Christopher Walken Thanks B’way Behanding for Captain Hook Prep

first_img View Comments When Christopher Walken takes on the iconic role of Captain Hook in NBC’s production of Peter Pan Live!, he can thank his most recent Broadway role as preparation for playing the one-handed menace. “I did a play where I was a guy with one hand—that’s one of the reasons why they thought of me for this,” Walken said about his performance in Martin McDonagh’s A Behanding in Spokane in 2010. “You know [playing a one-handed character] took some getting used to because you have to hide your elbow; otherwise, it looks like you’ve got one arm way too long. Maybe I had a little training for [playing Hook].” As for Walken’s tendency to play villains, the Oscar winner said, “ I play bad guys because that’s the parts they offer me.” He called the character of Captain Hook “crazy,” but quickly added, “Jerry Lewis is crazy and so is Charles Manson, so it’s different. I think Hook is complicated. He’s troubled. He’s got a lot of issues. Hook’s a fascinating character.” Walken said it would be “great” to return to Broadway, but he has no immediate plans to do so. Right now, he’s concentrating on rehearsals for the NBC special, starring Allison Williams in the title role, which airs on December 4. last_img read more

Douglas explains decision not to sign health care bill, S88

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas announced yesterday that he would allow S88, An Act Relating to Health Care Financing and Universal Access to Health Care in Vermont, to become law without his signature.“Vermont is recognized as a national leader in health reform, we are the healthiest state in the nation and we are in the midst of implementing significant changes from the federal health care reform bill,” said Governor Douglas.  “To spend time and money studying a new model that cannot be implemented until at least 2017 is counterproductive.  Further, the drug sample reporting provision adds burdensome new regulations that are unnecessary and could make it difficult for low-income Vermonters to receive needed medications.  These sections do not represent meaningful reform; rather they detract from the serious work ahead.”Although S. 88 includes these provisions, Governor Douglas decided to allow the bill to become law because it includes a critical expansion of the innovative Vermont Blueprint for Health.  “The Blueprint is key to our efforts to control care costs over time by helping to improve the health of Vermonters.  Expanding the Blueprint to more communities extends Vermont’s national leadership, and positions Vermont to take advantage of the federal health care reform law.”Governor Douglas said that he hopes future Legislature’s will revisit the drug sample provisions after evaluating the impact they have on our rural health system and patients.The Governor’s message is attached.last_img read more

5 predictions shaping the future of customer experience for 2016

first_img2015 was a year of disruption. In 2015 the world’s largest taxi company owns no taxis (Uber), the largest accommodation provider owns no real estate (Airbnb), the most popular media owner creates no content (Facebook), the largest telecom operator owns no telecom infrastructure (Skype and WeChat), the world’s largest software vendors don’t write the apps (Apple and Google) and the world’s largest movie house owns no cinemas (Netflix).*Just as business models are changing, the way we engage with brands is changing too. Customer service as a category is evolving. Customer experience is no longer something handled purely by the contact center. But the contact center–the place where customers go for help–is becoming an increasingly key piece of a competitive business strategy. The contact center is the place where brands literally make “contact” with their customers. It’s becoming increasingly common for customer experience to be a key imperative for the c-suite. Business leaders understand the importance and power of providing an experience to customers–not purely a clumsy transaction (the current state of many customer service operations). While the Chief Customer Officer is arguably the most senior customer role within the company, the true owner of the customer experience is the CEO, the person responsible for the company’s performance. Today an unmemorable customer experience should be the thing that keeps every CEO up at night. The reason is (nine times out of ten) this customer experience is the only thing differentiating a company from others. In the future it will become even more important.CEOs today need to understand the power of treating customers like they are guests in their home, rather than unwanted annoyances. It’s easy to spot the companies that use customer experience as a strategic tool, and those that clearly don’t understand the importance of it.  Technology has increased the gap between companies that are easy for customers to work with and those that aren’t. Let’s focus on the modern customer engagement practices that are being leveraged by leading edge companies. Last year I published five predictions about the future customer service in 2015. Today I bring you my predictions for 2016. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How CUNA Mutual Group is giving back via CUAid this holiday season

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The CUNA Mutual Group Foundation launched a holiday giving campaign on November 28 to help credit union staff and members affected by hurricanes, floods and wildfires in the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico this year. The CUNA Mutual Group Foundation will match every dollar donated to CUAid – up to $100,000 – now through Dec. 31, to provide additional support for the ongoing disaster relief efforts.CUAid.coop is the national online disaster relief program from the National Credit Union Foundation. Funds are raised by credit unions for credit union people affected by natural disasters. 100% of donations made to CUAid go towards disaster relief victims.There has been tremendous support for those affected by the disasters. So far in 2017, the credit union community has raised over $2.9 million, but the need for relief is still great in affected regions. Here is some recent data: continue reading »last_img read more

