Queen was a band in a class of their own. Their mixture of progressive rock and pop music, the guitar mastery of Brian May, and the undeniable energy and talent of frontman Freddie Mercury, allowed them to become arguably the best touring rock band on the planet by the early ’80s. Queen were a juggernaut, playing to massive crowds around the world. There was no band bigger at that time. As we know now, things quickly took a turn for the worse for Mercury. In 1986, British papers reported that Mercury had been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, and the band was forced to stop touring. Mercury ended up dying from the disease just five years later, and fans around the world continue to mourn the loss of one of rock and roll’s truest icons to this day.But just months before the widespread reporting of Mercury’s diagnosis, the band mounted what would become their final tour with their fearless frontman: the summer ’86 “Magic Tour” in support of their most recent album, A Kind of Magic. The tour was the biggest that the band had ever mounted, drawing in record-breaking attendance numbers across Europe. Their Irish show at Slane Castle drew in 95,000 people. Their performance in Budapest–behind the Iron Curtain during the thick of the Cold War–brought 80,000 people, and remains one of the biggest concerts ever held in Eastern Europe. Their final performance with Mercury, at the U.K.’s Knebworth Park, sold out in just 2 hours and attracted a whopping 120,000 revelers.The focal point of the tour came when the band made their way through their native stomping grounds for a two-night stand at the iconic Wembley Stadium. The sold-out stand was immortalized with a concert film, Queen at Wembley, originally released as a VHS in 1990 and, later, as a DVD in 2003. The DVD has since ton 5x Platinum, and remains a treasured relic of Queen history.In particular, the famous rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” from Live at Wembley stands as a testament to Mercury’s unparalleled brilliance as a musician, singer and performer. Freddie shines throughout the performance, guiding the enormous crowd through the classic song’s sorrowful, sweeping lows and defiantly powerful highs with equal parts grace, flash, and endless charisma. We’ve never had one like him, and chances are we never will again.Watch Freddie Mercury lead Queen in a captivating rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” during his final tour at Wembley Stadium below via FB page Bohemian Rhapsody – CLUB:
The Revivalists are hitting a new stride of triumph with the incredible success of their hit single “Wish I Knew You”, which reached #1 at Alternative Radio last year, hitting a new record for most single-week spins ever at the format. The song also broke at Hot AC and claimed the #1 spot at Adult Alternative Radio in Fall of 2016, spending 40 weeks on the chart and becoming the most played song behind The Lumineers‘ “Ophelia.” First released in July 2015, “Wish I Knew You” has had a remarkable trajectory and a staying power rarely seen in music today. Featuring wistful lyrics, front man David Shaw‘s unmistakable soulful rasp, an indelible melody and a mix of bluesy rock and Southern R&B swagger not usually heard at the Alternative format, it’s no wonder “Wish I Knew You” has catapulted the New Orleans seven-piece to major success, national TV appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, TODAY and Conan, and back-to-back sold out headlining tours.The song’s success has run so far and wide that it is now included as a bonus track in the 37th edition of Kidz Bop. Alongside other pop hits like “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift, “New Rules” by Dua Lipa, and honestly, a bunch of songs we aren’t familiar with that appeal to lower and middle school children, The Revivalists’ song appears as a Target exclusive. The lyrics “Wish I knew you when I was young, we could have got so high” were of course changed to “we could have flown so high”. Kidz Bop is sung by kids for kids, and is pretty adorable. Listen to the childish rendition below:Kidz Bop 37ThunderLook What You Made Me DoFeel It StillNo PromisesHavanaWhat About UsBad At LovePerfectHow LongNew RulesToo Good At Goodbyes…Ready For It?Good Old DaysMi GentePrayingFriends (Bonus Track)Glorious (Bonus Track)Too Good (Bonus Track)Wish I Knew You (Bonus Track)[Photo Credit: Brantley Gutierrez]
