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Wouldn’t It Be AbFab?! Madonna, Emma Watson, Billy Porter & More Make the Cut for Our Fantasy Musical Cast

first_img Jessie J as Bubble (played onscreen by Jane Horrocks)  Eddy’s personal assistant Bubble favors flamboyant outfits, is fluent in French… and slightly lacking in common sense. Jessie J undeniably has the musical theater chops to nail the role—she made her West End debut at the age of 11 in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind. Sure, casting directors would pick Annaleigh Ashford, Alli Mauzey and Leslie Kritzer for this (they’d be great!), but we also think Jessie J would be—wait for it—absolutely fabulous! Now that Absolutely Fabulous’ creator Jennifer Saunders is officially working on a movie version of the classic 1990s sitcom about a champagne-guzzling, drug-abusing, chain-smoking publicist and those (un)fortunate enough to be in her orbit, we think the show is ripe to be a musical. Saunders already has some experience writing a tuner with the Spice Girls extravaganza Viva Forever!, so imagine the girl-power fireworks that would be on display if she teamed up with Kinky Boots’ Tony winner Cyndi Lauper! We’re sure the TV show would make an absolutely fabulous Broadway show, especially with our fantasy cast. Take a look. Billy Porter as Patsy Stone (played onscreen by Joanna Lumley) A former model, the always chic Patsy is well-known for her love of a party and the outrageous antic or two. However, she also has a sensitive side. Lumley’s portrayal has become an icon for drag queens the world over and there’s only one person on the planet who could step into Patsy’s Kinky Boots: Tony winner Billy Porter! View Comments Madonna as Edina “Eddy” Monsoon (played onscreen by Jennifer Saunders) Eddy is on a constant quest to remain young and cool despite being middle-aged and twice divorced. For some reason the Grammy-winning Madonna came to mind. She’s got Broadway experience (from her long ago gig in Speed-the Plow), is “familiar” with British accents, has musical know-how from her Golden Globe-winnng performance in the Evita movie and can definitely keep a live audience entertained. Emma Watson as Saffron “Saffy” Monsoon (played onscreen by Julia Sawalha) Watson’s Harry Potter co-stars Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe have already appeared onstage and we think it’s high time Watson tread the boards. The popular star might have to tone down her English rose looks, but she would be perfect as the polar opposite of her wild-child mother Eddy. And since Radcliffe won a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for his turn in musical theater, we only think it’s fair that a girl Gryffindor does as well! Maggie Smith as Mother (played onscreen by June Whitfield) Dame Maggie recently complained that she was looking for theater work but doesn’t get any offers. We’d like to change that. Given the jolt of humor she weekly pumps into Downton Abbey, Smith would be superb at stirring up the tension between Edina and Saffy with Mother’s “helpful” comments. Can she sing? Who cares! She’s Maggie Smith!last_img read more

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In-branch member referral programs for credit unions

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When launching new referral programs, there are a variety of online and offline strategies we encourage our credit union partners to use to spread the word of the new program to their members. The most important things to remember when introducing member referral programs for credit unions are patience and consistency. It can sometimes take months for a credit union referral program to gain traction, but once it does, it should deliver steady growth.People trust people. Potential members or clients are four times more likely to take action when referred by a friend. That said, marketing experts warn that people need to hear or view the same message up to seven times before they will remember it. It’s because of this that patience is key in promoting member referral programs for credit unions.Last month, I had the opportunity to pilot an in-branch promotion of a referral program, with one of our local credit unions. The amount of work this team puts into spreading awareness is incredible. They email new members, dedicate space on their website, send regular mail outs and employ pamphlets, posters and rotating TV advertisements in their branches. Despite all this effort, my in-branch experience showed me the Rule of Seven mentioned above is still a very real problem. continue reading »last_img read more

