Rachel Tucker & Jonah Platt Start Performances in Wicked

first_img View Comments from $95.00 Wicked Related Shows Rejoicify! Rachel Tucker will start going green on the Great White Way on September 15. The U.K. Wicked favorite, who made her Broadway debut last season in The Last Ship, will assume the role of Elphaba at the Gershwin Theatre, taking over for Caroline Bowman. Also beginning performances that day is Jonah Platt, who steps in for Matt Shingledecker as Fiyero.In addition to Wicked in the U.K. and The Last Ship on Broadway, Tucker starred in the West End production of We Will Rock You, as well as London stagings of Farragut North and Communicating Doors. Though she had been singing in pubs and clubs since the age of 10, Tucker first hit the scene as a semi-finalist in the reality competition I’d Do Anything, a BBC series searching for a Nancy in the West End’s Oliver!.Platt has appeared on the Los Angeles stage in Scream: The Unauthorized Musical Parody, American Idiot, Hair, Floyd Collins and Bare. He’s the older brother of Broadway alum and kite enthusiast Ben Platt.The two join a cast that includes Kara Lindsay as Glinda, Robin De Jesus as Boq, Michele Lee as Madame Morrible, Fred Applegate as the Wizard, Arielle Jacobs as Nessarose and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond.Jonah Plattlast_img read more

Is Snowden Vindicated by USA Freedom Act Vote?

first_imgThe bill’s passage comes almost exactly two years to the day that journalists Glenn Greenwald, then with the Guardian, and Laura Poitras, embarked on a cloak-and-dagger journey to China for a meeting with an unidentified source who had privately produced scores of documents to Poitras revealing massive US government surveillance at home and abroad.Since then, dozens of articles have been published from news organizations across the globe using documents disclosed by Snowden, a former NSA contractor.Some of Snowden’s supporters suggested that Tuesday’s vote vindicated him.King, despite his vote, doesn’t see it that way, according to a blistering Tweet he sent out Tuesday: Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York He was vilified, crucified, deemed a traitor by some and a spy by others, and charged under the Espionage Act, forcing him to seek refuge in Vladimir Putin’s Russia—yet many of the same lawmakers who lambasted National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden have voted in favor of curtailing the dragnet surveillance program he helped to expose.Even Snowden’s harshest critics must appreciate the irony.On Tuesday, the US Senate, after often contentious debate over the so-called USA Freedom Act, which sought to amend Section 215 of the Patriot Act that was hastily passed days after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, approved the measure 67-32—more than two weeks after it overwhelmingly passed the House, and one day after the program expired—essentially marking the first time in 14 years that Americans’ phone calls weren’t being gobbled up by the NSA.The bill was almost immediately signed into law by President Obama late Tuesday after what he said was a “needless delay and inexcusable lapse in important national security authorities.”Under the new law, the government will no longer be in the business of collecting and storing Americans’ phone call data. That job will be left to the phone companies, but it will take six months for the change to occur. Now, US authorities must get a court order to gain access to such data—phone numbers, phone call length, and in some cases, the caller’s location. The law also forces the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts to declassify disputed decisions and creates an advocate that would argue privacy concerns before the court.The bill inspired political theatrics that only Washington could produce.  The Senate was forced to remain in Washington over the weekend amid disagreements between national security hawks and privacy proponents. Defying the wishes of majority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, a fellow Kentucky Republican, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a Republican presidential candidate, single-handily caused the original law to expire at midnight Monday. Unlikely alliances were forged as the bill’s supporters tried to push it across the goal line. House Republicans had told their Senate colleagues that any changes to the bill they’d previously  passed would be rejected.Long Island’s entire Congressional delegation voted in favor of the bill, including Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), a staunch defender of the NSA and one of Snowden’s biggest critics.“It was the strongest NSA legislation that can pass the House,” King said in a statement when the House bill had passed. “Also, as a practical matter, the NSA should still be at least 90-percent as effective under the Freedom Act as it is under current law.”The law’s final approval prompted cheers from groups fighting for privacy.“The passage of the USA Freedom Act is a milestone,” Jameel Jaffer, American Civil Liberties Union deputy legal director, said in a statement. “This is the most important surveillance reform bill since 1978, and its passage is an indication that Americans are no longer willing to give the intelligence agencies a blank check.”Edward Snowden appearing in an NBC News interview. (Photo credit: NBC)Despite the historic vote, Jaffer noted that the fight for privacy isn’t over.“The passage of this bill is an indication that comprehensive reform is possible, but it is not comprehensive reform in itself,” he added. “Over the next weeks and months, lawmakers must tackle the larger project of bringing the government’s surveillance practices back in line with democratic values.”Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore) echoed Jaffer’s sentiment. The bill’s passage also comes weeks after the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that bulk collection under the NSA’s metadata program is not authorized by Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The court ruled that the program exceeded the scope of Congress’ authorization.Yet, advocates say, more needs to be done to limit what they deem unwarranted government intrusion into the lives of innocent Americans.“It’s a testament to the significance of the Snowden disclosures and also to the hard work of many principled legislators on both sides of the aisle,” Jaffer said in his statement. “Still, no one should mistake this bill for comprehensive reform. The bill leaves many of the government’s most intrusive and overbroad surveillance powers untouched, and it makes only very modest adjustments to disclosure and transparency requirements.”last_img read more

