Broadway Grosses: Two New Tuners Continue to Make Box Office Splash Following Tonys

first_img Source: The Broadway League It’s been just over one month since we got all glammed up for the 2014 Tony Awards, and two musicals that took home significant wins that night are continuing to make their presence known on the boards. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which took home two spinning trophies including Best Actress in a Musical for Jessie Mueller, landed a spot in the top five grossing shows this week, joining perennial faves The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Aladdin. At $1,253,526, the show broke the Stephen Sondheim Theatre box office record once again. Meanwhile, this year’s big winner, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, exceeded capacity for the third consecutive week, and brought in its second highest gross since it began performances last year ($901,681). Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 13: UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Chicago ($514,101)  4. Once ($420,569)  3. Violet ($306,668) 2. Rock of Ages ($284,152) 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me ($154,948) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.33%)* 3. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (100.58%) 4. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.56%) 5. Matilda (100.39%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Once (67.27%) 4. Cinderella (65.70%) 3. Rocky (63.43%) 2. Bullets Over Broadway (60.74%) 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me (45.35%) *Number based on 7 regular performances View Comments FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($2,151,409) 2. Wicked ($1,936,778) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,621,274) 4. Aladdin ($1,517,996) 5. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ($1,253,526)last_img read more

Rockville Centre Police Officer Charged With Beating Suspect

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Rockville Centre village police officer was indicted for allegedly beating a suspect with a stun gun while investigating an assault and covering it up last year, Nassau County prosecutors said.Anthony Federico, 36, pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Nassau County court to charges of assault, offering false instrument for filing and two counts of falsifying business records.“The defendant is accused of beating the victim with a Taser gun, causing a severe laceration to his head and falsifying police paperwork after the incident,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “Accusations of police misconduct are treated very seriously by this office, and we carefully interview witnesses and examine the evidence when an allegation is made.”Prosecutors said the officer responded to an assault outside of a bar on South Park Avenue near the corner of Merrick Road and tried to gather information from a 25-year-old victim, who was being helped up by the victim’s 20-year-old brother, when a scuffle broke out between the three men at 2:45 a.m. on May 8, 2016.During the confrontation, Federico struck the older brother on the top of his head with a Taser, causing a six centimeter front scalp laceration that required sutures and staples to close, authorities said. He later falsified information in official police documents describing the events, according to investigators.Hundreds of local police officers came to the courthouse to show their support for Federico. Police union officials said he used reasonable force to properly defend himself and make an arrest while surrounded by a crowd without backup.Judge Teresa Corrigan released Federico without bail. He is due back in court April 19. He faces up to seven years in prison, if convicted.last_img read more

Financial institution does great job with consumer follow-up

first_imgMystery shops are an important element of the overall proprietary process involved with a deep-dive marketing audit as provided by On The Mark Strategies. As the creators of the financial institution marketing audit, On The Mark Strategies approaches mystery shops from a different angle than most credit unions consider.For example, the main mystery shop focus when using On The Mark Strategies is not so much transactional accuracy as it is brand/cultural excellence. Yes, teller drawers must balance in order for a brand to succeed. However, succeeding in a mere transactional sense is not enough to develop and maintain a healthy and vibrant brand. When partnering with credit union to provide an in-depth marketing audit, On The Mark Strategies conducts mystery shop analyses of both the partner financial institution and key competitors it identifies. During a recent marketing audit for a partner credit union in Illinois, we came across a competitor (in this case a regional community bank) that provided a remarkable experience.We were greeted quickly upon entry by several friendly employees. Everyone visible was wearing smart-looking bank logo apparel and the wait time to visit with a customer service representative was minimal. This customer service representative did an outstanding job asking questions about specific financial lifestyle needs and was obviously well-versed in bank products and services. It was in the follow-up, however, that we were particularly impressed.This bank customer service representative asked for our personal contact information for future follow-up. This has happened in the past (not often, but occasionally in the thousands of financial institution mystery shop experiences we have conducted) but with no actual follow-up. However, this individual knocked the ball out of the park when it came to follow-up. Within a few days of returning from the mystery shop process of the marketing audit, we received an email from the customer service representative thanking us for visiting her bank and offering to schedule a time to visit if we had any additional questions about the bank and its products or services. The customer service representative made sure to include their contact information in the email. Overall, it was terrific follow-up and is indicative of a financial institution employee that is not only doing a good job transactionally but also committed to living the brand with someone who wasn’t even an actual bank customer yet.There’s plenty to learn from this example. How well is your credit union doing when it comes to interacting with consumers that are just looking to learn more about your financial institution rather than signing up that day and/or conducting same-day transactions? What is your follow-up plan like for contact with potential consumers? Most compellingly, how well are your employees interacting with every single person that comes through your doors? In order for your credit union brand to succeed, you must look at every consumer as a mystery shopper.For more information on marketing audits as provided by On The Mark Strategies please click here. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Detailslast_img read more

