Colombia Committed to Changes in Haiti as Part of UN Security Council

first_img On 13 October, the Colombian government celebrated its election as a member of the United Nations Security Council and expressed its commitment to promoting “true changes in Haiti,” in the words of Foreign Minister María Angela Holguín. “We want to give a big push forward to an issue the Council is working on, which is Haiti. We want to push from Latin America and the Caribbean, where we are the representatives and spokespersons, so that the situation in Haiti changes,” the minister affirmed, speaking to private radio stations. “What Haiti needs is a push in this direction, a further stage of reconstruction, and this is going to be an issue that’s very important for us,” the foreign minister emphasized, after explaining that although her country is seeking to contribute its experience with several issues, it will not bring new issues before the body. “We’re going to be there to participate with enthusiasm, but with the Council’s agenda. There are already established issues there. We want to get deeply involved in the issue of Haitian reconstruction and do as much as possible, but we’re not going to bring new issues before the Council,” she concluded. Sectors of the Colombian Congress called on the government Wednesday to bring the issue of the fight against drug trafficking and the principle of co-responsibility up for debate in the international body. “Colombia’s first task in the Security Council must be to raise the topic of the fight against drugs that our region, and especially Colombia, has had to take on for many years, while the efforts of the consuming countries continue to be minimal,” Sen. Alexandra Moreno told AFP. Senator Moreno, vice-president of the Senate, alleged that her country “cannot continue standing up against the drug-trafficking mafias, spraying its fields, and making canon fodder out of peasants who today are doing manual eradication, while consumption continues unchecked in the consuming countries.” Analysts consulted by AFP characterized Colombia’s election as a significant diplomatic achievement by Santos’s administration, but they emphasized that the administration will have little room to maneuver in introducing novel issues. “It’s the first great international achievement by President Juan Manuel Santos, who received a regionally isolated and controversial country from his predecessor, Alvaro Uribe, and in only two months succeeded in obtaining massive backing for the country’s candidacy,” international-relations expert Ricardo Abello judged. Abello, of the private University of the Rosary, urged the president “to carefully design a diplomatic strategy to take advantage of this position on the Council,” as he said, “not in order to introduce local issues, but rather in order to obtain greater international backing for the country’s interests.” Holguín’s declarations followed President Juan Manuel Santos’s commitment, announced Tuesday, to make his country “the voice of Latin America and the Caribbean on the Security Council.” “In us they will find a country ready to listen, to engage in dialogue, and to search for solutions. In addition, Colombia will have a special responsibility when dealing with issues of international peace and security,” the Colombian president emphasized. Santos offered his country’s experience in the fight against transnational crime and against terrorism as a basis on which to “make major contributions as part of the group of fifteen countries that, from their position at the heart of the UN, debate and decide about the future of conflicts and situations that can put world peace and security at risk,” he said. With 186 votes in favor and none against in the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, Colombia was elected Tuesday as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, which it will join on 1 January 2011 for a two-year term, replacing Mexico. Together with Brazil, Colombia will represent Latin America on the UN’s executive body. The Security Council has fifteen members, five of which are permanent and have veto power (China, France, Great Britain, Russia, and the United States). By Dialogo October 18, 2010last_img read more