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Local UHS doctor weighs in on the next steps for a COVID vaccine

first_imgThe CDC voted in a, 13-1 vote, that health care workers and long-term care facility residents and staff will be the first to receive it once approved. (WBNG) — Earlier this week, the CDC voted on which groups of people will receive the vaccine first once it becomes approved and available. He adds that it’s important to trust the science and the science’s timelines, adding that continued research will help provide more detail about the virus. Dr. Rajesh Dave’, Executive Vice President for Clinical Integration and Chief Medical Officer, UHS and UHS Hospitals, says the vote was expected and stressed the importance of health care workers receiving the vaccine to stay safe, especially as the US continues to surge in cases during the winter.center_img Dr. Dave’ also gave some insight into the vaccine and its distribution here in New York State, saying that New York State has been working with the CDC, the federal government, and local hospitals to create their own guidelines and principles for distribution. Dr. Dave’ also stresses the importance of people continuing to mask up and adhere to social distancing measures.last_img read more

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Canada’s Trudeau: World has changed even if pandemic ends, vaccine found

first_imgCanadians should accept the world will change even if a vaccine is found and the coronavirus pandemic ends, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday, urging people to adjust to a new normal that will require modified behavior.Trudeau unveiled new measures to support hard hit sectors, including C$470 million ($334 million) for fisheries, and the partial reopening of some national parks.”We have to recognize that things will change in this world, even after the end of this pandemic, even after a vaccine,” he told reporters. “COVID-19 will be one of the things that create changes in our society. There will be adjustments.” “The truth is we can’t predict where things will go so we need to be ready,” Ford told reporters. “As we get more and more people back to work, the risk of flare up is real so we must be vigilant.”Canada’s coronavirus death toll edged up by 2.5% to 5,337 from Wednesday, one of the smallest daily increases, according to public health agency data.More than 60% of the deaths have occurred in Quebec, the second most populous of the 10 provinces.Premier Francois Legault said the situation in Montreal, Canada’s second largest city, was fragile. Many enterprises are still closed and a planned reopening on May 25 can only happen if the daily death toll starts to fall, he said.”I understand some people in the business community are a bit discouraged, but we have to think about our health most of all,” Legault told a briefing, urging people to wear masks.Legault also said Montreal schools would stay shut until the start of the new year in late August rather than reopen this month as originally planned.Besides support for fisheries, Ottawa will also extend the federal wage subsidy program to encourage more employers to keep workers on the payroll.Canadian farmers and agriculture businesses have claimed most of the C$5 billion ($3.55 billion) in extra credit offered by Ottawa to boost their cash flow during the coronavirus pandemic, in less than two months.In an annual review of Canada’s financial systems, the Bank of Canada said that while the coronavirus remains a massive challenge, measures it has taken “are showing signs of succeeding.”Canadian manufacturing sales in March slumped by the most in over 11 years as the pandemic forced the shutdown of many firms, and April looks set to be worse, Statistics Canada said. Topics :center_img World Health Organization emergencies expert Mike Ryan said on Wednesday that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could become endemic like HIV and “may never go away.”More Canadian provinces are lifting restrictions and moving to restart more economic activity, while the warmer weather is spurring more people outdoors.Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, will permit some retail stores as well as vehicle dealerships and construction sites to reopen on May 19, in the first of three stages to restart the province’s economy.It was impossible to put a date on the next stage, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said, adding it was contingent on a continued decline in cases.last_img read more

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Gold Coast penthouse sells for almost $4m to Melbourne buyers