North Amityville Teen Charged With Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A teenager was arrested for shooting and killed a 28-year-old man in their North Amityville home on Tuesday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.Tephonte SmithTephonte Smith, 18, was charged with second-degree murder.Homicide Squad detectives alleged Smith killed Rashad Woolridge in their Avon Drive home, where Woolridge was found dead from a gunshot wound at 12:40 p.m.Smith will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img

Voter fraud is a real threat, not a myth

first_imgThe Nov. 5 column [“Under Siege: Our Right to Vote”] about the right to vote is somewhat bedeviled by the accompanying headline, which says in part that voter fraud is a myth.The body of the editorial says “there were extremely few instances of non-citizens voting in 2016.” It can be argued there were more than a few instances but if there were a “few,” then it is real. And if it’s real, it is not a myth.Many races at many levels are close, so even a “few” fraudulent votes can negate the will of the citizens.David OchsePorter’s CornersMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

US tobacco firms win Missouri hospitals case

first_img Share Share Share HealthLifestyle US tobacco firms win Missouri hospitals case by: – May 2, 2011 Tweetcenter_img 19 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Hospitals had alleged that firms misrepresented the health effects of smokingSix major US tobacco companies have defeated a lawsuit by hospitals seeking compensation for treating patients with smoking-related illnesses.Thirty-seven hospitals in the state of Missouri had claimed cigarette companies delivered an “unreasonably dangerous” product.They sought more than $455m (£272m) reimbursement for treating uninsured smokers who had not paid for care.The hospitals treat many destitute, non-paying patients.They said medical ethics required them to treat people in need, regardless of their ability to pay.In the case, the hospitals claimed that tobacco companies manipulated the nicotine content in cigarettes and misrepresented the health effects of smoking.But a jury in St Louis rejected their claim.“The jury agreed with Philip Morris USA that ordinary cigarettes are not negligently designed or defective,” said Murray Garnick of Philip Morris.An official from Lorillard, another company in the case, said: “Compelling evidence was presented to the jury, including testimony from hospital witnesses, that confirmed the hospitals were not financially damaged as they asserted.”BBC Newslast_img read more

Search is on to determine what happen to this dog in Shelby County

first_imgShelbyville, In. — A report from the Shelbyville News says two boys found a badly injured young male dog Friday near the intersection of County Roads 900 North and 400 West.The dog was driven to the Shelbyville/Shelby County Animal Shelter where workers determined the dog was suffering from chemical burns. The dog, now named Justice by the staff, has been transported to an animal hospital in Indiana polis and faces a long road to recovery.Officials say the dog has no puncture wounds or wounds consistent with dogfighting. It is not clear if the injuries resulted from an accident of were deliberate.Anyone with information is asked to call 317-392-5127.last_img

Man Utd captain Maguire regains freedom after assault hearing

first_imgManchester United captain Harry Maguire was released from Greek police custody Saturday, TV footage showed, ahead of a hearing on assault charges on the island of Mykonos. Wearing a baseball cap and mask, Maguire was shown leaving a courthouse on neighbouring Syros island, accompanied by what appeared to be members of his legal team, and boarding a dark minivan. The England centre-back’s hearing has been set for Tuesday but he is not obliged to be present. Manchester United said in a statement: “Following the appearance in court today we note the adjournment of the case to allow the legal team to consider the case file. “Harry has pleaded not guilty to the charges. It would be inappropriate for the player or club to comment further while the legal process takes its course,” the club said. His lawyer Constantinos Darivas had earlier told Greek sports website gazzetta.gr that the England centre-back had denied the charges, and was in “fine condition” despite spending two nights in detention since his Thursday night arrest. Greek TV channel Mega said Maguire’s father had flown to Greece to be at his son’s side. The case is being heard on the island of Syros, the administrative hub of the Cycladic island group that includes Mykonos. The £80 million (88 million euros) defender was arrested late Thursday after what Greek police described as an “altercation” between two groups of British tourists on Mykonos. Mega said Maguire had become enraged after someone in the other group struck his sister. A Greek police statement on Friday said that three men aged 27, 28 and 29 had been arrested in Mykonos. The police said an officer was punched on the scene, and that a second fight had broken out at the local police station where the three men “strenuously resisted (arrest), pushing and striking three officers.” One of the suspects then tried to bribe the officers to hush up the incident, the police said. The suspects are accused of assault, resisting arrest, verbally insulting and threatening the arresting officers, and attempted bribery, the police said. Four Mykonos officers sustained slight injuries in the fracas, the authorities said. Mykonos is popular with sports stars and celebrities for its all-night nightlife and beaches. United’s 2019⁄20 season ended Sunday in a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League semi-finals. Harry Maguire (baseball cap) is escorted by plain clothes police officers to the central police station on the island of Syros, west of Mykonos, after her was arrested last night for allegedly assaulting officers during a raucous night out Read Also: Barcelona board struggling to pin down Messi But the club will be back in pre-season training in two weeks and could begin the new Premier League campaign in less than a month. On Monday, Maguire had tweeted after the elimination: “Time to go away, reflect, recover and be ready to come back stronger next season.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

