Exclusive! Preview Tracks From the Murder For Two Album & Liner Notes By Wicked’s Stephen Schwartz

first_imgThe zany Murder For Two cast album will be released digitally January 14 before hitting store shelves in February, and Broadway.com has an exclusive sneak peek of two killer tracks from the new recording! Featuring music by Joe Kinosian, lyrics by Kellen Blair and direction by Scott Schwartz, the off-Broadway double-hander stars Brett Ryback as an aspiring detective who gets his big break trying to solve the murder of a famous author—meanwhile, Jeff Blumenkrantz plays all 13 kooky suspects. The musical whodunnit is currently playing at New World Stages. The album already has one super fan: the director’s dad, Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz. “As you can imagine, I have seen the show a few times,” Schwartz writes in the recording’s liner notes, “and it has never failed to make me laugh, helplessly and repeatedly. In listening to this new well-produced original cast album, therefore, I expected that since by now I knew all the jokes, I would enjoy the ingenious lyrics and catchy tunes but not actually be barking with laughter. But no, as might be said by the character of Steph, so convincingly portrayed by the astounding protean Jeff Blumenkrantz that you actually believe you’re seeing not a 40-something-year-old bald guy but a 20-something girl, it made me LOL.” View Comments Related Shows Murder For Two Click below to check out the very catchy Murder For Two tunes “Protocol Says” and “A Friend Like You,” then pick up the album online January 14—and in stores February 11! Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014last_img read more

