Broadway.com Breaks Down the Performances of the Tony Awards

first_imgAnd that’s a wrap on the 2015 Tony Awards! It was a year of Fun, speeches full of tears and tap dancing, a moment with E.T. and—as always—tons of performances from nominated shows and beyond. Take a look at our recap below as we break down each of the musical moments, beginning with our favorites of the night. Agree? Disagree? Vote for your personal favorite in our poll! 13. FINDING NEVERLAND”Stronger”So much fog! So many close-ups! At the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, this showstopper blows away audiences as a pirate ship is constructed from the orchestra pit, with swashbucklers miraculously avoiding whiplash. However, while Matthew Morrison sounded wonderful, the Tony performance didn’t convey the heart-stopping energy that this number oozes live. 4. THE KING & I”Getting to Know You”/”Something Wonderful”/”Shall We Dance?”Good for nominees Ken Watanabe and Ruthie Ann Miles being featured here, but when it comes down to it, this performance was all about (now Tony winner!) Kelli O’Hara’s quick-change choreography, or “dressography,” as we’re coining it: a 46-second transformation from schoolteacher to ballroom dancer extraordinare. And yes, we timed it. Special props for the cinematography here too, which even further accentuates the beauty of the dress. 7. ON THE TOWN”Lucky to Be Me”/”New York, New York”/”Times Square Ballet”Starting a number in the aisle and working toward the stage is a toss-up. Will audience members be game if you try to dance with them? Well, of course Chita Rivera will play along, and Rita Wilson’s grin as she gave a little twirl was infectious. And why yes, Anna Wintour will accept those flowers. The medley was a smart way to accomplish three things: Introduce your Tony-nominated star, throw in a familiar tune and show off lots of dancing with sweeping cameras. Check, check, check. View Comments 9. INTRODUCTION”Willkommen”/”It Takes Two”/”Popular”/et al.This was certainly twee, but it came off as a warm-up for the duo. Their introductory medley was far less flashier than previous opening numbers (they saved that, as they probably should have, for Something Rotten!.) Still, it was a great introduction to a more-than admirable hosting stint by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming. And we loved the little wink to the infectiously peppy “Popular” wearing off on Chenoweth. 6. ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY”Life Is Like a Train”/”On the Twentieth Century”/”Babette”This medley was a bit all over the place. The four porters, after allegedly tapping the play-off music for Ruthie Ann Miles, kicked off the performance with a fun number that requires zero context, which was followed by a snippet of the titular ditty. Then came Chenoweth’s moment to shine with “Babette.” It took this number some time to find its footing after the two that preceded it. It wasn’t until after the ensemble came in that Chenoweth truly sparkled with her signature soprano. But once they got there, the vigor was inspiring. 11. TOMMY TUNE TRIBUTE”At the Grand Hotel” et al.This was adorable, but simply too short! We applaud the choice to showcase Tune’s legendary career with three quick takes on fun numbers from shows that may not be immediately identifiable to the viewing public: Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies and My One and Only. We only wish the honoree would have joined in on the fun before presenting! 14. JERSEY BOYS”December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”We understand the decision to close on (yet another) note familiar to viewers. But in years past, hosts have spoiled us with original ways to recap the night. Neil Patrick Harris’ last-minute collaborations with Lin-Manuel Miranda immediately come to mind. Last year’s was simple; Hugh Jackman crooned “On Broadway” as the winners stormed the stage, but it at least featured members who made the night special. With ensemble members slowly assembling to sing with the Four Seasons, this felt like a wedding reception that went on a little too long.center_img 3. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS”An American in Paris”/”‘S Wonderful”/”I Got Rhythm”An American in Paris nailed the medley format here. Show off some tunes people know and flaunt your greatest asset: stellar choreography. What gave this performance the leg up though was its integration of its design, which won awards for lighting and set design. As much of the production’s aesthetic is projection-based, its transition to the LED sets of Radio City felt the most natural. However, what this performance lacked was the sweeping camera work that completed performances like Fun Home and On the Town’s. 10. IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU”Jenny’s Blues”At first, we questioned this song choice, as it only briefly features the legendary Tyne Daly and is a vehicle for Lisa Howard, an unknown to an audience of millions. But once Howard unleashed her pipes, we got it. Between The King and I and On the Twentieth Century, we had some soprano star-power, but were missing our beltresses. No Idina or Sutton this year! While the song was a bit more subdued in style and size, Howard’s vocals provided a nice change of pace. 8. THE VISIT”Love and Love Alone”/”I Would Never Leave You”One of the most striking tableaus of the night was Chita Rivers dancing with Michelle Veintimilla, who plays the younger incarnation of Rivera’s stoic Claire. But sadly, this performance was lost in collection of show-stoppers. John Doyle’s staging is accented by bizarre camera angles, which effectively demonstrate the show’s disturbing, surreal world. The number paired well with what followed: a macabre Fosse-esque routine with some terrifying eunuchs. This performance captured the glamour, melancholia and dark humor. It may not be for everyone, but if you want it, it’s all here. 2. JOSH GROBAN & COMPANYIn Memoriam — “You’ll Never Walk Alone”We’re thrilled that following last year’s ill-advised decision to not air the In Memoriam segment, it became the most poignant moment of this year’s broadcast. Groban’s previously reported appearance was met with some raised eyebrows from theater purists, but the song choice was perfect (once he found his first note). The uneasy feelings of self-promotion for his album subsided as performers from the evening joined him for the finale verse, visually affirming his place with the Broadway community. 1. FUN HOME”Ring of Keys”In a sea of medleys from fellow nominated productions, it was a bold move for Fun Home to task its youngest star, Tony nominee Sydney Lucas, with representing the musical. But that’s exactly what made her anthem stand out; a medley from a score that’s not quite as recognizable, albeit Tony-winning, would dilute its impact. The interpolated introduction eliminated any ambiguity over the subject of Small Alison’s fascination, and the decision to have Lucas in front of the proscenium and film from behind evoked the production’s brilliant in-the-round staging. 12. GIGI”The Night They Invented Champagne”First, how fun is it that Ashley Tisdale introduced her BFF Vanessa Hudgens and her co-stars? The Act One finale is a wise choice to deliver something high-octane, starry and with a line of can-can dancers doing death drops. Hudgens pulls a bit of a Patti LuPone a la Anything Goes: sing a bit, trot to the side and have the dancers take over. But all in all, this was certainly a bubbly routine. 5. SOMETHING ROTTEN!”A Musical”Rule: If one of your numbers routinely receives a mid-show standing ovation, perform it at the Tonys. Something Rotten! did just that, and as the ceremony’s first big number, it set an extraordinarily high bar for the remaining acts. This is the definition of crowd-pleasing, and you get to feel like a know-it-all as you shout out each of the number’s references. Because our hosts’ opening bit was a bit understated compared to years past, this was a great choice to raise energy levels and show off the extravagance of the Great White Way. But perhaps if it had opened the show, it would have also gotten a standing ovation in Radio City.last_img read more

