Tony Poll! Which Performance Was the Showstopper of the Night?

first_imgWhat a night! What a night! The ceremony has sadly come to a close, but we can’t stop thinking about all of the phenomenal performances we saw this evening. From Neil Patrick Harris’ hot glasses-licking session with Samuel L. Jackson to the thrill of the fight in the Rocky ring, there was no shortage of awe-inspiring, unbelievable and just plain awesome live performances this year. Did Cabaret make you feel good? Did A Gentleman’s Guide make you want to get away with murder? Did Beautiful put a smile on your face? Cast your vote for your favorite performance below! View Commentslast_img

‘Cool Downtowns’ Won’t Cut It If Long Island’s Millennials Can’t Afford to Live, Work and Play Here

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York All too often when the subject is Long Island’s millennial population, the topic is only addressed rhetorically at best: “What do Millennials Want?” “Why Are Millennials Different?” Or, tellingly, “Where Will Millennials Live?”These questions are genuine but the discourse never draws any significant conclusion.Policymakers, stakeholders and developers need to realize that millennials here—and across the country—want what every generation that came before them has wanted: decent housing at a fair price, and a good paying job. Not much mystery there, yet our region continually struggles with these issues.Throw into the mix the ever-ominous phrase “Brain Drain,” and what you get are buzzwords and inertia. The Brain Drain, a topic which I’ve written on at length, is a multifaceted excuse for developers, policymakers and whoever else is itching to put a shovel in the ground, to justify their projects.A quick look into the actual population statistics reveals the fact that LI is experiencing a “birth dearth,” a natural cycle that highlights lower birth rates. Further research also yields another interesting trend—seemingly every area is experiencing a “brain drain” of some kind. The pressing question that none of these policymakers or stakeholders ask is: if every county, town and village is experiencing a brain drain, where, exactly, are these young people winding up?Since I’ve started writing on the topic (and will continue to do so!), the narrative on the Island is starting to recognize the birth dearth theory, which was popularized locally by progressive planners such as Seth Forman.Recently, Amanda Fiscina, a former classmate of mine at Fordham University, wrote a compelling column for Newsday entitled “Where Should 20-Somethings on Long Island Live?”  By focusing on actions that can be taken like approving mixed-use zoning and supplying more apartments and co-ops, she offered a fresh take on topics that have been beaten to death by vested interests.LI’s millennials, often the focal point of development strategies from both local government and private enterprise, need more affordable options. Instead of merely arguing for “cool downtowns” as so many think pieces on the subject tend to do, Fiscina argues for smart incentives to promote greater diversity of housing stock and suggests realistic means for millennials to build equity while remaining in the region.Time and time again, policymakers, and the nonprofits, developers and the stakeholders who local leaders task with addressing this supposedly critical issue all say the same thing. If you build it, they will come—“cool downtowns” with restaurants, rooftop bars, bus-rapid transit and so on—with little to no consideration on how, exactly, the millennials who are being targeted with these “destinations” will be able to frequent those places being built. Millennials on Long Island need decent job opportunities, not organic spas that they can barely afford.Fiscina hit a nerve when she wrote: “The lack of housing choices is pushing millennials off the Island or to move in with their families. It’s time to stop judging when we pick those two options if Long Island won’t build what we need.”She’s right—we’re not building what millennials really need. Our regional economy must be diversified. Retail expansion is what passes for economic development, but few millennials loaded down with student loan debt can support a “cool” lifestyle on LI on retail wages alone. It’s time to adapt the Island’s suburbia to the employment trends and economic demands of the 21st century.As our hospitality and retail industries swell, other occupations offering higher salaries and better opportunities for educated residents continue either to decline, as is the case of local manufacturing, or struggle to establish a foothold in the Nassau-Suffolk region. Our current transit-oriented boom is rooted in sound planning principles, but the region must go further. It is one thing to build rental housing, but if it isn’t affordable for the supposed target audience, then what good is it?Fortunately, there is hope. Efforts to incubate new technology firms from non-profit groups such as Accelerate Long Island and LaunchPad Huntington, and a renewed focus by the Rauch Foundation to help coordinate the Island’s prestigious research institutions may attract attention from the right business sectors and lead to job creation. Let’s take it to the next level by synchronizing the approach of local Industrial Development Agencies to accompany the endeavors of the Long Island Association. If LI’s municipalities no longer have to compete with one another, our region will be free to stave off bigger threats from other states.As a result, millennials may finally get the creative solutions to the complex problems vexing them here today.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 or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