View Comments In addition to starring in Pippin, Rubinstein received a Tony Award for his performance in Children of a Lesser God. His other Broadway credits include Ragtime, Getting Away With Murder, Love Letters and M. Butterfly. Pippin features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson and tells the story of a young prince searching for his corner of the sky. In addition to Mann, the current cast includes Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin, Ciara Renee as Leading Player, Annie Potts as Berthe, Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada and Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine. Pippin “Welcome Home,” indeed! John Rubinstein, who made his Broadway debut in 1972 as the titular character in Pippin, will step into the Tony-winning Broadway revival as Charles, Pippin’s father. Rubinstein will join the Broadway big top at the Music Box Theatre beginning June 20 in a limited engagement through July 27, filling in during Tony nominee Terrance Mann’s leave of absence. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015
Vermont Technical College,Participating in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new firefighter training building at Vermont Technical College, Sen. Bernie Sanders called the facility a major step forward in assuring high-quality training for firefighters across the state. Sanders secured $406,962 for the project, which includes a specialized structure called a live-burn building. In a successful federal, state, and local partnership, the State of Vermont committed $440,000 to the project and the college provided $50,000 for the facility. The total price tag is $897,000. The new training facility will give firefighters the opportunity to learn scenarios they will likely see when responding to live emergency situations, Sanders said. It will be centrally located and will greatly enhance the quality of training while reducing travel time and expenses incurred by many firefighters, especially volunteers.The new burn simulator will be an asset to the Fire Science Degree Program at Vermont Tech that already has enrolled nearly 30 students. Firefighters always want to hone their skills, and new fire fighters need specialized training to learn their critical trade, Sanders said.Sanders saluted Vermont s 5,600 volunteer firefighters 300 career firefighters. Both are critical, and both need and deserve more help, with training and education being a key need. We owe them all a very deep debt of gratitude as they make personal and financial sacrifices to keep our communities safe.Matthew Vinci, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont, said, This much-needed training facility is largely due to the coordination and support at the local, state and federal level. The fire service across Vermont is very grateful for the efforts of Senator Sanders, Governor Douglas and the Vermont Legislature for their combined efforts to bring this Fire Burn Training Building to reality. Vermont s Fire Fighters will be better prepared to respond to our neighbors emergencies due to the training that we will receive at this facility.Ty Handy, president of Vermont Technical College, said, We re excited about the opportunities and synergies this will create between Vermont Tech s associate s degree program in Fire Science and the excellent training programs offered by the Vermont Fire Academy. Our students will benefit; Vermont s firefighters will benefit; and our local communities will benefit. This is a real win for everyone involved and we appreciate all the hard work that s gone in to making it possible.Also participating in the groundbreaking ceremony were Vermont Governor Jim Douglas; State Senator Phil Scott (R-Washington); State Representative Alice Emmons (D-Springfield); Steve Revell of the Vermont Fire and EMS Coalition; Jim Litevich, chief of the Vermont Fire Academy; and Gary Moore, chairman of the board of trustees for the Vermont State Colleges.Source: Sanders’ office. RANDOLPH, Vt., October 5, 2009
Our favorite web videos from the week that was:1. Beer City? More Like Beats CityIt’s almost the weekend so kick it off with this beer-themed gem from Explore Asheville celebrating the uniqueness of the WNC beer scene, which is robust. The production value far exceeds expectations here.2. Old Guys RuleIf this doesn’t inspire you, don’t know what will. Love the contrast in tactics here: long strides vs. choppy steps and check out the closing speed on Mr. Choppy!3. This Late Old Guy In ParticularEd Abbey. Legend.“Wrenched” trailer from ML Lincoln Films on Vimeo.4. Hit the Way Back ButtonThis video won an award…or being extreme.Progression in Regression – 2013 Bridger Bowl Point and Chute – 1st Place from Bridger Brigade on Vimeo.5. Birthday BoySome of these videos can get a little high and mighty with the minimalism and the skid living and the pure stoke-ness of it all, and this vid is no exception with a fairly holier-than-thou-because-I-climb monolog at the top. So you like to be a dirtbag and do your own thing, get over it. That being said: sweet video.35 from ARC’TERYX on Vimeo.