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Entergy reports first quarter earnings

first_img(18.5) Consolidated Earnings Reconciliation of GAAP* to Non-GAAP Measures 10.7     Other regulatory charges (credits) net28,092 28     Diluted$1.12 Less Special Items(0.21)(0.09)(0.12) SOURCE: Entergy Corporation. NEW ORLEANS, April 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Less Special Items Consolidated Net Income218,814 2010 (6.7) 198,058,002 Three Months Ended March 31 4.5 16,098 4,998 (13,299)     Other than temporary impairment losses- %Change 2,704,284 Parent & Other0.08(0.05)0.13  Consolidated Special Items(0.21)(0.09)(0.12) Operational Utility0.730.560.17 (15.2) Electric Energy Sales: (Millions of KWh) Residential 2009 38,782 323,255 (9.1) Operating Income476,714 (unaudited) %Weather-Adjusted Entergy Nuclear(0.29)(0.04)(0.25) *GAAP refers to United States generally accepted accounting principles.Operational Earnings Highlights for First Quarter 2010Utility’s results were higher due to higher net revenue driven by increased sales volumes across all customer classes, including the effect of significantly colder-than-normal weather.Entergy Nuclear’s earnings decreased as a result of lower net revenue resulting primarily from lower pricing, higher non-fuel operation and maintenance expense and a higher effective income tax rate.Parent & Other’s results were higher due primarily to lower interest expense.”Results for the quarter reflect an improving economy and its positive effects on our utility business, and the continuing volatility in commodity markets and its effect on our non-utility nuclear business,” said J. Wayne Leonard, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Looking forward, we will remain focused on managing cash flows and operating within our risk capacity and stakeholders’ risk tolerance. We continue to believe our strategies drive long-term success and sustainability.”Other Business HighlightsThe Mississippi Public Service Commission approved revisions to Entergy Mississippi’s formula rate plan positioning the company to timely recover its business investments and bolstering its ability to provide safe, affordable and reliable power to its customers.Entergy Texas achieved a unanimous settlement for an interim $17.5 million rate increase effective May 1, 2010. The settlement also calls for a final rate case order to be issued Nov. 1, 2010, with permanent rates to be effective relating back to service rendered on/after Sept. 13, 2010.Entergy was awarded the Edison Electric Institute Emergency Recovery Award for the 12th consecutive year for its work restoring power following a destructive ice storm in Arkansas last year. Entergy is the only company to be honored every year since the inception of the EEI awards in 1998.Entergy will host a teleconference to discuss this release at 10 a.m. CT on Thursday, April 29, 2010, with access by telephone, 719-457-2080, confirmation code 3884569. The call and presentation slides can also be accessed via Entergy’s website atwww.entergy.com(link is external). A replay of the teleconference will be available through May 6, 2010, by dialing 719-457-0820, confirmation code 3884569. The replay will also be available on Entergy’s website at www.entergy.com(link is external).UtilityIn first quarter 2010, Utility’s as-reported and operational earnings were $138.6 million, or 73 cents per share, compared to$111.6 million, or 56 cents per share, on the same bases in first quarter 2009. Earnings for the Utility in the current quarter reflect higher net revenue due to increased sales across all customer classes and rate adjustments at Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Mississippi under their formula rate plans. Significantly colder-than-normal weather was a key contributor to the increase in sales volume. Partially offsetting was higher non-fuel operation and maintenance expense resulting primarily from higher pension and benefits expense, as well as the absence of a nuclear insurance premium refund typically received from Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited included in first quarter results. In addition, higher interest expense associated with additional debt issuances served as another partial offset to the positive effect of higher net revenue during the quarter.Residential sales in first quarter 2010, on a weather-adjusted basis, increased 3.9 percent compared to first quarter 2009. Commercial and governmental sales, on a weather-adjusted basis, increased 3.2 percent year over year. Industrial sales in the first quarter increased 7.3 percent compared to the same quarter of 2009.Residential, commercial and industrial classes reflected sales growth as a result of increasing economic activity in Entergy’s service territory. The improvement in industrial sales in first quarter 2010 was driven by economic recovery that had a positive effect particularly in the chemicals, pulp and paper and primary metals sectors partially offset by a decline in refining due to maintenance outages. Small and mid-sized industrial customers began to also show signs of recovery as they benefited from global industrial expansion. As noted above, colder-than-normal weather provided a significant increase in sales volume.Entergy NuclearEntergy Nuclear earned $94.2 million, or 49 cents per share, on an as-reported basis in first quarter 2010, compared