UWF Basketball Double-Header Tuesday Night in the UWF Fieldhouse

first_imgUWF Basketball Double-Header Tuesday Night in the UWF Fieldhouse Nov. 26, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida men’s and women’s basketball teams will try to get back on the winning track tonight as they play at home in a double header at the UWF Fieldhouse. The Women host Albany State for a 5:30 game, and the men follow at 7:30 with a game against William Carey. In both cases, the Argonauts split with their opponents last year, so the match ups should be good.The West Florida men started this year 2-0, but fell last Tuesday to Nova Southeastern, and take a 2-1 record into tonight’s game. The Women lost their home opener to Florida Southern, then won two in a row, but lost two road games this weekend, including one in overtime to Arkansas Tech in Russellville, Arkansas. The women are now 2-3 on the season.The West Florida men are led in scoring by Josh Jackson and Ryan Henry at 12 points per game. Charles Bouie is the leading rebounder, and he also has seven blocked shots in the first three games. Junnior Point Guard Deondre Boynton has 22 assists already in the first three games. Meanwhile, the women are led by freshman Chelsea Patterson, who is scoring 16 points per game.The West Florida men suffered their first loss of the season this past week, falling to Nova Southeastern by a 73-61 score. The first half was a three point shoot out, and the Argonauts raced out to a 21-11 lead, thanks to 3-pointers from Josh Jackson and Ryan Henry. Nova would rally back for a halftime three point lead, thanks to hitting 7 of their final 10 three point shots of the first half. Nova connected on 8 three pointers, and the Argonauts 7, in the first half. However, West Florida cooled off in the second half and only managed one more three pointer the rest of the game, and fell short to the Sharks. The Argonauts will have a chance at redemption when the two teams play again in Ft. Lauderdale on Dec. 19th.The West Florida women were 1-2 this week, and played two overtime games. They started the week with a 74-70 win in overtime at home vs. Mobile. Laura Davis hit the game winning basket with 1:29 to play in overtime, and Tara Russ sealed the win with a late basket. Freshman Chelsea Patterson led the Argonauts with 27 points. West Florida traveled to Russellville, Arkansas to play Arkansas Tech and Ouachita Baptist this past weekend. The Argos fell behind by 17 points to Tech, and rallied in the second half, and took the lead on a basket by Amy Drake with 25 seconds remaining. However, Tech tied it with 4.3 seconds left on a runner by Rachel Brazell, and then outscored West Florida 12-0 in overtime. The Argonauts had a near repeat the next night against OBU. Falling behind by as much as 16 points, they played catch up all game and closed it to 66-64 with 59 seconds to play on a driving layup by Davis, which followed a three pointer from Patterson. However, OBU hung on for the win 71-64. Tara Russ had a season high 17 rebounds, but OBU was 18-21 from the Free Throw line to hold off the Argonauts.Last season, the West Florida Men defeated William Carey 85-69 in Pensacola, as Barry Durosier scored a season high 31 points. However, William Carey defeated the Argonauts 87-73 in Hattiesburg, in a game that point guard Deondre Boynton missed because of the flu. The two teams play home and away games this year also, as the Argos will travel to Hattiesburg next Monday for the second game.The West Florida women lost to Albany State at the start of last season in Albany, Georgia by a 55-52 score, as Laura Davis led the Argonauts with 14 points. UWF would recover from that loss, and defeat the Rams in Pensacola two weeks later by a 60-44 score, as Davis scored 15 points and Abena Bosia had 16 rebounds. Albany State is coming off a loss to #5 Delta State on Saturday, but was picked to finish 3rd in the 15 team Southern Intercollegiate Athletic conference. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more