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first_img Related Shows from $75.00 The Lion King Remember that time the Australian cast of The Lion King rocked an airplane and lifted everyone’s travel-weary spirits? Well, the Broadway cast just upped the ante—they gave ‘Life’ to NYC subway riders! The stars of the Broadway blockbuster offered A-train straphangers a gorgeous surprise when they showed off their considerate talents with the show’s opener “Circle of Life.” Watch them sing full-out while casually reading books and wearing headphones. Amazing! View Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgBy Steven McLoud/Diálogo May 28, 2019 It’s time that the armed forces become aware. It’s time that they look at the constitution and become loyal to the country,” Venezuelan Air Force Major General Ramón Rangel said in a video appeal issued on social media, on May 12. The former general is the latest of prominent military figures to call on Venezuelan service members to denounce Maduro. Last month, Army Major General Cristopher Figuera, Venezuela’s former intelligence chief, announced his support for Interim President Juan Guaidó, and in February, another Air Force general, Francisco Yánez, pledged his allegiance as well. Prior to that, in January, Colonel José Luis Silva Silva, the defense attaché at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C., also declared his support for Guaidó. Gen. Rangel was sent to Cuba by former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in 2012 to head up a state company on the island, and in his video goes on to dispel the long-held claim by the Castro regime that all the country’s woes were due to the U.S.-imposed embargo. He also blames the Castro dictatorship for what is currently happening in Venezuela: “When I was in Cuba, I was not only subservient to a political bias, but I was also subservient to Castroism, which has led us to what we have today as a result of this union between Cuba and Venezuela.” Gen. Rangel accuses the Castro regime of monopolizing any aid or resources being sent to the island. “No more Castro-communism for Venezuela. We need to be free and sovereign and reclaim our sovereignty,” Gen. Rangel said.last_img read more

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County officials have launched a second review of their contracting process since New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) was accused extorting bribes in exchange for influencing a county contract.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican, appointed a three-man panel that will review the county’s contracting process, he announced Monday—four weeks after acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, a Democrat, issued a report recommending reforms amid her office’s continuing review of a system she called “a recipe for corruption.”Mangano’s appointees include Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz, former Keyspan CEO Robert Catell and Frank Zarb, the former chairman of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, the state panel that oversees the county’s finances.“I commend them for their civic involvement and look forward to their review,” Mangano said.The panel and Singas’ review come after Skelos and his son, Adam, were arrested on federal corruption charges in May for allegedly conspiring to take bribes in exchange for, among other things, steering a $12 million Nassau stormwater treatment contract. The county has not been accused of wrongdoing and both men have pleaded not guilty. Skelos later resigned from his role as senate majority leader, but not his seat.Singas praised Mangano for appointing the trio.“I applaud the county executive for taking our recommendation and appointing a distinguished panel to reform Nassau’s broken and corruption-prone contracting process,” she said in a statement. “I hope that this panel adopts the comprehensive recommendations detailed in our report, including the establishment of an independent inspector general to police the contracting process.”Aside from appointing an IG, issues Singas raised in her 36-page report last month include the lack of a credible process to verify self-disclosed information provided by prospective vendors, politically influenced compliance investigations, unchecked discretion that leaves the county vulnerable to lobbyist manipulation, the lack of a central database of contracts, an inadequate vendor registration system and difficulty in crosschecking bidder’s information against public officials’ financial disclosure statements, which she said should be submitted electronically.Shortly after Skelos’ arrest, Mangano issued an executive order creating a county lobbyist registry. The legislature later passed a bill codifying that move. But the new Nassau lobbyist registry still requires a fraction of the information compare to what New York City collects, Singas warned.Singas was appointed district attorney in January after her former boss, Kathleen Rice, assumed her recently won congressional seat. Singas, who was nominated by the Nassau County Democratic Committee as their candidate to continue serving as the county’s top law enforcement official, faces a primary challenge from Michael Scotto, a former Manhattan prosecutor and Port Washington native. The winner of the primary will go on to face the Republican challenger, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, on Election Day.last_img read more