Financial counseling a win-win situation

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Guiding members to better financial standing aids them and the Adam MertzFinancial counseling doesn’t just mesh with credit unions’ mission—it also can and should bolster the bottom line by developing more creditworthy and fiscally responsible members, says Mark Lynch (above), a key player in the Enhanced Credit Union Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP).“The first reason credit unions should be doing counseling and education is because there’s an enormous member need,” Lynch says. “The second reason they should be doing it is, it’s good for the bottom line.”A longtime credit union member and board member, Lynch has spent the last five years training certified credit union financial counselors through the National Credit Union Foundation’s REAL Solutions program, which partners with CUNA’s Center for Professional Development to orchestrate FiCEP. During that span, Lynch has trained nearly 1,400 credit union staff at 390 credit unions in 25 states.In mid-April—during National Financial Literacy Month—Lynch spoke with Credit Union Magazine about FiCEP, which provides staff the tools and confidence to guide members through financial situations. continue reading »last_img read more

Choosing the right charter for growth

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Some see field of membership as an antiquated notion, no longer reasonable in the modern financial services marketplace. Others embrace it as a defining characteristic of what makes credit unions different (and better) than banks. Choosing and then diving in deep to a niche market can create excellent member relationships if you choose it, while others prefer to cast a wider net.When credit unions were permitted expanded FOM authorities in 1998 under HR 1151, the Credit Union Membership Access Act, the result was a mixed bag, opening up authorities for certain credit unions while closing doors to others. Thus, the community charter was born, and some credit unions assumed because members of the community already knew what a great deal they were and would come flocking in. This was not the case, and growth strategies have had to evolve.In fact, $1.8 billion South Carolina Federal Credit Union, North Charleston, tried on the community charter in March 2003, which allowed it to serve a number of underserved areas. However, Chief Strategy Officer Troy Hall, Ph.D., CUDE, says the community field of membership did not serve the credit union as well as planned. Like an increasing number of credit unions, South Carolina FCU decided to convert back from a community charter to the less restrictive federal multiple common bond charter, which allows credit unions to serve an unlimited number of communities, employers and associations.last_img read more

Binghamton residents help improve community with some spring cleaning

first_imgOne of the participants was eight-year-old, Sophia Papastratis, who helped pick up garbage on the west side of Binghamton. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. “If garbage gets dropped on the earth it’s everybody’s job to clean it up,” said Papastratis. She was able to get over 30 people involved in the Facebook group and on the Saturday they went to work. “It’s never too early, she’s very aware of the importance of keeping earth clean,” said Resciniti. The event was organized by Sophia Resciniti. center_img “It’s about having cleaner neighborhoods, when it’s cleaner, it’s safer,” said Resciniti. “There’s nothing that feels good about driving down a street in your community and seeing it littered,” said Resciniti. The two tell 12 News they were happy to do their part, while enjoying a nice day in their neighborhood. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – On Saturday, a group of Binghamton residents spent time picking up trash off the streets to help improve their community. last_img read more

Binghamton racial discrimination complaint dismissed by court

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A U.S. federal court dismissed a racial discrimination complaint against the Binghamton Police Department. The Honorable Gary L. Sharpe issued the court order saying there was a failure to state a cause of action. Wednesday, the United States District Court, Northern District of New York dismissed the complaint, according to a news release provided by the Binghamton Mayor’s Office. The complaint was also made against the city of Binghamton, Mayor Rich David, Police Chief Joseph Zikuski and assistant Police Chief John Ryan.center_img The complaint was made by Binghamton police officer Lieutenant Alan Quinones. EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the dismissal originated from the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York.last_img

