Lessons of the Week! Idina Menzel, Brian J. Smith & More

first_img Idina Menzel View Comments Do you know what time it is? No, not Hammer Time. Not Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Not Time After Time. It’s time for the Lessons of the Week! Every Friday, Broadway.com brings you the craziest, weirdest and silliest things we’ve learned over the last seven days—and this week, Idina Menzel, Ramin Karimloo, Jarrod Spector and more stars really surprised us.Idina Menzel Loves Hairy GuysWell, this is a weird one. When we asked If/Then star Idina Menzel what she’d like to do with Tony host Hugh Jackman, she answered: “Rub his chest hair.” Um, we were hoping to see them sing “Let It Go” together, but this is way more interesting.Broadway Stars Have Gross TalentsThis week, we grilled the Tony nominees about their secret talents. A Gentleman’s Guide star Lauren Worsham can stick her tongue in her own nostril—not to be outdone by Inishmaan’s Sarah Greene, who can light cigarettes with her feet. Don’t you gals know any card tricks?Wanna Sing Like Queen Lesli? Here’s HowMatilda star Lesli Margherita has revealed her official “Singers Diet.” Aspiring actors, get a pen. The secret ingredients are… (drumroll please)… Dr. Pepper, Hot Tamales and Vitamin Water. That’s it, guys! You’ll be screeching at maggots in no time.Stro Still Has Her Baseball CapsBullets Over Broadway director Susan Stroman says she’s grown out of the signature baseball caps she wore circa 1993 to 2004, but don’t worry, she’s still got ‘em stashed in her closet. Stro, we’d pay top dollar for one of those at the BC/EFA flea market.Jarrod Spector Is NOT a 3rd-Rate FrankieA fan told Beautiful’s Jarrod Spector that he was her third favorite Frankie Valli. Guys, we’ve been through this before. They may be unnaturally talented, but Broadway stars have feelings, too. And in stage door emergencies, if you absolutely must, lie.Lindsay Lohan Missed Her CueGuess what? Lindsay Lohan wants to headline a show in the West End! She’s so serious about the idea, she slept through / forgot about / otherwise missed her mega-important interview with the Sunday Times about it. Good start, Lindsay. Good start.Brian J. Smith Likes the Older LadiesTony nominee Brian J. Smith could bring any gal (or guy) he wants to the awards on June 8—but like most eligible bachelors, he’s pining for five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury. Come on, who wouldn’t want to date the spunky octogenarian after seeing these moves?B’way Won’t Be Getting Smell-o-VisionSorry, looks like you’re going to have to dig out your old copy of Burlesque to get your Christina-Aguilera-in-a-musical fix. Alas, the Grammy winner won’t be belting Evita in Broadway 4D this year, and, also alas, we won’t get to find out what the streets of Buenos Aires smell like. Chorizo?James Snyder’s Dressing Room SmellsIf/Then star James Snyder has a public service announcement: He is not the stinky guy in the cast. His dressing room only smells funky because his storage bins are emitting a mysterious odor. Suuure, James, blame it on the bins. That’s what they all say.Ramin Karimloo Thinks He’s BoringThe Les Miz star should be putting on his Tony game face right about now, but he’s preoccupied with another competition: Is his Broadway.com vlog as interesting/awesome/exciting as the smelly James Snyder’s? You’re doing great, Ramin, just keep singing and taking your shirt off.center_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Honduras: International agreements increase security