This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU is planning to offer virtual and in-person option for several of its 2021 conferences to ensure credit unions have access to the industry’s best training and education opportunities in whichever format they prefer.“NAFCU is committed to providing best-in-class education and training at the convenience of our membership, while ensuring their health and safety,” said NAFCU Executive Vice President and COO Anthony Demangone. “In 2021, we will be offering simultaneous in-person and virtual conferences for credit union leaders looking to hone their skills and further their education.“For those who choose to attend in-person, NAFCU will take all possible health and safety precautions, and we will diligently monitor travel restrictions and government mandates throughout the conference season. Attendees should expect to receive the same level of extreme member service and immersive experiences that they have come to expect from NAFCU events.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Retired Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office investigator Ed Walsh swindled taxpayers by going on golf outings, gambling at poker tables and attending political meetings instead of performing his duties as a lieutenant, prosecutors alleged Wednesday during opening arguments at the Suffolk County Conservative Party chairman’s federal fraud trial.Wasting little time, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Catherine Mirabile flatly told jurors at federal court in Central Islip: “Ed Walsh is a thief,” who made a habit of skipping work during a three-year period ending in early 2014.Walsh’s defense attorneys contend that the party big was acting on his boss’s wishes, arguing that he wouldn’t be able fulfill his obligation as liaison to Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco without leaving the confines of the jail’s administrative building in Riverhead. The defense did not dispute the notion that Walsh hit the greens and attended political meetings during work hours, but said DeMarco was well aware of Walsh’s other activities.“They knew what he was doing,” Walsh’s lawyer William Wexler told jurors during his opening statements, referring to DeMarco and four other administrators within the sheriff’s office.“Who did he deceive?” Wexler continued. “They knew he wasn’t sitting at his desk” at all times when he was conducting sheriff’s business on DeMarco’s behalf.Walsh was indicted in January 2015 for allegedly defrauding Suffolk of more than $80,000 in no-show work. He was additionally charged with theft of funds and wire fraud last March.The feds have alleged Walsh was on the opposite side of the Long Island Sound, gambling at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, and out on the greens spending time perfecting his golf swing, when he was supposed to be working in Riverhead.Walsh, who retired this February—working just long enough to secure his taxpayer-funded pension, whether he’s found guilty of the alleged charges against him or not—has denied those claims and pleaded not guilty.Day One of the trial got off to a sluggish start, with the proceedings delayed for more than an hour because of a tardy juror.When the proceedings finally got underway, U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Spatt instructed the jury to refrain from reading news media accounts of the case, due to Walsh’s high-profile nature as Suffolk Conservative Party boss.Mirabile said the government would provide evidence that Walsh was paid for a full day’s work on occasions when he was enjoying golf outings and playing cards in Connecticut, including a “paper trail” of phone records, golf and hotel receipts, and fraudulent time sheets.Wexler sought to poke holes in the government’s argument by portraying Walsh and DeMarco as trusted cohorts. Wexler did not shy away from Walsh’s political status, noting that Walsh was “instrumental” in getting DeMarco elected.DeMarco, Wexler said, was Walsh’s boss during the day, but their roles switched away from the office.Phone records will indicate more than 10,000 phone calls were made between Walsh and the Suffolk County jail during his time as DeMarco’s liaison for eight years—demonstrating that Walsh was actively working even if he wasn’t on the jail’s premises, Wexler argued.Wexler described Walsh as DeMarco’s right-hand man, whom DeMarco himself appointed to several key roles, including department liaison. That role in particular, Wexler argued, often took Walsh outside of the Riverhead facility where he worked, sometimes attending funerals on DeMarco’s behalf, graduation ceremonies for corrections officers, or to the hospital, where he’d check on injured officers under the sheriff’s command. Walsh also oversaw a community education program, Wexler said.At the end of the trial, Wexler told the jury, “You may be saying, ‘What is this all about?’”DeMarco is expected to be a key government witness in Walsh’s trial, which prosecutors estimated could take upwards of three weeks to complete. Several high-profile lawmakers, including Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), state Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore), and