to as-reported earnings of $180.9 million, or 91 cents per share, in first quarter 2009. On an operational basis, first quarter 2010 Entergy Nuclear’s earnings were $148.6 million, or 78 cents per share, versus $187.5 million, or 95 cents per share, in the first quarter of the prior year. Entergy Nuclear’s operational earnings decreased as a result of lower net revenue due primarily to lower pricing. Contributing to the decrease in earnings were higher non-fuel operation and maintenance expense due primarily to tritium remediation work at the Vermont Yankee site, higher pension and benefits expense, refueling amortization expense, and insurance expense. A higher effective income tax rate also contributed to the decrease in results this quarter driven primarily by the change in tax laws associated with recently enacted federal health care legislation. Higher other income associated with decommissioning trusts provided an offset to decreased earnings.Parent & OtherParent & Other reported a loss of $19.1 million, or 10 cents per share, on an as-reported basis in first quarter 2010 compared to an as-reported loss of $57.2 million, or 27 cents per share, in first quarter 2009. On an operational basis, Parent & Other reported a loss of $33.5 million, or 18 cents per share, in the current quarter and a loss of $46.5 million, or 22 cents per share, in first quarter 2009. Lower interest expense due to lower borrowings, including Parent debt redemptions, was the primary factor that resulted in the change in operational results at Parent & Other for the quarter.OutlookOn April 15, 2010, Entergy revised its 2010 as-reported earnings guidance to a range of $5.95 to $6.80 per share from $6.15 to $6.95 per share to reflect the potential charge in connection with the previously announced business unwind of the internal organizations created for Enexus and EquaGen. This charge will be classified as a special item in 2010. The total potential charge estimated at 40 to 45 cents per share includes previously identified special items for spin-off dis-synergies and expenses for outside services provided to pursue the spin-off, for which 25 cents per share had already been reflected in as-reported earnings guidance. Entergy has initiated efforts to eliminate spin-off dis-synergies as soon as possible during 2010. On an operational basis, Entergy affirmed its earnings per share guidance range of $6.40 to $7.20, which was based on the current business structure and excluded the special items described above.Overarching Financial AspirationEntergy continues to aspire to deliver superior value to owners as measured by total shareholder return. The company believes top-quartile total shareholder returns are achieved by:Operating the business with the highest expectations and standards,Executing on earnings growth opportunities while managing commodity and other business risks,Delivering returns at or above the risk-adjusted cost of capital for each initiative, project, business, etc.,Maintaining credit quality and flexibility,Deploying capital in a disciplined manner, whether for new investments, share repurchases, dividends or debt retirements, andBeing disciplined as either a buyer or a seller consistent with the market or Entergy’s proprietary point-of-view.Long-term Financial OutlookOver the next five years, Entergy believes it offers a competitive utility investment opportunity combined with a valuable option represented by a unique, clean, non-utility nuclear generation business located in attractive power markets. The expected current long-term financial outlook includes the following:Earnings:Utility:  5 to 6 percent compound annual net income growth rate over the 2010 2014 horizon (2009 base year).Entergy Nuclear:  Revenue projections over the next five years are expected to routinely fluctuate based on commodity markets — one of the most important fundamental drivers for this business.  While current forward power prices would show a decline in the long-term financial outlook for this business compared to 2010, Entergy Nuclear offers a valuable option taking into consideration the contango forward curve and the potential positive effects of an economic rebound (on market heat rates, capacity markets and natural gas prices), new legislation and/or regulation over the longer term.Corporate:  Results will vary depending upon factors including future effective income tax and interest rates, the amount of share repurchases and the ability to achieve the targeted break-even financial result for the non-nuclear wholesale assets business.Capital deployment:A balanced capital investment/return program. Entergy continues to see productive investment opportunities at the Utility in the coming years, as well as an investment outlook at Entergy Nuclear that supports continued safe, secure and reliable operations and opportunistic investments. Entergy aspires to fund this capital program without issuing traditional common equity, while maintaining a competitive capital return program. Given the company’s financial profile with a mix of utility and non-utility businesses, return of capital is expected to be provided similar to the past through a combination of common stock dividends and share repurchases. Absent other attractive investment opportunities, capital deployment through dividends and share repurchases could total as much as $5 billion over the next five years under the current long-term business outlook. The amount of share repurchases may vary as a result of material changes in business results or capital spending or new investment opportunities.Credit quality:Strong liquidity.Solid credit metrics that support ready access to capital on reasonable terms.Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers inArkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and more than 15,000 employees.Additional information regarding Entergy’s quarterly results of operations, regulatory proceedings and other operations is available in Entergy’s investor news release dated April 29, 2010, a copy of which has been filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 8-K and is available on Entergy’s investor relations website atwww.entergy.com/investor_relations(link is external).In this news release, and from time to time, Entergy Corporation makes certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, Entergy undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. There are factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including (a) those factors discussed in Entergy’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, and Entergy’s other reports and filings made under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, (b) uncertainties associated with rate proceedings, formula rate plans and other cost recovery mechanisms, (c) uncertainties associated with efforts to remediate the effects of major storms and recover related restoration costs, (d) nuclear operating and regulatory risks, and (e) legislative and regulatory actions, and conditions in commodity and capital markets during the periods covered by the forward-looking statements, in addition to other factors described elsewhere in this release and in subsequent securities filings.Appendix A provides a reconciliation of GAAP as-reported earnings to non-GAAP operational earnings. 332,316 Residential 29.7 9.7    Total Sales (5.9) 7,893 Industrial 20102009Change 74,049 240,333 (1.1) Income Taxes147,685 30.5     Natural gas96,027 Industrial 1,317 (96.1) (34.0)         Fuel, fuel-related expenses, and gas purchased for resale558,668 2010         Nuclear refueling outage expenses62,289 (in thousands) (29,474)                      Total171,198     Allowance for borrowed funds used during construction(8,001) 592 Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding – Basic189,202,684 56,779 11.7 $1.22     Allowance for equity funds used during construction13,296     Other interest – net12,267 Entergy Corporation Electric Customers  (End of period): As-Reported 257,852 1.2 2,282,585 – (4.6) 2,321,488 3.7 (Per share in U.S. $) 2,789,112 Three Months Ended March 31 46,387 403,379         Other operation and maintenance702,489 24.6                      Total2,282,633 Entergy Nuclear0.490.91(0.42) – Parent & Other(0.10)(0.27)0.17 2,736,034 (195.3) 137,446 163,046 0.8 38,892 1.2 2009 (9,812) 846,332 33 Operating Expenses:     Decommissioning51,576 26,759 (21.5)center_img (15,737)    Operation and maintenance: Utility Electric Energy Sales & Customers (9.2) % Inc/(Dec) Commercial (7.4) 34,298 (9.4) (5.0)  Consolidated Operational Earnings1.331.290.04 1.2 Preferred Dividend Requirements of Subsidiaries5,015                      Total60,983 0.3     Interest and dividend income48,209     Interest on long-term debt166,932 Other Income (Deductions): 46.9     Basic$1.13 %Change 3.9 Net Income Attributable to Entergy Corporation$213,799 9,645    Total Customers 24,175 6,194 506,527 2,704,251 Entergy Corporation $1.20 2.9 2009 First Quarter Utility—     Competitive businesses656,389 8,733 Parent & Other(0.18)(0.22)0.04 20102009Change 1.2 3.9 4.4 First Quarter 2010 vs. 2009                      Total2,759,347 Consolidated Income Statement Earnings Per Average Common Share Commercial 2010 22.2 As-Reported Earnings1.121.20(0.08) 562 5.3 77.8 6.5     Miscellaneous – net(522) 8,139 7.3     Electric$2,006,931 Governmental 688,147 16,947 Governmental 4.9 Wholesale 19,293 1,387     Taxes other than income taxes135,412    Total to Ultimate     Customers 5.8 Utility0.730.560.17 6,472 March 31 Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding – Diluted191,283,703 (9.0) 25,442 $235,335 9.0 2,348,838 (Per share in U.S. $) (36.4) Operational Earnings1.331.290.04 Operating Revenues: 328,352 127,965 7.3 48,742 15,519 Entergy Nuclear0.780.95(0.17) 134,397 22,788 Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) today reported first quarter 2010 as-reported earnings of $213.8 million, or $1.12 per share, compared with $235.3 million, or $1.20 per share, for first quarter 2009. On an operational basis, Entergy’s first quarter 2010 earnings were $253.7 million, or $1.33 per share, compared with$252.6 million, or $1.29 per share, in first quarter 2009. Earnings for the Entergy Nuclear division were about half what they were a year ago, in part because of the tritium leak found at Vermont Yankee. (0.3)    Total Ultimate     Customers 644,702 192,593,601 $2,026,916 (1.0)  Consolidated As-Reported Earnings1.121.20(0.08) Interest and Other Charges:         Purchased power474,903 Wholesale 2,736,062     Depreciation and amortization269,204 Appendix A: Consolidated Earnings Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP MeasuresFirst Quarter 2010 vs. 2009 Income Before Income Taxes366,499last_img read more