first_imgThe penthouse takes up the entire northern side of levels 40 and 41 in the Oracle Tower 2.“The new owner plans to do a few minor renovations to the property so by the time the borders open it’s ready to go,” he said.It is the first time the property has been on the market since it was built 10 years ago.“The Oracle is one of the most sought-after and well-known luxury apartment buildings on the Gold Coast,” Mr Stevens said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“This penthouse is extremely sought-after not only due to its size and views but due to its location being in the middle of everything – the trendy shops, cafes and restaurants in Broadbeach.” Soak up the view. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Gold Coast. Palm Beach’s cutest cottage sold in 24 hours The penthouse features high-end interiors throughout.The property, first put on the market in December, 2019, has its own private lift, a rooftop heated pool, home cinema area, wraparound balconies and floor to ceiling windows.Property records reveal the overseas-based sellers paid $3.9 million for the residence in 2008.Mr Stevens said the Gold Coast was fast becoming a “beacon of hope and safety” for interstate buyers.“People seem to just want to get out of Sydney and Melbourne ASAP and people are seeing the Gold Coast as a safe place to permanently live or have a holiday home with its open space, the sun, beach, sand and lifestyle,” Mr Stevens said.“This unfortunate pandemic has put a light on how good the Gold Coast really is.” MORE NEWS: Holiday at home in your very own suburban resort The sale went ahead despite the buyers not even stepping foot inside the residence – all the inspections were done via Facetime.“This is now the fifth luxury property deal I have done in the past four to six weeks via Facetime,” said marketing agent Tolemy Stevens, of Harcourts Coastal.“Even though the buyer had multiple Facetime inspections with me and had a personal friend inspect the property for them, the purchasers have not stepped foot into the penthouse.“It’s a continuing testament that shows how strong the appetite from Sydney and Melbourne buyers is to secure luxury homes on the Gold Coast.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:31Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:31 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIs it a good time to list?02:31THE state border is closed but it’s not deterring interstate buyers with a Melbourne family splashing almost $4 million on a trophy penthouse on the Gold Coast.A $3.95 million contract for the two-level trophy penthouse in the Oracle building at Broadbeach went unconditional on Thursday. Luxury at every turn 24001/21 Elizabeth Ave, Broadbeach has sold to a Melbourne buyer. The rooftop pool.last_img read more

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Globalinx Selects Wirewerks for Network Connectivity in New Data Center

first_imgGlobalinx has selected Wirewerks as its network connectivity and fiber management solutions provider at the new Globalinx data center campus in Virginia Beach, VA.Globalinx’s 21.5-acre, Tier-III carrier-neutral data center campus will allow Globalinx to provide data center services, collocation services and meet-me-room facilities to customers throughout the region.The Globalinx campus will facilitate the secure interconnection of domestic fiber networks with MAREA and BRUSA subsea fiber cables for communications to Europe, South America and beyond.Wirewerks’ will supply its portfolio of optical fiber connectivity solutions to Globalinx, including the NextSTEP Technology fiber management system.“Wirewerks connectivity solutions, including our super-high density NextSTEP Technology fiber management system, are enjoying great success in Data Center applications across North America,” said Jais Cohen, president of Wirewerks. “We are honoured by Globalinx’s confidence in Wirewerks and our products, and we look forward to working in partnership with Globalinx on this important project.”Greg Twitt, CEO and Founder of Globalinx said, “Globalinx evaluated many manufacturers however we were most impressed with Wirewerks and their overall organization. The deciding factor outside of Wirewerks providing Globalinx with a seamless and scalable end to end solution with their high density 4U NextSTEP patch panels, is the level of customer commitment and peace of mind we will benefit from having them as our business partner.”last_img read more

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Inmate hangs self

first_imgEfren Estiaga of Barangay Balcon Maravilla, Jordan was believed to have committed suicide. Jail Officer 2 Reynaldo Palma said Estiaga’s suicide was discovered around 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday by his fellow detainees. Palma added they have yet to determine what drove Estiaga to take his own life as of this writing./PN Estiaga, who faces domestic violence and child abuse charges, was found dead hanging inside the isolation facility of BJMP-Guimaras with a blanket tied around his neck. ILOILO City – Police ruled out foul play in the death of a 42-year-old detainee of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Jordan, Guimaras.last_img read more