Suffolk County Democratic Chairman and Babylon Town Supervisor Richard Schaffer are also named as potential government witnesses. Federal prosecutors had alleged in a 58-page court filing March 8 that Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota had quashed several attempts by DeMarco to investigate Walsh—accusations Spota’s office has denied.The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Suffolk County Police Department have been the subject of an ongoing federal probe following the recent downfall of ex-Suffolk Police Chief James Burke, who recently pleaded guilty to attacking a Smithtown man in custody for stealing his duffel bag—full of Burke’s sex toys, pornography, ammo and gun—and demanding witnessing officers lie to cover it up. The court heard from three witnesses Wednesday, starting with Robert Draffin, who has served as the sheriff’s office’s employees relations director since 2002. He explained that the collective bargaining agreement between the county and corrections officers stipulates that they work a total of 37 1/2 hours each week, and that officers receive a minimum of four hours in overtime pay if they work beyond their normal schedule.When Walsh’s other attorney, Leonard Lato, inquired as to whether Draffin ever disciplined Walsh as part of his duties from 2008 through 2013, he said he had not. The only time disciplinary actions against Walsh came up, he testified, was in March 2014, seven months before he was indicted.When probed by prosecutors, Draffin said he’s never been involved in disciplining officers. He also admitted that he’s contributed at least $800 over the years to DeMarco’s campaign, as well as an undisclosed amount to the Suffolk County Conservative Party.Marlene Madorran, who works in the sheriff’s payroll office, briefly testified about payroll matters, including the amount Walsh earned in total compensation over the years, including overtime.The government offered as evidence during her testimony an overtime slip from 2010 to 2011, showing that Walsh was paid for attending seminars. She later testified that it’s not uncommon for sheriff’s office officials to attend such events.Testimony from a Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club bookkeeper will continue Thursday morning.
The women’s first round – not classed as elite according to government guidelines – was originally scheduled for November 15, but the earliest return date possible for the competition will be December 2, when lockdown restrictions are due to be eased.But the minister for sport, tourism and heritage Nigel Huddleston provided an update on Thursday, suggesting there was a possibility for the women’s competition to go ahead despite the latest restrictions. Clubs below the Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship will be unable to train or play matches for the duration of the lockdown, with all 24 women’s sides in the FA Cup first round from the fourth tier or below.Teams from the Women’s National League North and South Premier divisions – the third tier of the women’s pyramid – enter at the second-round stage.All clubs from the top two divisions in women’s football do not join the FA Cup competition until the fourth round.- Advertisement – The government and the FA are in talks over potentially resuming the Women’s FA Cup, which has been suspended during the four-week national lockdown in England, despite the men’s competition being given approval to continue.The Football Association confirmed on Tuesday that the 10 non-elite teams competing in the first round of the men’s FA Cup will be able to compete from November 6-9.- Advertisement – His tweet said: “We are in discussions with the FA about the Women’s FA Cup to see if a solution can be found that means the competition does not need to be paused.”- Advertisement – An FA statement read: “Ahead of the upcoming national lockdown The Football Association is working with the UK Government, clubs and key stakeholders to continue the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship seasons under the elite sport guidance and protocols. Our number one priority remains the safety and welfare of everyone involved in our game. A special thanks to all women’s football fans for their ongoing support during these challenging times.“Whilst the Barclays FA WSL and FA Women’s Championship will continue, ‘non-elite’ football, which includes Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid, the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues, the Barclays FA WSL Academy League, FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs, indoor and outdoor grassroots fixtures and all training, is to be paused during this period as a result of the new UK Government restrictions.”The FA added details on fixtures and dates for this season’s competition would follow in due course.All adult and children’s grassroots football has been put on halt in England during the lockdown, which came into effect on Thursday. Elite sport will continue behind closed doors.Manchester City beat Everton 3-1 in extra-time to win the 50th Women’s FA Cup final behind closed doors at Wembley on Sunday.The competition was originally scheduled to finish