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Oak Beach Home With Fire Island Inlet Views Asks $1.4M

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This magnificent waterfront Traditional beach home that offers incredible year-round views of the Fire Island Inlet is listed for sale at 89 Savannah Walk in Oak Beach.Built in 2015, this four-bedroom home with three bathrooms and 4,000-square-feet of living space boasts a beautiful kitchen with granite counters, a tile glass block, stainless steel appliances and too many extras and fine features to list.It has an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, office, two fireplaces, central air conditioning and full storage in the third-floor attic. Outside it has a deck and patio.The property is located near oceanfront parks such as Overlook Beach, Cedar Beach and Robert Moses State Park. It’s right off Ocean Parkway and about six miles from the Long Island Rail Road station in downtown Babylon. It is in the Babylon School District.The asking price is $1,499,000, not including the annual property taxes of $35,557. It can also be rented for $6,500 per month.The real estate agents listed for the property are Jake Guadagno and James Netter of Netter Real Estate, Inc. They can be reached at 631-661-5100.last_img read more

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Uplifting The Island: Long Island Plastic Surgical Group Raises The Bar

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York From helping cancer and traumatic crash survivors feel whole to making men and women gain confidence in their appearance, there is no shortage of success stories from Long Island Plastic Surgical Group.Whether performing emergency reconstructive surgery or elective facial rejuvenation or body contouring, the surgeons at LIPSG are at the top of their field. For proof, look no further than their decades of experience training up-and-coming plastic surgeons or the fact that the group’s doctors are often called on to share their expertise at national conferences.“We are proud of the ever-expanding work of this group,” said LIPSG President Dr. Roger L. Simpson, a fellow at the American College of Surgeons. “We look forward to many more years providing compassionate and comprehensive care to our community, and beyond.”As a credit to its success, the group is currently celebrating 70 years in business. It was founded in 1948 by two plastic surgeons returning home from World War II. LIPSG has since grown into the nation’s oldest and largest private, academic plastic surgery facility.Over the years, LIPSG has developed its own residency program, expanded to multiple locations on LI and beyond, and has long-standing relationships with major medical centers in the region. Since being launched in 1954, LIPSG’s Residency Program has trained more than 125 plastic surgical residents and 34 burn fellows, many of whom are now some of the most respected and skilled plastic surgeons in the country.The residency program is hosted by the Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) and is administered by LIPSG in collaboration with Stony Brook Medicine. Comprised of 22 surgeons, LIPSG is headquartered in Garden City, with additional offices in East Hills, Babylon and Huntington. Its New York Plastic Surgical Group division offices can be found in Westchester, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Flushing. LIPSG also operates Dr. STITCH, a 24/7 on-call service and hotline.LIPSG regularly hosts educational events and seminars, such as the annual Breast Cancer Summit each fall. The free, informational summit and networking event is open to the medical community  and the general public. It also hosts The Hand Institute at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, which offers educational seminars to the public and training to medical and therapy professionals.Four years ago, LIPSG joined with nonprofit ReSurge International to provide life-changing reconstructive surgical care that is safe, timely, and affordable to people in developing countries. A critical part of that mission is to also provide education and experience to the host surgeons so that they can become well trained plastic surgeons and meet the needs of their communities.All that is in addition to LIPSG recently launching their Deep Blue Med Spa, which offers state-of-the-art cosmetic enhancement options such as Coolsculpting® and Ultherapy® and a variety of skincare treatments, chemical peels, spider vein removal therapy, laser skin resurfacing, and laser hair reduction. Offerings also include an exclusive skincare line that has been formulated to compliment spa services, restore and maintain healthy skin, and enhance radiance and beauty. What also sets the spa apart is that all laser treatments are performed by physician assistants  and all skincare experts are licensed medical aestheticians.“Our surgeons have more than 200 years’ combined experience and have built a reputation as pioneers within the industry, accomplished in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, as well as non-surgical procedures,” said Dr. Laurence Glickman of LIPSG, who called it “a natural progression in the growth of the practice.”For more information about LIPSG, visit lipsg.com.last_img read more

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FinCEN agrees to share report drafts with NCUA

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Tina OremFinCEN will now begin sharing draft reports about credit unions with the NCUA to ensure they’re accurate, NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz told CU Times.The announcement came just days after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is scrutinizing more than 50 credit unions that may be particularly vulnerable to potential money laundering. continue reading »last_img

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Are you a pretender?