SchoolsFirst FCU lives the ‘people helping people’ philosophy

first_imgMembers and teammembers of SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, based in Orange County, California, get an A+ as a partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) and Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids). SchoolsFirst FCU raised and donated $643,011 in 2018 and 2019 for CMNH and affiliated hospitals, including Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. These are impressive numbers, but their impact goes well beyond the dollars raised. Through their work with CU4Kids and CMNH, SchoolsFirst FCU is living the people helping people philosophy that credit unions share and creating a community of volunteers, leaders and advocates in the process.Commitment to the cause runs deep at SchoolsFirst FCU. Bill Cheney, President and CEO was named to CMN Hospitals Board of Trustees this year in recognition of his years of dedicated involvement. Bill has been an active advocate for CMN Hospitals for more than 30 years. The credit union’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jose Lara, is the current Chair for the CU4Kids Advisory Board and Dana Schuller, Chief Administrative Officer, has been a member of the Board since its inception over 10 years ago.“We are enthusiastic champions of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and CU4Kids,” says Cheney, “Supporting our local children’s hospitals and helping kids and their families during difficult times speaks directly to our values as a credit union. We exist to foster the financial well-being of our Members and the overall health of the communities we serve. This aligns perfectly with our work with CU4Kids.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Father of Chinese H5N1 fatality has infection

first_imgDec 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Chinese officials said today that the father of a Chinese man who recently died of H5N1 avian influenza has been hospitalized with an H5N1 infection, raising the possibility of a new family cluster and sparking fears of human-to-human transmission.China’s health ministry said the 52-year-old man was admitted to the hospital after he came down with a fever on Dec 3, according to a statement today from Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection. The man’s samples were sent to the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, where tests for the H5N1 virus were positive, the statement said.If the man’s illness is confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), he will be listed as China’s 27th H5N1 case-patient.The man is from Nanjing in Jiangsu province in the eastern part of the country, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. He was hospitalized with lower lobe pneumonia, the report said.Joanna Brent, a World Health Organization (WHO) spokeswoman based in Beijing, said the man’s illness raises concern about the possibility of human-to-human H5N1 transmission, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today.”We will be monitoring this case closely,” Brent told the AP. “If it is found to be easily passed between humans, we would be concerned.”Media reports on the father’s illness gave no indication of whether he had any exposure to sick or dead birds. Earlier reports, including one from the WHO, said his son had no known contact with infected birds.The WHO confirmed the 24-year-old son’s death on Dec 4. He got sick on Nov 24, was hospitalized 3 days later, and died on Nov 27, the WHO report said. His illness and death pushed the number of H5N1 cases in China to 26 and the fatality total to 17.Some global health officials have been skeptical about China’s claims that hardly any of the country’s reported H5N1 patients had contact with infected birds. In June, after the WHO confirmed that a 19-year-old soldier who had been serving in Fujian province had died from an H5N1 infection, WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told the AP that only one of China’s H5N1 patients had reported contact with sick birds.Hartl said the lack of reported links to infected birds raised questions about how effectively the Chinese government was monitoring the disease in birds.Julian Tang Wei-tze, a virologist in Hong Kong, also voiced skepticism about whether China’s latest fatality really had no contact with infected birds, The Standard, a Hong Kong business newspaper, reported Dec 4.”It’s about the accuracy of their contact history. With an incompatible history it’s hard to exclude any contact with infected birds, their droppings, or people,” he told The Standard.Case clusters raise the possibility of human-to-human transmission of H5N1, which would increase the risk of a pandemic. A number of family clusters of infection have been reported, but human-to-human transmission has been proved by laboratory tests only once: in Sumatra, Indonesia in May 2006. The vast majority of human cases have been linked to contact with infected poultry.See also:Dec 7 Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection statementDec 4 WHO statementDec 3 CIDRAP News story “Chinese man dies from H5N1 infection”Jun 4 CIDRAP News story “Vietnam reports H5N1 case; Chinese patient dies”Jun 23, 2006, CIDRAP News story “H5N1 mutation showed human transmission in Indonesia”last_img read more

