Dopapod And Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Add Two-Night Colorado Run

first_imgDopapod and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are currently in the middle of an excellent fall tour, taking them up and down the East Coast as well as a large chunk of the Midwest. The bands have been having so much fun together that they’ve decided to deliver some funky jams to the Rocky Mountains, as the bands have now added a two-night run in Colorado. The bands will hit the Ogden Theatre in Denver on January 27th, and then will stop at the Boulder Theater on January 28th for what’s sure to be a great weekend on the Front Range.You can purchase tickets for the Denver show here, and the Boulder show here.Check out some videos below from their current fall tour. There’s a video of Dopapod featuring Alex Petropulos of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong performing “Freight Train Filled With Dynamite”, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong with Eli Winderman from Dopapod performing “Henrietta”.last_img read more

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Google says North Korea-backed hackers sought cyber research

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Google believes hackers backed by the North Korean government posed as computer security bloggers on social media while attempting to steal information from researchers in the field. Experts say the attacks targeting computer security experts reflect North Korean efforts to improve its cyber skills and be able to breach widely used computer products, such as Google’s Chrome browser and Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. A Google researcher says the hackers created social media profiles to build credibility and interact with researchers, who were the compromised after following a link to a blog set up by the hackers. North Korea has been linked to the 2014 hacking of Sony Pictures and the WannaCry malware attack of 2017.last_img

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Broadway’s Reed Kelly Will Appear on Next Season of Survivor

first_img Kelly’s Broadway credits include Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, The Addams Family and Wicked. Earlier this year, he appeared in City Center Encores!’ presentation of Little Me. Canfield was seen off-Broadway in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Kelly’s name appeared on gossip sites back in 2010, when he and Broadway/American Idol alum Clay Aiken split, which was confirmed by a change in MySpace status. Oh, how we miss those MySpace days. Kelly is not the first Spider-Man alum to hit the reality competition TV circuit. In 2010, Jonathan Schwartz, currently in Aladdin, competed on CBS’ The Amazing Race. He, alongside college friend Connor Diemand-Yauman, were eliminated after the fourth round. We’d form an alliance with him, but we’re a bit biased. Broadway alum Reed Kelly has joined Survivor: San Juan del Sur—Blood vs. Water, Entertainment Weekly reports. The 29th incarnation of the CBS series will premiere on September 24. Kelly will be paired on the show with his boyfriend, off-Broadway alum Josh Canfield. View Commentslast_img read more

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Broadway Grosses: Great White Way Remains Thankful for Turkey Day

first_img View Comments There are many traditions on Thanksgiving weekend: turkey and stuffing, parades, artfully avoiding hot topics at the table and Broadway box offices doing gangbusters. Aladdin broke the house record for the ninth time at the New Amsterdam Theatre, grossing $2,048,248. It sat comfortably in the top five with perennial favorites The Lion King, Wicked, Hamilton and The Book of Mormon (a couple of which played nine performances). Meanwhile, the School of Rock played the palatial Winter Garden Theatre at nearly 100% capacity and finished its third week of previews as a new member of the Millionaire’s Club at $1,304,251. The new revival of Fiddler on the Roof also finished its first full week of previews with seven figures at $1,221,716.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending November 29:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,436,498)2. Wicked ($2,290,873)*3. Aladdin ($2,048,348)4. Hamilton ($1,833,886)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,771,091)*UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Sylvia ($306,496)4. Fool for Love ($245,366)**3. The Gin Game ($241,917)**2. Hand to God ($211,795)1. Dames at Sea ($127,199)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Hamilton (101.62%)2. The Book of Mormon (101.28%)*3. The Lion King (99.59%)4. Aladdin (98.68%)5. School of Rock (97.61%)***UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. The Illusionists (54.78%)4. The Gin Game (54.74%)3. Hand to God (48.36%)2. Dames at Sea  (37.35%)1. Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games (26.92%)* Number based on nine regular performances**Number based on seven regular performances***Number based on eight preview performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