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Deedee Myers Deedee Myers is founder and CEO of DDJ Myers, Ltd. and co-founder of the Advancing Leadership Institute. For the past 20 years, she has been passionate about establishing and developing … Web: www.ddjmyers.com Details Are you one of the board members pretending to look engaged and interested?  How curious are you in the board packet and in understanding how your organization is confidently and consistently serving your community?  What are you doing to add value while mitigating risk? It is a shame that 67% of board members are Pretenders. This phenomenon of looking busy during the board meeting is called social loafing. Individuals tend to put forth less effort in a group than if they were working alone.  Group meetings with six people have individuals contribute with a 40% effort, and most boards have at least seven members. Heavy social loafing is a challenge for the CEO. How satisfied would you be if your CEO performed at 40% effort?  What would be different if each board member arrived ready to contribute at 100%, asked one or two strategic oriented questions, and lead or proactively added value to rigorous dialogue?  Such an exuberant board meeting requires a:    forward focused agenda    board packet aligned with a strategic board mindset    skill at asking the right questions (not the micro questions!)    competence in framing the challenge, issue, or opportunity    new practices moving from tactical to framing    a commitment to be a high-performing board be each board memberEvery organization needs a high performing board and it as a right of each account holder. A collateral advantage is caliber professionals will be more apt to join a rigorous board.  The CEO will be higher performing to pace with a strategically focused, high performing board. Why are you waiting?  No longer permit the Pretenders in your boardroom. last_img read more

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Ston Salt Festival joins the “plastic free” movement

first_imgToday, the third Salt Festival begins in the area of ​​the Ston Saltworks, the oldest saltworks in Europe. Find out more about the Ston Salt Festival HERE Photo: Solana Ston With its rich program, the Salt Festival strives to offer interesting content for all generations. Every day of the festival, a Fair of Traditional Products will be held in cooperation with the Croatian Island Product Pelješac Association, where family farms from the Pelješac peninsula will be presented. Also, the organizers made an effort to send an additional environmental message. For the official carrier of the Soli Ston Festival 2019, they agreed to cooperate with the company “Avantcar”, which provided an electric car BMW for the needs of the organization. By the way, in 2016, two charging stations for electric cars with a connected power of 22 kW were installed in Ston. The Salt Festival is a multimedia event that connects the tradition of the Saltworks and salt production with various gastronomic, musical and cultural events. The idea of ​​the Salt Festival was inspired by the story of the importance of salt for the Republic of Dubrovnik.  Salt Festival without plastic Photo: TZ Ston The big news is certainly that this year the Ston Salt Festival joins the “plastic free” movement, and this year the event will use packaging made of biodegradable materials. The Ston saltworks has remained unchanged since the 14th century, it was a strategic economic point of the Republic of Dubrovnik, while today it is an important economic entity, a unique cultural monument, but also a tourist attraction with huge potential.  Also, every day, under the expert guidance of Dalija Ficović Franušić, a special tour of the saltworks is organized with a story about the importance of salt and saltworks for the Republic of Dubrovnik. A novelty this year is the program “Wine, Salt and Jazz”, where certified sommelier will present some of the regional wines, with a jazz evening. RELATED NEWS: HOW A LITTLE DIFFERENT PROMOTIONAL TOURIST VIDEO STON, OUR TOURIST PEARL, WAS CREATEDlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Restaurants May Increase Indoor Occupancy to 50 Percent Starting September 21