Regional elections postponed after organizers catch COVID-19

first_img“Our capacity and preparedness have definitely been affected,” he said.On Monday, Home Minister Tito Karnavian quietly held a meeting with the KPU, election watchdog Bawaslu and House of Representatives lawmakers to discuss the fate of the elections, which were thrown into doubt since the COVID-19 outbreak began sweeping across the nation.They agreed to postpone regional elections and urged regional leaders to reallocate funds previously earmarked for election preparations to COVID-19 containment efforts, according to a signed letter summarizing the decisions that was circulated Monday.It remains unclear for how long the regional elections will be postponed, but the letter states that any continuation of the electoral process would have to be agreed upon by the KPU, the government and the House.KPU chief Arief Budiman had floated the possibility of postponing the polls either for three months or an entire year, noting a preference for the latter.“But even that has its consequences,” Arif told a virtual press conference on Sunday.The 2016 Regional Elections Law stipulates that regional elections must take place in September this year, so any delay would require a revision to the law.Some longtime observers see a revision to the law as unlikely because it might involve a long political process between the government and the House. This can, however, be worked around by having the President issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu).Experts have previously called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to support the idea of issuing a Perppu in order to ensure quality regional elections can take place.An expert staff member at the Office of the Presidential Chief of Staff, Sigit Pamungkas, said that the government was open to the idea of issuing a Perppu to reschedule the September polls but only under two conditions.First, a Perppu would become viable if the KPU no longer has enough time to prepare for the elections after May 29, the deadline of the state of emergency declared by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) in response to the virus outbreak. Secondly, rescheduling is possible if the current situation gets worse.The KPU previously insisted on keeping the September schedule on the table, prior to the discovery that its members had contracted the disease. The option became unviable following the death of a KPU commissioner at the Minahasa branch in South Sulawesi who had already been put under surveillance (ODP).South Sulawesi is one of the nine provinces that are scheduled to hold gubernatorial elections this year. The other eight are Bengkulu, Jambi, West Sumatra, Riau Islands, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, North Kalimantan and Central Sulawesi. All have confirmed COVID-19-positive cases.In addition to the nine gubernatorial elections, the September polls would have seen candidates jostle for mayorships in 37 cities nationwide. As of Monday, 22 of these cities have confirmed COVID-19 transmission, including Depok in West Java, Balikpapan in East Kalimantan, Medan in North Sumatra, Makassar in South Sulawesi, South Tangerang in Banten, Surakarta in Central Java and Surabaya in East Java.As many as 224 regencies are also heading for elections, with 32 already reporting infections. Kutai Kartanegara is among them, as well as Bandung in West Java and Merauke in Papua.As of Monday afternoon, Indonesia has recorded a total of 1,414 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 122 fatalities.Topics : Based on agency reports, the list of infected election organizers includes, among others, members of the South Solok KPU branch in West Sumatra and representatives in East Kalimantan’s Kutai Kartanegara and Bontang regencies.But KPU members in other regions are now also at risk of exposure to the virus, especially those who participated in a training event held by the agency’s central office in Jakarta on Feb. 8-12.“We found that our colleagues who contracted the virus are KPU members and information system operators who took part in a technical training course on the verification of voter data,” Hasyim said on Sunday.He said the KPU would need time not only to trace the spread of the disease to personnel all over the country but also to wait for infected members to fully recover so as to avoid transmission to even more people. Postponing this year’s regional elections was the most viable option to avoid COVID-19 from further spreading to rural areas, Indonesia’s elections authority has said, as reports emerged that election organizers have also caught the disease and stakeholders moved to delay the polls.The General Elections Commission (KPU) made the decision after revealing it was also fighting to contain the virus within its ranks, which poses a serious risk to the agency’s capacity to organize elections in 270 regions slated for September.KPU Commissioner Hasyim Asy’ari told The Jakarta Post that members of the institution both at the national and regional levels had been exposed to COVID-19, with some testing positive for the disease and others being treated as suspected patients or placed under surveillance.last_img read more

Arsenal board reveal transfer plan and send warning to Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil over contracts