Illegal Medications Seized in 16 African Countries

first_img An unprecedented crackdown in 16 African countries netted 82 million doses of illegal or counterfeit drugs, including antibiotics, contraceptives and malaria treatments, the World Customs Organization (WCO) said on October 25. The operation, called Vice Grips 2, was carried out by customs inspectors in 16 ports from July 11 to 20, it said. “It is the biggest operation of its kind,” Christophe Zimmermann, in charge of anti-counterfeit operations at the WCO, said at a press conference in Paris. The street value of the drugs was $40 million, which points to commerce with an annual turnover of $5 billion, he said. The biggest hauls were made in Angola, Cameroon, Ghana and Togo. Most of the illicit drugs came from East and South Asia — particularly China — and the Middle East, notably Dubai. Illegal medications are a growing problem in Africa, as they may be toxic or fail to have a sufficient dose of active ingredient to combat a disease, Zimmermann and others said. Inspectors helped by a French anti-counterfeit agency searched 110 shipping containers, 84 of which were found to have illegal or fake medications. Some of the merchandise pointed to elaborate or even industrial-scale operations, the two agencies said. Inspectors found 33 million doses of fake medications, along with pornographic DVDs, that had been stashed deep inside a batch of loudspeakers that were being exported to Angola. None of the “drugs” had any active ingredient. In Togo, a smuggled batch of expectorant cough syrup, supposed to be kept at a cool, stable temperature of -2 to +4 degrees Celsius, was literally cooking in a container where the temperature was more than 50 C. “We are dealing with structured organizations that specialize in international fraud, which exploit globalization in operations that span continents and countries, using different forms of transport.” Two further operations would be staged in Africa over the next six months in order to maintain momentum on the drug fakers, said the WCO’s secretary general, Kunio Mikuriya. By Dialogo October 29, 2012last_img read more

CABA seeks relief for jailed Cuban dissidents

first_imgMark D. Killian Managing Editor The Cuban American Bar Association has filed a petition with the Organization of American States seeking relief against human rights violations committed by the Cuban government in relation to its latest crackdown on political dissidentsCABA filed the petition with the OAS’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of more than 70 Cubans jailed by Fidel Castro’s government for what it deemed “subversive” activities.“Many of the dissidents are involved with the Varela Project, a petition calling for democratic reforms to the Cuban Constitution and system of law, which the Cuban people have submitted to the Cuban legislature for consideration,” according to the petition.“Other dissidents arrested. . . in the crack- down were independent journalists, independent librarians, and human rights activists, all of whom advocate the emergence of a democratic civil society in Cuba.”Miami’s Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., who sits on CABA’s board of directors and helped draft the petition, said CABA has an interest in this issue because many of its members still have family in Cuba and “are still immensely interested in the lives of the Cuban people.”Sanchez-Medina also said, as lawyers, CABA’s members feel an “obligation to take a leadership role” in dealing with fairness and justice issues in Cuba.“There is not a Cuban American attorney in town who is not interested in the fall of Castro’s regime and the return of democracy in Cuba,” said Sanchez-Medina, who was born on the island.The petition will be reviewed by a committee at the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, and if the claims are deemed warranted, they will be set for formal review.Sanchez-Medina, however, said in reality CABA knows the Organization for American States has little ability to sanction the Cuban government. Filing the petition and speaking out on the issue is really an effort to make the nation and world “aware of the injustice going on in Cuba and the crackdown on dissidents.”“The greatest infractions [committed by the jailed dissidents include] promoting libraries, promoting free speech, free trade, and things we take exceedingly for granted here in the United States,” Sanchez-Medina said. “A lot of this is just keeping the international eye on Cuba,and this is our small part.”According to CABA’s petition, the dissident’s trials violated accepted standards of human rights.“No trials lasted more than a single day. In most cases, dissidents were notified of the formal charges against them on the eve of trials,” the petition said.“In all cases, the dissidents were denied an opportunity to meaningfully challenge the charges or applications of the law.“Every single trial resulted in a conviction, and sentences in excess of 25 years were entered against many of the dissidents.” March 1, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News CABA seeks relief for jailed Cuban dissidentscenter_img CABA seeks relief for jailed Cuban dissidentslast_img read more

