On Your Feet! Sets Broadway Dates & Theater

first_imgOn Your Feet! is ready to get up and make it happen! The Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical will begin Broadway performances on October 5, 2015 at the Marquis Theatre. Opening night is set for November 5. The tuner will premiere at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago from June 2 through July 5 of next year. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017 View Comments Directed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, On Your Feet! will feature a book by Alexander Dinelaris. Both well-known tunes and new music penned by the Estafans will be used to tell a story inspired by their life and musical legacy. Their hits include “The Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “Words Get in the Way,” “1, 2, 3″ and the Oscar-nominated “Music Of My Heart.” Related Shows On Your Feet! The production has launched an international casting search, #ReachGloria, giving performers from around the world the chance to audition for all parts in the musical by submitting videos. There will also be two September open calls: one in New York and one in the Estefans’ home city of Miami.last_img read more

Kentucky National Guard Maintenance Team visits Ecuadorean Military

first_imgBy Story by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Alexa Becerra, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment June 29, 2018 The Ecuadorean military hosted a team of soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard, June 3-9, 2018, during a military-to-military event through the State Partnership Program (SPP). The event focused on vehicle maintenance procedures, involved a visit to maintenance shops at an Army base in the capital, Quito, and also a marine base in Guayaquil. The Kentucky National Guard has been partnered with Ecuador since 1996, and has collaborated in more than 70 missions in both countries. The partnership is enhanced by conducting exchanges focusing on military and civilian best practices in areas which include: air and land forces interoperability, disaster management, professional development, engineering, aviation, medical support, and communications. “This trip re-establishes the partnership with the Ecuadorean military,” said Capt. Eric Green, operations officer at the 149th Brigade Support Battalion and assistant superintendent for the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site. “Our focus was to assess the status of the Army and Marine Corps maintenance and supply programs, while introducing them to new equipment and systems.” “This visit means to revive cooperative relations between the military institutions of both countries regarding the aspects of doctrine, techniques, in the determination of needs and processes of obtaining the necessary spare parts, and also the execution of the maintenance plan for the HMMWV vehicles,” said Ecuadorean Army Lt. Col. Milton Sanchez, commander of the Maintenance Battalion. The Kentucky Guard maintenance team conducted training on preventative maintenance, plans, and shop procedures with the mechanics and leadership of the Logistics Command Reino de Quit” No. 25. With SPP, the Ecuadorean military has the ability to purchase U.S. products through a Letter of Request. “The support we receive when it comes to technical knowledge is extremely beneficial,” said Ecuadorean Army Staff Sgt. Manuel Calvopina Soto, mechanic for the Logistics Command. “For example, knowing we have the ability to restore several vehicles we thought were dead-lined assists us greatly, thanks to the team’s expertise.” According to U.S. Army Maj. Jamie Carta, coordinator of SPP in Kentucky, cooperative training exercises such as this and key leadership engagements help service members learn from each other and build lasting relationships that will continue to build forces for the future. “This visit was very productive because it allowed both our militaries to come together and determine a proper form of executing the maintenance and operability of our vehicles,” said Lt. Col. Sanchez. “The vision we have for this partnership is to become a model of cooperation between our military technical institutions that will allow the successful recovery of American tactical vehicles.” The guardsmen left confident in meeting the intent of their leadership to assess the Ecuadorean vehicle fleet and supply systems. “I believe this trip helped to establish a sense of trust in our abilities and dedication to helping the Ecuadorean military,” said Capt. Green. “They were wonderful hosts and treated us as distinguished guests. Moving forward we hope to further strengthen the partnership with training opportunities in Ecuador and in Kentucky,” he said.last_img read more

