Cinderella’s Final Bow! Laura Osnes & Santino Fontana Say an ‘Impossible’ Goodbye

first_img Marla Mindelle She is breathless with a wild anticipation of adventure and excitement! We couldn’t be more excited to see Tony nominee Laura Osnes take the stage in the off-Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera, but boy are we sad to see her leave her glass slippers behind. The stunning leading lady took the stage as Ella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella for the last time on January 26 and posted a photo of her final bow on Twitter, adding, “If there’s one thing that’s impossible, it’s having to say goodbye.” The star cuddled up to Santino Fontana, Marla Mindelle and Harriet Harris, who along with Greg Hildreth are also departing the production. Be on the look out for some additions to the kingdom in the coming weeks, including Carly Rae Jepsen as Ella and Fran Drescher as Madame. Cheers, Laura and Santino! You say goodbye, away you fly, but on your lips you’ll keep a kiss! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 View Comments Related Shows Harriet Harris Cinderella Laura Osnes View All (4) Star Files Santino Fontanalast_img read more

Harsh Detention Conditions Persist for Political Prisoners in Venezuela

first_imgBy Diálogo November 04, 2020 In late August, the illegitimate Nicolás Maduro regime surprised the international community by announcing so called 110 pardons and house arrests for political prisoners who until then had been illegally detained. However, the release of a few prisoners brought to light the harsh detention conditions that persist in cells of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM, in Spanish) and the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN, in Spanish).Venezuelan political analyst Nicmer Evans was detained for 51 days at the DGCIM headquarters in Caracas before his September 1 release. There, he was assigned to three different cell areas. According to Evans, a cell in one sector was intended to punish detainees.“In that cell, number four, there are five people locked up, dressed in overalls [prison uniforms], who were let out just once every 15 days. They received insufficient food rations. Those of us who were in the same section took from our rations to share with them,” he said. Evans added that the lights in the DGCIM basements are left on for days and then turned off for similar periods, so that inmates would lose the sense of time.Evans also witnessed when jailers sent Bolivarian National Guard (GNB, in Spanish) Colonel (ret.) Oswaldo García Palomo to isolation. The former officer was arrested in January 2019, due to his alleged participation in a plot to depose Maduro.“[They] called the Colonel and told him to bring a container with 5 liters of water and an empty one. Then, they took him to […] a very narrow cell, without light, that’s between two corridors. [Jailers] told García Palomo that the water was for him to drink, and the empty pot for him to urinate,” he said.U.N. commissionOn September 12, a delegation of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet was able to visit some detainees at the headquarters of DGCIM and SEBIN. Following the meeting, Bolivarian Navy Captain Luis de la Sotta, who has been detained for 28 months, told his sister Molly de la Sotta that they were punished with prolonged confinement and were deprived of medicine.For example, GNB Brigadier General Héctor Hernández Da Costa, who has been incarcerated since August 2018 for his supposed participation in an alleged attack against Maduro and who also spoke with U.N. envoys, suffers from diabetic necrosis on his foot, his attorney Zoraida Castillo said. She said that although he is taken to the military hospital, no tests are done. Doctors stand by him “and take a photo, I think with the intention of showing it later to the U.N.”According to Venezuelan human rights organization Foro Penal, in mid-September, 333 people are believed to remain incarcerated as prisoners of conscience throughout the country.Alonso Medina, a Venezuelan lawyer specializing in military jurisdiction, said that there have been few verified modifications in the treatment of prisoners of conscience following Bachelet’s 2019 and 2020 reports.“A group of prisoners was allowed to make phone calls, which they couldn’t do before. Others were taken out to get some sun. But there is no criterion as to who can make calls or sunbathe […]. Generally, prisoners remain incommunicado,” he said.On September 15, the Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a group created by the U.N. Human Rights Council to investigate arbitrary detentions, torture, and other cruel treatment, submitted a report documenting 77 cases of torture. According to the document, these tortures happened at the DGCIM headquarters and other locations in the city. Despite limitations, such as restricted access to Venezuela for the mission’s team and the COVID-19 outbreak, the report establishes that the regime has committed “violations of international human rights law and international criminal law.”Evans recalled seeing scars on service members and civilians who were tortured and remain detained at the DGCIM. An inmate spent so much time hanging from handcuffs that “his left arm is dislocated,” he said. Others have marks on their skin because of the electric shocks they received, the political analyst said.All this happens while the courts are on a standstill due to the pandemic. “All we have left is the Office of the Ombudsman and the [Defense] Ministry. But we already know what will happen there,” Molly de la Sotta concluded.last_img read more