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Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has Georgia on his mind

first_imgRepublic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill turned his attention to Monday’s Euro 2016 qualifying showdown with Georgia within minutes of his side’s 4-0 victory over Gibraltar. Ireland’s hopes of reaching next summer’s finals received a timely boost hours before kick-off at the Estadio Algarve in Faro when Group D rivals Scotland lost 1-0 to the Georgians in Tbilisi. However, their efforts in Portugal will count for little if they do not come away from the Georgia game with three more points, and that was O’Neill’s focus in the immediate aftermath of a routine victory. Press Association The lead remained slender until skipper Robbie Keane, who scored a 13-minute hat-trick in a 7-0 win over the same opposition in October last year, helped himself to a double inside three minutes at the start of the second half. That took the 35-year-old to 67 international goals, just one behind former Germany star Gerd Muller. O’Neill said: “I didn’t realise that was the case. It’s fantastic, absolutely fantastic, at international level.” Substitute Shane Long completed what was ultimately a comfortable victory with an 80th-minute header as a good night for the Republic drew to a close. Gibraltar boss Jeff Wood was proud of his players’ efforts, but praised O’Neill for his approach. He said: “Martin O’Neill and Ireland, credit to them, they have looked at what we did against Germany and they put us under pressure right from the first whistle.” He said: “I have said before that any team going to Tbilisi is going to find it difficult. For us tonight regardless of that result, we had to win and the result I was concerned about was the one against Gibraltar. “They have improved and they showed that before half-time. Shay [Given] made a good save and Cyrus [Christie] a little back-header when an equaliser might have put us under bit of pressure. “But it was nice to get the second goal and win comfortably eventually. We won well in the end and we’ll now try to get prepared for Monday. “You have to take both games into consideration. It’s nice to have won here, but there’s no time to dwell on it. We fly in an hour or two to Dublin and we are going in good spirits. “But I saw a little of the Scotland game and enough to know there’s a renewed spirit about them [Georgia], and it won’t be easy for us to try to win the game.” Ireland had to wait 26 minutes to get their noses in front, and the goal came from an unlikely source when right-back Cyrus Christie, deputising for the injured Seamus Coleman – the Everton man missed out with a tight hamstring, but is expected to be fit for Monday’s game – marked his first competitive appearance for his country with his first goal. Christie, who is yet to open his account for his club side Derby, said: “It’s a great moment for me, to score for Ireland in front of a lot of fans and my family watching it on TV. “It was a good goal for me – but it means nothing if we don’t follow it up on Monday.” last_img read more

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Sports Minister warns Jamaican athletes about doping pitfalls

first_imgIN the wake of the two-year ban imposed on 2014 Commonwealth Games 200m champion Jason Livermore on Friday, Jamaica’s Minister of Sports Olivia Grange has called on the country’s athletes to be more proactive in the fight against doping.Livermore, 29, was banned after a drug test in December 2016 revealed metabolites of the anabolic steroids Clomifhene and Mestorolone.The sprinter told an independent anti-doping disciplinary panel that he was taking medication that would improve his fertility. His statements were corroborated by his doctor, who also revealed that he was not aware of what a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) certificate was.Since 2013, a number of Jamaica’s high-profile athletes have been sanctioned for breaching the WADA Code and have put the country’s reputation in a bad light.Minister Grange is calling for the athletes to take greater care.“First of all, let me re-iterate Jamaica’s firm position against doping in sport. This process shows that our system to fight doping in sport is working,” she told SportsMax.tv.“While I will not comment on this particular case, I will give this general comment that athletes and their support teams must learn from this process and ensure that they take the matter of doping in sport very seriously.“There is no room for error when they are competing and there is no room for error when it comes to applying the rules related to the fight against doping in sport. Our athletes and their teams must exercise due care.”(Sportsmax).last_img read more

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Walkabout

first_imgStudents from Leilehua High School in Wahiawa, Hawaii celebrate their third-place finish in USC’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies QuikSCience Challenge with a rigorous hike around the Wrigley Institute’s Catalina campus. The challenge is designed to spark interest in science the oceans and aquatic environments.Dieuwertje Kast | Summer Trojanlast_img

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