In December of 2014, beloved actor Bill Murray found himself in a crowded bar called the Three Muses on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans, LA. The house band, led by trombonist Glen David Andrews, decided to treat Murray to a familiar tune, and busted out in a performance of “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr., best known for its role as the movie’s theme song.While the story made the rounds at the time, it wasn’t until Andrews posted the video last night were we able to see how it went down. Thanks to a YouTube user only known by Daniel, we can watch Murray’s reaction as a NOLA brass group surprises him with the theme music. You can also see Jon Favreau sitting near Murray, enjoying the festivities.“It was one of the most exciting moments of my career, to be sitting next to Bill Murray with him smiling and them playing ‘Ghostbusters’ to him from like 10 feet away,” Favreau said in an interview with Mashable. “Then he leaned over to me and he was like, ‘You know, Jon, you really need a theme song.’ He really got a kick out of it.” What fun![H/T NOLA.com]
With a major summer tour kicking off in June, beloved parody artist Weird Al made his way to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to build up some anticipation. Weird Al’s Grammy-winning 2014 album, Mandatory Fun, featured some fantastic takes on hits like “Royals” by Lorde, “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea and, of course, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke.Titled “Word Crimes,” Yankovic’s version of the song makes fun of common grammar mistakes in place of Thicke’s raunchy lyrics. Watch “Word Crimes” from last night’s episode, below:Weird Al’s Mandatory World tour kicks off on June 3rd, and the full dates can be seen here. You can also watch his Colbert interview, below.
Governor Jim Douglas today announced he will be leading a delegation of Vermont employers to Asia next month to promote investment through the EB-5 Investor Program. The Vermont EB-5 Regional Center is run through the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and has raised over $100 million in new capital for companies and projects in Vermont.“I am happy to go to the other side of the world to help great Vermont employers grow and create jobs,” said Governor Douglas. “In this challenging economy, helping home grown Vermont businesses succeed is critical to our recovery.”Governor Douglas led a delegation to South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan last October. As a result of that trip, Vermont employers attracted over $50 million in new capital from more than 100 investors, which will lead to the creation of more than 1,000 jobs. Additionally, the Governor helped close a deal with a South Korean biotech firm to bring a subsidiary, AnC Bio VT, to the Northeast Kingdom.“Last year’s trip was a tremendous success,” the Governor added. “Since then, we’ve seen greater interest from Vermont employers and from foreign investors in the EB-5 program and I am looking forward to a successful trip next month.”Governor Douglas and the delegation will be travelling to Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Vietnam between October 14 and October 26. Jay Peak Resort, AnC Bio VT, Country Home Products, Seldon Technologies, SB Electronics and United Construction Corporation are among the employers represented on the trip.About the EB-5 Investor ProgramThe EB-5 program is a federal investment program run by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The goal of the program is to incent investment and create American jobs by setting aside a pool of green cards for qualified foreign investors that invest capital into approved EB-5 projects. U.S. companies are able to use this investment for projects that meet the programs eligibility criteria, such as business expansions, development, or adding capacity. The Vermont EB-5 Regional Center is the only state-run center.Source: Douglas. 9.16.2010
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York National Weather Service forecasters warned that although they predict the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season starting next month will be normal, coastal residents remain at risk for a potential big storm like Sandy.Officials urged residents of the East Coast, including Long Island, to prepare for the worst and not be lulled into complacency by the “near or below normal” outlook for the hurricane season, which starts June 1 and ends Nov 30. The season peaks in September.“It only takes one destructive storm to make for a very bad season,” Kathryn Sullivan, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told reporters during a news conference Thursday. “Whatever the probabilities are, one storm can wreak tremendous havoc.”The agency’s meteorologists predicted eight to 13 tropical cyclones, three to six of which may strengthen into hurricanes, with one or two of those reaching major hurricane status—a category-three storm with 111-129 mph sustained winds capable of snapping trees and devastating homes.Experts said that several factors are at play in their seasonal forecast. While the Atlantic is in the midst of a hurricane-prone part of a multi-decadal cycle, the sea-surface warming weather pattern known as El Niño is expected to suppress tropical cyclones from gaining wind speed. They noted that the outlook is of expected hurricane activity, not the impact of predicted storms.That’s why Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials joined forecasters at the press conference to remind residents of hurricane-prone areas that they should heed the lessons of Sandy to have a plan, pack essentials and not ignore orders to evacuate their homes.“There should be no one that doesn’t understand if they’re in a danger zone,” said Joseph Nimmich, FEMA associate administrator for Response and Recovery. “There is not one of us that can withstand the surge and protect their house when it is under attack by nature.”While hurricane categories rank storms on wind speed, it is often the storm surge—hurricanes causing ocean water to rush over land—that claims the most lives. To help local officials and residents better prepare for storm surges, the National Hurricane Center will create the first-ever Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map warning maps this season.“During Sandy, Staten Island, Rockaway and the South Shore of Long Island were slammed with a storm surge that had all the power and fatal results of a tsunami,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said in a news release announcing the new maps. “We all saw the devastating impact a storm surge can have, which is why these new storm surge maps and warning systems that highlight the life-threatening risk of remaining within these vulnerable areas during a storm are so essential.”
