Wicked Becomes the Ninth Longest-Running Show on Broadway

first_img Oh what a celebration we’ll have today! Broadway’s soaring hit Wicked is officially the ninth longest-running show on the Great White Green Way. This marks 5,462 performances at the Gershwin Theatre on December 4. Beauty and the Beast was the previous holder of the ninth spot.To properly rejoicify about this gravity-defying occasion, we’ve included nine of our favorite show clips featuring the Broadway sensation’s original cast. Let the binge-watching (and inevitable singing along) begin!1. Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth Sing “For Good” Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth in ‘Wicked'(Photo: Joan Marcus) 5. Wicked Cast Sings “One Short Day” 7. Norbert Leo Butz Sings “Dancing Through Life” 9. Idina Menzel Sings “Defying Gravity” 4. Kristin Chenoweth Sings “Thank Goodness” 6. Joel Grey Sings “Wonderful” Related Showscenter_img 3. Norbert Leo Butz & Idina Menzel Sing “As Long As You’re Mine” Wicked 2. Kristin Chenoweth Sings “Popular” 8. Idina Menzel Sings “The Wizard and I” View Comments from $95.00last_img read more

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International Humanitarian Mission Provides Aid to Dominica after Hurricanes

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo October 13, 2017 Due to the destruction caused by hurricanes Maria and Irma, which swept through the Caribbean islands of the Lesser Antilles in less than 15 days, the international community rapidly deployed humanitarian aid contingents to the countries affected. The international response focused primarily on Dominica, where the eye of Hurricane Maria, a Category-4 storm, affected 80 percent of the country’s population. “We’ve lost everything,” the prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, said upon making his international humanitarian aid request on September 19th. “We are going to need all manner of assistance.” One week earlier, that same part of the Caribbean had been hit by Hurricane Irma, a Category-5 storm. As the second major hurricane in September, Maria caused more than 30 deaths: 15 in Dominica; 13 in Puerto Rico; three in Haiti, and two in Guadalupe. A United Nations (UN) disaster assessment team estimated that some 65,000 people on Dominica were impacted by Maria. Additionally, a report published by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs indicated that 100 percent of the island’s agriculture had been destroyed. The country needs food, water, emergency shelters, roads, bridges, and new infrastructure, the UN noted. Expedited aid Amid the devastation, neighboring partner nations, the United States, and international organizations quickly responded with food, water, medicine, ships, and planes. The Dominican Air Force assisted with transporting the injured to hospitals in the Dominican Republic. This cooperation was achieved through coordination with the Pan-American Health Organization. The Dominican Navy (ARD, per its Spanish acronym) also participated in the aid effort with naval units. “These humanitarian aid operations have become consolidated thanks to the logistics provided by the [Dominican] government for making deployments throughout the Caribbean — in this case, to the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands,” Vice Admiral Miguel Enrique Peña Acosta, the chief of ARD, told Diálogo. Other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member nations assisted these islands as well. Neighboring Antigua and Barbuda, through its state and private communications media, provided a critical connection between the residents of Dominica and the rest of the world, CARICOM reported. Barbados responded rapidly with two Coast Guard boats for ferrying in technical staff and supplies. The vessels set sail loaded with water and emergency humanitarian aid supplies, as well as with medical personnel to assist with health services. The government of Trinidad and Tobago assisted with helicopters to send emergency personnel and equipment to remote areas in order to rescue the injured, assess the damage to the island, and provide emergency services. The Trinidadian government also suspended its immigration regulations for residents of Dominica for a six-month period. Granada, Santa Lucia, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago deployed police contingents to the island in order to bolster security during Dominica’s recovery period. In turn, Guyana cooperated by sending medical and personal hygiene supplies dispatched on a British C-130 military transport plane. It also transported 10 containers with construction materials to the affected islands. International aid This aid was bolstered by assistance from international organizations such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which extended aid through the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), with support from U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands (JTF-LI). CDEMA deployed more than 360 specialized units in search and rescue, damage assessment, emergency response coordination, and needs analysis to Dominica in order to bolster the aid efforts, the agency reported. For its part, the U.S. Department of Defense joined forces to activate JTF-LI with approximately 300 service members assigned to SOUTHCOM, as well as eight helicopters, four C-130 Hercules aircraft, and the naval ship USNS Spearhead, in support of the response efforts undertaken by USAID/OFDA. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) brought in approximately 10 metric tons of high-energy foods on a ship to the eastern Caribbean island, to aid some 25,000 people over a three-month period. WFP has set up mobile storage units due to the lack of storage facilities for the incoming humanitarian aid, and it is also assisting with logistics and air support services. An emergency telecommunications team has connected more than 400 users, such as airports, hospitals, and the Dominican Emergency Operations Center. The UN Humanitarian Air Service provided support to humanitarian aid workers and government workers in Dominica and throughout the region. The UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Panama sent in ships and electric power generators Nations including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and the European Union distributed aid to assist the national authorities of the affected Caribbean countries in providing aid to their populations. The United States has airlifted in more than 45 metric tons of critical supplies to Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Martin. “International aid has always played a crucial role during large-scale crises caused by natural disasters like this. We mustn’t lose sight of the fact that Dominica is dealing with an urgent situation,” Daniel Pou, a defense and security analyst in the Dominican Republic, told Diálogo. “It will be a long time before this island bounces back.” Rebuilding a country The government of Dominica has expressed gratitude for the international aid received. “We have many allies,” prime minister Skerrit said. “Thanks for helping my people. Without you, our partner nations, it would not have been possible to get past the first phase of this emergency.” Dominica called upon countries with military capabilities to lend equipment for search and rescue and rebuilding. “We need to rebuild a nation. And we can’t do it alone,” prime minister Skerrit told the UN General Assembly. According to Pou, the great nations of the world have a key role in these kinds of contingencies. Through their armed forces, they have the organization, training, and logistical resources needed to aid partner nations in need. On September 20th, the UN made an urgent request to the international community for $31 million to help with the island’s early recovery efforts over the next three months. “The impact is horrible. This implies huge levels of investment,” Pou added. “Dominica’s partner nation militaries are assisting by sending in qualified workers, relying on the capacities of their various forces, which can provide humanitarian aid and assist with logistics and rebuilding,” Vice Adm. Peña added. “As our first order of business, we need to focus on reestablishing ground, air, and maritime communication systems.”last_img read more

