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Alan Menken, David Zippel & Harvey Fierstein Team Up for Mrs. Doubtfire Musical

first_img View Comments Alan Menken & Harvey Fierstein(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Our favorite nanny is back…and she’s singing? Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken has confirmed that he is at work on a musical adaptation of Mrs. Doubtfire. The Aladdin composer will pen the score and collaborate with lyricist David Zippel and book writer Harvey Fierstein (who appeared in the 1993 film). It was recently announced that Menken is also attached to the 2016 Broadway-bound project Happy Trails.“It’s going very well,” Menken told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s in its early stages. We’re really enjoying working on it.” He and Tony winner Zippel (City of Angels) previously teamed up on the Disney animated film Hercules. Fierstein’s bookwriting credits include Menken’s Newsies, his Tony-winning work on La Cage aux Folles and Kinky Boots.Mrs. Doubtfire follows Daniel Hillard, an actor who, following his divorce from his wife Miranda, disguises himself as the titular, British female housekeeper in order to spend more time with his children, who are now in custody of his ex-wife. The film starred the late Robin Williams, in addition to Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Fierstein and Mara Wilson.last_img read more

CFPB debt collection hearing today; rulemaking outline expected

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU will monitor a CFPB public field hearing on debt collection in Sacramento, Calif., today, where the bureau is expected to outline a future proposed rulemaking on third-party debt collection.Before CFPB can issue a formal proposed rule, it must first submit its plans to a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act panel under the Dodd-Frank Act.Today’s hearing will feature remarks from CFPB Director Richard Cordray, consumer group and industry representatives, and questions and comments from members of the public.A survey by NAFCU’s research team this June on credit union debt collection practices found that 80 percent of respondents had waived late fees, interest or fines for delinquent accounts due to member hardship during the last year. The overall picture of credit union practices stood in stark contrast to the debt collection practices targeted by CFPB in recent reports. continue reading »last_img read more

The fellowship of uncertainty

first_img 124SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joshua W. Poole Joshua W. Poole began his credit union career as a part-time teller, shortly after graduating from high school in 1999.  He has a passion for leadership and change management, and … Web: https://www.brecofcu.com Details Ahhhh you can remember it now.  Your first day as a new leader, spent quietly gazing into your crystal ball, painting for you a roadmap to change.  Oh, if it were only that easy, but alas, life is never quite so simple.  If you’ve ever wondered how you were going to implement sustainable change in your teams…congratulations…you’re a life member of the fellowship of uncertainty.Though organizational change is uncertain, here are four ideas to help bring your crystal ball into focus!COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATEOpen and honest dialogue can be a catalyst for building relationships of trust between not only you and your team, but among team members as well.  This is especially true when dealing with a certain level of uncertainty for future endeavors as leaders attempt to guide employees through organizational change.  A lack of communication can lead to a culturally broken organization in which trust can nearly cease to exist, resulting in rampant negativity as employees dedicate more time to spreading gossip and rumor, than becoming active and productive in helping the organization achieve success.  Trust has to be the priority if your organization ever dreams of successfully implementing change, and trust can only be achieved through effective communication that promotes mutual understanding.  Create an open door policy and an environment of inclusion in which your team feels comfortable expressing their ideas, including dissenting viewpoints.  Trust promotes equity, empowerment, teamwork, and creativity; traits that are absolutely necessary to cultivate change leadership. PERSONAL AND INDIVIDUAL VISITS           Any great leader will personally visit with each employee in an effort to more fully understand individual perceptions and needs.  Each individual is unique, as we are all products of different environments and experiences, resulting in varying perceptions that effect how we each encode and decode information.  This deeper understanding of the individual is absolutely crucial to begin the process of breaking down barriers to communication and rebuilding a positive culture.  A lack of individual understanding can lead to resentment and animosity, resulting in a lack of feedback, poor relationships, defensiveness, and poor listening skills.  Take time now to actively listen and respond to your team.  SHARE AND INSPIRE VISION   No organization will ever thrive if leaders do not enhance employee relationships by sharing a common vision and mission.  Therefore one of the most difficult, yet rewarding challenges of leadership is creating and nurturing an organizational culture focused on a common goal. The fruit of this experience is that your organization will become a culture of one; a people of purpose and a culture of excellence.  In order to win, organizations must have a positive culture that inspires employees and helps them understand how their goals tie to the overall strategy of the organization.  We all need to feel that we belong and that we contribute to a greater cause.  We need our work to be meaningful and nothing feels better than to know that success came as a result of our efforts. We as leaders should clearly articulate how employees contribute to our success.  Organizations are becoming increasingly aware that positive cultures are critical for overall success and that the mission of the business must be linked to the objectives of its people.  Those who find meaning and purpose at work are happier, healthier, and more productive. INSTILL CONFIDENCEI believe that we miss out on some of life’s fullest opportunities because we do not believe in ourselves or what we can become.  As leaders, our words can have a powerful impact, exhibiting the ability to either create or destroy.  The foundation for success lies in our ability to build and inspire confidence in others.  As you focus on employee development, through transparent communication, a culture of innovation, encouragement, education, positivity, and family will develop.  We as leaders will be the most effective as we come to realize that our greatest success is measured in how well we have built relationships, and inspired our people to be the best they can be.last_img read more

