1964: The Tribute Deliver Spot-On Beatles at NYCB Theatre at Westbury [Concert Review]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As if history was repeating itself, screaming fans could not be contained to their seats with a quartet uncannily mimicking the Fab Four on the floor of NYCB Theatre at Westbury Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.The mop tops, heeled boots and spiffy suits were just the icing on the cake for 1964: The Tribute, widely regarded as the best Beatles cover band on Earth. The group maintained the illusion with their self-depricative British humor between songs and bowing after each ditty. And then there was the competitive back-and-forth banter between lead singer John Lennon, played by Mark Benson, and George Harrison, played by Tom Work.“This here is a 12-string guitar, which has twice as many strings as John’s,” Work joked to the packed crowd, some of whom danced in the aisles during the high-energy performance. “It gets twice the applause.”The group, which includes Mac Ruffing as Paul McCartney on bass and Bobby Potter as Ringo Starr on drums, has played nearly 3,000 shows worldwide in their 30 years on tour. They’ve drawn even more crowds this year amid the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion.Across their two 45-minute sets, the act played hits off The Beatles’ earliest albums, including “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Michelle” and “Twist and Shout.” They even came out for an encoure to play “Rock and Roll Music,” “Rollover Beethoven” and “Love Me Do.”Although the band they cover never had to deal with fans wielding their cell phones during concerts, the tribute act did what The Beatles would have done before playing “In My Life”: Encourage fans to call loved ones to let them hear the song.After all, as they sang: “Some have gone and some remain/All these places have their moments/With lovers and friends I still can recall.”For more show-stopping gigs at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, check out their page in The Island EarWatch The Beatles’ First Appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show:last_img read more

That time I almost won The Amazing Race

first_imgIt was one of the greatest heartaches of my life. There I stood with the finish line and the million-dollar prize just a few short steps away. Even Phil wanted me to win. Of this I was certain. But I couldn’t continue. I was forced to drop out due to a blown knee. I had let myself down, I had let my wife down, and I had let down my millions of adoring fans. To say I was crushed would be a gross understatement.Back in the real world, things were less devastating. I sat fused to my favorite recliner in a catatonic delirium brought on by just the right mix of fever and narcotic pain meds, watching a DVR’d episode of a popular reality TV show. Later I learned that my wife was quite amused as I rambled on about our Amazing Loss.When you manufacture your own reality in a setting like this, the consequences are minimal. Your wife will probably laugh at you. Readers of your blog might think you’ve lost your marbles. But that’s about it.However, when you manufacture your own reality in business, the results can be disastrous.Every organization I’ve ever worked with has bragged about all the reasons they’re better than their competitors. However, until pushed, very few have been willing to share the areas where they’re not better than their competitors. Sadly, this taboo area of discussion is also one of the most important, because these are precisely the points where your competitors will attack you. If you’re not ready for the attack, you’ll lose big.Maybe your institution competes against big regional or national banks. Sure, you’re local. You’re friendly. You don’t commit fraud by opening unauthorized accounts and you don’t invest in DAPL. But if consumers truly believed those were the most important qualities for a financial institution to possess, why do the big guys continue to pick up market share? Hiding from your competitive vulnerabilities is like believing the best way to cure an illness is to ignore it. It may feel good for a little while, but trust me, you’ll live to regret it. Instead, look at what the big banks do better than you. How convenient is your mobile app? How easy it is for small businesses to make a mobile deposit or fund a loan? Do you offer instant issue cards? If your competitor is better than you, what should you do about it? The first and best option is, of course, to fix the problem. For example, if your competitor has a better service reputation than you, developing and executing a comprehensive program to significantly boost your service reputation is entirely doable. I did exactly that when I was at Symitar the second time.But truth be told, you can’t win every battle. Sometimes you’ll come in second. The important thing is, you can’t ignore that when it happens. You need to market around your shortcomings, whatever they may be. Focus on the areas where you’re better and be prepared to talk about why the areas where you’re better are more important than the areas where you’re not. It all comes down to embracing reality.It only took me a few minutes and a precautionary trip to the ER to get over my Amazing Race loss. However, were I to lose in this amazing race we call business because I refused to remove my rose-colored glasses, I suspect the recovery wouldn’t be nearly as fast, if it came at all. 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John is the co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, Inc., a company that specializes in B2B marketing to community financial institutions. He started out in the savings and loan industry, but wisely … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Detailslast_img read more

New Foundation video – “Together, We are Boundless”

first_imgThe National Credit Union Foundation has released a new video entitled, “Together, We are Boundless”.This video demonstrates that through the power of cooperation and supporter’s engagement, the Foundation serves as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. At the center of all the Foundation’s work is people. The Foundation’s mission and credit unions’ mission intersect and soar together through the credit union philosophy of “people helping people”. continue reading » 100SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Indonesia’s COVID-19 tally exceeds 100 with 21 new confirmed cases