January 1, 2005 Letters

first_imgJanuary 1, 2005 Letters January 1, 2005 Letters LettersWrongful Incarceration < p> I am an attorney who has been representing indigent clients for the past 14 years. When I read a November 1 letter-to-the-editor titled “Wrongful Incarceration,” the writer’s logic seemed to make sense. “It is truly unfortunate.. . and I’m sure we all agree that the pain of his loss must be enormous. But, as unfortunate as it is, it really isn’t anybody’s fault. Think about it, he didn’t go to prison in a vacuum. He either pled guilty or no contest or a jury convicted him.” The writer noted that “technological improvement is a result of the march of time” that shouldn’t be used as a crutch in today’s “culture of victimization” and asked “who pays when the guilty go free?” I did think about it and one thought predictably led to another. There’s more to the issue than logic. Our society is organized for the purpose of doing good — by, of, and for the people. We embrace the Golden Rule. When people are unintentionally harmed by the operation of our institutions, including but not limited to an imperfect and evolving criminal justice system, reparation ought to be the response. But lawyers and jurors alone should not be targeted for any such cost — victim or otherwise. Permitting the guilty to escape justice is the price American society pays to counterbalance the effect of our known human imperfections. That cost is borne by the whole. We all know this burden stems from our belief that innocence until guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt — and adherence to rules — must be at the heart of our criminal justice system. Technology aside, making amends for our mistakes goes far beyond being politically correct. It is evolutionary — sociological improvement that has given rise to an ethic of reciprocity unanimously shared by all major religions. Henry Hower Tampa Gay Adoptions I write in response to a December 1 letter in which the writer objects — on religious grounds — to The Florida Bar taking a position on the issue of whether the ban on homosexual adoption in Florida should be overturned. In that letter, the writer explains that he terminated his ABA membership because the positions that the ABA takes on “disputed, political, social, economic, military, international, and religious issues. . . is an affront to its members who hold different views,” and that “it is flatly unacceptable” for The Florida Bar to advocate in favor of “contested issues,” implying that he would also choose to resign from the Bar were it not mandatory. He further explains the underpinnings of his objection are his religious convictions and said, “I do not expect — or desire — The Florida Bar to be an advocate or spokesman for the truths of the Christian faith. Neither can I accept that The Florida Bar has any business being an advocate or spokesman for positions that are repugnant to those truths.” However, contrary to his contentions, that is precisely what he is asking the Bar to do. Specifically, he demands that the Bar take a position of silence because homosexual adoption offends his religious beliefs. In doing so, he is trying to impose his religious beliefs on the Bar and its membership. I respectfully submit, however, that if The Florida Bar were to abstain from taking positions on every issue over which there were deep religious differences of opinion among its members, then there would be few issues upon which the Bar could take a position. Further, it would be inappropriate, unacceptable, and unconstitutional for the policies of the Bar (or any government branch or agency) to be based upon the personal religious beliefs, disputed or otherwise, of its officers or members. Rather, it is the duty of our government and its agencies to make policy that is in the best interest of the public as a whole, notwithstanding religious doctrine. This necessarily requires a balancing of the interests of those affected by its policies in order to reach the best possible solution for all those affected. For the government to employ artificial barriers, based on disputed religious beliefs, would serve only to impair the fair and impartial fulfillment of that duty. I respectfully suggest that for the Bar to form its policies on the grounds that they may be an “affront” to others’ religious views would itself be an affront, not just to those who don’t share those views, but also to those who do, yet staunchly do not share the view that the government should base its policies on religious views. I, and I would hope that vast majority of the members of the Bar, expect that our government, including The Florida Bar, will continue to promulgate its policies in an unbiased, secular manner by balancing the interests of all involved, in order to find the best solutions for all those affected by its decisions, regardless of the personal religious views of its officers and members. Albert D. Viener Miami The most common argument advanced by proponents of gay adoption is that one result would be a prompt resolution of Florida’s crisis of older children languishing in foster homes. Their never-spoken premise is that gay couples have zero interest in adopting infants. As the Miami Herald pointed out November 30, a majority of adoptive heterosexual couples prefer babies. For many years great efforts have been made to persuade heterosexual couples to adopt older children. Yet little progress has been made, probably because human nature is that we prefer to bond with infants. This is simply a fact. Why should we expect gay adoptive parents to prefer older children? Answer: They would not. Advocates of gay adoption surely know this. If gay adoptions were legal, gay couples would join the already quite large pool of infertile couples eager, but waiting, to adopt babies. All Florida lawyers know heterosexual couples who waited months or even years to adopt infants. All of us know couples who, unable to find Florida babies, traveled to Eastern Europe or Russia. Naturally, gay couples would oppose any efforts by judges or adoption agencies to steer scarce babies to heterosexual, rather than gay, homes. Conspicuous by its absence is any proposal that gay adoptive parents be restricted to adopting children aged seven and older. No such proposal has ever been made, nor will it be. Thus, it