in May but was delayed for over six months at the quarter-final stage because of the pandemic.Women’s FA Cup first-round drawFC United of Manchester Women vs Fleetwood Town Wrens LFC or Liverpool Feds LFCChester-Le-Street Town Ladies FC vs Brighouse Town Women FCNewcastle United Women FC vs Barnsley Women’s FCWolverhampton Wanderers WFC vs Stourbridge FC LadiesLincoln City Women FC vs Solihull Moors Women FCWem Town Ladies FC vs Boldmere St Michaels Women FCHarlow Town Ladies FC vs Ipswich Town LFCKent Football Utd LFC or AFC Wimbledon Ladies vs Luton Town Ladies FC/ Enfield Town LFCBillericay Town LFC vs Maidenhead United LFCEastbourne Town LFC or Leyton Orient WFC vs Actonians LFCAFC Bournemouth Women vs Southampton FC WomenExeter City Women FC vs Cheltenham Town LFC We are in discussions with the @FA about the Women’s FA Cup to see if a solution can be found that means the competition does not need to be paused. pic.twitter.com/dFN5E90Hrr— Nigel Huddleston MP (@HuddlestonNigel) November 5, 2020 – Advertisement –
This is a big step forward, both visually and technically, which in my opinion will certainly remain in use after stabilization, ie the time after the coronavirus. As they point out from Hilton they offer a complete service; preparation and organization, technical equipment (LED screens, computer equipment, cameras, microphones, stage, streaming), professional staff, food and beverage service. While virtual events can be a great choice because of their convenience, lower travel costs, connecting with a wider audience, and countless ways to interact with people around the world, they can also be very demanding if the organization isn’t flawless. Especially in a technical sense, because it is a much more demanding job than a classic zoom conversation. Unfortunately, some people have already learned this mistake, but now the whole event industry has adapted and excellent technical solutions are offered, even for the most demanding conferences. The price of WorkSpaces (hotel rooms as a workspace) depends on demand, but it is adjusted to the current situation and the possibilities of the company, and according to Volarević, it is really competitive on the market. Hybrid Events & Conferences Hilton was among the first, if not the first, of the hotel brands on a global level to introduce special health protocols with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, ie cleanliness standards in their hotels – Hilton CleanStay protocol, while last month introduced i WorkSpace by the Hilton program and thus launched or jumped into the trend by opening its hotel to business guests who use the hotel as an office. “Prices for WorkSpaces are significantly lower than the daily tourist rent of rooms, and are more in the range of prices for renting business premises in the city”Adds Volarevic. There is also the possibility of removing the bed from the room, as well as more rental options, from daily to monthly rent. The great news is how they are and all three Zagreb Hilton hotels implemented the same services as some new ones with a special focus on hybrid conferences. “We do hybrid conferences in cooperation with our partners who have experience as well as all technical equipment and professional staff for the realization of such demanding events. Partners provide LED screens, cameras, all accompanying technical equipment and staff while everything else is up to us – planning, implementation, service, food, drinks. While for standard conferences as well as for virtual conferences we have technical equipment, people and knowledge in house and we can realize them independently without a partner”Concludes Volarević. Because of these challenges, Hilton hotels in Zagreb in his offer he introduced organization of hybrid conferences and meetings as well as others virtual business events in its multifunctional halls. In principle, there is a full service service for the organization of conferences, both technically and logistical, ie hotel services, all under one Hilton roof in all three Zagreb hotels. “In these challenging times, when working from home is becoming more common, we have improved the offer, made it possible in all three hotels to provide an even better experience of working from a hotel room as a workspace. We offer our guests free Wi Fi, use of the gym, business center, or the entire hotel offer, and includes a 10% discount on food and beverage consumption, as well as collecting Hilton Honors points. Volarevic pointed out. Program WorkSpaces by Hilton it is intended for companies and team members who are looking for a suitable office space for safe work, and in addition to the conditions for uninterrupted work, it also includes various services. This is a new service / offer that is offered in our three Zagreb Hilton hotels, although we have offered a similar service to our guests in recent years, he points out. Nives Volarevic, Marketing Director of Hilton Double Tree and adds that the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel has been operating for eight years and is the first choice of hotel in Zagreb for business guests, both because of its offer and its excellent location.
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