Bid on Original Taboo Costumes to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids

first_imgThey’re the perfect going out look, or maybe for Halloween 2016! Rosie’s Theater Kids, an arts education initiative from Rosie O’Donnell and Lori Klinger, is auctioning off some signature looks from the 2004 Broadway production of Taboo (which O’Donnell produced), designed by Mike Nicholls and Bobby Pearce. Additional items up for bid include tickets to Sylvia, where you can hang with Matthew Broderick or Annaleigh Ashford, the chance to meet Judith Light after Thérèse Raquin, and a date with Rosie herself at a little show called Hamilton.Rosie’s Theater Kids launched in 2003 and aims to spark an appreciation for the arts through classes, mentoring, academic guidance for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live theater.To browse through the auction lots and make a bid, visit RTKids’ CharityBuzz page. The 12th annual gala celebration will take place on November 2. View Commentslast_img read more

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Central Islip Man Gets 35 Years for Rape

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Central Islip man was sentenced Tuesday to 35 years in prison for raping a woman he met at a party three years ago.Felix Troche Jr. had been convicted last month at Suffolk County court of first-degree rape, criminal sexual act, assault, unlawful imprisonment and other charges.Prosecutors said the 27-year-old met the woman at a Mt. Sinai house party, held her against her will and repeatedly assaulted her for more than four hours on June 1, 2012.Suffolk County police arrested him on April 6, 2014.last_img read more

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Sell the dream: Your products and services aren’t special

first_img 112SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,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 I offer this as a friendly challenge: the products and services your credit union offers are probably not that remarkably different, better or more innovative than most of what your competition has.If you find that a little unsettling it’s probably a good thing. Retail operations (including credit unions) typically don’t adapt and evolve unless they find themselves in an uncomfortable position.The products and services you offer — checking accounts, loans, digital, etc. — are not bad. However, when you get right down to it, are the products and services you offer really all that different from the competition? Doubtful. Sure — every once in a while somebody will offer a new gizmo that is different and catches the consumer eye — for a while. Eventually, however, somebody else will appropriate the idea (a nice way of saying steal) and it’s no longer unique.Consumers come to your credit union not so much for the product or service. For example, they’re really not coming for an auto loan. What they’re coming for is the dream of driving the vehicle. They’re not really coming for a checking account. What they’re coming for is the ease and convenience of managing their financial livelihood to free up time so they can concentrate on things that mean more to them. Credit unions that focus on selling the dream rather than products are better positioned for success.To sell the dream your staff must re-learn what it has probably regarded for many years as the traditional “features and benefits” way of thinking. This feature-centric way of promoting products and services focuses on the features side. Features (think the bullet point list of things on your brochures or website that describe an account, for example) describe what a particular product offers. However, they are typically dry and boring and don’t speak to the dream. The benefits of a product, conversely, directly address the higher aspirations of a product or service (such as the examples above regarding checking accounts and car loans). When your staff approaches members with the idea of promoting benefits first, their likelihood of successfully achieving the sale rises dramatically.This type of paradigm-shift in thinking doesn’t come quickly or easily (especially for staff that have worked front-line positions with members for years). It requires a 180-degree shift from focusing on the nuts and bolts (features) of a product or service to the more member-centric dream (benefits) aspect. A dramatic shift in thinking and member interactions such as this doesn’t come about accidentally — rather, it happens with continuous, rigorous and regularly reinforced training as well as predefined expectations for employee success.Credit unions with an eye towards future growth welcome uncomfortable revelations such as this. Once you understand that it’s not the features of a product or service that attract a member but rather the benefits (and dreams) they offer, you can begin the pivot towards dream-centric member engagement.last_img read more

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Dead Man Found Floating in Peconic River in Riverhead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 34-year-old dead man was found floating in the Peconic River in Riverhead on Tuesday evening, Riverhead Town Police said.Officers responding to a 911 report of a person in the water found the man face down in the river near a footbridge on the north side of Grangebel Park at 5:11 p.m., police said.“It was immediately apparent the subject was deceased and had been in the water for an undetermined amount of time,” police said in a news release.The Riverhead police dive team removed the body from the water. The man was later identified as Victoriano Cohon-Garcia.His body was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of deathInvestigators do not believe the death to be criminal in nature.Riverhead police detective are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-727-4500.last_img read more