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Doling Out Tax Breaks Doesn’t Stop Companies From Taking Our Money and Running

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island’s Industrial Development Agencies have long been a source of power and patronage for local politicians, yet the IDAs’ effectiveness at actually fulfilling their official function of retaining jobs in the region is questionable at best. Let’s say it’s a dubious work in progress.From the departure of companies such as OSI Pharmaceuticals, Goya Foods, Arrow Electronics and Symbol Technologies, to the famous exodus of a huge entity like Northrop Grumman, Long Island’s corporate employment pool is ever-shrinking. Newsday reported that since 2003, the Nassau-Suffolk region has lost more than 30 corporations in some form.While CA Technologies still has a presence at 1 Computer Associates Plaza in Islandia, it’s no longer based on Long Island because its CEO recently moved its corporate headquarters across the East River. More than two decades ago CA got $13 million in low-cost IDA financing, sales tax breaks and property tax abatements. Earlier this month, First Data Corp., a credit-card processing company, announced it was shedding 641 jobs on Long Island. In 2003, the Suffolk IDA had given it more than $3 million in property tax breaks over 10 years to help offset the construction costs of its Melville facility.Given the drain on the Long Island economy, you’d think policymakers would be scrambling to stop the hemorrhaging. In one sense, they are—by continuing to put their faith in the IDAs to attract, retain and nurture local and regional businesses. But it doesn’t come cheap. One notable exception to the corporate flight is Canon U.S.A., which got a reported $31 million in benefits from the Suffolk IDA, including $18 million in sales tax exemptions and some $13 million in property tax abatements over a 10-year-period for simply moving from Lake Success in Nassau to Melville in Suffolk.In New York State, legislative action in 1969 allowed for the creation of IDAs to “facilitate economic development in specific localities, and delineating their powers and status as public benefit corporations.” According to a 2006 report from the State Comptroller’s office, New York has 115 active IDAs, at least one in each county, as well as in cities, villages and towns. In Suffolk County, Babylon, Brookhaven, Islip and Riverhead towns also have their own IDA, while in Nassau, Glen Cove and Hempstead Town do.Ask Paul Sabatino, a former chief deputy Suffolk County executive in the Steve Levy administration, about these Industrial Development Agencies, and his voice tenses up as he calls them a collective “poster child for crony capitalism.”Sabatino, an outspoken critic of the concept, was quick to note that “every dollar given by IDAs is a dollar taxpayers need to pay.”The money is freely handed out by Long Island’s IDAs. According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, our IDAs were among the most active regions in the state in 2013, granting $114.1 million in tax breaks to 851 projects. The results of these efforts reportedly generated 40,092 jobs valued around $9.9 billion, resulting in $3,506 in tax exemptions per job gained.But it’s worth taking a closer look. Suffolk County’s IDA granted $644 in tax breaks for every job gained, while Nassau’s IDA granted a ludicrous $23,611 in tax breaks per job. Nor does the disparity stop there. The Nassau IDA’s effectiveness is also questionable, having generated a mere 1,835 jobs, while the Suffolk IDA allegedly netted 14,080.Others have joined the growing chorus of IDA critics. Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos issued a press release last year titled “Nassau IDA Needs to Do Better,” which detailed the entities’ “apparent underperformance” and noted that Nassau’s IDA “appears to have created or retained an average of seven jobs per project while Suffolk created or retained about 105 jobs per project.”Aside from the dubious allocation of money, the Nassau County IDA seems to make doubtful decisions about which projects they believe are worthy of taxpayer subsidy. Thanks to a legal loophole in state law that allows IDAs to grant tax breaks for retail projects as long as they are “related to tourism,” a Costco slated for Oceanside was put on the docket to receive substantive tax breaks, as was Life Time Fitness in Garden City, which was deemed equally appealing to tourists. The IDA took no action on the Costco application after a public outcry about it, but Life Time was a bit more successful, with LIBN reporting at the time that Nassau IDA officials approved a 20-year Payment In Lieu Of Taxes package and authorized up to $2 million in savings on sales taxes.Nassau County IDA wasn’t the only one to find excuses to go beyond its purview. As helpfully pointed out by Newsday’s Editorial Board, the Town of Babylon IDA granted Tanger Outlets at the Arches in Deer Park tax breaks using the same “tourism” loophole. Joining the chorus, the editorial page of the New York Post weighed in to ask: “Where is the political support for the only truly sensible policy: making New York more attractive to all business investment, without the crony capitalism—and with the same set of rules for everyone?”Comptroller DiNapoli’s report did produce a tangible result in December 2015 when an IDA reform bill became law. At the time, DiNapoli said, “These measures build upon many of the best practices employed by some IDAs around the state and should reassure taxpayers that private businesses are being adequately scrutinized prior to receiving public support and that communities can recoup benefits if job creation goals are not met.”Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos hasn’t seen any marked improvement in Nassau’s IDA since the reform was passed. He told this writer that things are “exactly the same as before.” Maragos stressed that his goal “was not to criticize, but to motivate the IDA. The IDA should set forth a vision of how to create an economic engine for Nassau County.”He wanted the Nassau IDA to conduct public hearings as well as a cost-benefit analysis of the tax-abatement proposals on the table. “If one of their efforts doesn’t hold up to the scrutiny of a public hearing,” Maragos told me, “it shouldn’t be approved.”But the IDAs’ actual structure may be at issue. According to Sabatino, these entities aren’t about merely preserving Long Island’s business community as designed.“It’s all about access for the political class,” said Sabatino recently. “The basic economic principles of the IDAs are faulty. You are essentially taking taxpayer dollars to let politicians pick economic winners and losers based on politics and personalities—not objective review.”This lack of objective review is not only ineffective at fostering growth, it’s harmful for the overall economy. Flexing political power over objective planning ends up making Long Island lose its already dwindling competitive advantage due to the high costs of living here. Even after the subsidies are handed out, the jobs still leave for greener pastures.For his county to succeed, Maragos said, “Nassau needs to be the best in one or two industries. Low unemployment figures mask the fact that job totals are back to 2008 levels. If we don’t do anything, Nassau’s future won’t be bright.”But the two sectors our economy does seem to be increasingly relying on are retail and hospitality, which are vulnerable to the business cycle and are not known for producing high paying jobs. Because our policymaking remains fragmented, the Island’s future continues to suffer. The IDAs compete over the scraps while other states beckon our struggling industries with enticing deals. The vested interests that benefit from the status quo here have little incentive to change it. Why would they? They’re more concerned with keeping their fiefdoms in power, as long our taxpayers are willing to foot the bill.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.(Photo credit: Google Maps)last_img read more