Using technology to create better member experiences

first_imgThe bar keeps getting set higher. The expectations for superior service continue to grow. An investment in the right technology will help you meet and exceed consumer expectations.Consumers are more informed and more connected than ever. With the blinding speed of banking technology advancement and new online offerings, keeping consumers happy and engaged means you’ll need to find new ways to surprise and delight them. And leveraging technology to improve your relationship is vital in the online age.Here are a few ways we can make their lives better:Polish your social skills. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Climate change cause of Greater Jakarta floods, BMKG says

first_imgTopics : Dwikorita said the BMKG recorded higher average temperatures in most Indonesian provinces last year compared to the average temperatures recorded in the same regions between 1981 and 2010.The highest was recorded in Banten and Riau Islands between January and October 2019, with each province seeing an average temperature increase that was more than 1 degree Celsius higher than the temperatures recorded in the provinces between 1981 and 2010, according to BMKG data. In Jakarta, the average temperature last year was 0.82 degrees Celsius higher than the average temperature between 1981 and 2010.BMKG head of climate and air quality information Siswanto said that, between 1866 and 2010, the annual temperature rise in Jakarta was 1.4 times higher compared to the global trend. Climate change-driven global warming is a factor behind repeated instances of severe flooding across Greater Jakarta since early January, including a flood that inundated parts of the capital on Tuesday, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).BMKG head Dwikorita Karnawati said the string of floods that hit Jakarta and its satellite cities over the past two months was a result of several changes.“In addition to the increase of rainfall intensity and the continuation of extreme conditions, it turns out that the temperature of Indonesia has also significantly increased,” Dwikorita said.center_img He said the global annual temperature had increased at an average rate of 0.86 degrees Celsius from 1866 to 2010, while in the same period, “Jakarta’s land temperature increased at an average rate of 1.6 degree Celsius”.Read also: Rising sea levels threaten 23 million in Indonesia’s coastal cities by 2050: StudyDwikorita said Indonesia needed be cautious and keep watch of the rising temperature “because this is an indicator of global climate change that has a local impact”.“From the results of the BMKG analysis, there is a significant correlation between [the temperature rise] and the concentration of greenhouse gases in Indonesia’s regions,” she said.The BMKG head said the rising greenhouse gas emissions were caused by high concentrations of carbon dioxide, with transportation, industry and deforestation among the main drivers of the change.“Extreme weather and climate phenomena are happening more frequently with greater intensity. Such occurrences are predicted to also happen in the future, from 2020 to 2040, if we fail to carry out mitigation measures,” she said.Greater Jakarta was hit by floods on Tuesday morning following overnight torrential rainfall in the fourth major flood to hit Jakarta and its satellite cities since the beginning of the year. The BMKG found that, from 7:00 a.m. on Monday until 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, rainfall intensity reached 278 millimeters per day, enough to be categorized as extreme rain given it exceeded 150 mm per day, Dwikorita said. At least 19,901 residents across 214 subdistricts in Greater Jakarta were displaced following the floods, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.Jakarta’s highest daily rainfall since 2007 came on Dec. 31, 2019 at 377 mm per day. The heavy New Year’s Eve downpour caused major floods across Greater Jakarta, Banten and parts of West Java and claimed 60 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of people for days.last_img read more

CoreLogic data reveals Gold Coast house prices up 6.2 per cent over the 12 months to $600,000