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal board reveal transfer plan and send warning to Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil over contracts Comment Venkatesham and head of football Sanllehi sat down for an in-depth chat (Picture: Arsenal Media)‘We need to continue to look at our wage bill. We’ve got, and it’s well known, a large wage bill – that’s a good thing. That demonstrates the financial power and the financial muscle of Arsenal, which is important for us to be successful,’ he told Arsenal’s official website.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But we need to make sure we are spending that money as efficiently as possible, and we are spending a lot of time focusing on that.‘Of course we need to be sensible and we need to be efficient in the transfer window. We need to sign excellent players, we need to make sure those players can make a real contribution.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘And if I look back to the last transfer window, with Bernd Leno, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Papa Sokratis and others, we think we bring in players that can make a really big impact. And we believe that those players, and many more, can make a bigger impact next season.‘We need to be sure that when we are selling players we are maximising the funds that we can get when we sell players, because all of those funds just get reinvested back into the team.’Arsenal missed out on transfer fees for both Sanchez when he joined Manchester United over a year ago and Ramsey when he signed for Juventus as a free agent, with the Welshman moving to Turin once his contract has expired at the end of June. The Gunners have a clear vision for how they will navigate the transfer market (Picture: Getty)Arsenal chiefs Vinai Venkatesham and Raul Sanllehi have outlined the need for the club to be ‘efficient’ in the transfer market and say they will not allow a repeat of the Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey sagas.The north London club are believed to have a limited transfer budget available this summer, with Unai Emery to be handed a kitty of just £40million if he fails to qualify for the Champions League.Managing director Venkatesham has hinted that the club will need to be creative in the market and will rely on last summer’s signings continuing to improve, though any profit from player sales will be reinvested.center_img Ewan RobertsMonday 20 May 2019 5:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Aubameyang only has two years left on his current contract with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Venkatesham says the club must do more to avoid those situations in the future and has given a clear ultimatum to players with two years left on their deals – such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil – that they either renew of they will be sold.He continued: ‘We need to make sure we are really disciplined. A good example of that is senior players that aren’t towards the end of their careers, we need to make sure that those players, when they’ve got two years left on their contract, we’re making the difficult decisions.‘We’re either renewing those players’ contracts, or we’re selling those players. So we’re going to have to be brave with those decisions along the way, because we can’t be in a situation where we are allowing players to walk out the door for free unless they are coming towards the end of their career.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Euro-zone ministers to discuss benchmarking pension systems

first_imgEuro-zone finance ministers aim to agree a plan to benchmark member state pension systems when they meet next week.The Eurogroup, an informal body bringing together ministers of the euro area, will next meet on 20 March, and is due to discuss the sustainability of member states’ pension systems.“Ministers will look into the possibility of introducing benchmarking in this policy area, and will discuss the choice of indicators and the frequency of reporting,” according to a statement from the group.The goal is to agree “the modalities of a benchmarking exercise”, it added. The debate about benchmarking will be based on a recent analysis carried out by the European Commission, according to the statement.It would be the ministers’ third round of discussions on pension sustainability in the euro area. The first was in December 2015, when the group identified “putting pension systems on a sustainable path” as a policy priority, given an ageing population and other developments.In June last year the group adopted a set of common principles for strengthening the fiscal sustainability of pension systems and invited the Commission to come up with appropriate benchmarks, based on the common principles.The Eurogroup usually meets once a month, on the eve of a meeting of EU economics and finance ministers.Other topics due to be on the agenda of next week’s meeting include a review of macroeconomic reforms in Greece and euro area countries’ annual debt issuance plans.last_img read more