first_img TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Here’s how big Nov. 29 was in Honduras’ counter-narcotics fight: The seizure of 24,250 pounds of pseudoephedrine represented nearly half of all of the 42,990 pounds of narcotics confiscated nationwide in 2012. The bust, which occurred in the village of Pata de Gallina in the department of Yoro, was the largest seizure of pseudoephedrine – used to make synthetic drugs – in the country’s history. Of the 42,990 pounds of narcotics seized so far this year entering the final week of 2012, 18,739 was cocaine, representing a significant increase compared to the 10,410 pounds seized in 2011, according to the National Office for Combating Drug Trafficking. Honduras’ success in its counter-narcotics fight is rooted in being involved in Operation Martillo, a joint effort of Western Hemisphere and European nations to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. The country also sought the advice of Colombia’s National Police, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Chilean government, which all concluded narco-trafficking and organized crime were threatening Honduras’ national security, according to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs Arturo Corrales Álvarez. Honduras received US$60,223,457 in 2012 in international aid to bolster its narcotics fight after getting US$60,742,457 in 2011 and US$59,613,457 in 2010, according to the government. “In the departments of Colón, Yoro, Gracias a Dios and Olancho, we need to take radical steps because there are more crimes related to drug trafficking [in these areas],” said Wilfredo Méndez, the executive director of the Center for Research and Promotion of Human Rights in Honduras (CIPRODEH). “We have to show our willingness to do this.” Honduras also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States, which led the Central American nation to implement the following: Wilfredo Méndez agrees with Corrales Álvarez. “In the region, the problem goes beyond specific countries because the drug trade is a geopolitical problem, yet Honduras is at the center of it all,” he said. “We must also take into account the collateral problems, such as weapons trafficking and human trafficking.” Among other initiatives to increase the country’s security, Honduran officials also fired numerous corrupt National Police officers, and lawmakers amended Article 102 of the Constitution to allow Hondurans to be extradited if they are wanted on narco-trafficking, organized crime or terrorism charges. “[Through these actions, the government] is seeking to design and adopt practical measures to address the threats to public safety in Honduras,” said Corrales Álvarez. “During a six-month period, our agenda focused on diagnosing the problems and defining the solutions, and we have done that.” Corrales Álvarez also said Honduras’ inclusion among 14 participating nations in Operation Martillo has “strengthened the country’s border defenses against drug trafficking, and the monitoring allows us to strike significant blows against the drug trade.” Operation Martillo consists of offshore monitoring, along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, to intercept narcotics entering Honduras to prevent their transit to other nations. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. “This major operation has succeeded in reducing the quantities of the drugs coming in, as well as the number of landings by planes operated by the drug trade in recent years,” said Corrales Álvarez. Five narcotics-carrying airplanes were seized in Honduras this year after three were confiscated in 2011, according to the Administrative Office of Seized Goods (OABI). Honduras also took part in the Fourth Meeting of the Mexico/Honduras Bi-National Commission, which was held in Mexico City in September. The countries agreed to carry out prevention workshops in Honduras and Mexico and improve the training provided to Honduras’ National Police and Army. “Both governments pledged to strengthen the bilateral mechanisms to address narco-trafficking and drug addiction,” Corrales Álvarez said. “We are grateful to the friendly countries that have joined our fight against drug trafficking because we can win only if we work together.” Improve counter-narcotics forces to prevent drugs from entering via land, air or sea; Establish strategies to handle the drugs that have entered the country; Increase the efficiency of the judicial system; Support the institutional strengthening of all government agencies; Respect human rights; Fight corruption, which has weakened the state in its counter-narcotics fight and given narco-traffickers more power; Operate at the community level, increase citizen participation and empowerment and extend the counter-narcotics fight nationwide, not just in the nation’s capital of Tegucigalpa. By Dialogo December 26, 2012 “Though narco-trafficking and organized crime pose an equal threat to all countries, the situation is worse in Honduras because it is a transit country for narcotics shipments,” Corrales Álvarez said. “Therefore, the country has ratified international cooperation agreements that will allow it to increase public safety and combat drug trafficking and crime.” last_img read more

Gold Coast property: Gold Coast’s fastest selling suburbs revealed

first_imgUndated : generic aerial view of Merrimac, Gold CoastHOUSE hunters are snapping up Gold Coast properties in some inland suburbs within weeks of them hitting the market.New figures released by property researcher CoreLogic show Currumbin Valley, Merrimac and Mudgeeraba top the list of fastest-selling suburbs on the Gold Coast.Property experts attributed the demand to the unique homes on offer and better value for money in the areas. Aerial photo shoot this morning of Beach Erosion along the Gold Coast from Main Beach to Miami Beach — Surfers Paradise Gold Coast’s fastest selling suburbs: 1. Currumbin Valley and Merrimac (houses) — 19 days2. Mudgeeraba (houses) — 22 days3. Burleigh Waters (units) — 23 days4. Currumbin Waters, Mudgeeraba, Tugun (units) — 24 days5. Miami (units) and Worongary (houses) — 25 days Grab a copy of The Bulletin’s Sold On the Gold Coast magazine on August 22 for expert advice on selling, buying and investing as well as the latest property data from every suburb on the Gold Coast. An undated aerial view of Merrimac, Gold Coast“I think it’s just the uniqueness of the properties that we have had out there that’s attracting people,” he said.The 212 house sales in Mudgeeraba sold within a median of 22 days.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoRE/MAX Regency Gold Coast agent Stuart Legg said properties in Mudgeeraba offered better value for money than many of those along the coast.“During the (Gold Coast’s) growth period over the past four years, I think people have realised their budget will only go so far,” he said. Who wouldn’t wanna live here though?Currumbin Valley and Merrimac shared first place, with houses on median sold 19 days of being on the market.The figure is based on a total of 86 sales within those areas throughout the past year.While McGrath Palm Beach agent Andy Hogarth was surprised 20 homes had sold in Currumbin Valley over the past year, he said the figure still accurately reflected the market.He sold a luxury American-style barn in May after a week on the market while colleague Richard Snowden sold the country retreat of AFL legend Jonathan Brown following a four-week auction campaign. Mudgeeraba — where you get the best value for money.Mr Legg said there was also a limited number of homes on the market, which meant people were quick to buy as soon as they were listed. GET A NEW SET OF HEADPHONES WITH YOUR DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION He recently sold a Mudgeeraba property, which attracted 20 groups for inspections and five offers, in four days.“The number of sales are definitely down this year on last year, but that just increases the demand for properties as well,” he said.Despite the data, CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said properties on the Coast were actually taking longer to sell compared to previous years, “which is reflective of the overall slowing of dwelling value growth over the past year”.last_img read more