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Tech Time: IP security cameras

first_imgMaking the transition to boost robbery and fraud investigationby: Rob RaymondSurveillance video is a credit union’s primary tool for investigating robbery and fraud events. The key to successful investigations lies in obtaining clear visuals of suspects and any related event details. The clarity of these visuals depends highly on the resolution and field of view capabilities of an institution’s cameras.For swift and successful investigations, capturing information using Internet Protocol cameras has significant advantages over using their analog counterparts. IP cameras provide maximized views and improved image quality to convey more detail than analog cameras. IP cameras also cover more ground in one shot, allowing credit unions to install fewer cameras to effectively monitor their environments and potentially save money.This is because of technical differences between digital and analog cameras. Analog camera resolutions max out around less than half a megapixel, with most featuring lower resolutions. Captured images can appear grainy, especially when cameras are zoomed out for wider views. To counteract this deficiency, security managers often tighten analog camera views, concentrating them on limited areas.IP cameras offer resolutions many times higher than analog cameras, allowing credit unions to obtain clearer images from a wider field of view. The cameras’ digital zooming capabilities enable security personnel to capture facial images and event details with much more clarity to aid in incident investigations. In addition, fewer cameras help to improve branch aesthetics. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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From uncertainty to opportunity

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meridith Elliott Powell Named One Of The Top 15 Business Growth Experts To Watch, Meridith Elliott Powell, is a leadership and sales expert, who helps her clients learn the strategies they need to … Web: https://www.meridithelliottpowell.com Details Who would have thought that a virus could so drastically disrupt our marketplace? Businesses have shut down, social distancing has become the norm, and we are coming to the realization that getting back to normal, whatever that is going to look like, is going to take far longer than we ever imagined.How are you supposed to grow your credit union, care for your teams, and serve your members in an environment like this? We are in uncharted waters and experiencing massive disruption at a level we have never known in our lifetime.In times of crisis, what you focus on and the decisions you make become far more critical. In a world that has become so uncertain, the actions you take can mean the difference between success and struggle – for you, your credit union and your team. Success comes down to your ability  to embrace the unknown, harness the constants shifts and create enough focus to seize the opportunities.It’s a challenge to say the least. But these five strategies will help you chart your course and put you on the path to emerge successful. They are based on research from my newest book (set to be published Fall 2020) Thrive: Turning Uncertainty To Competitive Advantage, where I studied organizations and leaders who have not only survived but thrived through some of history’s biggest challenges – economic downturns, depression, war and disease.5 Strategies To Redesign, Rebuild, Relaunch Condition Yourself Change – One thing this pandemic has taught us is just how much in our lives and our organizations is outside of our control. Our economy is fragile and things can change in a moment’s notice.We are living in unprecedented times, and there is more happening outside of your credit union that can impact your success and your ability to grow. Constant change has become our new normal and you have to be prepared for it. Condition yourself for it.Change is like a muscle – the more you exercise it, think about it, talk about it – the more comfortable you will be with it, and the more you and your team will move from waiting for change to happen to anticipating it.And anticipating change is where the power is – if you see change coming, it can be your greatest opportunity. If you ignore it, it will defeat you. You want to be one step ahead when discussing how change will positively or negatively impact your credit union.Think about the organizations that are doing that right now. They have embraced that what they do or how they offer it no longer works – so rather than waiting for the economy to bounce back – they changed. We have breweries making hand sanitizer, manufacturers making masks, and small business delivering their products and services in different ways. One of my favorite stories is about a small gift shop in suburban Chicago.They are a brick and mortar store specializing in unique and personalized gifts. Shoppers come in, browse, and rely on talking and working with the owner to find the perfect answer to their gift giving challenge.  