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Darren Criss Is Hopelessly Devoted to Lip Syncing to Laura Osnes

first_imgStars: They’re just like us! Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Darren Criss returns to the Great White Way on April 29 as the new Hedwig and the Angry Inch headliner. But before donning that wig and fishnets, he has a message for fellow BACA winner Laura Osnes. Namely, a “Hopelessly Devoted to You” in-car performance. Perhaps Criss misunderstood you all when you elected him as your top choice to play Danny Zuko in the upcoming live Grease telecast? Check out this video (courtesy of Osnes’ Twitter) of Criss, decked out in his finest Glee swag, lip syncing for his life to Osnes on the 2007 Grease revival cast album. Really, is there anything better than the joyous combination of Osnes’ belt and Criss’ car choreo? Excuse us while we watch this on loop until April 29. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Related Shows Hedwig and the Angry Inch Star Files View Comments Darren Crisslast_img read more

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Revision Eyewear wins $2 million in Army contracts for next-generation helmet

first_imgRevision Military Ltd,Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has announced a new US Army contract with Revision Eyewear, for work in Essex Junction, on a next-generation helmet that will be designed to apply the grim lessons of troop injuries in Iraq Afghanistan in improving head protection for US soldiers.  The three-year contract is with the US Army’s Natick Labs Soldier Systems division and is worth $1,990,340. Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Defense Subcommittee, which handles the Senate’s work in writing the annual defense budget bills.  He has long supported Revision’s cutting-edge work on soldier protective systems such as protective eyewear.  Leahy’s matchmaking efforts with Revision and Defense Department agencies, coupled with the funding he has secured through his work on the Appropriations Committee, have given the firm the chance to prove its technology, earn its reputation for quality and innovation and build strong links to potential customers. Leahy said, ‘As a Vermonter I’m so proud that Vermont firms are in the forefront of creating life-saving innovations like this.  It is a credit to our state’s workforce and growing technology sector that firms like Revision are taking root here.  This Army contract shows that Revision has the expertise and technology to design a next-generation helmet that will improve protection from Traumatic Brain Injury and blast wounds.’  ‘Senator Leahy continues to support Revision’s growth beyond ballistic eyewear and into head protection systems.  He has shown a strong commitment to ensure that the newest soldier protection innovations are put into service to protect our troops as they encounter ever more sophisticated battlefield environments,’ said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision.  Under the contracts, Revision will be responsible for developing a new design prototype for the U.S. military’s next-generation headgear system.  The new helmet will integrate both ballistic impact protection and blast protection from rotational forces that are believed to contribute to the relatively high number of brain injuries suffered by soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  The helmet will have built-in communications systems, include enhanced chemical protection for the wearer, and will integrate a protection for the jaw and lower face.ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (FRIDAY, July 1) ‘last_img read more

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Linville Gorge

first_imgWhen it comes to backcountry camping, it is hard to find a place more rugged, yet, at the same time, so beautiful, as the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area. For years the area has been explored by those looking to get off the beaten path and out into the wilderness to test themselves and their abilities against the unforgiving landscape of densely forested hillsides, towering cliffs, raging whitewater, and endless boulderfields that line the river. The miles of cliffline have long been explored for their climbing potential, offering those who seek adventure climbing a chance to explore high-quality stone in a wilderness setting – a combination that forces climbers to be certain of their skills and abilities before committing to the challenges that lie above on the vertical walls of the Linville Gorge. For kayakers, the river was one of the last great challenges in whitewater boating in North Carolina. The continuous barrage of massive holes and dangerous rapids make for an adrenaline packed paddle that affords those who are willing a chance to check out the views from their boat – a rare opportunity that is seen by only the most experienced whitewater boaters. When it comes to hiking, the rugged, rocky trails, steep climbs, and beautiful views have been drawing backpackers deep into the Gorge for decades. The newly renovated Rock Jock Trail is a highlight of the Gorge that is not to be missed for those seeking a change of pace and a view of the apocalyptic-looking burned out forest that remains after the fire of 2008. Regardless of the adventure one chooses in the Linville Gorge, explorers to this area can be certain that they will find beautiful views, a rugged wilderness setting, and plentiful opportunities to pitch a tent beside a roaring river and admire the beauty of one of North Carolina’s finest Wilderness Areas, the Linville Gorge.last_img read more