Suffolk Exec Bellone Must Learn That Wishing is No Substitute for Planning

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s Connect Long Island idea has become a project that relies upon assumptions instead of realities.What started as a relatively simple concept, employing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines to connect downtown areas with research centers and employment hubs, has evolved into so much more.When it was first announced in 2012, the County Executive’s office explained that “the Connect Long Island initiative aims to create new mass-transit connections between major roadways, Long Island Rail Road stations and transit-oriented downtowns to relieve traffic congestion, increase mobility and spur economic growth.”At the time, economist Marty Cantor, Suffolk’s former economic development commissioner, issued a strong rebuke of the proposal.“Connect Long Island makes little sense,” he wrote, “considering that there is no current demand for a bus service that won’t materialize for two decades, will cost millions of dollars that Suffolk doesn’t have and requires new buses, new road systems and old expensive labor.”A couple of years later, instead of just linking areas like Patchogue to Stony Brook University, the project is being used to justify the electrification of the LIRR’s Port Jefferson Branch and the addition of  a double track on the LIRR between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma. The future of the double track is uncertain, and electrification isn’t even listed on the MTA’s next five-year capital plan, which already faces at least a $15-billion hole before it can be finalized.A fundamental flaw of the proposal is that still tenuous projects like Heartland Town Square in Islip are another part of the equation. Bellone is envisioning his Connect Long Island proposal linking the mega project to both the Deer Park and Kings Park LIRR stations, while the expansion of the state-owned Sagtikos Parkway, necessary to accommodate the anticipated spike in traffic from thousands of new residents, is far from a done deal. Yet somehow Connect Long Island is now based on the assumption that Heartland will be built and the road will somehow be widened.Read “Heartland Town Square Proposal Is Too Big For Only Islip Town Board’s Approval” HEREThe Suffolk county executive also proposed the creation of an additional BRT line to the Yaphank LIRR station. Bellone has since suggested running an additional railroad spur from the mainline to the Brookhaven National Lab. Realistically, between the lack of government funding and the large tracts of land that it would require which are located in the heavily restricted Central Pine Barrens, this extension would seem extremely unlikely unless there is federal intervention.Basically, Bellone needs to show some hard data in order to justify the notion that Connect Long Island is even a viable option. Is there marked demand for north-south transit linkages in Stony Brook, Kings Park and Yaphank? Even the much-touted Route 110 corridor’s BRT route could use accurate ridership projections instead of the administration’s anecdotes.A good idea doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right idea. We need to have fact-backed proposals, not a “build it and they will come” mindset.Enough is enough.Suffolk County isn’t engaging in planning, but rather in wishing. It’s pushing for important expansions in our wastewater infrastructure not on the merits of protecting our environment—a truly vital concern for the Island’s future—but on the rather slippery slope of promoting more growth. And so, areas as diverse as Hampton Bays and Smithtown are promoted for development under the guise of plugging that overhyped “Brain Drain” dilemma when the demographics don’t justify it and the real need gets muddied. Wastewater treatment should not be mistaken for bulking up the Island’s “emergency preparedness” after Superstorm Sandy. Those are different concerns.What once was a good idea thanks to its simplicity and relative ease of implementation, has, like all else in the development world here, become everything to everyone.We, as an Island, cannot just build our way out of our economic woes. Further, we must become smarter about approving projects of regional significance. Under the current model, we run the risk of both over-saturating our already struggling economy, and worse, creating higher density sprawl that augments our problems rather than alleviating them.Bellone’s concept isn’t all bad. Any proposal that brings a sense of regional cohesion to the Island should be explored, but do it in a serious manner. Anecdotes don’t justify land use policies.The key to Connect Long Island’s success is highlighting the potential benefits to our residents, and making them want to leave their cars and climb aboard the Bus Rapid Transit line instead. The county executive should focus all of his publicity resources on promoting the Route 110 corridor, an already successful employment hub on the Island. This area should serve as the pilot program. If it’s successful, and if ridership projections justify it, then implement the BRT on Nicholls Road.Do Stony Brook students truly want to travel to Patchogue? Find out. Do workers at the Stony Brook University hospital and the campus actually commute south to north? Provide the analysis. Where do Brookhaven National Laboratory workers really reside? Would they ever use the LIRR in enough numbers to justify the additional track work?Instead of telling stories, Suffolk County has to roll up its sleeves and get to work on planning. Maybe the data will show that Connect Long Island is a great idea. Maybe it won’t. We won’t know for sure until we actually do the research and the results are in. Wishing will not make it so.Rich Murdocco writes on 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 will be contributing regularly to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