The pandemic and social distancing have put a halt on how this business runs.The owner, Jill, embraced the change and took her business online. She created a Google form based on the questions she would typically ask customers. She then uses that form to create a unique and exceptional buying experience for her customers. And it’s working.Change is our new constant. We are in what I am calling a FALSE normal right now. Meaning to survive, we have to do business, engage members and manage our team in a way that may last or may not. You have to be paying attention to what is happening outside of your organization – you need to anticipate the changes that are coming.Collaboration Replaces Competition – One of the biggest changes we need to embrace in today’s marketplace is that competition needs to take a backseat to collaboration. Collaboration with others – even our competitors – is where the opportunity lies.The challenges we face right now are bigger than one person, one company, or one idea – they’re too complex.Think of the organizations and the countries that are working together to move us past this pandemic by sharing data, medical supplies and information.Again, we are living with complicated and very complex problems, and if you fall into the trap of thinking it is better to compete than collaborate, you will miss out on opportunities.Get Clear On Your Core – Your credit union’s core values are going to guide you through this crisis. You need to ensure you are clear on what those are and you are actively using them in your strategic process and communication.One of the most challenging things about crisis – is the uncertainty. No one has any idea what is going to happen, when it will happen, or what impact it will have. Uncertainty can render us paralyzed, get us moving so fast we make bad decisions, or make us lose focus by grabbing at any opportunity. To thrive in uncertainty, you need a true north – and that true north is your values – who you are, what your credit union believes, and the promises you make.One of the most fascinating parts of researching companies that have thrived through unprecedented challenge was that all were clear on their values and they used those values as their guiding light to tell them which direction to take and which path to follow.The world is changing, your marketplace is shifting, and what you produce and sell may shift in its relevancy. But how you do what you do – there is stability in remembering that.Secure Your Base – While most of us are just trying to figure out how to survive in this economic downturn – thriving companies are focusing on growth. What opportunities are out there, what products do they need to create, and how can they best position themselves for success when this economy is ready to relaunch.In any crisis, growth happens from the inside out, so you need to secure your base. Focus on taking care of your existing members and they will show you the path to grow and attract new members.Proctor and Gamble, the world’s largest consumer goods company, has been around since 1837. A good deal of their success is based on their commitment to listening, engaging, and taking care of their customers first.Long before “data” was a thing, Proctor & Gamble were using consumer feedback to predict the next product and the next opportunity.They grew during the Great Depression by listening to their customers about what products they were still using and what products they needed more of.In 1941, P&G introduced the toll-free line so customers could easily and effectively have their questions answered and share complaints and ideas.There is opportunity in today’s marketplace, and the best way to find it is to focus on taking care of your existing members. Check-in, ask how their doing, inquire about their challenges, ask what they need, and what they are focused on. Then listen – just listen.Their challenges and obstacles will reveal your biggest opportunities and your path forward.Shed Fast & Keep Moving – Last but not least, this is no time for perfection. You have to keep moving. Design a plan and take action. Then review, adjust, and relaunch. If you stop, spend too much time testing, or wait for the perfect opportunity to arise, the marketplace will pass you by.All the work you have done up to this point has positioned you to move quickly. You have conditioned yourself for change, which has shown you opportunities in the marketplace. Collaborating with others has formed new partnerships and created unimaginable solutions. Getting clear on your core has given you clear focus on priorities, and securing your base has ensured you turn those opportunities into the right products and services. Now all you need to do is take action – get moving and implement.In an uncertain marketplace, you can never be sure of the next step or if the move you are making is right. But what you can be sure of is that movement gives you information, builds your confidence, and shows you the path forward.I was talking with the CEO of an innovative and cutting-edge healthcare company – one that is well positioned for success in spite of this crisis. He shared that the contingency plan they built for emergencies, that was implemented as soon as the pandemic hit, has now been updated and changed 21 times – 21 times!Why? Because the marketplace keeps shifting and keeps changing. Some of their ideas are working – some aren’t.  So, they review their plan every week, get rid of what isn’t working, commit to what is, and try new things.Your path to turning uncertainty to opportunity will come from forward movement and progress – you have to shed fast and keep moving.These are challenging times, but one of the most powerful lessons we gain from history is that there have always been companies, leaders, and organizations that have thrived in times of crisis.What you do and where you focus will determine how you come through this crisis. Follow these strategies to find your path forward and emerge successful.last_img read more