For decades’ researchers have looked for the factors that cause certain individuals to be more effective than others in the workplace. They have analyzed everything from personality traits to team composition to email patterns to emotional intelligence in an attempt figure out how to make workers more productive and efficient. Most of this research has been undertaken by university professors and published in academic journals, leaving industry and consultants to translate and apply the research to the real world. However, Google, as well as other large organizations, conducts workplace studies themselves through their People Operations (HR) department. These studies are designed to explore ways to improve their organizational capacity and drive efficiency and increase profits. Google’s first workplace study, Project Oxygen released in 2014, explored management traits that differentiated their top performers. What they found was not shocking by any means, however it was instantly applied to the workplace resulting in increased efficiency, employee satisfaction, and profits. The discovery that the more effective managers empowered their employees, stayed away from micromanaging, and were good coaches, is now part of many MBA curricula and has been adopted by organizations around the world. Googles next research endeavor set out to explore how to build the perfect team.Research on teams and teaming has been formally conducted for well over 50 years. However, with the abundance of data available today, and the realization by organizations across industries that teams in the workplace far outperform the old cubicle dwellers, the pace and volume of this research has exploded over the past decade or two. The majority of research on teams comes out of the university labs of the business and psychology schools across the country. A recent study by faculty members from the University of Illinois and Notre Dame University, found by studying 67 teams across six different companies that employees in teams perform best when they know their work will have a positive impact on their colleagues, customers and communities. Although this research is compelling, it is difficult to see how it can be directly applied to enhance teamwork within an organization. Driven by the fact that virtually all of Googles over 60,000 employees work on at least one project team, and the realization that the majority of work today across industries is done in teams, some studies showing numbers greater than 75%, Google set out to find a practical solution to what makes one team better than another, and looked for teamwork factors that a manager could create or at least effect.The Google research team interviewed over 250 employees on more than 180 teams over a two-year period. Although they were looking for, and expected to find, patterns revealing the perfect combination of individual traits and and skills necessary for efficient teamwork, they could find no such patterns. What they found surprised them; they discovered that how the team structures their work, how the team members interact, and how they view their contributions to the organization, were much more important than the skill set or qualifications of the team members. Their most important discovery was that the number one driving factor of what makes a team more productive, is a feeling of psychological safety among the team members. The willingness to take risks, throw out new ideas, and listen to diverse opinions, without any risk, was paramount to being a high performing team. Other important factors included dependability of the team, team structure and role clarity, and the meaning and impact of the work being conducted. The finding that teams care about the impact and meaningfulness of their work is in line with the university-based research cited above.We can all agree that teamwork matters in the ultra-competitive contemporary global marketplace. Just putting a group of people in a room and telling them they are a team is a recipe for disaster. Teams must be carefully built, monitored, and coached (not micro-managed). Teams and team members must be provided with the education and environment to excel and be successful. Managers and leaders must understand this as well as the key factors to creating and maintain a successful team effort in order to take full advantage of the advantages of working in teams. 70SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details
A cash prize of $1000 and $500 will be given out on Feb. 29. The $1000 “jury prize” will be awarded by three jurors and the $500 “people’s prize” will be awarded on “the basis of qualitative comments received by the visitors” at the marathon as well as the university’s Facebook page. In addition to this, the school would like applicants to answer the following questions in their application email: Applicants must sign up before Feb. 10. No applications will be accepted after this date. VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University is looking for artists to participate in its 24-hour-drawing marathon. The university’s “Fifth Annual Drawing Marathon” is a free event that is open to attendees ages 18 and over. Artists will draw a model for a 24-hour period with a limited amount of breaks. The school asks applicants to send their information including: name. address, phone number and email. They should also include a PDF of 10 sample drawings. The drawing marathon will take place 10 a.m. Feb 28 to 10 a.m. Feb. 29 in the Binghamton University art Museum. Those looking to apply should email their applications to [email protected] The school says it needs 10 to 12 volunteers to participate. Any alumni, student or community member aged 18 or older may sign up. Are you comfortable with media (video and photography) documenting you and your artwork if selected?Do you have an interesting story, a personal challenge you’ve overcome, or anything special we should be made aware of?