Florida DOH: Third presumptive positive Coronavirus case in Broward County

first_imgTwo patients in Broward county were confirmed presumptive positive for COVID-19 Friday. FDOH announced those cases during the same time it confirmed a COVID-19 patient in Lee County.Palm Beach County Department of Health Director Dr. Alina Alonso, County Administrator Verdenia Baker, county commissioners and representatives from emergency management announced Sunday evening that the Pennsylvania Department of Health had recently advised the Florida Department of Health that a man who traveled to West Palm Beach for a convention Feb. 28 has tested positive for COVID-19. The man has since flown back to Pennsylvania.According to the Florida Department of Health, there is a total of 17 positive cases of the coronavirus connected to Florida. Of those cases, 11 patients are Florida residents, one patient is an out-of-state resident and five are repatriated cases.The CDC is also advising the elderly to not board crew ships or take cruises at this time.IF YOU FEEL SICK:The Florida Department of Health has opened a 24-hour COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Questions may also be emailed to covid-19@flhealth.gov. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.Gov. Ron DeSantis met with Vice President Mike Pence, Florida’s two U.S. senators and cruise line officials Saturday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale asthe state Department of Health announced more presumptive cases of the disease — this time in Charlotte, Okaloosa, Volusia and Manatee Counties.Just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday the Florida Department of Health tweeted about a new presumptive positive case in Manatee County where it said the patient is in isolation and being cared for.The Department of Health also announced cases in Volusia and Okaloosa counties in a tweet just after 7 p.m. Saturday. The post affirmed both individuals are now isolated but had recently traveled on a Nile River Cruise in Egypt.A press release issued by the department reported the patient in Volusia county is a 66-year-old woman and the patient in Okaloosa County is a 61-year-old woman.As a result of the cases, the department is now advising individuals who traveled on the Nile River Cruise from Feb. 4 to 18 to isolate themselves for 14 days upon returning home after multiple passengers tested positive for the virus.FIU infectious diseases expert Dr. Aileen Marty joins Jen and I’ll Monday morning at 7:05 for the latest on COVID-10. She is featured in this interview on Sunday in Miami.For more information On COVID-19 from the CDC click here. Florida Department of Health confirms a 67-year-old Broward County man has tested presumptive positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) Sunday. This brings the total to three reported coronavirus patients in the county.The health department tweeted, the patient is currently in isolation.The Florida Department of Health announces a new positive #COVID19 case in Broward County. This individual is a 67 year old male who is currently isolated. For #COVID19 updates, visit https://t.co/e1S8bGG26U— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) March 8, 2020last_img read more