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6 ways employee experience drives the bottom line

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Employee Experience—sometimes referred to as EX—is anything but a soft, abstract concept; in fact, employee experience drives the bottom line in several ways. We’re going to examine a few right now. Think along, because I’d love to hear from you in the comments at the end.Really quickly before we get into these, it may be beneficial to point out that while the terms employee engagement and employee experience are certainly interrelated, they’re not synonymous.EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE & EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?For example, if we wanted to better engage our teams, we’d want to do more around things like coaching, learning and development, and helping them better navigate change. Those are all examples of things we’d do to engage our teams, and there are a host of other things that would fall under that umbrella.Those things would certainly affect Employee Experience. We’d want to get as detailed and passionate as some of us may about CX. It’s a holistic picture—a holistic journey—describing how people feel during their entire time interacting and working with an organization. This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

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UHS Binghamton General Hospital suspends visitation at TCU

first_imgAccording to their website, this is due to the spike of coronavirus cases in the area. They say this affects the Behavioral Health Units K-3, K-5, M-5 and M-4. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — UHS Binghamton General Hospital is suspending visitation at the Transitional Care Unit (TCU) until further notice. The suspension of visitation if effective immediately. The hospital says they are taking this step to ensure the safety and well-being of patients and staff.last_img

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Knight Frank blow as US partner explores rival link

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MMA vessel to support stranded Australian FPSO

first_imgMMA said last week that the Mermaid Searcher would provide offshore logistics services as well as other marine services out of Darwin to Upstream PS. Offshore vessel provider MMA Offshore has been awarded a support contract with Upstream Production Solutions for which the MPSV Mermaid Searcher will be used. Earlier this year, the Australian government was tasked to find a solution for the continued safety and security of the Northern Endeavour FPSO after Northern Oil and Gas Australia (NOGA), the operator of the FPSO, was placed into liquidation. “We are very pleased to be working with our new client to ensure the safety and security of the Northern Endeavour“, MMA Offshore concluded. Following a letter of agreement in February 2020, the contract award to Upstream PS was confirmed in mid-May 2020. center_img It was agreed that Upstream PS would operate and maintain the FPSO in lighthouse mode, which is the minimum required for safe operations, with no production and a small crew until a longer-term solution is determined. The Northern Endeavour FPSO is permanently moored between the Laminaria and Corallina oil fields in the Timor Sea. Upstream PS has been engaged by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources to provide operations and maintenance services for the Northern Endeavour FPSO.last_img read more

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NZ criticised for sex-trafficking and slavery

first_imgNZ Herald 20 June 2012New Zealand has been named as a “source country” for sex trafficking of underage girls and a destination country for forced labour in a sharply critical report released by the US State Department. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the annual Trafficking in Persons report in Washington DC this morning. It accuses New Zealand of having a small number of girls and boys, often of Maori or Pacific Island descent, who are trafficked domestically as street prostitutes. They can be the victim of gang trafficking rings, the report said. Foreign women from China and Southeast Asia are sometimes recruited to become prostitutes in New Zealand and may be at risk of coercive practices, it said. The report also takes aim at the violent and abusive conditions allegedly in place on some foreign-flagged fishing vessels in New Zealand waters.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10814256last_img read more

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Chukwu-Ndukwe gives kudos to Iheanacho

first_imgFormer Super Eagles striker, Raphael Chukwu-Ndukwe has hailed Leicester city forward, Kelechi Iheanacho after watching a string of good performance from the player. Kelechi Iheanacho  Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Museum To Rihanna’s Glory Could Soon Be Opened7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhat Is The Fastest Way To Get 1 Million Followers On Instagram?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The End ‘Fairly #quiet’ – Aston Villa boss gives verdict on Leicester duo Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho – Leicestershire Live#AVFCOfficial #Championship https://t.co/WLmwRQLX84— 90 Minutes Football News (@footy90com) January 31, 2020 Loading… center_img Chukwu-Ndukwe said while taking a look at Nigerian players abroad as he also urged Lille Metropole of France forward, Victor Oshihmen to continue to work hard and improve his statistics even if his team is struggling. He added that the hard work is all that is needed from the Nigerian players ahead of national team duties. “One player does not make a team, they may be having a difficult time at Lille but you have to work hard too to be playing well so that your statistics can look very good even if your team is struggling. So he just have to keep working hard. Read Also:Man City May Activate Buy-Back Clause On Iheanacho “Kelechi has learnt his lesson you can see how fit he is now, he is fast on the ball and he is doing well now.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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