Setauket Man’s Killer Pleads Guilty

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An ex-fugitive has admitted to fatally shooting a 50-year-old Setauket man who was a well-known equestrian and wounding another victim last year before leading authorities on a cross-country manhunt.Brett Knight pleaded guilty Wednesday at Suffolk County court to second-degree murder, attempted murder, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon.Authorities have said that the 46-year-old gunned down Ross Reisner and seriously wounded Kevin Murray after firing gunshots through the window of Reisner’s Upper Sheep Pasture Road home at 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2013.Two handguns were recovered from the scene, authorities said at the time.Knight fled Long Island after the shooting on a motorcycle, but federal investigators apprehended him a month later in Seymour, Tenn., which is just south of Knoxville.He will be sentenced Feb. 4 by Judge Richard Ambro.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events February 19 – 25

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The ContortionistThis Indiana-based deathcore band twists and turns its audience with their high-energy sound. Join guitarist Robby Baca, guitarist Cameron Maynard, drummer Joey Baca, vocalist Mike Lessard, bassist Jordan Eberhardt, and keyboardist Eric Guenther as they rock the house to such metal favorites as “Predator” and “Holomovement.” Warming up the mosh pit will be Revocation, Fallujah, Toothgrinder and More of Myself to Kill. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $16. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19.Jess InguiLong Island’s own Jess Ingui will take the stage to wow audiences with her powerful vocals. This singer/songwriter’s sultry sound is something every LIer should experience once. Like a local version of Beyoncé, her R&B, jazz, and soul-infused sound awakens the deep recesses of your heart. Opening the show are Leah Laurenti and Cora Small! 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $10. 7 p.m. Feb. 19.Chris Robinson BrotherhoodRising like a phoenix from the ashes of brothers-fueled Southern rock and blues hellraisers The Black Crowes’ indefinite hiatus (a group featuring Chris Robinson on vocals and brother Rich on guitar), Brother Chris continues melding the realms of all that is supersonic and cataclysmic in rock. Touring in support of their latest drop, Phosphorescent Harvest, this LA-based psychedelia-rock powerhouse has released three albums to critical success, including The Magic Door and Big Moon Ritual. Will they launch into The Crowes’ “Remedy,” just for old-time’s sake? Only one way to find out. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$30. 8 p.m. Feb. 19.Leon RusselLeon Russell first made a career for himself as a session musician for such musical heavyweights as George Harrison, Barbra Streisand, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Frank Sinatra before embarking on a storied and prolific solo career as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoree recording artist, as well as an inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His signature country rock and folk sound immediately recalls a bygone era of authentic American sounds. With special guest Riley Ethridge Jr. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $40-$75. 8 p.m. Feb. 19.Average White BandScottish funk and R&B band Average White Band is best known for their soul and disco hits like “Pick Up the Pieces.” The fifteenth most sampled band in history, you have heard their tracks on recordings by the Beastie boys, Ice Cube, Eric B. and Rakim, and A Tribe Called Quest, among others. This band has been performing to throngs of fans for more than 40 years and AWB still rocks the house. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $45-$50. 8 p.m. Feb. 19.The Beatles in cartoon form, as drawn by Ron Campbell.Beatles Animator ExhibitRon Campbell, director of the Beatles 1960s Saturday Morning Cartoon series and animator of the classic film Yellow Submarine, will be exhibiting artwork and creating new Beatles pop art paintings live during a reception and talk for his rare exhibit. He will also be exhibiting artwork featuring other beloved cartoon characters that encompass his 50-year career in children’s television, such as Scooby Doo, The Smurfs, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, The Flintstones, Jetsons, and more. The event runs all weekend long. Frame & Art Gallery, 4 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay. RonCampbellAnimator.com 