“Phishing scams are at the highest level we’ve ever seen and they’re very sophisticated. So if you get an email or someone sends you a web link that you’re unsure of, ask your IT professional,” he said. “In a matter of a week we probably sold more VPN licenses and set people up to work from home than we probably have in the last ten years,” said ICS President Kevin Blake. While your routine should stay stagnant, how you seal with security should too. “When you’re at home you can get in a rhythm with your tools and working, you know all of a sudden you blink and it’s six or seven o’clock. It’s more important to have those routines built in, have your breaks scheduled, get up and go for a walk, the mental health aspect of this, the work-life balance is very important,” said Blake. Blake says you can use this time to take advantage of communication. “We put a lot of technology and software to limit exposure when you take a work PC home, so don’t let people use those computers,” he said. Endicott IT company, Integrated Computer Solutions, or ICS, has been busier than ever, trying to make the transition smooth. “We’re finding, at least I’m finding, we’re doing more team calls with everybody in my company. People in Ithaca, people in Syracuse, than I did when we were all in the offices,” he said. It says success starts with setting boundaries for yourself. Blake says when you are bringing company technology home, sharing is not caring. The company understands what it’s like first-hand, having majority of its workforce home too. For more on the coronavirus, click here. It’s also suggested to create strong passwords and use multi-factored authentication if it’s available. While change is hard, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Blake also suggests being extra cautious. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — People around the country and here in the Southern Tier are working from home, making for quite the change in their daily routine. All to make the best of a new normal. “Today’s day and age, it’s really important,” said Blake.
:10 I told ya a couple of times and I’ll tell you again. It just doesn’t get any better than “Remember The Titans.” Denzel at his best! :09 Sorry Ladies I am gonna zone you out right here. Here’s your Top 10 sports movies of all time: 1. “When We Were Kings” (Ali vs. Forman), 2. “Remember The Titans” 3. “Raging Bull” 4. “Rocky I” 5. “Enter The Dragon” 6. “Bingo-Long and His Traveling All-Stars” (cause I was in it), 7. “Ali” (Will Smith) 8. “The Longest Yard” (the first one) 9. “Slap Shot” 10. “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. “Note: If you don’t like my list send me yours “Champion Enterprise, 412 Springdale Dr., Suite 33, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15235. :08 Venus and Serena are healthy and they’re back…that’s all you need to know.:07 Speaking of tennis, and I was. If you don’t know by now you’re doing yourself a dis-service if you haven’t taken your kids to the “free” Highland Park Tennis Association Tennis Clinics. Every Saturday morning at the Highland Park Tennis Courts all you have to bring is you. The racquets, balls and coaches are there for you…yea you…eight to 80. And it’s free…c’mon man! “Tennis Everyone.”:06 U.S. Ladies Soccer Team is playing and the Men’s Soccer Team lost to Mexico. That’s all I got. Oh shut-up…that’s two more things than you knew about soccer and you know it?:05 In case you haven’t noticed your Pittsburgh Pirates are for real. You take two out of three from the Boston Red Sox and you’re for real. A shout out to my man Chaz Kellum at the Pirates front office. Thanks for the support. Champions Nite at the game on July 5. Couldn’t have done it without you!!!:04 This is a big…huge…major shout-out to one of Pittsburgh’s finest and I do mean fine. To Michelle Goodman, my long time friend and supporter but more importantly one of Pittsburgh first ever Black models and was bad, broke down all kinds of barriers. Still showcasing her special talents by teaching others the fine art of being fine. If you want to step up your game on how to act, what to do, and where to do it, especially you athletes that can’t put a sentence together…sorry City League, if the ghetto fits just wear it! Hey I’m just kidding, lighten up a little, just having fun—ya’ll can read this though can’t ya??? Anyway call Michelle Goodman’s Studio at 724-656-0321 