Be an offensive communicator

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Last week I had the opportunity to hear Brian Sacks present “The 10 Dumbest Mistakes Loan Officers Make” at myCUmortgage’s annual partner conference.Brian is a well-respected speaker on mortgage origination and has originated in excess of 5,000 homes loans for more than $1 billion in his career. He has authored courses for the Mortgage Bankers Association of America and has written for numerous industry publications. Brian has conducted classes for Realtors and for over two decades has authored courses approved for Realtors continuing education credits. He has appeared on more than forty radio stations as a mortgage expert as well as ABC, NBC, CBS, and Comcast TV. So it’s easy to say he’s an expert on mortgage originations. You can learn more about Brian at his website.Brian gave an interactive talk where shared mistakes that he sees loan originators make that prevent them from being more successful. Many of his ideas would help originators become more memberlicious, but here’s my favorite concept – Be an “Offensive” Communicator…My favorite part of Brian’s talked about how to be an “offensive” communicator and not being a victim. We’ve all been asked this question by a borrower or a Realtor – “How long will it take you to close my loan?” It’s a legitimate question but there’s lots of potential answers. continue reading »last_img read more

Compliance: Using alternative data in underwriting

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Five federal financial regulators, including NCUA, released a joint statement on the use of alternative data in underwriting by credit unions and other financial institutions. The statement notes the benefits that using alternative data may provide to consumers, such as expanding access to credit and enabling consumers to obtain additional products and more favorable pricing and terms.It also explains that a well-designed compliance management program provides for a thorough analysis of relevant consumer protection laws and regulations to ensure firms understand the opportunities, risks, and compliance requirements before using alternative data.Alternative data includes information not typically found in consumers’ credit reports or customarily provided by consumers when applying for credit. Alternative data include cash flow data derived from consumers’ bank account records.The agencies recognize that use of alternative data in a manner consistent with applicable consumer protection laws may improve the speed and accuracy of credit decisions and may help firms evaluate the creditworthiness of consumers who currently may not obtain credit in the mainstream credit system.last_img read more

Lending trends your credit union needs to know now

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A successful lending program requires having more than great loan products. With the recession continuing, it’s more important than ever to grow your credit union’s lending portfolio. NAFCU’s Virtual Lending Conference, October 14 – 15, will help you navigate through the new lending landscape and keep your lending pipeline strong.In addition to innovative lending practices, ideas, and strategies, you’ll learn about trends that can help maximize your lending. During the conference, you can take advantage of several sessions dedicated just to strengthen your understanding of the most up-to-the-second economic, credit, auto, and technology trends that impact lending. Some of the sessions include:Key Economic Trends Affecting Credit Union Lending Join the Bowtie Economist, Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., as he discusses all-new data points about the current and expected health of the economy, including the depth and breadth of the current decline in GDP, the timing of the recovery, auto lending, home loan activity, inflation, the impact of the just-passed CARES Act and more.Panel Discussion: Credit Card Programs: The Trends, Insights and Future of PaymentsReview the current credit card market and what to expect in the future amidst business lockdowns, layoffs, and consumer health.Panel Discussion: The State of the Auto Finance MarketDiscover the latest trends within the automotive finance market to help your credit union prepare for 2021, including updates on delinquency rates, subprime lending, changing competitive market share, and more.Emerging Trends in Technology and Data to Improve Loan QualityReview best practices for leveraging technology to improve loan quality from origination to delivery. With advancements in technology, complex tasks such as auditing processes can now be automated to a high degree with accuracy rates superior to traditionally manual processes.You’ll gain all these takeaways and more at NAFCU’s Virtual Lending Conference. View the agenda and see more sessions built to help your lending pipeline push through the recession and grow. Unable to watch during the event dates, or want to re-watch a session? Your registration gives you access to on-demand recordings of all conference sessions! You can also save $150 on already-low virtual pricing with code LENDTRENDS when you register by October 9, 2020.last_img read more