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Moviegoers this week touched down on Mars, got swept up in the planet’s fierce storms, and awoke impaled and stranded on the desolate and yet stunning landscape of reddish dust. Earthling audiences were fine, of course—comfortably munching on popcorn and snacks and guzzling down sodas—while Mark Watney (Matt Damon) suffered starvation, dehydration, and the wrath of space in Director Ridley Scott’s The Martian.“Fuck you, Mars” the main character summed up perfectly. Four years until Earth can rescue Watney, the main character concluded that he needed to grow food and water on a planet where nothing grows, establish contact with Earth, and ultimately, “science the shit out of this.”And he did.Not only was Mark Watney sarcastic, he was also a botanist, mechanical engineer, and astronaut and put any accomplishments in our own lives to shame. Add Mars-grown potatoes using his own waste for fertilizer, burning hydrazine to produce water, and recovering abandoned NASA tech from 1997 to relay messages to Earth, all after being impaled by an antenna.Again, Watney said it best: “In your face, Neil Armstrong!”But that’s only half the battle. The story jumped 140 million miles to Earth, where NASA and scientists worldwide—most notably China (see, America? They’re not so bad)—struggled through years of logistics, company procedurals, protocols, and red tape in order to rescue Watney. Except for one 25-minute scene solely grounded on Earth toward the end of the film, the details of the rescue operation do not anchor the story down. All the brainpower of Earth’s inhabitants working together to save one man was remarkable and resonated on a deeper, unifying level.There’s also Watney’s crew—led by guilt-stricken Commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain)—who believed Watney was dead, but for the most part, the attention orbited around the Martian himself.Matt Damon’s performance was out of this world, literally. Despite the powerful realization that his character mostly talked to himself for four years, Damon surprised with a rather optimistic perspective supported by deadpan wit. Damon fueled this galactic voyage. When he cried, you cried. When the watching world cheered, you cheered. You really felt for Mark Watney right up to the creative, visually stunning, and science-riffic climax. Indeed, the real hero of this film was science.Yes, science—the sinister subject who conspired with math to traumatize our academic years. Who knew it could save lives? Continuing the trend carried by 2013’s Gravity and 2014’s Interstellar, a cast, by the way, that included Damon and Chastain, there was a scientific basis for the film, but The Martian, based on the popular novel of the same name, also painstakingly simplified explanations for us mere mortals—staplers representing spaceships and NASA Director Teddy Sanders (Jeff Daniels) reluctantly pretending to be Earth in demonstrations. There’s a charm to these explanations, but some viewers—or maybe just me—just need to nod, pretend to understand, and go with it.The film also emphasized and validated Mars’ real-life eventual in-habitability through Watney’s scientific feats (growing potatoes, making water, etc.). As cool as living on Mars appeared, problems still arose—hurricane-like winds, explosions, and an airlock breach. Humanity still has a long way go but provided the exact circumstances as Mark Watney, the possibility exists. And no one appears more excited than NASA, which reportedly “loved the adaptation of the screenplay,” according to Ridley Scott.“They thought it was fun and mostly accurate,” Scott said, according to Yahoo News. “When I showed them the film, 40 guys saw it in Washington from NASA, and one muttered, ‘Maybe this will help us with reprogramming and the refinancing [of the U.S. space program].’ I mean, he was partly joking, but that was very nice.” The movie’s debut comes less than a week after NASA announced that water flows on Mars. So, maybe it’s time to start buying some real estate on the Red Planet.In the meantime, until we do colonize Mars, humanity can take one small step forward to the movie theater this weekend to rescue Matt Damon and see The Martian.last_img read more