New park will have a positive impact

first_imgIf voters approve the sale of this property for a central park, there will be a similar positive impact for residents. Parks add economic value to a community and improve the quality of life. There is an opportunity for synergy with the nearby Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, CAPTAIN, the Southern Saratoga YMCA and the school programs on the Shen Campus.And, like the Clifton Common, there would be little adverse impact to the adjacent land uses, as a park would actually serve as a buffer between the adjacent elementary schools and the commercial district.I urge the voters in the Shen district to vote yes on Proposition 1 for the sale of this land to the town. Future generations will also look back in 35 years and marvel at the foresight of the voters to keep the land in the public domain.Frank BerlinClifton ParkThe writer is president of Friends of Clifton Park Open Space.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton ParkEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOn Dec. 5, voters in the Shenendehowa School District have the opportunity to create a legacy for all of the residents of southern Saratoga County.Thanks to the work of many local residents and the overwhelming voter turnout last April, the town of Clifton Park and the Shen Board of Education reached agreement to keep 37 acres in the heart of our commercial area in the public domain for a park. The voters have the opportunity to ratify this agreement on Dec. 5.This vote can have the same civic impact as the creation of Clifton Common did almost 35 years ago, when Clifton Park made a decision to invest in 71 acres of land adjacent to the Town Hall. The town recognized the need for playing fields for youth sports, as well as the potential for other community facilities such as the Senior Center.It’s difficult to imagine Clifton Park today without the Common. It’s a hub for young athletes, cultural programs, activities for seniors and the region’s annual Fourth of July celebration. The Clifton Common is clearly an indispensable resource for the community and one that is unique within the Capital District.last_img read more

Heathrow industrial

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Russia reports record coronavirus deaths, recoveries

first_img There were 8,915 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to a government tally, while a record 12,331 people recovered, a sign that Russia may be past its peak.Restrictions have been eased in many areas though hard-hit Moscow remains on a strict lockdown until at least the end of May.On Monday, President Vladimir Putin made a rare lockdown appearance in the Kremlin after working remotely from his residence outside Moscow for weeks.Russia’s reported mortality rate is much lower than in other countries with similar rates of infection, leading critics to accuse authorities of under-reporting deaths to minimize the scale of the crisis.  Health officials say one reason is that Russia counts only those deaths directly caused by the virus, unlike some countries that count all deaths of people infected. Russia on Tuesday recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll of 174 but said more than 12,000 people had also recovered over the past 24 hours.Health officials said Russia’s total death toll from the pandemic had reached 3,807 and its number of cases had hit 362,342, the third-highest in the world after the United States and Brazil.The number of new cases has been steadily dropping and authorities have begun easing lockdown measures in some parts of the country.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Man arrested in deadly 2019 fire at Japan’s Kyoto Animation: Media

first_img“We have no further words for the suspect… Our fallen colleagues will never return, and our wounds will never heal,” it said.Kyoto Animation is well known in Japan and abroad for its series and movies, including “Violet Evergarden”, which has been on Netflix.In mid-July last year, Aoba went to the studio, poured fuel around the entrance and shouted “Die!” as he set the building ablaze, media reported. After the attack, Aoba reportedly told police he had done it because the studio had plagiarized his novel.  Police will brief media later on Wednesday, NHK said.A spokesman at Kyoto Prefectural Police Headquarters said he could not confirm the arrest.The fire had killed mostly young artists at the studio, shocked animation fans around the world, and prompted tributes from world leaders such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook.In a statement, Kyoto Animation said it expected the suspect to be prosecuted “to the maximum extent” under the law. Topics :center_img Japanese police on Wednesday arrested the man suspected of killing 36 people at Kyoto Animation last July after he had spent 10 months recovering in two hospitals, media reported.Police had issued an arrest warrant for Shinji Aoba at the time of the fire but had been unable to question him after he suffered serious, self-inflicted burns.Public broadcaster NHK said that police arrested Aoba at a Kyoto hospital, where he confessed to the crimes, and that he was transferred to police headquarters for further questioning.last_img read more