Hoosier babies get 3,000 ‘Red Hats’ this month

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — More than 3,000 babies born in Indiana in February will be decked out in reds hats courtesy of the American Heart Association’s “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program.American Heart Association staff will deliver the tiny hats to more than 30 hospitals across the state beginning this week. The hats were lovingly hand made by more than 200 volunteers.February is American Heart Month, and the week of Feb. 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. Heart disease remains the No. 1 cause of death in the United States and in Indiana, and congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the leading birth defect in newborns. Approximately 1 of every 110 babies is born with a CHD, and 25 percent of those require invasive surgery within the first year.The Little Hats, Big Hearts program raises awareness about both while offering new parents information about living a heart-healthy life.Participating hospitals include:Community Hospital East                                                              IndianapolisCommunity Hospital North                                                          IndianapolisCommunity Hospital South                                                          IndianapolisCommunity Hospital Anderson                                  AndersonCommunity Hospital                                                                       MunsterCommunity Howard Regional Health                       KokomoElkhart General Hospital                                                                ElkhartEskenazi Health                                                                 IndianapolisFranciscan Health Crown Point                                   Crown PointFranciscan Health Hammond                                                      HammondFranciscan Health Indianapolis                                   IndianapolisFranciscan Health Michigan City                                 Michigan CityFranciscan St. Elizabeth Health                                   LafayetteGood Samaritan Hospital                                                              VincennesGoshen Health System                                                  GoshenHendricks Regional Health                                                            DanvilleHighpoint Health                                                                              LawrenceburgIU Health Arnett Hospital                                                              LafayetteIU Health West                                                                  AvonMajor Hospital                                                                   ShelbyvilleMemorial Hospital of South Bend                                             South BendMethodist Hospitals                                                                        Merrillville / GaryParkview Health                                                                               Fort WayneParkview Huntington Hospital                                     HuntingtonParkview LaGrange Hospital                                                        LaGrangeParkview Noble Hospital                                                               KendallvilleParkview Whitley Hospital                                                            Columbia CityPorter Regional Hospital                                                                ChestertonSaint Joseph Health System                                                         MishawakaSt. Catherine Hospital                                                                     East ChicagoSt. Mary Medical Center                                                               HobartSt.Vincent Kokomo                                                                         KokomoUnion Hospital                                                                   Terre HauteWitham Hospital                                                                               LebanonThis is the fifth year the American Heart Association has delivered red hats for newborns in February. More than 16,000 babies have received the hats. Volunteers interested in donating materials or knitting or crocheting hats for next year, or hospitals that would like to participate in the program, should call the American Heart Association at (317) 732-4700.last_img read more

Suarez shines in Reds win

first_img Wales international Bale drilled in an early swerving free-kick which Brad Jones, back in the side because of Jose Reina’s calf injury, batted away unconvincingly but then had to cede centre-stage to Suarez. Philippe Coutinho combined well down left with Jose Enrique, starting the move with a cheeky backheel. The pair then exchanged passes before Enrique, holding off Walker, slid a perfectly-weighted pass for Suarez to run onto and surprise Lloris at his near post with the outside of his right foot. Bale – playing mainly through the middle – contributed, in some part, to the equaliser on the stroke of half-time. The ball was worked out to him and he curled a left-footed cross over the head of Jamie Carragher, on his 500th league appearance, for Vertonghen to get in front of Glen Johnson and head inside far post. Liverpool may have been aggrieved they did not get a penalty late in the half when Coutinho appeared to be pulled back by Walker as he tried to get on the end of a cross but they had conceded 10 minutes’ of pressure to the visitors. Bale played a part in Tottenham’s second just after the break when his free-kick was weakly headed down by Carragher to Vertonghen who fired home. Then a trademark driving run by Bale saw him pick out Gylfi Sigurdsson in acres of space at the far post but his shot was deflected onto a post by Johnson. Yet it was Tottenham’s nerves which faltered next. Walker attempted an inexplicable back-pass/crossfield ball from the right touchline which succeeded only in drawing Lloris out of his goal to clear. When he failed Downing nipped in to advance on goal and drill a shot through the legs of Vertonghen on the line. The pace of the game went up a notch and Daniel Sturridge headed into the side-netting and Bale nodded wide before another dreadful backpass, this time by Jermain Defoe, forced Benoit Assou-Ekotto to barge into Suarez. Gerrard, often Liverpool’s big man for the big occasion, stepped up to slot home his ninth of an increasingly profitable campaign. Luis Suarez edged the battle of the player of the year contenders after he scored and earned the match-winning penalty to eclipse Gareth Bale as Liverpool defeated Tottenham 3-2. The Premier League’s leading scorer drew first blood with his 29th of the season – and 22nd in the top flight – and, although his opposite number had a hand in both of Tottenham’s goals, the Uruguay international had the last laugh by winning the late spot-kick from which Steven Gerrard scored. Centre-back Jan Vertonghen had scored twice after Suarez had put the home side ahead only for calamitous misjudgements by Kyle Walker and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to gift Stewart Downing the equaliser. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more