first_imgREIG Gold Coast chairmain John Newlands at his Surfers office. Photo: Steve HollandHe said the driving forces behind the increase was population growth and employment.“I don’t see a boom bust situation as our population is growing and other industries apart from tourism and building are thriving,” he said.“I think there’s another good 10 to 20 per cent increase to go. We’re still reasonably cheap for what we’ve got to offer here.” Kendra Miller-Sherley pictured with children Taya and Kade Miller. Photo: David ClarkKendra Miller-Sherley says her family is fortunate to have bought their property when they did.The 41-year-old, who runs kids clothing line Sweet Child of Mine, purchased a two-bedroom 1970s brick house in Palm Beach with husband Todd Sherley in 2012 for $351,000. It was the third property the pair had bought in the beachside suburb with a goal of transforming it into their dream home.“I rented in Palm Beach from the early 1990s and I had always thought the suburb was undervalued,” she said.“It had quite a bad reputation early on as well.” CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said further growth was expected on the Gold Coast this year. Photo: David ClarkCoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said further growth was expected on the Gold Coast this year driven by cashed-up interstate buyers who have equity in their properties and are drawn to holiday homes on the Gold Coast.“We’re seeing growth coming back to the Gold Coast market and that’s been the trend for the past few years,” Mr Kusher said.“We’re also seeing demand from the investment market out of Sydney and Melbourne.”While the record-high is good news for homeowners, first-homebuyers are being pushed further out of the Glitter Strip.“It is a median price so the point to make is if you’re a first homebuyer you’re probably not going to be buying on the water,” Mr Kusher said.“But there’s lot of affordable houses on the Gold Coast — suburbs like Coomera — which are away from the Coast where there has been a lot of development.”Mr Newlands said getting into the Gold Coast property market was still achievable and encouraged first homebuyers to do their research.“There are still properties that are under $600,000 and if you go further north you can buy a house and land package for $450,000,” Mr Newlands said. Harcourts Coastal director Dane Atherton advises first homebuyers to “get into the market now”. Photo: Jerad WilliamsHarcourts Coastal director Dane Atherton predicted the median house price would increase by more than nine per cent this year.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“I would say get into the market now because this time next year we will be saying it has gone up again,” Mr Atherton said.He said more first homebuyers were choosing to buy units rather than houses.“I would say it’s a trend where if you want to live in certain suburbs that are perhaps closer to the beach or closer to infrastructure, that’s one option that’s available,” Mr Atherton said.“The great benefit for the Gold Coast is we have affordable apartments here.” Hitting a median house price of $600,000 is a major milestone for the Coast according to REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands.THE Gold Coast property market is firing with median house prices hitting a record-high of $600,000.In further proof the city is booming, CoreLogic data released this week reveals house prices are up 6.2 per cent over the 12 months to December, 2016 and 21.2 per cent over three years.The record trumps Brisbane by $85,000 and is just $25,500 short of Melbourne’s median price. Sydney’s median house price continues to outweigh every city in the country coming in at $905,000. CoreLogic data released this week reveals house prices on the Gold Coast are up 6.2 per cent over the 12 months to December, 2016.Hitting a median house price of $600,000 is a major milestone for the Coast according to REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands, who previously predicted the record high.“I didn’t expect it to hit $600,000 so soon but I think people are still seeing good value here,” Mr Newlands said.“A lot of the focus was on the Sydney and Melbourne house markets over the past three years and that is now flowing through to people who realise there is value here.” Kendra Miller-Sherley, pictured with her children Taya and Kade Miller, says she feels fortunate to have bought in Palm Beach when she did. Photo: David ClarkOn reflection, the mother-of-two said the pair was extremely happy to have bought in Palm Beach when they did.“We really tossed up at the time of buying this place whether to go to Elanora or Currumbin where we could have got a bigger property that was completely ready to move in to,” she said. “But the proximity to the beach, parks and everything else we get here outweighed the other suburbs at the time.“Given the value increases here we are super happy we got in when we did.”“I really do feel sorry for young people that want this lifestyle but won’t be able to afford to get into the market.” Gold Coast median house prices 2016 $600,0002015 $565,0002014 $528,0002013 $495,0002012 $475,0002011 $490,0002010 $521,0002009 $497,7502008 $504,0002007 $487,0002006 $435,0002005 $414,000last_img read more

Obama on Fatherlessness

first_imgIn his 2008 Father’s Day speech, then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama recognised this important role of marriage for all society, saying:We know the statistics – that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioural problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.last_img read more

Rotary Club of Dominica captures ‘Changemaker Award’

first_img 17 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Rotary Club of Dominica captures ‘Changemaker Award’ by: – May 3, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Assistant Governor Grayson Stedman Sr presenting Rotary Club President Marvlyn Birmingham with the Changmaker Award on WednesdayThe Rotary Club of Dominica has been bestowed with the “Changemaker Award’ by Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee.The award was introduced by President Banerjee during the 2011-2012 Rotary year, challenging Rotarians to “focus on change”.The award was implemented to recognize Rotary Clubs that make an “extraordinary impact through their work in the avenues of service” as explained by Banerjee.“2011-2012 will be the year of the individual Rotarian, the year when we recognize and applaud all that they do for Rotary and for the lives of others whom they do not know and have not met,” Banerjee noted.Clubs had to choose from a menu consisting of 34 activities and projects and complete a minimum of 13 including a minimum number for each avenue of service and all activities were to be undertaken and completed between 1 July 2011 and 1 March 2012.Assistant Governor Grayson Stedman Sr who presented Rotary Club President Marvlyn Birmingham with the award on behalf of President Banerjee on Wednesday congratulated the organization for their work.He also congratulated Birmingham for her leadership as the Club has been featured in the Rotary International’s magazine several times for the year as they have embarked on many projects.The Rotary District comprises of 69 clubs and the Rotary Club of Dominica was one of six clubs to receive the Changemaker Award.They also surpassed the minimum number of projects required, having completed 20 out of the 34 which were given.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Mrs. Janice Lee (Koons) Waltz