No. 20 Badgers bury No. 13 Buckeyes, 71-49

first_imgView Gallery (21 Photos)Ohio State felt the bite from Wisconsin’s “Killer B’s” Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.That is, the trio of Jared Berggren, Ben Brust and Mike Bruesewitz.The Badgers’ post presence of Berggren, the three-point sharpshooting of Brust and the hustle of Bruesewitz proved too much for the Buckeyes to overcome, as Wisconsin (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten) used its best shooting performance of the year to blow past No. 13/14 Ohio State (18-7, 8-5) 71-49.“They didn’t change their intensity on defense,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “The guys got good looks and they went down, we didn’t change anything.”Bruesewitz made his presence known all night, battling inside for every rebound and dishing out four assists while scoring seven points as the Badgers scored 39 points in the first half, tied for the best total in any Big Ten game this season and shot 52.7 percent from the field against the Buckeyes, a season high.Brust and Berggren each finished with 15 points to lead Wisconsin, while Brust gathered 11 rebounds, good for his fifth double-double of the season and his first in conference play.“We knocked down shots,” Bruesewitz said. “It was kind of a landslide effect, once a couple people knocked down shots.”“Momentum is a big part of basketball,” fifth-year senior forward Ryan Evans said. “You can attribute a lot of credit to the fans. Just being in the Kohl Center, that really helps us in itself.”Deshaun Thomas opened up the game with a jumper from the left corner to give OSU a 2-0 lead, but that would be the team’s only one of the game, as UW used a decisive 18-0 run over eight minutes to leave a look of shock on its opponent’s face.With the score knotted at 6-6, Brust faked a pass inside to a cutting Sam Dekker and pulled the string on a step-back three. On the following possession for Wisconsin, Brust did it again, this time in the face of Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr.Wisconsin continued its run with an old-fashioned three-point play by Berggren, as Ohio State’s Amir Williams overcommitted to the right to try to make a play on the ball. With the score 14-6, a media timeout gave Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta a much-needed break to converse with his players about how to stop their opponent’s run.“We had some point blank layups that didn’t go in,” Matta said. “It’s hard to get great shots against Wisconsin. I saw the panic more on the defensive end. We shut down more defensively than we did on the offensive end.”The Badgers were far from finished, as center Frank Kamnisky blew by his defender, Evan Ravenel, and penetrated the lane, kicking it out to Brust for another three-point basket, extending the lead to 18-6 in favor of the Badgers.After a Dekker layup and Ryan Evans’ 15-foot jumper extended the lead to 22-6, Matta took a 30-second timeout. But, as if to definitely crush any Buckeyes’ hopes of getting back into the game, Berggren swatted Thomas’ shot attempt in the lane.Less than a minute later Berggren put an offensive exclamation mark on the run, taking a feed from a driving George Marshall under the basket for a one-handed slam, capping the 18-0 run.“The way we opened up the game defensively, we weren’t even challenging shots,” Matta said. “We took the timeout and we were like, ‘What’s going on here?’“We won’t forget this basketball game.”The second half was no different, as a dunk from freshman standout Sam Dekker, who finished the game with 13 points, and a put-back flush from Ryan Evans highlighted the game’s final 20 minutes. Wisconsin never allowed Ohio State to cut the deficit to less than 13 in that second half. It was a signature moment for Evans, who finished the dunk off a missed Brust three, crashing the lane and throwing it down with one hand to ignite the Kohl Center.It was the signature moment on a solid night from the Wisconsin forward, who finished with a nine-point, five-rebound performance. Evans was a game-time decision entering the game after missing Saturday’s team practice due to illness.Thomas finished with 18 for Ohio State, leading all scorers. The 22-point loss was also the Buckeyes’ worst since losing to Wisconsin Dec. 31, 2009, at the Kohl Center by the same amount.Ohio State dropped to fifth in the conference standings while Wisconsin leapfrogs into a tie for third with Michigan, trailing first place teams Indiana and Michigan State by two with five games remaining in conference play.“I think every game is going to be a challenge no matter who it is,” Brust said. “Any team can beat any team. You have to take care of business with what you can control and the rest will play out your way.”last_img read more