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Restaurants May Increase Indoor Occupancy to 50 Percent Starting September 21 September 08, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Economy,  Press Release,  Public Health Restaurants to self-certify that they are in compliance with appropriate orders Governor Tom Wolf today announced that restaurants may increase indoor occupancy to 50 percent starting September 21. To ensure that these businesses operate safely as Pennsylvania continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and to instill customers and employees with confidence knowing that they can dine safely, restaurants will commit to strictly complying to all public health safety guidelines and orders through a self-certification process.“While our aggressive and appropriate mitigation efforts have kept case counts low, we must continue to take important steps to protect public health and safety as we head into the fall. At the same time, we must also support the retail food services industry that has struggled throughout this pandemic,” Gov. Wolf said. “The self-certification ensures that restaurants can expand indoor operations and commit to all appropriate orders so that employees and customers alike can be confident they are properly protected.”Restaurants that self-certify will appear in the Open & Certified Pennsylvania searchable online database of certified restaurants across the commonwealth. Consumers will be able to access this database and find certified businesses in their area, ensuring that consumers can make more informed choices about the food establishments they are looking to patronize.The self-certification documents and information about the Open & Certified Pennsylvania program can be found online starting September 21 and will contain the following:A list of requirements contained in the current restaurant industry guidance and enforcement efforts;A statement that the owner has reviewed and agrees to follow these requirements;The business’ maximum indoor occupancy number based on the fire code; andA statement that the owner understands that the certification is subject to penalties for unsworn falsification to authorities.Any restaurant that wishes to increase to 50 percent indoor capacity on September 21 must complete the online self-certification process by October 5. Business owners should keep a copy of the self-certification confirmation they will receive by e-mail. Social distancing, masking, and other mitigation measures must be employed to protect workers and patrons. Further, starting September 21 restaurants that have alcohol sales will close alcohol sales at 10:00 PM.Additionally, restaurants that self-certify will be mailed Open & Certified Pennsylvania branded materials, such as window clings and other signage designating their certification, which they can display for customers and employees.The self-certification will be used as part of ongoing enforcement efforts conducted by Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, and will be shared with the departments of State, Labor & Industry and Health, and other enforcement agencies. Restaurants operating at 50 percent capacity will have their self-certification status checked as part of ongoing enforcement by these agencies starting on October 5, and will focus on educating businesses. The commonwealth will continue its measured approach to easing restrictions, keeping the rest of the targeted mitigation tactics specific to the food retail industry in place as restaurants increase capacity to 50 percent.Further, a restaurant’s listing in the Open & Certified Pennsylvania restaurant database shows it cares about its customers, employees, community and the economic future of the state.The self-certification process is modelled after a similar mitigation effort in Connecticut, and the alcohol sales limitation is modelled after a similar mitigation effort in Ohio.Boosting consumer confidence is critical for restaurants, as according to the most recent Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, only 40 percent of Americans are comfortable dining in local restaurants.“We recognize the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Pennsylvania’s small businesses, especially on our restaurants,” added Gov. Wolf. “Through this self-certification process, our commonwealth’s restaurant industry will ensure the safety and well-being of both employees and patrons alike, and will be able to begin a return to normal operations and financial recovery.”Restaurant owners with additional questions about the self-certification program can contact [email protected] July, following the recommendations of the federal government and in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases, Governor Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed orders for targeted mitigation efforts for all Pennsylvania businesses in the food services industry, including restaurants, wineries, breweries, private clubs and bars. Commonwealth and local agencies continued and even increased appropriate enforcement measures.The governor has urged the General Assembly to support his plan to provide additional recovery for small businesses, including proposing $100 million in forgivable loans and grants for the hospitality, leisure and service industries.The governor has also urged Congress to quickly provide financial relief to the nation’s restaurants by passing the Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act. The bipartisan bill in Congress provides $120 billion to help independent restaurants with the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

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Abortion Survivor Gives Powerful Testimony Before Congress

first_imgMost babies’ births are met with balloons and tiny embroidered socks, hugs and tears of joy. Not Gianna Jessen’s. During a congressional hearing Wednesday, Jessen, an abortion survivor, shared with members of Congress the heartbreaking story of her own birth — a story that began when her mother, a 19-year-old college student was advised by Planned Parenthood at seven and a half months pregnant to have a late-term saline abortion.last_img

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Ribbon Cutting for teen-led attraction today

first_imgReplica of a gaga ball pitBatesville, IN— Please join us for a celebration and unveiling of the new Gaga Ball Pit at Liberty Park at 3 p.m. today.  Gaga is a fast-paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit that is a popular attraction for local teenagers.The project was a partnership between high school students, Parks Department, Mayor’s Office, and Batesville Schools Resource Officers. Students voted on an amenity they would like to add to the community and once Gaga was selected City Council funded the project and it was built by the Parks Department.last_img

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