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‘Feminism is not for Indonesia’: Conservative Muslims’ recipe for women’s empowerment

first_imgTopics : The two warring groups both have highly educated women as members who express their opinions with confidence, are politically active and have made achievements in their lives. However, at some point, these empowered women who fight for women’s empowerment have parted ways.Read also: People’s sex lives none of your business, Komnas Perempuan tells courtAntifeminist groups claim the sexual violence bill is “pro-adultery” since it only criminalizes nonconsensual sex. They said the bill should instead prohibit all extramarital sex, consensual or not.Objections by the antifeminist group have halted deliberations over the bill, triggering protests from women’s rights activists. The bill’s supporters said they believe that since it defines more types of sexual violence than the prevailing Criminal Code, it would end impunity for sexual violence perpetrators and provide more help to survivors. Neng Dara Afifah, the author of Muslimah Feminis: Penjelajahan Multi Identitas (Muslim Feminists: Multi-Identity Exploration), said the antifeminist movement had become counterproductive to gender mainstreaming efforts.”What they are doing is a form of betrayal of feminism, which has allowed them to access the public sphere and eventually express their ideas,” said the Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University lecturer.Maimon disagreed. She said she could be active politically because Islam allowed women to be so. Islam, she said, introduced gender equality some 14 centuries ago, long before feminism did.Islam, which emerged from Arabian society during the so-called Age of Ignorance, had elevated women’s dignity from being considered merely as property to having the right to inherit and secure their own property, Maimon said. She said she refused to be associated with feminism because “the idea came from the Western world, which is antithetical to Islamic values”.Maimon said that one of the basic principles of feminism that collides with Islamic principles is the notion of “my body is mine”, meaning women possess full authority over their own bodies, no one else has the right to control them and they can wear whatever they want over their bodies in public. However, in Islam it does not work that way, Maimon explained.”My body is not mine. It’s a mandate from God, so I cannot just do what I please on my body,” she said.Another prominent figure among conservative Muslims is Euis Sunarti, a professor of family studies at the Bogor Agricultural Institute. Euis said feminism was problematic for Indonesia because its “liberal” values conflicted with the values of Islam, which were adopted by a majority of Indonesian citizens.Feminism, she claimed, does not recognize the “division of roles” between men and women, husbands and wives. If a husband works and earns a certain amount of money, the wife should also do the same to achieve the goal of equality, Euis said.”In fact, it does not have to be that way. If a married couple is committed to building a family and have children, then who should focus more on raising the kids?” Euis asked. She suggested mothers as the ones giving birth should take more responsibility in child-rearing but added that that did not mean mothers could not “actualize” themselves by participating in public affairs.Women’s rights activist Nursyahbani Katjasungkana clarified that feminism did not put money or power above all, but instead “fights for equal rights between men and women, inside and outside their homes”.Instead of applying gender stereotypes to domestic roles, Nursyahbani said, feminism actually promoted “cooperation within households” by which both parties were encouraged to play active roles in taking care of domestic affairs, “unlike the rigid role of husbands and wives as stipulated in the 1974 Marriage Law”.Article 31 of the law regulates that “husbands are the heads of the households and wives are homemakers”. Article 34 further states that husbands are obliged to fulfill the family’s needs, while the responsibility of wives is to properly manage domestic affairs.”We want to eliminate the rigid legal norms because they’re inconsistent with the social reality, where many women actually act as breadwinners in their respective families,” said the founder of the Indonesian Women’s Coalition and the Legal Aid Foundation of Indonesian Women Association for Justice.Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify Euis Sunarti’s statement about the role of mothers.center_img Maimon Herawati is an accomplished woman who believes in equal opportunity for women. She finished her Master’s degree at Abertay University in the United Kingdom in 2003, securing tenure as a lecturer of mass communication science in West Java’s Padjadjaran University and then juggling her family life with her social and political activities.She has participated in various activities in her community, including a “Free Palestine” movement.Maimon is one of many empowered women who has been politically active but has worked against the feminist movement in Indonesia, including by protesting against a bill that is intended to eradicate sexual violence. Such women have been in a cultural clash against Indonesian feminists on several other issues, like the Pornography Law and, most recently, the family resilience bill.last_img read more