5 p.m. Feb. 20.Common ThreadsA reception for an exhibit featuring the work of artists who have adapted age-old techniques to express modern concepts of light, color, mass and transparency. In this spectacularly breathtaking exhibition, artists utilize fiber to create conceptual pieces that are clearly contemporary in style and spirit. They include: Michael A. Cummings, a contemporary quilter whose work tells stories of African American history, Justine Moody and Pat Solan, who each use felted wool techniques from which they create two and three dimensional works, as well as Eve Kousourou, who uses the structure of a loom to construct her tapestries, scarves and rugs. Gallery North, 90 N Country Rd., Setauket-East Setauket. gallerynorth.org Free. 5 p.m. Feb. 20.Pink Floyd ExperienceBand leader Tom Quinn purchased his first guitar when Pink Floyd’s epic album Dark Side of the Moon was released. Four decades later, Quinn is doing more than just mimicking the iconic band with a few strokes of his guitar, he’s giving fans of the legendary London-based band the full, mind-blowing experience. Any admirer of Pink Floyd’s influential music would appreciate a show like this. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$55. 8 p.m. Feb. 20.The Machine (Photo by Michael Frank)The Machine Performs Pink Floyd UnpluggedSome bands develop such a devout following that their music may inspire maybe one top-notch cover band. When it comes to Pink Floyd the verdict is still out as to who’s the best, but at least Long Island gets a double-dose of Pink Floyd-inspired sets this week. The Machine, a New York-based band with 25 years of performing Floydian music, promises to deliver a passionate performance that will have even the most diehard Floyd fans reliving the glory days. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Feb. 20.WinterFolkA program of special songs for the snow season by a dynamic group that has just released When One Door Closes, their first CD. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org $15 adults, $10 students. 8 p.m. Feb. 20.Fine Art ReceptionA reception for the Red Exhibit, which benefits the American Heart Association and features the works of dozens of photographers. Runs through Feb. 28. Long Island Photo Gallery, 467 Main St., Islip. LongIslandPhotoGallery.com Free. 2 p.m. Feb. 21.Willy Wonka Jr.The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $14. 11 a.m., 3 p.m. Feb. 21.Soul JunkiesThis Babylon-based roots reggae band, founded in 2012, has quickly made a name for itself in the short time the trio has been officially playing together. Inspired by the reggae sounds made popular by legendary musician Bob Marley, Soul Junkies exudes the type of passion that’s necessary to cultivate a devoted fan base and have created an impressive catalogue of hits. With InDaze and Short Notice. Vibe Lounge, 40 North Park Ave., Rockville Centre. vibeloungeli.com $10. 7 p.m. Feb. 21.RainNobody—nobody—could ever match the immense popularity of the Beatles, but that doesn’t mean fans of the band should close off their minds to talented musicians, such as those that make up RAIN. The group will pay tribute to the iconic band from Liverpool by performing classic Beatles songs with a mastery that few can match. Will they play Press favorite “Blackbird”? “Rocky Raccoon”?? What about “Helter Skelter”!?!? We sure hope so! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$62.50. 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Feb. 21. The Daily Show Writers Standup Tour “An Evening of Political-ish Comedy”This show may have taken on greater significance now that Jon Stewart announced he’d be retiring later this year. Stewart won’t be performing but a number of talented writers and producers from the critically-acclaimed satirical late night show will be on hand. Following the show, the group will also take part in a Q&A in which they’ll discuss how the half-hour show is produced. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$35. 8 p.m. Feb. 21.Leo KottkeNo one in the world plays guitar like Leo Kotke. Or sings like him, when he’s in the mood to accompany his flying fingers with his rich, distinctive voice. His body of work has so much artistic integrity and eclectic eccentricity it’s scary. Judge him from his album titles like My Feet Are Smiling, Burnt Lips and Peculiaroso, and you won’t have a clue what he sounds like, but you will get the idea that he’s one of a kind. It’s funny to consider that one of America’s greatest acoustic guitarists started out on the trombone, but as he put it, “I never considered that a life in trombone might differ from the one I was imagining… a life lived in hotels, in black suits and skinny ties, Ray-Bans indoors, by someone who never played much and was depressed… I was guided by trombonists, note by note, toward home.” Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. Feb. 21.The SmithereensNot many rock groups can say they came out of Carteret, New Jersey, but that distinction could be another reason the Smithereens are so freaking great. Maybe they took their suburban alienation to a deeper level and mastered it to musical perfection. Maybe they would have created an equally awesome sound if they’d been from Piscataway or Cape May. These philosophical questions are mere distractions from the essential truths that the Smithereens have been blowing their audiences away for years with their “Marshall-amped post-mod power pop,” as USA Today’s Brian Mansfield put it so well. From “Beauty and Sadness” to “Blood and Roses,” The Thrilla, Jim, Dennis, Pat and Andy Burton from John Mayer’s band on keyboards will be in fine form. And so will we, once we hear that first fantastic crashing guitar chord. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. Feb. 21.Eric Gales BandThe title of his 14th amazing album is Good For Sumthin, and the man from Memphis is too damn modest, because he’s got something great going on, and you can see it beaming from his face as he’s standing in front of a psychedelicized Bodhisattva on the album cover blazing on his upside-down Strat—his exuberance is radiantly clear. Guitar Player Magazine amusingly says that “Gales has always preferred his blues on the rocks” but his sound is heavier than that, more in the spirit of Hendrix (he also plays left-handed), but harder to pin down, less rooted in the dusty, moldy past, and more “like a classic blues-rock power trio pumped up on progressive metal.” When guitar god Joe Bonamassa says Eric Gales is “one of the best, if not the best, guitarist in the world today,” you know that’s no small claim. That’s something to brag about, but that’s not his style. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $30. 8 p.m. Feb. 21.The South Shore SymphonyPiano soloist Dmitry Glivinskiy performs Ravel’s “Piano Concerto in G Major, Pavane” for a dead princess, “Rapsodie Espagnole” and “Suite II” from Daphnis et Chloe. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. MadisonTheatreNY.org $20. 8 p.m. Feb. 21.Trio SolistiTrio SolistiAcclaimed chamber music ensemble will feature Rachmaninoff’s “Trio No. 1 in G Minor,” Turina’s “Trio No. 2 in B Minor,” Liebermann’s “Trio No. 3” and Trio Solisti’s arrangement of the Mussorgsky masterpiece “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Performing Arts Center, Adelphi University, Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. triosolisti.com $35. 8 p.m. Feb. 21.Big ShotThe only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, The Piano Man himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $12. 9 p.m. Feb. 21.The Break ContestTwenty local bands face off in a battle of the bands for the chance to perform in the Skate and Surf Festival 2015 this May in New Jersey. Bands competing include 7SPLINTERS, Don’t Hit Me Up, Swear To Me, In My Sights, Matt Grabowski, Mint State, When Eyes Collide, White Line Tiger, Above Skylight, MHZ, Birth To Bridges, Count To Ten, Life After Death, Vanilla Coast, The Montauk Project, The Cavalry Is Us, Sir. Cadian Rhythm, Kill Trinity, Our Last Transmission and NFU. Support your local musicians! Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $12, $15 DOS. 12 p.m. Feb. 22.Cedar CreekCome hear Cedar Creek do what they do best. With Makeshirt, Attic Weather, See Change, Ethan Kriedmaker and Attica. Vibe Lounge, 40 North Park Ave., Rockville Centre. vibeloungeli.com $10. 6 p.m. Feb. 22.Natalie MacMaster and Donnell LeahyThese fiddlers are the most dynamic performers in Celtic music today. The evening will highlight the unique talents, influences, and stories of the first family of traditional fiddlers through world-class music making. Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook. staller.sunysb.edu $42. 7 p.m. Feb. 22.Academy Awards Viewing PartyComedian Rob Magnotti, best known for his spot-on impersonations of Hollywood stars, hosts a viewing party for the Academy Awards organized by the Long Beach International Film Festival. Guests will feel like stars themselves as they strut down the Red Carpet, but their own Hollywood Star, autograph it and add it to the “Walk of Fame.” Dinner and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. MadisonTheatreNY.org $50. 