-general of the European pension association, said he would not have been in favour of the Directive’s being withdrawn at this time.He added that he expected the European Parliament to appoint a rapporteur next week to oversee all IORP-related negotiations between the Council and MEPs, and that it would have been unlikely for the legislation to be withdrawn now the Council of the EU had agreed on compromise drafts.“The Council agreement is much better than the EC proposal,” he said. “We hope the outcome after the European Parliament and all other stages will remain good as well.”The European executive is set to publish its legislative agenda on 16 December, but a leaked draft seen by IPE last week did not list the IORP Directive among the 80 proposals to be dropped or amended.Concerns were raised after a November letter by Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and his deputy Frans Timmermans – handed a brief to cut the regulatory burden imposed by Brussels – highlighted IORP II as “under review”.The Council has since completed its fourth compromise draft of the Directive, and member states last week agreed on a negotiating mandate with MEPs that will see a renewed emphasis on removing the prudential barriers to cross-border pension provisionlast_img read more