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Tesla hiring in Shanghai as production ramps up

first_imgThe company also planned to hire 600 workers at stamping, bodywork, painting and assembly workshops in Shanghai, according to a separate job post by the Lingang local government. Another 150 workers were needed for quality checks, 200 for logistics work and 20 for security, it added.Two sources familiar with the matter said the recruitment drive was partly for the preparation of Model Y sport-utility vehicles at the Shanghai plant. Tesla is building manufacturing facilities for Model Ys in Shanghai from next year.Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The company delivered over 30,000 units in China in the past quarter, most of them locally made Model 3 sedans.In March it advertised for solar and energy storage project managers in China, as it moves to expand its energy business into the country.Topics : Tesla Inc has launched a hiring spree in Shanghai with plans to bring on designers at its China studio and about 1,000 factory workers, job posts show, as the US electric vehicle maker ramps up production in the world’s biggest auto market.The posts on the Tesla human resources department’s official WeChat account mark the first time the California-based automaker has looked to hire designers in China. Tesla said in January it planned to open a design and research centre in China to make “Chinese-style” cars.The posts did not reveal how many designers Tesla planned to hire.last_img read more

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Top news, October 16 – 22, 2017

first_imgTidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from October 16 – 22, 2017.Atlantis reinstalls fourth MeyGen turbineAtlantis Resources has reinstalled the fourth tidal turbine in the Pentland Firth off Scotland, wrapping up the Phase 1A of the MeyGen project. With the reinstallation of the final turbine, MeyGen Phase 1A will now be capable of operating at its full 6MW capacity generating full Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) and power revenues.EU opens €1.5M wave and tidal monitoring callEuropean Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has launched a call for proposals for projects related to environmental monitoring of wave and tidal devices. The call was launched on October 16, 2017, and will be open for submissions until January 18, 2018.Canadian tidal energy project bags innovation fundingAcadia University-led tidal energy research project has secured funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to investigate the relationship between environment and tidal turbines. The funds will enable creation of the world’s first observation and prediction system for investigating the physical and biological marine environment in high-flow conditions at turbulence-resolving scales, according to Acadia University.Ocean Energy ready for 500kW wave device build-outIrish wave energy developer Ocean Energy plans to begin with the manufacturing of its up-scaled wave energy device this month in the United States. Following the completion of the construction works, Ocean Energy’s 500kW wave energy device, designed around the oscillating water column principle, will be transferred to US Navy’s Kaneohe Bay Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) for a round of grid-connected sea trials.Resen Waves verifies power productionAalborg University has verified the power production on a Resen Waves Power Buoy operating in irregular waves in the sea. Aalborg University found the efficiency of the company’s Power Buoy in harnessing power from the waves is between 50 to 70% even in small waves. The Power Buoy has been designed for powering instruments in the sea and providing real-time data connectivity.Tidal Energy Todaylast_img read more

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105 FAMILIES FLEE BUNKER OIL FUMES: PCG mulls raps vs barge owner for oil…