or the website www.image#1workshop.com or [email protected]—what’s up New Castle? Used to love hoopin’ with ya’ll in the summer back in the day with my main man Ron Hunt and the crew.:03 “Slade” and “Bump” still working on the team records for the Connie Hawkins League. Sit tight…I wanna get it right! I don’t want anybody to get cheated like I was. “The Don’s Forever.”:02 Hey ex-ballers, when you’re near the fire station on Homewood and Braddock stop in and say hi to one of the city’s great in-the-paint men and rebounders…why do you think they called him “Bump Lewis”!!!:01 If you’re reading this now you should be getting ready for the First Friday Par-Tay at the Club Health and Fitness Center in Monroeville this Friday July 1. Line Dancing starts at 8 p.m. Par-Tay goes on until 2 a.m. You must be 30 years and older. I.D. will be checked. Starring D.J. Ez-E…one of the city’s great old school D.J.’s. Cash bar, cash kitchen, $10 donation at the door benefits Champions 36th Annual Connie Hawkins Summer Youth Development Basketball League.“DOUBLE OVERTIME”:00 I said 36th Annual Connie Hawkins League mmmaaaannnn…and still doing it. But now with the middle school boys only. “Going back to the future…to work with the future! “Saving lives one child at a time!!!” Call me if you have a middle school player 412-628-4856.“GAME JUST STARTING” BILL NEAL
In this May 20, 1994, file photo, New York Knicks Charles Smith (54) tries to drive past Chicago Bulls’ Scottie Pippen during Game 6 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal in Chicago. (AP Photo/John Swart, File)Dennis Rodman has named a team of former NBA players including former Pitt and NBA star Charles Smith to participate in an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang, North Korea.Rodman leads a team that includes former NBA All-Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, and Vin Baker. Craig Hodges and Doug Christie are on the team, as well. They will play against a top North Korean Senior National team on Jan. 8, marking Kim Jong Un’s birthday.Smith, who played for Pitt and the New York Knicks, said he was looking forward to the game with Rodman.“Dennis and I are total opposites but we work very well together,” Smith said. “Dennis is one of the few people I know that doesn’t just talk but actually lives a culturally diverse life. We have traveled everywhere together so I was not surprised with his first visit to North Korea.“Cultural exchange is about sharing. Sharing ideas and thoughts on education, culture and life.”Rodman is the highest profile American to meet Kim since the leader inherited power from his father in late 2011.Rodman calls the game his version of “basketball diplomacy.”“My previous travels have allowed me to feel the enthusiasm and warmth of fans,” Rodman said. “The positive memories and smiles on the faces of the children and families are a testament to the great efforts we have put into fulfilling our mission wherever we go voiding any politics. We are all looking forward to arriving in Pyongyang, meeting the citizens, visiting various charities and using the opportunity to develop new relationships that result in our annual return.”FILE – In this Oct. 25, 2013, photo, former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman poses for photographers during a news conference to promote a TV program in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayash, Filei)Rodman made his latest visit to North Korea shortly before Christmas to train the North Korean basketball team, though he did not meet with Kim. Rodman, known as much for his piercings, tattoos and bad behavior as he was for basketball, traveled to the secretive state for the first time last February with the Harlem Globetrotters for an HBO series produced by New York-based VICE television. Rodman has called Kim a “friend for life.”He said his trips would not be affected by the recent execution of Kim’s uncle.Rodman has been criticized for not talking about North Korea’s human rights record, described as one of the world’s worst by activists, the U.S. State Department and North Korean defectors. The defectors have repeatedly testified about the government’s alleged use of indiscriminate killings, rapes, beatings and prison camps holding as many as 120,000 people deemed opponents of authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, the third generation of his family to rule.