Singida beat Homeboyz on penalties

first_imgDeus Kaseke, Adam Miraji, Shafik Batambuze and Danny Lyanga scored for Singida while Noah Wafula scored for Homeboyz.Benjamin Oketch and Collins Kisuya missed Homeboyz’s kick, Oketch sending his effort high over the bar while Oketch had his effort saved by Singida keeper Peter manyika Junior.Missing their injured talisman Allan Wanga upfront, Homeboyz tactician Paul Nkata handed Keiphas Mutuu a starting role with new signing George Mandela also being given his sifrt start in the tournament.The home side had a perfect start to the match, Wycliffe Opondo striking them ahead much thanks to some casual defense from the Tanzanians.Mandela took on a daunting run on the right before cutting back a cross into the box which Singida took their sweet time to clear, Mutuu managing to steal the ball and toe poke to Opondo who struck the ball past Peter Manyika.Singida almost made a response three minutes later but Deus Kaseke’s curling effort from the right was pushed to the upright by keeper Mike Wanyika.Singida tried to put the ball on the ground and build up play but the slipper nature of the pitch most of the time caught them out.Homeboyz were more direct and with any possession they picked, they threw bodies upfront. In the 17th minute, a counter from Nkata’s charges saw skipper Eston Esiye pick the ball in midfield and release Moses Mudavadi out on the right, but the forward’s shot went straight to keeper Manyika.Six minutes later, Esiye took matters in his own hands striking a shot from range which keeper Manyika spilled and a rushing Mutuu failed to pounce on the error.Homeboyz’s defense marshaled by a new twin pairing of Benjamin Oketch and Andrew Waisswa managed to withstand the pressure from Singida, ensuring they sealed their single goal lead to the end of the opening 45 minutes.Singida came back a more organized side in the second half and it took them only 15 minutes to equalize when Danny Lyanga dived in to head at the edge of the six yard box off Elinywesia Sumbi’s cross from the right.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kakamega Homeboyz forward Moses Mudavadi vies for the ball with Singida United’s Amara Diaby during their SportPesa Super Cup bronze medal match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNakuru, Kenya, Jun 10- Tanzania’s Singida United beat Kakamega Homeboyz 4-1on penalties at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium on Sunday afternoon to claim the SportPesa Super Cup third place trophy and earn Sh750,000 in prize money.The game was forced into penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time and in the same manner they lost in the semi-finals, Homeboyz failed to sparkle from 12 yards out.last_img read more

Nofault reform needed more than ever after rate increase

first_img04Apr No-fault reform needed more than ever after rate increase Categories: Griffin News,News I was shocked, as I am sure you were, to see the car insurance fees families pay to fund the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) are again being raised in July.This is outrageous. It is yet another example of special interests driving the increase in the personal injury protection (PIP) aspect of no-fault auto insurance at the expense of hard-working Michiganders.When the MCCA was created in a 1978 law, it was funded by a $3-per-vehicle assessment. The funds raised by the association are designated to provide medical care to people who suffer catastrophic injuries in vehicle accidents.Beginning in July, our mandated contribution to the fund will be $192 per car. That means we will pay an additional $22 – or 13 percent compared to the current rate – for a system that lacks choice and transparency. This contributes to the sad fact that Michigan families are paying the highest auto insurance premiums in the nation.The MCCA has amassed tens of billions of our dollars over the last 30 years and spends the money without robust oversight or reporting. Michigan families are forced to pay these fees, but have no say how their hard-earned money is being used.We have attempted to reform no-fault insurance. Last year I voted for reform to give drivers a choice on how much coverage they want to pay for. This would have resulted in significant rate reductions.Unfortunately, the House failed to approve this solution. Strong lobbying by hospitals, trial lawyers and other interest groups prevented its passage.We need an answer, and I will work tirelessly, as your voice in Lansing, to either reform current law and reduce rates for auto insurance or support a different solution to relieve families of this unwarranted financial burden.last_img read more

Cisco has launched a new facility to enable custom

first_imgCisco has launched a new facility to enable customers of its Infinite Video platform to test new features with users before making them generally available, with Israel’s Yes one of the first pay TV operators to use the service.The Infinite Video Platform Labs will enable Cisco customers to gather feedback from users before launching new features based on the platform. The IVP Labs will include A/B testing capabilities and what Cisco describes as a ‘microservice-based architecture” to enable the fast delivery of tests.According to Cisco, Israel’s Yes used IVP Labs to design and test a feature that delivers a personalised user interface to different audience segments and viewers. The feature is integrated with Yes’s personalized recommendation engine, and was demonstrated by the pair at Las Vegas’ Wynn Hotel during the Consumer Electronics Show.“One of the benefits of moving to IVP is the ability to innovate faster at lower cost. Gone are the days of costly professional services engagements to make minor changes with high downtimes. Being able to provide immediate feedback, and adapt the functionality accordingly, is a critical success factor in the new video world,” said said Yitschak Elyakim, CTO, Yes.“We are releasing new features for IVP every two weeks,” said Rajeev Raman, senior director of product and strategy, service provider video software, Cisco.“IVP Labs demonstrates our commitment to a common code that continuously expands capabilities while improving quality. Our aim is simple: to create a community in which our customers – and their customers – can directly contribute to shape the IVP roadmap and help define the future of video.”last_img read more