‘We kept them for eight years’: Banten farmers mourn stolen buffaloes

first_img“Four of [the buffaloes] had their meat taken with only their innards left, while the remaining five [were killed, but] their meat had not been taken yet,” Hani told reporters on Thursday at the Cilegon Police headquarters, as quoted by kompas.com.Hani said her family had kept the buffaloes for eight years. They planned to sell them in advance of the Idul Adha holiday on July 31, a celebration where Muslims usually sacrifice livestock to honor the sparing of the Prophet Ismail. She estimated that her family had lost about Rp 270 million (US$18,466) from the theft as the price of a buffalo typically rose to about Rp 30 million as Idul Adha neared. Read also: Idul Adha to fall on July 31, government declares”My father is still stressed and shocked, while my mother often cries. We kept them for eight years,” she said.Hani said the buffaloes were still in their shed when her father, Kasino, checked on them on Thursday at 1:30 a.m. However, the buffalos were gone by 6 a.m. She suspected that the theft took place between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.”This is the first time an incident like this has ever happened [to us]. Hopefully, the perpetrators will be arrested,” she said. (mfp)Topics : The family of a woman who appeared in a viral video mourning beside a buffalo carcass has confirmed that she is the wife a local farmer who had lost his buffaloes to thieves. Speaking to reporters, the farmer’s daughter, Hani Purnomo, said her family had lost nine buffaloes to poachers on Thursday. The family later discovered the carcasses on fields in the Krakatau Steel industrial area in Cilegon, Banten.last_img read more

Willian backs Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli to become one of the Premier League’s best

first_img Comment Willian backs Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli to become one of the Premier League’s best Advertisement Willian wants to see Martinelli called up for Brazil (Picture: Getty Images)His compatriot and new Gunners signing Willian has already seen enough to predict a bright future for the young winger.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He has a great future I think,’ Willian told the club’s official website. ‘He can be one of the best players in the Premier League, no doubt. ‘It’s because of his quality and also without the ball you can see that he is always trying to help his team and do the job without the ball.‘So I think he can be one of the best players.‘I think when he starts to play again, I know he is injured now, but when he starts again, it’s about time for him to go to the Brazilian national team.’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 ArsenalWillian himself has 70 caps for his country Brazil and a back catalogue of multiple major honours over his career.During his seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge, the 32-year-old won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and the Europa League and will bring some invaluable experience to Mikel Arteta’s side.MORE: Former Arsenal star Lukas Podolski backs Mesut Ozil: ‘He’s not an a*****e’MORE: Arsenal sign midfielder Tim Akinola after release from Huddersfield TownFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 18 Aug 2020 4:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Martinelli enjoyed a quick start to his Arsenal career (Picture: Getty Images)New Arsenal signing Willian says team-mate Gabriel Martinelli has the potential to go on and become one of the best players in the Premier League.The Brazilian was a revelation in his debut season for the Gunners, scoring 10 goals in 26 games, and was rewarded with a new long-term deal last month.Martinelli suffered a serious knee injury in June and was sidelined for Arsenal’s remaining games of the season, with the 19-year-old not expected to return to training until the end of the year. Advertisementlast_img read more

Bacolod to give P6-M aid to Taal-hit areas

first_imgThe financial assistance, according toLeonardia, will be given through the Department of Interior and LocalGovernment or the League of Cities in the Philippines. Meanwhile, Negros Occidental governor EuegenioJose Lacson disclosed that the province will give a financial assistance worth P1million to the areas affected by the said eruption particularly in the areasdeclared under the state of calamity. Leonardia also said that rhe fund willbe released as soon as the city council passes a resolution for the saidfinancial assistance, he added. “They are the ones to determine which areasreally need such assistance,” he said, adding the fund will be sourced out fromthe City Disaster Risk Reduction Office. Aside from that, the Negros OccidentalPolice Provincial Office (NOCPPO) director, Colonel Romeo Baleros alsoencouraged the members of the provincial police force to donate a portion oftheir rice allowance for the victims of the recent eruption in the amount ofP325 each to be collected to 1,971 NOCPPO personnel./PN BACOLOD City – The local government unitof this city will send P6 million worth of financial assistance to areasaffected by the Taal Volcano eruption.    Mayor Evelio Loenardia said saw theyurgency to extend aid to the municipalities, particularly the mostaffected areas of Taal volcanic activities. last_img read more