is evident that the proponents of gay adoption are using a classic “red herring” argument. Gay adoption would not solve the foster care crisis. It would exacerbate the baby-shortage crisis. But all of this is largely irrelevant to the issue of whether the Bar should support gay adoption. As other lawyers have pointed out, the only fair way is to poll the members and let the chips fall where they may. Jefferson P. Knight Miami I have followed with great interest the cascade of letters weighing in on gay adoptions. All of the letters take positions, but only recently was a letter published that went to the heart of the problem. Although my understanding is that the gay adoption resolution came from a voluntary section, The Florida Bar continues to use our compulsory dues to promote its political and social agenda in spite of the opposition of individual members. This pernicious habit undermines our fundamental constitutional right to be free from involuntary servitude. That is, and remains, the fundamental point underlying any use of compulsory Bar dues to promote any agenda. It is important to remember that what seems like a good idea, when you are the majority imposing your will on the minority, looks very different when you are on the wrong side of the issue. Garry D. Adel Ocala Amendment 3 This oftentimes stereotyped and caricatured defense lawyer opposed Amendment 3. Most would be surprised, as so often in our image-driven world what is perceived to be reality may in fact not be. I had three reasons on 3. First, any ills in our litigation system, or societal, cannot always be solved by governmental intervention. Despite what med-mal abuses might exist, the solution should begin from within, not without. Space and time do not permit a full explanation by me on this point. Nevertheless, I believe one answer lies in our judges exercising control, at least on the civil side, over their cases. In essence, cleaning up our own mess. There are already plenty of statutes, common law, and procedural rules to filter out cases which should not have been filed enabling the judiciary to deal with meritless litigation. Jurists should be pro-active, take case specific initiatives, and not wait until the lawyers knock on the door with a problem. Tough, but decisive judgment should be exercised pre-trial on legal, procedural, and factual matters by judges regardless of whose ox is being gored. Early dispositive motions, regular case management conferences sitting the lawyers down, and not letting discovery get out of hand are but a few actions. Cases should never linger as they do, or reach the stage where cries of the lawyers being out of control result in an arbitrary imposition on the legal system of what is or is not “justice.” Now, after winning their PR battle, huge healthcare corporations have a free hand for the most part to do what they please in the disposition of patients. I am much less fearful for our collective health from a physician with a scalpel than faceless hospital administrators and executives armed with calculators and a balance sheet. Second, no government, even through the exercise of a plebiscite, should determine how much anyone can financially earn in a free society — be it plumbers, doctors, or lawyers — so long as it is not criminal. This is true despite my distrust of, yes, even stockbrokers, fund managers, venture capitalists, and “Wall Street.” Yet, healthcare conglomerates have no corresponding limit on their profits. And third, the amendment further moves us toward socialized medicine. It is but one more link in the chain of government involvement which determines our ultimate medical fate. Healthcare organizations now have been clothed with a quasi-sovereign immunity status insulating them from any meaningful accountability. Having previously waited in lines overseas to get socialized medical help, I do not prefer such a consequence. Larry M. Roth Winter Park GALS Beware As a certified volunteer guardian ad litem, I read with interest the article in the December 1 News concerning the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program’s call for more attorneys to become volunteer GALs. The article quotes GAL Director Angela Orkin as saying that she “can’t think of anything more rewarding, particularly for an attorney, to be able to speak up for children who truly can’t speak for themselves; it’s the best job going.” I can certainly confirm the fact that there is, of course, great reward in having the serious duty to be the only voice in dependency court exclusively devoted to the child’s best interests. However, the job, and it is a job, far from being particularly “rewarding” to attorneys, can be particularly frustrating. Some cases are deeply saddening. You must prepare yourself for the frustration you will experience over, among other things, state caseworkers with the goal to just “get the case closed” as soon as possible; staff turnover within local GAL offices; judicial dockets so overwhelmed judges and hearing officers can’t possibly exercise careful study of files; manipulative, angry, and, at times, incarcerated parents, careless and ever-changing foster parents, evidence rulings preventing many of your carefully recorded observations from being admitted; and state attorneys seeking to “reunify” a child with parents clearly unable to even care for themselves. All this will be against the backdrop of having to attend court hearings during business hours, and, not in the familiar role of attorney, travel to locations you may not have ever contemplated going, and chasing down elusive parents who change cell phone numbers monthly. I say all this so that those of you who do elect to become a critical part of a child’s life do so with your eyes open. Because once you tell a child, “I’m your guardian,” you’d better not be yet another adult who quits on him or her. You will often be the only sane, rational adult that child can talk to. Quitting is not an option. With all that said, I encourage each of you to search your hearts and if you’re up to it, become a GAL. It may not be financially, professionally, or emotionally “rewarding,” but you each took the same oath I did, which ends with you swearing to “never reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed.” Robert Michael Eschenfelder Bradentonlast_img read more