7 p.m. Feb. 22.Wild CanariesWild CanariesQ&A with director/writer/co-star Lawrence Michael Levine! Barri (Sophia Takal) and Noah (writer-director Lawrence Michael Levine), a newly engaged Brooklyn couple, are disheartened by the death of their elderly downstairs neighbor, Sylvia. Though Noah sees nothing unusual about the old woman’s death, Barri suspects foul play and sets out to investigate, enlisting her roommate Jean (Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat) to join her on a reconnaissance mission to trail a possible suspect. Tensions mount, however, when the investigation uncovers unsettling secrets throughout the building—including in their own apartment—and suddenly everyone seems like a reasonable suspect. Boasting a stellar supporting cast including Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Kevin Corrigan (The Departed), and Annie Parisse (The Following), Wild Canaries is a freshly comedic take on classic film noir. Soundview Cinemas, 7 Soundview Market Pl., Port Washington. goldcoastfilmfestival.org $15 advance, $10 students, $20 DOS. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23.PhilmThrash-metal innovator Dave Lombardo formerly played drums in Slayer, touring with them as part of Ozzfest and making some seminal albums. The musician is fearless. He’s got the chops to beat the music to death and bring it back to life, especially with his prowess on two bass drums that has proved inspirational. With his new band, Philm, formed in 2012, he’s been on fire, in fact that’s the operative word in the title of the band’s second album, Fire From the Evening Sun, which he produced. As Philm fans know, they burn boundaries between genres. Bass player Pancho Tomaselli can get down with the funk and rock it up while Gerry Nestler’s vocal chords can quiver with whispers or quake with manic screams. As Planet Mosh puts it, “Imagine a unique Quentin Tarantino movie, a romantic yet violent adventure…” Sounds like a ferocious version of the most lovely kind of destruction. With Lies Beneath, Serial Poets and Thorn Constellation. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $18. 8 p.m. Feb. 24.Losing the DollhouseLocal author S. Jane Gari will speak and sign her new memoir. When 19-year-old Jane finally works up the nerve to expose the truth about her stepfather’s sexual advances, her mother is outraged. But not at the stepfather. Her mother takes his side-a betrayal that threatens to destroy the family and leaves Jane struggling to forge her own identity as she enters adulthood. Once marriage is on the table, Jane packs up her life and resolves to stare her demons down. Losing the Dollhouse offers a slice of dysfunctional Americana complete with divorce, stepfamilies, eating disorders, mental illness and the search for true love. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. Feb. 25.King LearA superb production of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy. A kingdom divided, a family destroyed, the faithful banished and the hateful left to wreak inhuman havoc in the realm. Four hundred years after it was written, King Lear resonates as never before. This powerful and unforgettable production of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy stars the incomparable Colm Feore in the role of a lifetime. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $20 members, $25 public. 7 p.m. Feb. 25.The Sing-OffThe Sing Off Live Tour presents a fantastic evening of a cappella groups who made it big after singing their lungs off on NBC’s hit TV show, featuring VoicePlay, Street Corner Symphony, The Exchange and special guests Blue Jupiter. VoicePlay began with a trio of high school friends singing in the halls of their high school.  After graduation, they grew to five members and they went from performing at Orlando Theme Parks to the national stage on season four. Street Corner Symphony, finalists on the second season, hail from Nashville. Their repertoire ranges from Train to Dobie Gray and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The Exchange first met on the set of The Sing Off in 2012, becoming friends, sharing riffs, and touring around the world. Blue Jupiter is an a cappella pop-funk singing group from New York City, who breathe new life into popular tunes like “Let It Go,” from the film Frozen as well as “The Remedy,” “Steal My Kisses,” and more. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$84.75. 8 p.m. Feb. 25.—Compiled by Jaime Franchi, Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian & Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