first_imgMrs. Janice Lee (Koons) Waltz, age 80, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on September 30, 1937, in Markland, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Lucian and Dorothy (VanOsdol) Koons. She was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana by her grandparents, Maggie C. and William Edward VanOsdol after the death of her mother. Janice was a 1956 graduate of the Vevay High School. Janice was united in marriage on August 21, 1959, at the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, Indiana, by the Rev. Sonny H. Hays, to the late, David Wendell Waltz and to this union arrived a son, James and two daughters, Rita and Shauna to bless their home. Janice and David shared 26 years of marriage together until David passed away on November 4, 1985. Janice was employed for the Vevay Telephone Exchange in the 1960’s and later employed for the Purdue Extension Service as a Nutritionist. She was later employed as a real estate agent for Hoosier Hills Reality. Janice was employed as a bailiff for Switzerland County from 1986 to 2002. She was a member of the Bennington Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 407, Associate member of Tri Kappa of Vevay and the Riverview Home Economics Club. Janice was a member of the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, Indiana and attended the Catholic Church of St. Mark in Virginia Beach, Virginia, when she resided with her son, James. Janice resided most of her life in the Switzerland County community. Janice will be remembered for her love of reading, socializing with her family and friends and baking. Janice will be deeply missed by her loving family and abundance of friends. Janice passed away at 7:00 pm, Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Sentara Hospice House in Virginia Beach, Virginia.Janice will be deeply missed by her son, James David Waltz and his wife: Janet of Virginia Beach, VA; her daughters, Rita Ann Ross and her husband: Fred of Vevay, IN and Shauna Michelle Andrew and her husband: Billy of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Joshua Waltz and his wife: Brittany, Morgan Turner and her husband: Derek, Tanner Ross and his companion: Katie Temple, Katie Hall and her companion: Michael Haas, Jr., Lucian Waltz and his companion: Megan McNier, Mark Hall and his companion: Stephanie Smith, Rachel Waltz and Kailey Wiley; her great-grandchildren, Jameson Waltz and Lincoln Haas; her half-sisters, Barbara Koons and her husband: Jerry of Rising Sun, IN and Kay Bailey and her companion: Arnie Holiday of Rising Sun, IN; her half-brother, Steve Koons and his wife: Patti and her several nieces, nephews and cousins.She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucian and Dorothy (VanOsdol) Koons; her step-mother, Beulah Koons-Stephenson; her husband, David Wendell Waltz, died November 4, 1985; her grandparents that raised her,William Edward and Maggie C. VanOsdol.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Bennington Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 407 will conduct services at 7:30 pm, Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the funeral homeFuneral services will be conducted Friday, October 20, 2017, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Lenny Thorpe, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Interment will follow in the Caledonia Cemetery, Moorefield, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland Baptist Church or Catholic Church of St. Mark. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

One injured in semi rollover near Brookville

first_imgBrookville, In. — A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says a semi rollover resulted in minor injuries to a Knightstown man.Around 3 p.m. Tuesday police say Jordan Michael Howard, 27, was westbound on State Road 52 just west of the Owens Corning factory when the right side tires went off the road, pulling him into the ditch. The tractor and trailer rolled onto its side.Emergency workers closed the road for about four hours for clean-up following the accident.Howard was transported to Margaret Mary Health for treatment of minor injuries.last_img read more

Intoxicated driver investigation leads to cocaine arrest

first_imgSt. Paul, In. — An investigation into an intoxicated driver at the Love’s Truck Stop in St. Paul resulted in the arrest of an Indianapolis man for cocaine possession Friday.Indiana State Police located a car driven by Vasillis Alexander pulling away from the truck stop around 11:20 p.m. and began to follow. While following Vasillis allegedly drove erratically and crossed the center line several times. After stopping Vasillis police say he showed signs of intoxication.During the traffic stop police found a glass pipe, two pills believed to be Xanax and a container with 6.5 grams of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine.Vasillis now faces multiple drug-related charges.last_img read more