10 savings hacks for 2016

first_imgThe start of a new year is one of the best times to assess your financial fitness and get your savings in order. Now’s the time to start planning how you’ll save money for a dream vacation or emergency savings fund, or pay off your credit card debt once and for all.To do that, you need to get creative with how you save. Click through to see 10 money-saving hacks and apps that can help you reach your financial goals in 2016.1. Get Checking Account Overdraft Fees WaivedIf you think you have to pay those overdraft fees without a fight, think again. A Credit.com survey found that 44 percent of 1,000 respondents said they’d convinced a financial institution to waive a fee, so it’s definitely worth a try.Try to find a bank with the lowest overdraft fees available, and ask to get your overdraft fees waived if you ever find yourself with insufficient funds in your checking account. To get your overdraft fees waived, visit your bank and speak with an associate in person. Remain positive and polite, and put all of your negotiating skills to good use. continue reading » 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What we all want, no matter how we voted — and how credit unions can deliver

first_imgAt the beginning of COVID, all we heard was, “We’re in this together.” But that feeling of togetherness, while somewhat of a mirage from the beginning, hasn’t lasted. Many see our country as more divided now than ever, with the recent election widening the chasm even more.Do you see these divisions playing out in your membership, or perhaps on your team? Is it even possible to find common ground?I would argue that despite our country’s seemingly unbridgeable chasm, there’s one desire that unites us all: the desire to be seen and heard. It is precisely this desire that motivated voters to go to the polls, just as it motivated your members to show up at your annual meeting.There are millions of Americans on both sides of the aisle who don’t feel seen or heard. Their frustration and anger are palpable.So, how can you help? You may not be shaping national policy for your members, but maybe now’s the time to personally call your members to check in. Maybe it’s a good time to send out a survey or organize a virtual town hall. Maybe you can deliver joy to your teammates by mailing out surprise care packages or giving them a bonus day off.No matter how we feel about the results of the election, we’re all a bit frazzled, anxious, and exhausted right now. What are you doing to show your members that you see them, you hear them, and you care?  Here are some great places to start:Create opportunities for members to share their painOne of our clients created an online member survey shortly after COVID hit and received over 8,000 responses! This stunning response certainly speaks to members’ heightened financial anxieties and a need to feel heard.There are a lot of great digital channels for soliciting feedback, and it’s best to meet your members where they are. That is to say, don’t rely on one channel only. Consider:Utilizing online surveys and promoting them via alert tools on your websiteAsking questions or soliciting feedback on social mediaIncluding calls for feedback and story sharing in your email newslettersAsking your blog readers to email you their responses to questions you pose in your postsOrganizing virtual office hours, community roundtables, or town hallsBuilding opportunities for member story sharing into existing communication tools, like your contact form, call center scripts, or post-transaction surveysIf fear of being overwhelmed by responses is preventing you from reaching out, try tailoring your survey to specific member subgroups and staggering your solicitation efforts. You can always start small and build from there.But what about your members who don’t use digital channels? It all goes back to proactive member outreach and meeting members where they are. Sometimes we forget we can pick up a phone! Calling to check in on members, particularly those who aren’t enrolled in online banking or haven’t recently logged in, is a great way to leverage under-utilized staff members. Be flexible and creative when responding to members’ needs“If we are willing to be flexible and accommodating to the challenges facing members, we will gain their loyalty and they will stick with us when things improve,” stresses Kim Faucher, VP of Marketing at Trailhead Credit Union. “We’re training our staff to address the financial situations our members are facing — to understand the current situation impacts each person in a unique way — there is not a one-size-fits-all solution.”Simplicity Credit Union learned to focus on the “human” side of banking, operating outside of guidelines and policies during the last recession. The credit union modified loans, made payment arrangements and offered financial counseling. They recognized the importance of offering counseling to their team as well. “If the financial well-being of our employees wasn’t important, how would they talk a member through a struggle?” says Sarah Arnoldy, VP Service at Simplicity.Simplicity also introduced what they described as “financial first responders,” employees who were certified as Financial Counselors. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the credit union described themselves as being very quick in coming up with outside-the-box creativity. “We understood what was coming and were able to easily create new relief programs and understand member behavior before it truly hit our area,” says Arnoldy. Put financial wellness at the center of your business model People are inspired by purpose, not products, as Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why, knows full well. In the midst of our current turmoil, Gigi Hyland, Executive Director of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) encourages credit union leaders and marketers to take a step back and ask themselves, “Why do we exist and why are we here?” Or, posed a different way, “If you were chartering your credit union from scratch today, what would you do?” Answering these questions involves not just articulating your “why” but reevaluating your “how” and “what.” Are your sources of income congruous with your “why?” Do you engage with members in a way that reinforces your “why?” As Hyland asks, do “members feel that the credit union continues to be a very trusted partner that they can turn to in those micro moments of their financial lives, not just the big moments of college education and buying a car and buying a house and retiring?”Many credit unions have been waiving fees and allowing members to defer payments, which has offered some short-term relief, but through the lens of financial wellness, it’s important to ask, do your recession-centric efforts ultimately help or hurt your members?It’s a question Sarah Arnoldy at Simplicity Credit Union wished her credit union had done a better job answering during the last recession by monitoring the pre-, mid- and post-recession behavior of the members they helped. “Did they come out stronger, or did we inadvertently put them in a worse position? Where did they end up with regard to pre- and post-PFI status?” Of course, centering financial wellness is easier said than done. As financial wellness expert Manisha Thakor points out, “We talk about [budgeting] in a really judgy way, usually around coffee, which is, to me, sacrosanct.” How can we educate in a way that doesn’t condescend, and in a way that actually inspires behavior change? Similar to Hyland’s emphasis on micro moments, Thakor maintains that financial education efforts will be vastly more successful if we can take a page from Weight Watchers and create a tribe that celebrates the little wins.At the end of the day, cooperatives are an essential tool for teaching democracy through doing. They just might be a key piece of the puzzle when it comes to stemming the tides of rising inequality, political polarization, social withdrawal, and declining levels of empathy. Now is the time to show your members that you’re listening and you care. This is placeholder text This post is currently collecting data…center_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cameron Madill Cameron Madill is the CEO of PixelSpoke, a B Corp, worker-owned marketing agency that builds websites for credit unions and other impact-focused cooperatives. He is also the host of The … Detailslast_img read more