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first_img continue reading » Business email compromise (BEC) attacks – one of the most prevalent types of cyberfraud – were analyzed recently by cybersecurity firm Barracuda. After reviewing 3,000 random BEC attacks from 50 companies, Barracuda found that 60 percent of them didn’t include a phishing link – making these scams more difficult to detect and block.BEC scams are used to gain access to a business email account and imitate the owner’s identity in an effort to defraud a company. The data show that the most common BEC scam is trying to get the recipient to do a wire transfer to a bank account owned by the attacker.Of these scams, 0.8 percent of the attackers asked the recipient to send them personal identifiable information (W2 forms with Social Security Numbers), 40 percent of attackers asked recipients to click a link and 12 percent of attackers tried to establish some rapport with the target by starting a conversation.The fact that 60 percent of BEC scams do not involve a link make these emails “especially difficult for existing email security systems, because they are often sent from legitimate email accounts, tailored to each recipient, and do not contain any suspicious links,” Barracuda explained. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_imgNovartis’s Sandoz division will not profit from 15 generic drugs it is making available to developing countries to treat symptoms of COVID-19 for the pandemic’s duration, the Swiss drugmaker said on Thursday.Novartis’s pledge to provide the antibiotics, steroids and diarrhea pills to 79 countries on the World Bank’s list of low- and lower-middle income nations prompted the Doctors Without Borders non-governmental organization (NGO) to call for more transparency on drug pricing and for the industry to follow “no profiteering” initiatives for new COVID-19 medicines.While Novartis has not seen supply chain disruptions for these medicines, Novartis Global Health Chief Operating Officer Lutz Hegemann told Reuters the program aimed to help vulnerable healthcare systems in Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe from becoming overloaded. “We shouldn’t underestimate the stress that COVID puts particularly on fragile health systems,” Hegemann said, adding Novartis hoped to work with health authorities, faith-based organizations and NGOs to eliminate big mark-ups. “We are not targeting classical commercial distribution channels, but very direct channels.”Novartis’s brand-name drugs have had little application in treating the new coronavirus, while its older malaria drug hydroxychloroquine has flopped in some scientific trials against the disease.But Sandoz generics are among medicines commonly used to treat symptoms of those hospitalized.The 15 drugs include several antibiotics, the steroid dexamethasone that has seen some success in treating severe COVID-19 cases, heart failure drug dobutamine, antifungal fluconazole and lung drug salbutamol, among others. Topics :center_img Hegemann did not give the “no profit” cost of the drugs, compared with commercial prices.The medicines have been around for decades and are comparatively cheap to make.”Novartis should publish the actual ‘at cost prices’ for these medicines, as well as any costs of R&D and costs of production for all of their medicines,” a Doctors Without Borders spokesperson said. “Additionally, we hope that corporations like Novartis will follow similar ‘no profiteering’ initiatives for any new COVID-19 products.” last_img read more

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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 29, 2017 Governor Wolf Signs Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill into Lawcenter_img Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer, into law as Act 13 of 2017. The bipartisan bill reforms asset forfeitures, which are civil proceedings against property that allow law enforcement to take possession of property of certain persons suspected of crime.“While I support further reforms to expand the role of a criminal conviction in asset forfeiture, this bill is a step forward to create higher burdens of proof imposed on the seizure of private property by the government,” Governor Wolf said. “Further, the bill increases transparency and accountability for law enforcement organizations and protects property owners who are not directly involved in a suspected criminal act. In divided government, we must recognize the value of bipartisan progress, while continue to advocate for greater reform.”The new law creates significant changes to civil asset forfeiture in Pennsylvania in several key areas, including:Higher burdens of proof imposed on the Commonwealth;Protection for third-party owners by placing an additional burden of proof on the Commonwealth;Improved transparency in auditing and reporting;Specific and additional protection in real property cases by prohibiting the pre-forfeiture seizure of real property without a hearing, and;An extra level of protection for anyone acquitted of a related crime who is seeking the return of their property.last_img read more