7 strategies for preventing costly HELOC loan fraud exposures

first_imgOver the years, the industry has seen an increase in wire fraud involving funds disbursed from a home equity line of credit (HELOC) loan. The HELOC loan fraud exposures can involve various paths from which the bad guys attack, and can result in losses upwards of $500,000.To help manage these HELOC risks, each part of a loan program should be evaluated for potential weak points through which a fraudster can enter. This includes reviewing how HELOC funds are disbursed, how borrowers can obtain an available line of credit, and how HELOC loan payments can be made to the financial instutition.Fraudsters continue to seek out weaknesses for stealing HELOC loan funds, so it is important to understand where these weaknesses may exist and put the right precuations in place to protect against any potential exposure. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis’ Relationship Timeline

first_imgWilde and Sudeikis met in 2011 following their respective divorces. The Booksmart director was married to Italian-American filmmaker Tao Ruspoli from 2003 to 2011, while the Saturday Night Live alum was married to screenwriter and filmmaker Kay Cannon from 2004 to 2010.During a 2017 appearance on The Late Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the Horrible Bosses star dished on his first interaction with Wilde.- Advertisement – “I actually came off looking a lot cooler than I really am because I had heard through the grapevine, through mutual friends that weren’t exactly her best girlfriends, that would report back, ‘Oh, you know, I think she’s dating someone,’ so I didn’t make any sort of moves,” he recalled at the time. “I was just very, very busy with other things.”The former House actress, for her part, opened up how her separation from Ruspoli led her to Sudeikis in Marie Claire’s April 2013 cover story. “I had grown up with Tao; we had just drifted. I felt I had something to prove,” she explained at the time. “If you fall off a horse, you get back up. I am not a quitter. I hung on for as long as possible, until it was more hurtful to stay.”Wilde continued, “I’m so grateful for the pain and the heartbreak. It gave me the courage to leave and brought me to the great love of my life.”- Advertisement – The Tron: Legacy star also told the publication that she wasn’t necessarily looking for love when she first met Sudeikis, adding, “I was just learning to be by myself; I’d been divorced nine months. We were both seeing people but were single. He seemed to really see me, see through the bulls–t.”Wilde and Sudeikis announced their engagement in 2013. They are now parents of son Otis and daughter Daisy.Speaking to Net-a-Porter’s Porter Edit in February 2016, Wilde explained how she believed becoming a parent alongside Sudeikis was a stronger commitment for the couple than tying the knot.- Advertisement – “We are seriously connected,” she said. “Before you have a child, marriage is the ultimate commitment and promise to one another, and then once you have a child, it’s like, ‘Oh, we’re committed and promised already.’”The longtime couple’s romance came to an end in 2020, when Us Weekly confirmed that they had called off their engagement.Scroll down to see a complete timeline of Wilde and Sudeikis’ romance throughout the years. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Peru’s Fujimori hospitalized for neurological and lung issues