Time for government to provide free meals to all school kids

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionWhen we think of childhood hunger, we usually think of famine-stricken countries abroad or our own industrial-era past.But even in 2018, one in five American children lives in a “food insecure” household — i.e., where the USDA says “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources.”This doesn’t mean that 20 percent of children in America are literally starving to death.But kids don’t need to be emaciated to suffer the effects of long-term malnutrition.When kids lack proper meals, it doesn’t just mean an uncomfortable day. It negatively impacts their ability to learn in school. Cognition, retention, test scores, classroom focus and attendance are all demonstrably affected by childhood hunger.Fortunately, there are options for “food insecure” kids.Families meeting certain criteria (e.g., whose income is below 133 percent of the poverty line) are able to apply for subsidized free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals. Sixty-two percent of public-school students qualify.Unfortunately, many kids still fall through the gaps.Of the 1.39 million children in New York who qualified for F/RP meals in 2015–16, about 1.06 million participated in the lunch program and just 484,000 participated in breakfast.Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken note, proposing the “No Student Goes Hungry” program, which addresses the enrollment gap in a number of ways and generally improves mealtime at school.First, it ends “lunch shaming,” a perverse Dickensian practice where schools torment kids with wristbands, chores or cold meals for getting F/RP meals or racking up meal debts. Sure, it’s nice to believe that success is just a factor of effort and personal responsibility. And nobody wants to create lazy people who are dependent on handouts.But children are already dependents.Whatever you think of adults on government assistance, kids are not welfare queens suffering from moral failure. There are no “sins of the father” when it comes to school lunch.Poor kids often already grow up in comparatively substandard and unsafe schools and neighborhoods. They lack the networking opportunities and mentoring, tutoring and parenting time that their wealthy classmates enjoy.Giving all students a good meal is the least we can do to give poor kids a fair shot.Steve Keller is a regular contributor to the Sunday Opinion section.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Second, it requires many schools to provide breakfast during school hours instead of before the bell.These kinds of in-classroom meal programs have been shown to dramatically increase participation in F/RP breakfast, meaning more kids start the day with full bellies.Third, it increases funding for vending machines and coolers — as well as the Farm to School program, which stocks schools with healthy, local food.This is all good, and we should support it.But it’s really just tinkering around the edges.Our state should do what New York City has already done: Offer free meals to all students.While ending school-sponsored lunch shaming certainly mitigates the embarrassment of poverty at mealtime, we can’t force the stigma discouraging kids from getting F/RP meals out of existence.center_img Only a policy of free meals for all can make it completely obsolete.By making meals universal instead of a unique handout, this particular resentment towards poor kids would disappear.Free meals for all would also eliminate the meal debt problem. If meals are free for everyone, kids whose families are just barely above the eligibility line wouldn’t have to risk skipping lunch or incurring meal debts.Importantly, no child would go without food because of their parents’ ignorance of the program, negligence in applying, or even abuse and neglect.This seems an obvious policy to me. But I suppose there are counterarguments.If you’re hesitant about expanding government programs, remember that nobody would actually be forced to eat school meals — they’d be free to opt in only if they wanted.If it turns out all of those eligible kids are unenrolled because their families are just fine without the school’s help, this policy won’t make much of a difference at all. We all know the tired maxim that “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”In this case, the federal government is likely to bear most of this (relatively small) cost because of the way reimbursements already work.Adding to the deficit is controversial, but if you think that’s “borrowing from our kids’ futures,” consider the child whose future will be impacted by an empty stomach today.Aren’t there charities that help with this?There are. And there’s even a movement afoot to help families pay off their meal debts to school districts.But while charity is nice, getting a meal as a kid shouldn’t be contingent on the willy-nilly goodwill of others.Here’s what it comes down to: Do we believe the old philosophy of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” applies to kids too? Or do kids deserve a fair shot regardless of their station in life?last_img read more