Why I terminated our family au pair

first_imgIn August, our family welcomed an Au Pair from Italy who was supposed to be with us for a year. With a busy household of three young kids with many activities, my husband and I were hopeful this was the answer to our struggle of sport schedules, work travel, and two businesses. Having an extra set of hands would reduce some of the stress of managing five different schedules.Within two weeks of arriving, our ideal vision of a life with our Au Pair had faded to the reality of stress, disappointment, and unfulfilled expectations. A week into her stay, we gave her some candid and supportive feedback about how she could engage better with the kids, and how we needed to increase the driving lessons because her driving skills were much lower than we had expected. A week later, during her fifth driving lesson with my husband, he had to grab the wheel to avoid a catastrophic accident. We realized we could never trust her to drive our kids, which was one of our main goals of the program. We sat down with her and our local consultant from the Au Pair company and respectfully shared the news that we weren’t a good fit for each other. She was upset and disappointed, as were we, but we felt confident in our decision. It would be easy to avoid the conversation and convince ourselves that she is a nice girl and we should try to make it work, but the bottom line was that her skill level was not a fit for our needs. Dragging it out for another two months would be stressful and unpleasant for her and for us.Although most people were supportive and understood our decision, we were criticized by a couple of people who thought we should have given her more time to adjust. We felt strongly that the issue was not the adjustment period; her fundamental skill level was not a match for our needs and we would never feel confident or comfortable with her driving our children anywhere. Being a nice person didn’t make her effective at the job.Despite the criticism, we stood by the decision to part ways, which was the best choice for our family, and ultimately the Au Pair. Keeping her in a situation that did not fit her skills was not in her best interest either. Being an only child, she was overwhelmed by three small kids, and would fit better with a family with less kids who did not need a driver.This type of situation occurs often in our organizations—should we keep someone who is not meeting expectations, or terminate employment. These decisions are not always easy, but they are the hard decisions that leaders must have the courage to make. Keeping a low performer because they are a nice person and people like them does more damage than good to your culture. Choosing to preserve relationships over making hard decisions can frustrate your high performers, increase turnover, and have a negative impact on engagement.Although these situations can be uncomfortable, we can handle them with respect and kindness. As leaders, we need to set expectations, provide timely and meaningful feedback, and provide coaching and support. It is our responsibility to do what we can to effectively lead an employee to better performance. And if performance isn’t improving, we can part ways with an employee with compassion and kindness.It is important to take into consideration the whole system when making important people decisions. Sometimes that means a decision that is best for the company over our own department, and sometimes that means letting go of someone who is not a good fit for our team. Keeping an employee who is not a good fit not only has a negative impact on our teams and culture, but also on that individual employee. Releasing that person to find a better fit for their skills is the kind and respectful thing to do. In our case, keeping our Au Pair because she was kind and we felt bad wasn’t helping the fact that we needed someone who could engage with our kids, set limits, and take them to activities. Keeping her was not the right choice for our family system.Time and again I have seen leaders accept mediocre or low performance to avoid an uncomfortable conversation or situation. I have frequently been called upon as an executive coach when the CEO or senior leader has reached their frustration point and been asked to coach a leader who has been ineffective for 10, 15, 20 or more years. Many times these ineffective leaders have received little or no feedback on the impact of their actions, performance, or behavior. The organization has worked around them, and both sides have suffered. It is our responsibility as leaders to be honest and direct with people so they can improve or find an organization where they will be more successful.Our Au Pair left two weeks ago to join a new family in New York who have two children and don’t need a driver. By parting ways, our Au Pair was able to find a family where she has the skills to be effective and successful. And we can now find an Au Pair who will meet our needs and be fully successful in our family. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: www.envisionexcellence.net Detailslast_img read more