White people should apologize for racism, says Guardiola

first_img“I feel ashamed for what we have done for black people around the world, not just America, the problem is everywhere.”Guardiola had addressed the issue in his pitchside interview with Sky Sports.”We should send a thousand million messages for the black people. I’m embarrassed and ashamed of what the white people have done for the black people,” he said.”Just because you are born a different color of skin, how do people think they are different to the other one?,” added the Spaniard. All the players’ names on the back of their shirts were replaced with the words “Black Lives Matter” as the league formally joined the international protest campaign sparked by the death last month of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.”All the messages are positive and we have to fight,” Guardiola said. “Everything we can do to make it conscious, it is not acceptable. We have to do a lot of things for the black people which we have not done so far.”We have to do a lot of things for the black people which we have not done so far,” the Spaniard added.City forward Raheem Sterling said he welcomed the pre-match show of support for “Black Lives Matter”.”I see it as a massive step for the Premier League to allow something like that to happen and it shows we’re going in the right direction,” he said.”Little by little we’re seeing change. It was natural, it was organic. We saw the teams do it in the earlier kick-off and thought it was something we had to do as well.”  Topics :center_img Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said white people should apologize for the treatment of black people on a night when Premier League players wore the slogan “Black Lives Matter” on their shirts.City and Arsenal players also took a knee with the referee before the kick-off of Wednesday’s game, following an identical gesture at the start of the match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United which marked the league’s return after a three-month absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.”White people should apologize for the way we treated black people in the last 400 years,” Guardiola told a news conference after his team’s 3-0 win over Arsenal.last_img read more

Jamie Redknapp backs Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne to break Thierry Henry record

first_imgArsenal hero Thierry Henry still holds the Premier League assist record (Picture: Getty)‘Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in 2002-03 still stands to this day but De Bruyne must have his eye on exceeding that total this season. If he doesn’t, he definitely should.’Belgian star De Bruyne provided two assists in Manchester City’s devastating 8-0 victory over Watford on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s defending champions remain five points off league leaders Liverpool, however, after their title rivals beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.On De Bruyne, Redknapp added: ‘On Saturday, he kickstarted City’s rout of Watford by setting up David Silva’s opener with a mesmerising cross towards the back post.‘Like a lot of people, I consider David Beckham to be the Premier League’s best-ever crosser, but De Bruyne is beginning to rival my former England team-mate.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘He then set up Bernardo Silva to complete his hat-trick with a drilled ball across the box, taking his tally to seven assists for the season. Then, with the game won, he fancied a goal of his own.‘De Bruyne drilled a shot into the back of the net, confirming the 8-0 win and capping a magnificent performance. City look even better going forward this season than they did in the last.‘After six games in 2018-19, they had 19 goals. Right now, they have 24, so how many more assists can De Bruyne rack up? More than Henry’s 20 for Arsenal?‘As long as he can stay fit, after injuries curtailed his campaign last year, that can certainly be a target for the 28-year-old. De Bruyne is my favourite midfielder to watch in the Premier League right now.’MORE: Frank Lampard tells Tammy Abraham to improve stamina after Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool Metro Sport ReporterMonday 23 Sep 2019 10:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Comment Kevin De Bruyne has enjoyed a superb start to the season for Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Jamie Redknapp has backed Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne to break Thierry Henry’s record for the most assists in a Premier League season.Arsenal legend Henry bagged a record 20 assists during the 2002-03 campaign but that figure could be under threat from De Bruyne, who has claimed seven already this term.De Bruyne recorded his best tally of 18 three years ago but former Premier League star Redknapp believes the Man City ace can surpass Henry this term.He told the Daily Mail: ‘In 2017-18, Manchester City were at Southampton on the last day of the season.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It was 0-0 and we were deep into stoppage time, meaning Pep Guardiola’s side were set to finish on 98 points, rather than 100.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Then Kevin De Bruyne did what he does best. In the 94th minute, he floated a ball over the top for Gabriel Jesus to chase. The Brazilian scored and City were centurions.‘That saw De Bruyne win the Premier League’s inaugural playmaker award, after providing 16 assists. It was important this accolade was introduced. It shows appreciation for unselfishness.‘It means generosity is recognised and applauded. And that sums up De Bruyne. He is a unique footballer. Most players want to score goals, but he is just as happy setting them up. Advertisement Advertisement Jamie Redknapp backs Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne to break Thierry Henry recordlast_img read more