Yurianto said the ministry would relay the findings to the hospitals in which the patients are being treated.The data, he added, was needed so that the medical teams in charge of treating the patients could give them a proper explanation on the next steps to be taken, including isolation.“[It] is the patient’s right to know,” he said.The doctors must also inform local health authorities on the new cases so that the relevant authorities in the respective region could begin contact tracing, Yurianto said.“Afterward, the health agencies should inform the local governments. It is their prerogative to decide whether to announce [the new cases] to the public, without neglecting their privacy as mandated by law,” Yurianto said, adding that he believed regional leaders had their own policies to contain the spread of the virus.The WHO said on Saturday that the virus had been circulating in 136 countries, with 13 new countries reporting their first cases. At least 5,393 people have died of the disease, but more than 73,900 have recovered worldwide.Some prominent figures around the world – from celebrities to high-ranking officials — have tested positive for COVID-19, including Indonesian Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi. (asp)Topics : Indonesia announced 21 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon, bringing the total of recorded people infected with the new disease to 117.“Today, we received reports of 21 new cases, 19 of which are in Jakarta and two in Central Java,” Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said on Sunday, as quoted by kontan.co.id.He declined to elaborate on the cases, saying only that they were linked to previous cases reported in the capital. read more

China reports no new coronavirus deaths for first time

first_imgThere were also 30 new asymptomatic infections, health officials said, bringing the national total to 1,033. Around a quarter of the current total of asymptomatic cases were also imported from overseas.Last week, China began disclosing the number of asymptomatic cases for the first time, after growing public concerns over the potential of “silent” carriers to spread the disease. Fears have also been growing over a potential resurgence in the epicenter of Wuhan, where the virus was first detected late last year.After a number of asymptomatic cases were confirmed in the central Chinese city, local authorities revoked the “epidemic-free” status of 45 residential compounds on Monday. Topics : To date, 81,740 people have been infected and 3,331 have been killed by the deadly virus in China, with the vast majority in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province.Meanwhile, the global death toll from the pandemic has surpassed 70,000 as the virus ravages numerous countries in Europe and the US.center_img China on Tuesday reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since it started publishing figures in January, the National Health Commission said. Cases in mainland China have been dwindling since March, but the country faces a second wave of infections brought in from overseas, with health officials reporting nearly 1,000 imported cases in total.China’s health authorities reported 32 new cases nationwide, all of which were imported.last_img read more

Brazil police break up global drug ring in mega-raid

first_imgTopics : Federal police in Brazil said Tuesday they were cracking down on an international network of drug traffickers with a mega-operation targeting cocaine smuggling between South America and Europe.Police said they were arresting 50 people and seizing seven planes, five helicopters, 42 trucks and 35 properties linked to suspects accused of trafficking tons of cocaine to Europe and within Brazil.The raids were carried out across 13 Brazilian states following an investigation launched in 2018 together with Britain’s National Crime Agency, police said in a statement. The network continued trafficking drugs even during lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Police said they had seized 1.5 tons of cocaine from March 20 to July 20.center_img The authorities have also frozen 100 million reals ($18.3 million) in assets as part of the operation, it said.Police said the raids targeted four connected organizations that were responsible for smuggling cocaine into Brazil across the Paraguayan border; selling it within Brazil, in Europe and in Cape Verde; providing logistics and transportation; and laundering the proceeds.More than 600 police took part in the raids.Authorities had already arrested 12 people and seized more than 11 tons of cocaine in the course of the investigation, police said.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Offers State Perspective, Progress Fighting the Opioid Crisis at 2019 BIO International Conference

first_img Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today addressed the participants in the 2019 BIO International Conference panel, “Addressing Barriers to Coverage and Access to Pain and Addiction Treatment: Where Are We Now?,” by offering the state’s perspective and progress in addressing the opioid crisis.“Finding ways to decrease the number of opioid overdoses and deaths has become a priority for my administration,” Gov. Wolf told the group. “State agencies working collaboratively in the Opioid Command Center, which I created via a disaster declaration in January 2018, have been able to implement strategies such as expanding Medicaid so more people can access treatment, promoting a 24/7 helpline, strengthening our Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and introducing the Pennsylvania Overdose Information Network, or ODIN.”ODIN collects data about overdoses, opioid seizures, locations of opioid-related incidents and other opioid-related information from more than 1,000 police stations and 300 other agencies.By bringing together data about overdoses, opioid seizures, locations of opioid-related incidents and other crucial information, law enforcement officials have been able to make better decisions about how to target heroin and fentanyl distributors. And healthcare and public safety officials can more adeptly respond to potential crises, which can ultimately save lives.The 2019 Biotechnology Innovation Organization, or BIO, international conference features more than 500 education sessions focused on various aspects of biotech and life sciences and their importance in discovering new cures and treatments for people in need of life-saving medications.BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations.“In Pennsylvania, we’re serious about ending the opioid crisis and we’re always looking for new ideas,” Gov. Wolf said. “Though some communities reported a drop in overdoses in 2018, we still have much work to do. I’ll continue to do everything in my power to help address this crisis.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 04, 2019center_img Gov. Wolf Offers State Perspective, Progress Fighting the Opioid Crisis at 2019 BIO International Conferencelast_img read more