Endicott native breathes new life into historic property

first_imgMaggie Shultheisz has spent this year renovating a 100-year-old building at 407 East Main St., to open her very own beauty studio. They provide traditional hair services as well as specialize in hair color, lash extensions and microblading. “I think the people that live here need to do what they can to help [Endicott] rise back up, lend a helping hand by opening a business here or by working here and by supporting their community. This is how I can do that.” said Shulztheisz. Shultheisz selected the historic property as a way to help Endicott rise up. The studio is open Mondays through Saturdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. “So Pretty Studio” held a ribbon cutting Monday, the studio has a selection of hair artists each with their own individual styles. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — An Endicott resident opened a new business inside a historic property.last_img read more

Green makes a move in Manchester race

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Semarang lawyer slams arrest of student for hate-speech against Jokowi

first_imgEtik described the police’s actions from the moment they arrested ISS until his detention at the Central Java Police headquarters.ISS, she said, was arrested by the Central Java Police’s special crime investigation directorate (Ditreskrimsus) at his rooming house in Surakarta, Central Java, at around 2 p.m. on March 13.The police accused ISS of spreading hate speech against the President through a social media post, which, paraphrased, read “the President only focuses on luring investment to the country but fails to improve the nation’s prosperity”. The police believe that the post violated Article 45A and Article 28 of the 2016 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law.Later, ISS was taken to the police headquarters in Semarang, Central Java, to undergo questioning at the same day from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. After the session the police named ISS a suspect and detained him. Etik lambasted the police’s decision to incarcerate ISS, despite failing to provide at least two pieces of evidence in the case, which is stipulated in Article 184 of KUHAP, as they only confiscated ISS’ smartphone.Moreover, ISS only received a copy of a Notice of Commencement of Investigation (SPDP) letter, an arrest warrant and a suspect notification letter after the police named him a suspect.Etik said the said police had violated Article 109 of KUHAP, which stipulates that a suspect cannot be detained unless the police gather at least two pieces of evidence within seven days after investigators issue the aforementioned three letters.“We believe that all legal proceedings against him [ISS] are illegitimate,” she said. “It further proves that the police abuse their power as a law enforcement agency,” she added.Etik went on to say that the legal team filed a letter on Wednesday, requesting the investigators to suspend ISS’ detention. However, the team has found it difficult to represent their client as the police have restricted visiting hours at the detention center.“We faced a slight problem when trying to meet him since the police apparently have implemented extra measures [limited visiting hours] to curb the spread of the COVID-19 disease,” she said.The police, however, remain adamant that they followed procedures when naming ISS a suspect and placing him in custody.Central Java Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Iskandar Fitriana Sustisna said the police had questioned five witnesses and confiscated three pieces of evidence, comprising two smartphones and a screen capture of ISS’ Instagram post. The police believe the evidence is enough to hold ISS in custody, as stipulated in Article 184 of KUHAP.“Our investigators have complied with the law when proceeding with the case. The suspect, however, can still file an objection [to the detention],” said Iskandar. (glh)Topics : The Semarang Legal Aid Institution (LBH Semarang) has questioned the Central Java Police’s detention and naming as a suspect a student of Surakarta Muhammadiyah University (UMS), identified only as ISS, for allegedly spreading hate speech against President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on March 13.Etik Oktaviani, a lawyer from LBH Semarang who is defending the suspect, argued that the police had contravened the Criminal Code (KUHAP). Therefore, the legal team would take action to demand the police comply with the law.“We found many irregularities when the police named ISS a suspect in the case and later held him in custody, as the procedures did not comply with KUHAP,” Etik told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.last_img read more

Six-bedroom home with lakeside views hits the market

first_img16 Magnetic Way, Springfield Lakes.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019A Springfield Lakes home on a prime lake positioned block of land has hit the market.The property on a 519sq m block, is at 16 Magnetic Way, Springfield Lakes.Marketed by Clint Jensen, of Purple Cow Real Estate — Springfield, the six-bedroom, three-bathroom home features uninterrupted views of the lake.The home also features ducted airconditioning throughout and a huge covered outdoor entertaining area on both levels.last_img read more