first_imgTopics : Aguinaga said he had “told [the clinic’s doctors] to have the neurologist take a look” at Fujimori, who would also undergo a lung scan.Although the former leader’s lung “is not ventilating perfectly, it is under control,” said Aguinaga.Prison doctors realized Sunday night that Fujimori was not breathing well, so they gave him oxygen. Shortly thereafter, they decided he should be transferred to the clinic.A source close to the family told AFP earlier that Fujimori had been transferred to the clinic for neurological issues, facial paralysis and an increase in blood pressure. “He is under observation in [the clinic’s] intermediate care unit,” where he has been hospitalized several times in previous years, the source said.Fujimori, who was in office from 1990-2000, was pardoned in December 2017 on humanitarian grounds by then-president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.Critics said the move was in exchange for Fujimori’s son helping Kuczynski avoid impeachment.The former president, who is of Japanese descent, has been held at a police base east of Lima since the pardon was revoked by a Peruvian court in October 2018.Fujimori’s last public statement was made five days ago, expressing regret that his daughter — 44-year-old opposition leader Keiko — had been sentenced to 15 months in prison for corruption charges.center_img Peru’s jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori was hospitalized Monday in Lima after suffering neurological and lung problems, his family doctor told AFP.Fujimori, 81, is serving a 25-year jail sentence for ordering two massacres by death squads in 1991 and 1992.”[The former president] is under evaluation,” said his doctor, Alejandro Aguinaga, after visiting Fujimori in the Peruvian-Japanese Centennial Clinic.last_img read more

Wintershall Dea comes up dry in Norwegian Sea appraisal well

first_imgOil and gas company Wintershall Dea is in the process of concluding the drilling of an appraisal well on the 6604/5-1 (Balderbrå) gas discovery in the northern Norwegian Sea. The well is dry. Scarabeo 8 rig; Author: SP MacThe appraisal well 6604/5-2 S is located in PL 894 where Wintershall Dea is the operator.The well has been drilled about 113 kilometers southwest of the Aasta Hansteen field in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea.The 6604/5-1 gas discovery was proven in Upper Cretaceous reservoir rocks (the Springar Formation) in 2018. Prior to drilling the appraisal well, the operator estimated resources at between 7 and 19 billion standard cubic meters (Sm3) of recoverable gas and between 1 and 3 million Sm3 of recoverable condensate.The objective of the well was to delineate the Balderbrå discovery. The well encountered the Springar Formation in three intervals totaling 210 meters, with a total of about 140 meters of sandstone with poor reservoir quality. Only traces of gas were encountered, and pressure communication with the discovery well has not been confirmed. The well is classified as dry.Resource estimates for the discovery have been reduced to between 3 and 8 billion Sm3 of recoverable gas and between 0.2 and 1 million Sm3 of recoverable condensate. The licensees will assess the discovery together with other discoveries in the area for further follow-up.Extensive volumes of data have been collected and samples have been taken.This is the third exploration well in production license 894, which was awarded in APA 2016.The well 6604/5-2 S was drilled to a vertical depth of 3816 meters and a measured depth of 4121 meters below sea level, and the well was terminated in the Springar Formation in the Upper Cretaceous.Water depth at the site is 1207 meters. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned.The well 6604/5-2 S was drilled by the Scarabeo 8 drilling rig, which will now drill wildcat well 6406/3-10 in production license 836 S in the Norwegian Sea, where Wintershall Dea Norge is also the operator.The oil company has already received safety consent to use the Saipem-owned Scarabeo 8 rig to drill this well.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

How to pick a time to have difficult conversations.