Boscov’s agrees to 1-year lease with city of Binghamton

first_imgChairman and CEO of Boscov’s Jim Boscov said the department store is pleased to serve the Binghamton community for “many years to come.” Additionally in May, Binghamton City Council extended the store’s parking agreement for the Water Street Parking garage by vote. The extension was approved by the Binghamton Local Development Corporation in April. The Agency approved the extension agreement in May. Boscov’s lease extension was a payment in lieu of taxes. The city says the terms include a $135,061 payment and $25,000 parking payment. Mayor David said if the store were to leave, Binghamton could lose $800,000 in sales-tax revenue. “The store supports a significant number of jobs, sales tax revenue, foot traffic and economic activity downtown,” David said in a press release sent to 12 News. “The City and Boscov’s are working with state officials to secure funding to address the building’s deteriorating condition and finalize a long-term lease.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Boscov’s Department Store on Court Street has agreed to a one-year-lease extension. Binghamton Mayor Rich David applauded Boscov’s decision to extend its lease. Boscov’s opened in Binghamton in 1984.last_img read more

C&C to pull out of Australia

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Couple keen for a sea change decide to sell Eatons Hill home

first_img12 Emanual Court, Eatons Hill 12 Emanual Court, Eatons HillThe couple are selling their five-bedroom, three-bathroom home and heading to the Sunshine Coast.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Mr Fraser said renovations to the home included adding a swimming pool and another level to the home. “The renovations were pretty extensive,” he said.“We did transform the home.“Soon after we completed the renovations, we had one of our daughter’s wedding receptions here. We had about 60 people upstairs, it was a little bit cramped but it worked.” 12 Emanual Court, Eatons HillDoug Fraser and his wife are ready for a sea change.And they say it’s time to sell their property they bought back in 2003. Mr Fraser, who works as a consultant, said he and his wife were looking for a property on the north side when they came across this gem at 12 Emanual Court, Eatons Hill.“We loved the suburb,” Mr Fraser said.“When my wife saw it at the top of the hill she loved it, I didn’t get a choice really,” he laughed. 12 Emanual Court, Eatons HillMr Fraser described views from the upper level of the home as “amazing”. “You can see out to Moreton Island, the views are really special. You can see out to Samford Valley too.” He said the property was a great family home, and the parent’s retreat upstairs was another standout feature. 12 Emanual Court, Eatons HillFrom the upstairs living area with polished bamboo flooring, expansive bi-fold doors flow out to the patio area, to the downstairs billiard room/lounge room.There are three full bathrooms, one being the ensuite to the upstairs master bedroom, which includes a double vanity and two shower heads. The other ensuite bathroom is downstairs in the second master suite, creating convenience for the extended family.last_img read more

Russia bans Egypt’s airflights, a move that surprised the north African…

first_imgEgypt says the decision by Russian authorities to ban her flights from landing on Russian soil had not been formally communicated and it came as a surprise. According to the Egyptian civil aviation ministry the move was particularly shocking given that officials from both countries are still in talks over the plane tragedy.A source from the Cairo international airport told CCTV that a bomb could have been planted inside the plane through the catering carts.The decision by the Russian authorities could therefore be a pointer that they consider aircraft departing from Egypt to be at risk. However, Egypt’s civil aviation spokesman says Moscow didn’t give Cairo a reason behind their decision.last_img