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House moves closing argument bill, measure stalls in the Senate

first_imgHouse moves closing argument bill, measure stalls in the Senate May 1, 2004 Regular News House moves closing argument bill, measure stalls in the Senatecenter_img Defense attorneys in criminal trials may lose their sandwich— that’s what some representatives and attorneys call the strategic advantage of having the first and last word in a criminal trial’s closing arguments.In the middle of the debate is the sponsor, Rep. Carol Green, R-Ft. Myers, who said to the House, “This is a simple and straightforward bill,” at its third reading where it passed 86 to 21 on March 29.However, if this bill is likened to a sandwich, then it has given many Democratic legislators heartburn. At its second reading, Christopher Smith, D-Ft. Lauderdale, said that the Florida Constitution states that it is a due procedural right for the defense to go last, and asked Green, “Are you asking the House to change the constitution?”Green: “It’s debatable, and it will take two-thirds vote to make this happen.”At issue is whether this is a substantive or procedural matter. Smith asked whether passing this bill would be “legislatively overrunning the Supreme Court case of Week v. Florida ?” Green answered that this is a substantive matter, and the legislature has the “right to regulate.”“Why now?” and “What’s wrong with the system now?” were just a couple of questions that surfaced at the first reading, and then resurfaced at the second reading of this bill.If it passes, the bill would repeal Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.250, that allows for the defense to maintain open and closing arguments as long as no other witnesses, or other evidence, other than the defendant’s testimony, is introduced in a criminal trial.But prosecutors must stave off their hunger for the defense’s sandwich for the time-being, because the bill has yet to be heard in Senate. In addition, the proposed bill has a companion, SB 2422, but the Senate has referred it to the Judiciary and the Criminal Justice committees.last_img read more

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Campaign Donations Reflect the Sharp Split in Congress Among Republicans