How long must we wait for gun control?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFirst some history: 160 years ago, you could own a slave. People fought to the death for the right for you to own a slave. One hundred years ago, your mother was not entitled to vote. Thirty years ago, you could smoke a cigarette almost anywhere. Twenty years ago, Adam could marry Eve but not Steve.And so, as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, effective gun control will come. The critical question is, “How many more children must die until then?”James FogartyNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Dominican Republic tourism website earns rave reviews

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 58 Views   no discussions LifestyleTravel Dominican Republic tourism website earns rave reviews by: – August 16, 2011center_img Share Share In photo: Dominican republic award wining website. Photo credit:biz.yahoo.comSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Build your dream paradise vacation on Dominican Republic (DR) Ministry of Tourism’s award-wining website. Since its launch in January 2011, the social media-friendly site is impressing visitors and tourism marketers and has earned prestigious ADDY® and Summit awards for its clever design and function.The global, interactive website showcases key selling points of the destination, providing site visitors with in-depth information about the country, its alluring destinations, diverse activities, luxurious accommodations and travel information, and includes a dynamic event calendar to help travelers plan their next trip to the top Caribbean travel destination.Among the most prominent features, the site’s “My Paradise” allows users to create their own personal itinerary by adding elements to their paradise section, including cities or towns of interest, activities, events, images they discover in the country while they browse the site. They can write their own notes and even share their paradise on 200+ social media platforms. The site also features a sophisticated “Interactive Map” that adds geo-location and mapping capabilities throughout the website, making it a true, state-of-the-art trip planning tool.“Dominican Republic is a charismatic and unforgettable island nation boasting intricate architecture, rich culture, amazing accommodations, world-class golf courses, pristine beauty and unlimited eco adventures. Dominican Republic’s official and innovative new website has become the primary source for Dominican Republic travel information, consumer engagement and booking for travelers from around the world,” said Magaly Toribio, DR Ministry of Tourism’s vice minister of international promotion.The site also has a media center where more than 1,000 high resolution images, 25 videos of the country, a calendar of events, press materials, brochures and more can all be downloaded. And, with the click of a button, the site can be translated into six different languages including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Russian.According to Evelyn Paiewonsky, DR Ministry of Tourism’s e-marketing director, “GoDominicanRepublic.com satisfies the need in the online market for visitor interaction and appeal. The dynamic website achieves our objectives connected to promoting the country’s tantalizing regions, which have a lot to offer both residents and visitors alike. GoDominicanRepublic.com continues to be the number one source of comprehensive tourism information about Dominican Republic, and therefore we ensure that the site is fresh, dynamic and innovative for our global audience.”GoDominicanRepublic.com was developed by BVKmeka with special emphasis on cross-platform interoperability and open standards; the vibrant, multi-lingual site was built using the latest Web technologies such as dynamic HTML, CSS3, jQuery and Ajax, along with Joomla, one of the world’s leading content management systems (CMS), in order to make it work seamlessly across computers, iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices.Dominican Republic’s first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Rich in history, Dominican Republic has developed into a diverse destination offering both Dominican and European flavors to more than one million U.S. visitors each year. Named #1 Golf Destination in Caribbean & Latin America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, Dominican Republic boasts 25+ designer golf courses, upscale resorts, pristine nature, and sophisticated cities and quaint villages filled with warm Dominican people. Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Most watched event of 2019: AJ fight floors champions League final