This cheap northside renovator is a tinnie fisherman’s dream

first_imgThe front patio is a casual affair, but some TLC might do the trickMr Tyler said the owner has decided to move on, but he’ll miss his favourite fishing shack.“He’s a boatie through and through and very much a bird lover as well which is something the creek attracts,” he said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook at Kieran Clair — journoAn easy afternoon paddle from the back yard. Just bring your tool kit and a tinnie to make the most of this northside waterfront home.FISHERMEN need this one on their finder.This lowest, three-bedroom renovator on 764sq m of land at 9 Utalong St, Deagon fronts Cabbage Tree Creek and would make the perfect project for a keen angler who’s talented with a hammer.Roll up your sleeves and get to work … when the fish aren’t biting that is.The challenger will be staying focused on the project when high tide comes a-calling, according to Coronis Bracken Ridge senior sales consultant, Jarrod Tyler.“When its high tide twice a day, you can get in and out with no dramas in something like a tinnie or a kayak,” Mr Tyler said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoOff the lawn and into your tinnie — no problem.“You can go all the way out to the mouth of the creek, go out past the Sandgate Marina and all the way out — it’d take you five or ten minutes and away you go,” he said.“If you just want to throw one of those smaller boats — anything probably up to six or seven foot, in the water about half-a-foot — no dramas.”Mr Tyler said the home was an original, and the new owner will need to do some work to maximise the property’s potential.“Some works been done to the place but it’s sort of half done. It’s ripe for someone to come in and put their spin on it,” he said.A functional home full of potentiallast_img read more

Adriatic LNG seeking single peak shaving cargo

first_imgAdriatic LNG, the operator of the regasification terminal located off the Italian Veneto coast floated a tender for a single peak shaving LNG cargo. The company noted in its statement it is looking for a single cargo of 60,000 to 70,000 cubic meters in volume.The delivery is scheduled for one of the three slots in January 2-5, January 14-17 and January 30-February 2.The tender for next winter’s peak shaving LNG cargo closes on December 17, the company said.Peak Shaving is aimed at making available to SNAM Rete Gas, in the first quarter of 2020, previously-stored gas, in the form of LNG, in order to meet possible peaks in demand during wintertime.Operating since autumn 2009, the Adriatic LNG regasification terminal assures to Italy about 10 percent of national gas consumptions.Adriatic LNG has delivered more than 61 billion cubic meters of gas to the national pipeline network, corresponding to more than half of domestic consumption in 2018, coming by ship from eight countries, Qatar, Egypt, Trinidad and Tobago, Equatorial Guinea, Norway, Nigeria, United States and Angola.Adriatic LNG is co-controlled by ExxonMobil Italiana Gas and Qatar Terminal Limited (a unit of Qatar Petroleum) and participated by SNAM.last_img read more

Liverpool post healthy profit despite transfer spending

first_img Read Also: EPL: Van Dijk praises Liverpool’s mental strength “Since this reporting period we have continued to reinvest in the club’s infrastructure, and we look forward to the opening of our new (£50 million) training base at Kirkby ahead of the new season, which will provide first-class facilities for our players and staff. “We have also just completed a second-phase consultation on a proposed expansion of the Anfield Road stand, which could see an increase in the stadium’s capacity.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Premier League leaders Liverpool made a pre-tax profit of £42 million ($54 million) last year despite a record £223 million investment on players, figures showed on Thursday. Liverpool have announced healthy financial results as they close in on the Premier League title While that top line is well below the record £125 million profit for the year ending May 2018, the rewards are being felt on the pitch, with the club just four victories away from winning their first league title in 30 years. Figures released for the financial year to May 31, 2019 incorporate the big-ticket purchases of Alisson Becker, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri. They also include the increased costs of new contracts for 11 players, including those for captain Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who have all played a key role in helping Jurgen Klopp’s champions-elect establish a 22-point lead at the top of the table. Some of that cost was offset by sales including Danny Ings, Dominic Solanke and Danny Ward. Income was also boosted by the club’s success in winning a sixth Champions League title, although as victory in the final in Madrid came in June the prize money will be counted in the current financial year. “This continued strengthening of the underlying financial sustainability of the club is enabling us to make significant investments both in player recruitment and infrastructure,” said chief operating officer Andy Hughes. “Being able to reinvest over £220 million on players during this financial period is a result of a successful business strategy, particularly the significant uplift in commercial revenues.” Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub Ever7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You23 Marvel Heroes Reimagined By CaricaturistBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Turnover increased during the period by £78 million to £533 million. Media revenues and commercial revenues were significantly higher and match revenue was also up. The rise is a result of a new Champions League broadcasting deal, finishing a close second to Manchester City in the Premier League and higher partnership and merchandising value, with Liverpool signing their first training kit sponsorship deal with AXA. “What we’re seeing is sustained growth across all areas of the club which is aligned to the recent performance on the pitch,” said Hughes. Loading… last_img read more