Live large in this stylish Wakerley home

first_img16 Red Gum Crescent, WakerleyTHERE is more to this contemporary home in Wakerley than meets the eye.The house at 16 Red Gum Cres may look small from the outside but owners Rebecca and Jamie Miller designed it to make living easy for a large family.Open living areas combined with a children’s retreat and study means there is plenty of space for a family to spend time together or spread out. 16 Red Gum Crescent, Wakerley“That whole area was being transformed (from) semirural lots into the first nice estate in that area.”Parklands and bike tracks are just a short walk away with schools and shops, including Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre, close by. 16 Red Gum Crescent, Wakerley“That’s probably the one thing that most people comment on when they visit – the floorplan and the layout,” Mrs Millers said.‘There is a lot of space in the house that’s even quite deceiving from the road.“From inside, it feels very spacious and it’s very comfortable to live in.”It has four bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobes, and two bathrooms, one of which is an ensuite.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 2020 16 Red Gum Crescent, WakerleyThe house was also designed to capture natural sunlight and the bay breezes – a feature Mrs Miller loved.She said the beachside lifestyle was one of the main reasons they decided to build in the area.“We just saw so much lifestyle potential in the area and a lot of growth to come,” Mrs Miller said. 16 Red Gum Crescent, WakerleyThe media room has dual zoned wired surround sound, which can be directed into the outdoor entertaining area.Mrs Miller said it enabled there to be music playing outside without disturbing those watching television in the media room.The 658sq m property has space for a pool in the backyard.last_img read more

Contemporary Gold Coast mansion stands out among the crowd

first_imgThe modern mansion at 2048 The Circle, Sanctuary Cove.JUST like a piece of contemporary art, this Sanctuary Cove mansion stands out among the others lining the water’s edge.Owners Del and Les Constable designed and built the abstract home at 2048 The Circle in 2008.Wanting “something different”, the couple let their imaginations run wild to come up with a design that would challenge existing ideas of modern living.“It was very modern in its time,” Mrs Constable said. The bathroom is massive! Water views can be seen from most of the home’s rooms. The home’s abstract style makes it stand out among others on the waterfront. The whole living area opens onto the outdoor area. It has an open living area that flows onto the outdoor area, perfect for entertaining.“It’s still modern 10 years later so it was very out there when we first built it.”The mansion is now on the market for $3.98 million.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoStone, timber and neutral tones give it a sleek style while cutting-edge technology offers luxury appeal.The fireplace, bar, home theatre and master bedroom ensuite with spa are among its best features.Mrs Constable sketched the first floor plan then worked with an architect for months to turn it into their dream home.They made changes as they went along to improve the design, including a wood and glass staircase.“We had the staircase coming up the centre of the foyer but I sat down and designed (the existing) staircase myself,” Mrs Constable said.center_img Care for a drink? There’s plenty of space to lounge outside. The bar is tucked under the feature staircase.“We like it much, much better – it’s got more character to it.”Every detail of the home has been well thought out.For example, they have concealed all the home’s downpipes and added fibre optic lights in the theatre’s ceiling to look like the Southern Cross – a hit feature with the Constables’ grandchildren.“It was a real thing for them to lie on the floor and look up to see if they could see the Southern Cross in the lights,” Mr Constable said.But it’s the outdoor entertainment area with pool and barbecue overlooking the water that they love most.“At Christmas time, we have had up to 24 people here,” Mr Constable said.This is the fifth house they have built over the years, each getting slightly bigger.“It is very, very different to what we’ve built before but we’ve always liked contemporary homes,” Mrs Constable said.They have decided it is much too big for them now, so want to sell and travel. The swimming pool wraps around one corner of the house.last_img read more