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Record rent for Dublin offices

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Negotiations helps bidder seal deal at auction

first_imgThe home at 50 Waterview Ave, Wynnum.ONE bidder was all it took for a character home on a double block to sell last Saturday. The property at 50 Waterview Ave, Wynnum, sold under the hammer for $780,000. Marketing agent David Lazarus, of Belle Property Manly, said the four-bedroom home attracted two registered bidders and a crowd of about 30 people on auction day. One of the bidders opened the auction with a bid of $725,000 while the second remained silent. “We pulled the (active bidder) aside at $725,000 and negotiated with him to reach $780,000,” Mr Lazarus said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The home at 50 Waterview Ave, Wynnum.“At that point, we put (the home) on the market and it sold.” The local agent said the new owner and his family planned to move into the property. “They’re relocating from Wakerley — they needed a bigger house for their kids and all their stuff,” he said. Mr Lazarus said the vendors were Sydney investors who were cashing out to reinvest elsewhere.About 55 groups inspected the Wynnum home in the lead up to the auction. “It’s a beautiful character home, built-in underneath, on a double block. You don’t get many of those anymore,” Mr Lazarus said.last_img read more

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PHOTO: Brance Diversified Busy at Amelia Island

first_imgImage source: Brance DiversifiedBrance Diversified, Inc., a dredging and marine construction company servicing the state of Florida and surrounding areas, is currently conducting dredging operations in Amelia Island on Creekside Drive.So far, the Jacksonville based dredging contractor removed approximately 42,000 cubic yards of material from the Amelia Island Marina. The clean-up work at this site is underway at the moment, said Jennifer Mitchell from Brance Diversified.“We are also currently wrapping up some dredging work at the Vilano Boat Ramp in St. Augustine,” added Mitchell.Brance Diversified has just released this amazing photo from the Amelia Island dredging scheme.[mappress mapid=”24542″]last_img

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Francis V. “Blackie” Hoffmeier

first_imgFrancis “Blackie” Hoffmeier, 87, of Aurora, IN, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH.He was born Friday, June 8, 1928 in Ohio, Son of the late Frank Hoffmeier and the late Catherine Trossman Hoffmeier.He worked as a Welder for Texas Gas, retiring after over 35 years of service.He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. In his younger years, Blackie played baseball and enjoyed riding motorcycles. He still enjoyed riding his scooter. Blackie was a guitarist and loved to play Blue Grass music with his brother and anyone else that wanted to play. He liked to garden and always took care of the flower gardens around the house. Blackie spent time puttering around in his shop making numerous yard decorations, such as, Nativity scenes and windmills. He also loved to paint. His house and everything in it was always impeccably painted. He loved to support and attend any community chicken fry, or fish fry and spend time with friends and family.He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Faye Ann Hoffmeier of Aurora, IN; Grandchildren, Jamie Black (Joel Braun) of North Royalton, OH; and Bart (Shannon) Black of Aurora, IN; great grandchildren, Alex Doehrmann, Leni Doehrmann and Niki Doehrmann, Joey Black and Jake Black; Brothers, Les Hoffmeier, Clifford “Dutch” (Wilma) Hoffmeier and Loran “Lornie” (Rose Mary) Hoffmeier all of Guilford.He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Mary Barbara “Sis” Peters & Helen Ann “Betsy” Hiltz.Friends will be received 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 203 Fourth Street, Aurora, IN, Friday, May 6, 2016 at 11:00 am with Father Stephen Donahue officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, IN.Contributions may be made to the Aurora Emergency Rescue Unit. If unable to attend, please call the office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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PSG boss backs Neymar, Mbappe after UCL final loss

first_imgParis Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel defended his 400 million euro strike force of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe after they were unable to find a way past Bayern Munich in their 1-0 Champions League final loss on Sunday. PSG’s Qatari owners spent a combined 402 million euros ($474m) on the pair in 2017 to win this competition. However, they struggled to impose themselves on the German giants who have now won Europe’s top prize on six occasions. Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, ended the night with a yellow card and in floods of tears. “We want Neymar and Kylian to score but we can’t ask for it all the time,” said Tuchel. “I am proud because ‘Ney’ still had a match with an incredible capacity, he showed his mentality. “For Kylian it was difficult, he suffered a serious injury, missed a lot of training. It was a miracle that he was with us at all.” Mbappe had a great chance to score but shot straight at goalkeeper Manuel Neuer just before half-time. As it was, Kingsley Coman, for whom PSG was his boyhood club, grabbed the only goal in the second half. “I am convinced that if we had scored the first goal, we’d win the game 1-0,” added Tuchel. “I had the impression that the first goal would decide the fate of this final.” Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More12 Marvel Superheroes Before The Fame7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Read Also: Davies ‘hungry’ for more success at Bayern Munich He added: “We have to keep this quality to continue on this road.” But will he still be in charge when PSG open their new season in the coming week? “I have a contract, I don’t know anything else.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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