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Derek Willis, ProPublicaThis story was co-published with The Daily Beast.The Republican split that defines this year’s presidential campaign has been on display in Congress for years, with the most conservative wing battling party leaders on issues from spending to immigration.A ProPublica analysis of campaign donations highlights just how profound this gap has become in the House of Representatives.The analysis shows that the Republican leadership, including Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, raises money from a vastly different set of political action committees than members further to the right. In fact, the donor bases for Ryan and McCarthy are actually more similar to some Democrats than to their colleagues in the main conservative grouping, the Freedom Caucus.The fundraising disparity stokes the divisive atmosphere in Congress, reinforcing policy differences and sometimes affecting the outcome of legislation in surprising ways.For example, when a Republican-backed plan to ease a campaign finance rule evaporated in Congress, it was the most conservative GOP lawmakers in the House who joined with liberal Democrats to get it killed. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Related stories: For more of ProPublica’s coverage of politics and lobbying, check out our ongoing series, The Breakdown. The provision, which died in December, was initiated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and was included in a must-pass spending bill. It would have eliminated caps on the money a national party committee can spend in coordination with a candidate.The caps were originally meant to reduce the amount of outside cash flowing directly to advocacy for a particular candidate. Those in favor of lifting the restrictions say they are outmoded in the increasingly wild world of campaign finance and effectively give less-accountable outside groups like super PACs more influence than traditional parties.Many Democrats argued that eliminating the caps would have opened the spigot to even more big money in politics. For conservatives, the reason to oppose the McConnell plan was different: It might have helped Republican leaders quash internal dissenters.With a bigger campaign war chest raised from donors who support mainstream Republicans, the party would find it easier to select and back its favored House candidates. “The McConnell rider provides preferential treatment to the Washington establishment,” the Conservative Action Project, a group led by former Attorney General Edwin Meese, wrote in appealing to like-minded lawmakers to fight the measure.The differences in donor bases affect other policy debates, said Dave Brat of Virginia, a Freedom Caucus member who defeated then-Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the 2014 primary and went on to take his seat. For instance, he said, conservatives lost their fight to defund the U.S. Export-Import Bank last year in part because the companies that benefit from the bank won over Republicans and Democrats who received campaign contributions from those firms.The disparity is “a huge deal,” Brat said.ProPublica’s analysis used a calculation called cosine similarity to compare each House members’ donors to others; two members with an identical set of donors would receive a score of 1, while two with no PAC donors in common would get a score of 0.The degree of similarity between Ryan’s 2014 PAC donors and those of Freedom Caucus members Justin Amash of Michigan and Ted Yoho of Florida was close to nil: 0.03 and 0.16. Tim Huelskamp, a Kansas Republican who lost his seat on the House Agriculture Committee in 2012 for his votes against leadership, had few PAC donors in common with Ryan (a score of 0.15) or any other House colleague in 2014: his highest score was 0.3, with fellow Kansan Mike Pompeo.PAC donors to House Majority Leader McCarthy, of California, were more like Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer’s (0.53 score) than they were those of Ohio Republican Jim Jordan, who heads the Freedom Caucus (0.31).The gap between the leadership and insurgents has widened since 2008. That year, McCarthy’s PAC donors were more similar to those of Michele Bachmann, the former Minnesota congresswoman who founded the House’s Tea Party caucus, than they were to PACs that gave to then-Majority Leader Cantor or then-Speaker John Boehner. By the end of 2014, the gulf between McCarthy and the conservatives was much wider: all House GOP leaders, and even 11House Democrats, had PAC donors more similar to McCarthy’s than any member of the Freedom Caucus.var pymParent = new pym.Parent(‘rankings-iframe’, ‘https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/donor-differences?layout=embed’, {});Source: ProPublica analysis of Federal Election Commission data.Credit: Sisi Wei and Derek Willis.The donors that typically back House leaders are large corporate PACs with broad interests before Congress. They include the Automotive Free Trade International PAC, which represents American dealers of foreign car manufacturers. The PAC gives hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican candidates, of which just $11,500 went to three dozen Freedom Caucus members during the 2014 cycle. On the other hand, none of the leaders received contributions from the Citizens United Political Victory Fund, which is one of the top overall donors to Freedom Caucus members.The two factions do have some PAC donors in common, such as the Koch Industries PAC, which gave $201,500 to 36 members of the House Freedom Caucus identified by the Pew Research Center during the last election. The KochPAC gave more than $1.4 million to Republican House candidates, including its leaders.But even in cases where the same PAC backs both camps, the amounts are often lopsided, with less money going to Freedom Caucus members, many of who are relatively junior lawmakers. The Home Depot PAC, for example, gave the maximum $10,000 to scores of lawmakers’ campaigns in 2014; only one of them, Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, where Home Depot has its headquarters, is a Freedom Caucus member. Other members of the Freedom Caucus received donations from the PAC, but not for the maximum amount.Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for Home Depot, said many factors go into the company’s PAC giving, but caucus membership wasn’t one of them.The failure of McConnell’s plan to lift the caps on party spending shows how the source of lawmakers’ contributions influences their votes. Republicans generally have voted in favor of looser rules on raising and spending campaign money, especially since the passage of the 2002 McCain-Feingold law that banned national parties from collecting unlimited contributions. Rick Hasen, a University of California-Irvine law professor who studies campaign finance and elections, said it’s notable that the Freedom Caucus pushed to preserve the party restrictions.“Sometimes,” Hasen said, “self-interest can trump ideology.”last_img read more

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Prepare board of directors for the movement’s future

first_imgLike the name suggests, the credit union movement is in constant motion, changing and evolving to better meet the needs of the future. Staying informed of these new changes and of those to come helps your board make the decisions that determine your credit union’s vision, focus and service to members.There is no tool out there more valuable than Credit Union Directors Newsletter which provides your board with a concise monthly update of new policies, analysis, relevant industry research and board-specific issues. Use the advanced insights on governance, risk management, oversight, succession planning and more to stay ahead of the curve in this ever-changing industry. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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1 person sent to the hospital following 2-car crash in Endicott

first_imgThe scene was clear around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. The Endicott Police Department, Endicott Fire Department, Broome County Sheriff’s Deputies and Union Volunteer Ambulance responded to the scene. The Broome County Sheriff’s office says one person is being taken to the hospital to be evaluated after one car ran a stop sign and hit the other car. The crash happened on the corner of Jennings Street and North Page Avenue in Endicott. center_img ENDICOTT (WBNG) –Emergency crews responded to the scene of a car crash involving two cars around 7:40 a.m. Tuesday. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further updates.last_img read more