first_imgAndy Ruiz Jr vs. Anthony Joshua II (December 7)Champions League: Tottenham vs. Liverpool (June 1)Champions League: Liverpool vs. Barcelona (May 7)Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev (November 2)KSI vs. Logan Paul II (November 9)Champions League: Tottenham vs. Bayern Munich (October 1)Serie A: Milan v Internazionale (September 21)Champions League: Ajax vs. Tottenham (May 8)Champions League: Barcelona vs. Liverpool (May 1)Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs (May 4) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Despite DAZN wanting the fight in New York, AJ-Ruiz II beat both legs of Liverpool’s epic Champions League win over Barcelona, as well as Canelo’s fights with Sergey Kovalev and Danny Jacobs. Read Also Joshua targets early knockout against Wilder Since launching in 2016, UK-based company DAZN have spread to nine countries – Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Here are the top 10 most watched events that broke the ceiling in 2019 The December 7 2019 clash between Nigeria born British boxer Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jnr may have come and gone but impact of the bout is still kissing the headlines. It has now been confirmed that the heavyweight rematch was the most watched event on burgeoning streaming platform DAZN in 2019. The Saudi Arabia rematch broke UK pay-per-view records and now Sportsmail can reveal that the event also eclipsed the Champions League final and many other sporting highlights among DAZN’s worldwide markets. The streaming service, which hit 8million subscribers late last year, have not released the official viewing numbers but they are understood to be significantly higher than the 1.8m reported elsewhere. Champions league champions Liverpool second most views of 2019 after AJ fightAdvertisement Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their KidsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney Characters7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

Boastful Helenius ready to test might with Joshua

first_imgHeavyweight contender, Robert Helenius, is flying high after winning a WBA eliminator with an unexpected knockout victory over undefeated top contender Adam Kownacki. Loading… “I think it would be a very interesting fight [against Joshua],” Helenius told Sky Sports, “I would like that very much. It would be fireworks and tactics, of course, but I think it would be a very, very interesting fight for me. “I was very surprised that he got knocked down [by Andy Ruiz Jr]. He made mistakes, but he did well in the second fight. Ruiz and me are very different fighters. We are the same height, Anthony and me. I’ve been there in a sparring camp with him. I have nothing personal against him, he’s a very good guy. I think very highly of him and I like him a lot, but I think I would beat him.” Helenius credits his recent success for being able to fight without any type of injuries. “I think it’s because I’ve been training injury-free for a couple of years now. I had a lot of problems after my shoulder injury and shoulder operation. Dealing with a lot of problems with hand operations and stuff like that. I was sick, I had a lung disease, and I think I’m bouncing back,” Helenius said. Read Also:Dillian Whyte ‘100% confident’ of knocking out Anthony Joshua “I hope I will get the biggest fight. I don’t really care who I’m fighting next, so I’m going to be ready for whoever comes in my way.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Helenius dropped Kownacki twice, before stopping him in the fourth round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Helenius believes he is one win away from potentially getting in line for a world title crack at WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Helenius is very familiar with Joshua, as the two boxers have sparred with each other in the past. The Viking Warrior was shocked when Joshua was dropped four times and stopped inside of seven rounds back in June 2019. Joshua got revenge in the rematch, which took place in December, with a dominant twelve round unanimous decision.Advertisement Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesIncredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

Audry Glenna Lloyd, 86, Brookville

first_imgAudry Glenna Lloyd, age 86, of Brookville, Indiana died Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville, Indiana.Born August 9, 1932 in Cincinnati, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Robert & Helen (Blum) Jahn. A homemaker, and mother, in her leisure time she enjoyed making crafts, and painting.Survivors include six children, LuAnn Winters of Brookville, Indiana, Kathy Rowell of San Diego, California, Sidney Simmons of San Diego, California, Benny H. Simmons of Atlanta, Georgia, Sheldon Simmons of Brookville, Indiana and Diana Reddig of Brookville, Indiana; thirteen grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four children, Arthur Simmons, Danny Simmons, Bobby Simmons and Lori Dennison; as well as five brothers & sisters.Family & friends may visit from 5 until 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, February 15, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, with burial following in Big Cedar Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Whitcomb United Methodist Church. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Audry Lloyd, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more