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first_imgRobert Lee Satchwill, 87, of Cross Plains, Indiana, passed away August 15, 2017 at his home.He was born February 27, 1930 in Lawrenceburg, IN, son of the late John and Marie Satchwill.Robert worked as a Tool and Gauge Inspector for General Electric, with over 35 years of service.Robert loved the outdoors. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting. He was a Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengal’s and an I.U. fan. He was an outstanding father and a true family man. Robert would help out anyone who needed it and he was looked up to by all who knew him.Surviving are children, Robert L. (Rosalie) Satchwill Jr. of Aurora, IN, Vince Satchwill of Cross Plains, IN, Marie (Michael Johnson) Satchwill of Aurora, IN, Holly (Jeff) Pope of Aurora, IN; siblings, Gary (Diana) Satchwill of Aurora, IN, Lawrence Satchwill of Lawrenceburg, IN, Linda Satchwill of Florence, KY; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Debra F. Satchwill and grandson, Robert L. Satchwill, III, several siblings, Anthony, Jim, Bill and Eddie Satchwill, Ruth Meyer and Mary Hancock..Friends will be received for a memorial visitation on Friday, August 18, 2017, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home at 7:00 pm with Wayne Satchwill officiating.Contributions may be made to Cancer Research. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Former Premier League champions Chelsea have indicated interest in signing Nigeria’s sensation Samuel Chukwueze when the transfer window opens in January. Reports from England indicated that the west London club scouts are compiling a list of forwards they would inject for fresh impetus into the club’s season. Some of the high-profile names listed alongside Chukwueze as head coach Frank Lampard prepares to spend his £150 million transfer budget include Jadon Sancho, Wilfried Zaha and Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey. Strikers Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele are also on Chelsea’s radar, but the participation of their clubs in the last-16 of the Champions League would appear to make a January deal for either of them difficult. Asked in the past about Chelsea, Chukwueze said: “I was supporting Chelsea. I used to support every team that featured a Nigerian. So my love for Chelsea then was because of Mikel. “Maybe in the future, a movement is possible but right now my attention is on Villarreal. I want to focus well on my club and gain more confidence. Maybe when the time is ripe, I can move.”Tags: ChelseaFrank LampardSamuel Chukwuezelast_img read more

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first_imgBrescia is the third-worst hit province in Italy with more than 8,500 coronavirus cases and more than 1,300 deaths.In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Cellino says “this season doesn’t make sense anymore.”He says “returning to activity is pure craziness. If they force us to I am ready to not put out the team and lose the matches 3-0 by default out of respect for the citizens of Brescia and their loved ones who aren’t here anymore.”Brescia is in last place in the league standings. The president of Lazio recently accused Cellino of trying to avoid relegation.Cellino says “I don’t care at all about relegation. So far we have deserved it and I have my blame in that, too.” The AFC is planning for a 2027 tournament but a FIFA task force drafting a future calendar of matches and tournaments will likely be asked to align continental championships. The European Championship and South America’s Copa America are on track to kick off in June 2028.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___Potential hosts of soccer’s 2027 Asian Cup have been given more time to enter the contest by the Asian Football Confederation.The AFC says the March deadline to show interest was extended by three months to June because many of its member federations have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The Saudi Arabian soccer body said in February it wanted to host the 24-team tournament.China will host the 2023 edition. A return to western Asia is possible after the United Arab Emirates staged the 2019 tournament. The regatta was to give valuable competition for the Olympic classes just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Games.The Olympics have been postponed to 2021.World Sailing and Japanese officials were in talks to return to Enoshima in 2021 before the rescheduled Olympics.___Brescia president Massimo Cellino says he will forfeit his team’s remaining Serie A matches if the Italian soccer league resumes. April 2, 2020 Associated Press The motorcycling series has yet to start its season.The season-opener in Qatar was canceled, the Thailand, Americas and Argentina races were postponed to October-November, and the Spanish MotoGP has yet to find new dates.The next race at risk is the Italian MotoGP on May 31.___World Sailing has canceled the World Cup Series Final in Enoshima, Japan, in June because of the coronavirus outbreak. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The French Grand Prix scheduled for May 17 in Le Mans has been postponed, becoming the sixth MotoGP race to be called off because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Latest: French MotoGP postponed because of viruslast_img read more

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