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Focus on real problem behind all the violence

first_imgRe Oct. 17 letter, “Keep assault weapons only for police, military”: Please define your definition of an “assault-style weapon”? Do you mean any item that can be used to assault and inflict rapid and numerous wounds and/or death? If so, it must apply to cars, trucks, planes, knives, swords, hammers, screwdrivers, any firearms, bottles, pipe and any item a deranged individual would use to inflict pain, injury and even death to another person or animal.What is wrong today is that people have changed. Why do certain people feel that the solution to their problem is to inflict pain and worse on innocent people? Is it drugs? An overwhelming fear of failure? The problem is not the object used to inflict pain and death — it’s people. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Over the years, I have observed that the prevailing attitude of prohibiting this and that and passing more laws isn’t working. It’s always easy to prohibit “something.” Does it really solve anything, other than saying we did “something?” It didn’t work for booze, gambling and prostitution, etc.I agree with your comment, “but our forefathers could not have envisioned the reality of today. It is not 1776.” Our forefathers fought to free themselves from the abuses of an oppressive government. I wonder how they would react to today’s governmental involvement in our daily lives?The people of today are nowhere to same people of 1776. Recent events have certainly demonstrated that fact. Some people are less caring of their fellow man, have an attitude of, “What can I get out of this for me,” and have just “gone off their rocker.”Let’s agree to really put forth an effort to address the real problem. Let’s address what is affecting people. Mental illness? Drugs? I do know one thing for sure. It’s not the assault-style weapons you referenced in your letter.Joe VivaBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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German insurer buys €1.8bn Pensionskasse in ‘run-off’ deal

first_img“We are aware of the importance of occupational pensions for employees of the Cofra group, especially those of C&A and we will take on this responsibility unreservedly,” said Bernd Neumann, the insurer’s chief financial officer.No statement was made by C&A or Prudentia on the deal, which is still subject to approval by German supervisor BaFin.The sale of the Pensionskasse could be connected to rumours about a possible sale of C&A by Cofra, which has been reported in the German press.Frankfurt Leben is owned by Chinese finance group Fosun and is one of several run-off platforms to have started operating in the German market over the past two years.Life insurance companies and German Pensionskassen alike are struggling with the current low-interest rate scenario, which has challenged their ability to keep promises made in different market environments.By selling businesses to run-off platforms, companies can take some liabilities off their balance sheet. Experts have also argued that pension plans with falling memberships can benefit from pooling together on such platforms.Read more about run-off deals in Germany in the April issue of IPE. The Cofra Group, owner of fashion company C&A, has sold its German Pensionskasse to Frankfurter Leben-Gruppe (Frankfurt Leben).In total, €1.8bn in assets run for C&A’s 50,000 current and former employees in Germany were transferred to the run-off platform.The sale of Prudentia PK follows Frankfurt Leben’s purchase of AXA’s €3bn multi-employer Pensionskasse Pro bAV in February. The insurer now runs roughly €10bn of pensions and insurance assets.Frankfurt Leben, which specialises in running closed asset pools, said it would continue to run C&A’s pension plan and make payouts.last_img read more

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Van Oord Kicks Off Port of Caldera Dredging

first_imgImage source: SAAMIn order to optimize commercial operations and reduce wait times for vessels arriving at the Port of Caldera, Sociedad Portuaria Caldera (SPC) – a SAAM Puertos Company – and the Costa Rican Institute of Pacific Ports (INCOP) recently kicked off a $2.5 million dredging program.Commenting the latest news, Ricardo Ospina, CEO of SPC, said: “We have committed to moving up dredging in order to continue to support trade and the domestic economy. We need our port to have better conditions to receive vessels with the highest draft possible.”Dredging operations, conducted by Van Oord, consist of extracting material that has accumulated on the sea bed in order to restore its original depths so that ships can dock at Puerto Caldera.“This process meets all environmental requirements and will be supervised by a regent from the government,” added Ospina.The volume to be extracted from the Port of Caldera areas is estimated at around 400.000m³, which has accumulated since the last dredging operation in February 2017.SAAM has just released these beautiful photos of Van Oord’s trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Lelystad, taken during her recent arrival in the Port of Caldera waters.Image source: SAAMlast_img read more

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