first_imgAn oil spill-displaced family occupies a classroom at Bo. Obrero Elementary School in Iloilo City. Over 300 village residents have left their houses to avoid the unpleasant smell of bunker oil that spilled out of a power barge after an explosion on July 3, 2020 in Bo. Obrero, Lapuz, Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “The containment stage was completed last night (July 3) through the use of multilayered spill booms and additional layers from the PCG and Petron,” according to the company. An estimated 40,000 liters of bunker fuel spilled out into the waters off Zone 3, Barrio Obrero following the explosion, PCG’s initial investigation showed. In a statement issued on July 4, AC Energy stated it immediately undertook containment procedures after the explosion “but high ocean waves in the afternoon caused some of the oil to spill out of our confinement area.” Commander Joe Luviz Mercurio of PCG Iloilo station said they already recovered 188 liters of bunker fuel. Five additional segments of oil spill boom were laid out to protect the mangrove area nearby. “As of this time, we are conducting an investigation of the incident and a reputable third-party firm will be engaged to conduct a thorough investigation as to the root cause of the explosion that ignited the fuel gases inside the sealed tank, in order to avoid similar situations from happening in the future,” read part of the company’s statement. Skimming operations were also started on July 3 and the following day additional oil skimmer equipment arrived from Shell Philippines, it added. According to the CDRRMO, the spilled bunker fuel already reached the coastlines of Molo and Arevalo districts and even as far as the coastal town of Dumangas, Iloilo north of this city. An explosion in one of the four tanks of AC Energy’s Power Barge No. 102 triggered an oil spill on July 3 at around 3 p.m. The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is not discounting the possibility of filing criminal charges against the owner of the barge for Friday last week’s oil spill. “Immediately, the PCG and Power Barge No. 102 laid several segments of oil spill boom to contain the spilled oil,” according to Balilo. “Oil skimmers were then deployed for the recovery operation.” “The PCG will file criminal charges against the owner of Power Barge No. 102, if warranted,” Balilo said in a statement sent to Panay News. BY RUBY P. SILUBRICO and ADRIAN STEWART CO The Bureau of Fire Protection and private oil companies also assisted in terms of manpower and equipment in the containment and recovery operations, PCG added. The coastal municipalities of Leganes and Zarraga were on alert, too. Shoreline residents reported traces of bunker fuel in their waters.  ILOILO City – Harsh fumes from the bunker fuel that spilled from a power barge in Barangay Bo. Obrero, Lapuz district here drove 105 families or 378 persons away from their houses, according to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO). Right after the explosion and the oil spill that followed, according to AC Energy, an estimated 63 households were displaced due to the fumes. They were evacuated to the barangay elementary school. Another set was scheduled to arrive yesterday. PCG spokesperson Armand Balilo said on Sunday their Legal Affairs Team was set to fly to Iloilo City to assist in the investigation. As of 5 p.m. on Saturday, the displaced families huddled at Bo. Obrero Elementary School. According to AC Energy, it formed a team to closely coordinate with the barangay for the needs assessment of the affected people. It added: “We are committed to exerting all means to clean up the oil spill as soon as possible and support the affected communities.”/PNlast_img read more

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Brown celebrates birthday with West Liberty win

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyWEST LIBERTY, Iowa (July 8) – Saturday’s headliner at West Liberty Raceway was the 20-lap feature for the Performance Concepts IMCA Modifieds. The race took the green with veteran Brad Dubil leading the first several circuits around the super fast half-mile before Jarrett Brown shot by.Brown, who was racing on the eve of his 16th birthday, charged out to a comfortable race lead before a lap 17 caution. The caution put Brown’s teammate Derrick Stewart on his rear bumper for the restart. The two youngsters came off of turn four to the checkers side-by-side and Brown was able to hold off Stewart for a ½-car length win.The Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Model 25-lap feature saw Chad Holladay chase down race leader Jonathan Brauns and make the pass for the lead as the race neared the halfway point. Holladay went on to score the win over Brauns and Denny Eckrich.Timmy Plummer scored the 15-lap feature win in the Weikert Iron & Metal IMCA Northern SportMods. Plummer advanced from a third row start early in the race and went on to take the win ahead of Dalton Simonsen and Cody Harris.David Brandies won a very tough battle in the Kile Motorsports IMCA Stock Car feature. Brandies was able to get to the point ahead of eventual second place finisher Johnny Spaw in the 15-lap main event.Jason Klerk de Reus proved to be the class of the field in the US 6 Bodyworks IMCA Sport Com­pacts. Klerk de Reus led the 10 lap feature flag-to-flag, taking the win over Alex Hayes and Jacob Smith.last_img read more

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