first_img Sharing is caring! 36 Views   no discussions Share By Shauna ZamarripaPick the right time to have a difficult conversation. Photo credit: sxc.hu/fnavarro, fnavarro My home is full of very high-strung, alpha personalities. Because of this, difficult conversations are difficult to have in a productive manner; especially when a difficult conversation is one rife with a difficulty or problem you are experiencing with another member in the household. Over the years, I have constructed a plan to help me have difficult conversations that usually don’t end in door slamming and silent treatments….well, okay, at least half the time, it isn’t perfect, but it’s a good start. Use what I’ve learned to help you time those less than stellar moments for challenging conversations in your own life.1.Outline what you want to sayIt helps me a lot when I outline what I want to say. This keeps me on target and on point. For instance, if I want to say, “The way you constantly belittle everything I try to do isn’t helpful to our relationship,” and outline the ways in which it affects me along with productive (not finger pointing) examples, I can stay on message.2.Write it downSimilar to when I am writing an article or a blog, I write it down; almost like a speech. Okay, in my case, I type it out, but it’s still the same concept. Choose your weapon; pen and paper or fingers and keyboard. There really isn’t a wrong answer. Getting your frustrations out on paper not only help you figure out what you want to say, but also help you vet the frustrations, and evaluate if your “complaint” is a meaningless gripe, or something a little more valid.3.Lean it outI am a “bottler”. In a sense, I take things in, bottle them all up and tend to explode like Mt. Vesuvius, going off on tangents and missing the point of my message –it doesn’t help that I’m hot tempered either. Once I’ve written down what I want to say, using my outline as a guide, I can lean it out. Then I print it out. Having something in front of me to reference, helps me say what I need to say in a very straightforward, direct manner. (Is there really any other way?)4. Pick some “one on one” timeLet me tell you, in a family of five, you don’t want to have a conversation in a group setting; someone either takes you off topic, or will defend whomever you have an issue with. Go for a ride in the car, take a walk, go to the park, but whatever you do, make it one on one.5. Choose your location…carefullyMake your location conversation appropriate. You don’t want eavesdroppers or “Nosey Nellys” overhearing sensitive family material that gives them fodder for gossip cannons. Select a venue that’s appropriate for a conversation. For instance, if you want to discuss sexual awareness with your teenager, a local restaurant might not be the best location.Five steps to one solution: A conversation that can be had in a calm, direct format, where you are heard and the offending party is given an opportunity to respond calmly and in kind. I can’t guarantee that it will work for every conversation, or for every personality type, but it’s worked pretty well for me, and it’s definitely a method more folks should try to learn how to handle confrontation and difficult communication more effectively. From there, I wish you good luck!Source: Yahoo Shine Magazine Sharecenter_img Tweet Share LifestyleRelationships How to pick a time to have difficult conversations. by: – July 14, 2011last_img read more

Chile cancels APEC summit hosting – Palace

first_img Pinera said in an interview with Agence France-Presse that “common sense” had dictated the decision to withdraw from the APEC summit as it struggle to restore order there. MANILA – Due to the ongoing turmoil, Chile has announce that it was backing out from hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit supposed to be held next month. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that he was informed of the pulling out on Wednesday evening amid clashes between protestors and security forces in Chile that have left at least 20 dead. Chile is grappling with its worst social crisis in decades that shows little sign of abating despite Pinera announcing a raft of measures aimed at placating protesters./PN “This has been a very difficult decision, a decision that has been deeply painful because we know exactly how important APEC and COP are for Chile and the world,” said Pinera.center_img Had the APEC Summit pushes through, the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte was also doubtful as his attendance will depend on the advice of his doctor after figuring in a motorcycle accident last week. “When a father has problems, he must always prioritize his family over other options. The same goes for a president, he must always put his own compatriots first, ahead of any other considerations,” he added. “Per President Pinera of Chile, the APEC has been cancelled due to the ongoing turmoil in that country as related to me by Chief Protocol Robert Borje,” Panelo said in a statement.last_img read more

Batesville Area Resource Center officially opens

first_imgBatesville, In. — About 45 people and community leaders gathered for the ribbon cutting of the Batesville Area Resource Center Friday. The building will now house the offices of six community outreach organizations and the food pantry.The food pantry is a big improvement over the former location. There is now ample storage space and enough electrical capacity to handle enough freezers to handle the 219 families that receive food, paper goods and personal care products each month.The facility also houses One Community, One Family, Choices, Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corporation, Project T-3, River Valley Resources and a health clinic. The layout encourages collaboration and adds efficiencies to the process of access social services.The facility was donated for the project by Doug Bessler and Ron Fledderman. The building was dedicated in the name their mothers- Eucice Fledderman and Agnes Bessler.This story will be updated.last_img read more

Fatal Truck Accident Shuts Down Turnpike in Martin County

first_imgA semi tractor trailer and a dump truck tangled on the turnpike early this morning southbound on the turnpike in Martin county. As of 5 a.m. southbound lanes are still shutdown stranding hundreds of drivers in the backups. One person was killed in the crash. Both trucks rolled over and are lying on their sides. FHP says the scene will take hours to clear.last_img