A Rock’n’Roll Twelfth Night runs through July 20 at Harlequin Productions. Tickets and info available at 360/786/0151 or harlequinproductions.com Facebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Harlequin Productions Harlequin Productions Music Director Bruce Whitney co-wrote A Rock ‘n Roll Twelfth Night and composed the music.Musicals are incredibly complex things. Two or three hours of continuous music, song, dance, and dialogue, combine with costumes, props, and set pieces to create a large and intricate work of art. The concept of sitting down and attempting to create a new musical is a daunting proposition. But in the mid-90s, two brothers in the Olympia theater community did just that.The musical that Bruce and Scot Whitney wrote is currently being produced on stage at Harlequin Productions for the fourth time. I sat down with Harlequin Production’s Musical Director, Bruce Whitney, who composed the music for the show.So how did this all get started?In 1995, Harlequin did a production of The Rocky Horror Show and we had such a great time. I had done some underscoring for Harlequin, but had never musically directed anything before. We decided we wanted to do another rock’n’roll musical and thought it would be fun to try and write it ourselves. Early in 1996, Scot came up with the idea of turning Twelfth Night into a musical. At first I was little dubious. I remember asking Linda what she thought and she thought it was great. So, what the heck? I agreed.Where do you start when trying to do something as complex as this?In April 1996 we went through the Twelfth Night script and picked out which lines or scenes or defining moments could be turned into songs. We came up with twenty-odd songs, and I thought “Whoa! That’s a lot of songs!” We had just started on it when Harlequin (Scot!) announced that they would be producing the show in the summer of 1997 – one year away. What??!! I was bit terrified, I admit, but Scot was, of course, completely confident and excited.What was the writing process like?Mostly the way it worked was he would come up with a song title (usually based on a textual reference) and some possible lyrics. Then I’d fiddle around on the guitar or piano and come up with a melody and sort of the feel of the song. Then we’d get together and talk it over. It was really pretty remarkable, in retrospect, how easily most of the songs came together.Not every song worked that way though. I remember coming up with the melody and title for The Way I Feel Tonight, not having any idea if it would fit into the show. I played it for Scot, and he soon found the perfect place for it – where Orsino and Viola finally unite toward the end.Tell me about the trip to the Condo?That was in February 1997. We probably had about half the show written with only three months before rehearsals would begin. Ouch! We decided we needed to get away for a week to concentrate on it. [Harlequin actor] Andy Gordon’s mother owned a condo just north of Newport, Oregon, and she said to go ahead and use it. Perfect!We arrived there late on a Saturday. I set up my music equipment, guitars, and computer in the living room. He laid out his thesaurus, rhyming dictionary and Shakespeare upstairs in the bedroom. I recorded ideas onto a minidisc player (pretty high tech at the time!), and he’d write lyrics. We’d trade ideas back and forth.We started out pretty excited, but for whatever reason we just weren’t getting much done at first. Not much was really working. By Tuesday we decided something needed to start happening or we’d have to come with a new plan. Bam! That day we wrote 3 or 4 great songs. From then on it was like an assembly line.There was one time I remember we were taking a walk along the beach, and we were leaning on a big log. Scot says, ‘I have an idea for a song for Olivia (modeled after Madonna) where she says “Expose your love to me.’ And the melody and “feel” of the song came to me right away. Very Madonna, very seductive!Another one was “Halleboogaloodaday!” He made up the word for the song, and I thought “Huh?!” But it works! Fun song.Anyway, by the time we left, we only had a couple songs left to do. We still talk about how great that experience was.I know it must feel great whenever you musically direct a show and it’s received well. But how much better does it feel when it’s something you actually wrote?This one means way more. I’m just flabbergasted that we could do it. I feel like we did something special, you know? Anyway, people seem to love it, and that’s VERY satisfying.They certainly do. Popular demand keeps bringing it back again and again.Yeah and every time we do it I love it even more. And there’s yet another chance to make improvements. For instance, Lead Me On was added to the 2003 production (our third). We decided that the wedding scene with Olivia and Sebastian, late in the show, really needed a musical moment. We wrote it just a couple of weeks prior to opening. And it’s funny because that one almost sounds like something you’d hear on the radio. [Laughs] I think it could sell.Looking back, one of my favorite things about creating the show were the backup parts. They’re so much fun. And the backup singers have more work to do than anybody else. Singing and choreography in almost every song. Big accolades and a big thank you!This is a fascinating story and it ends up being an accomplishment between two brothers. How does it feel that you built this incredibly intricate show alongside your brother?The man is brilliant. He and Linda started this company in the early nineties and dragged me along for the ride. For the most part, I’ve written a lot of underscoring for almost all the Shakespeare’s and several of the other plays. Later, beginning with this show, I started adding “music director” to my resume. If it weren’t for him and the whole Harlequin experience, I wouldn’t be nearly as accomplished a composer and musician. And it was his complete confidence and complete faith that we could create this musical that kept us going. Oh, yeah, and check out his lyrics. They’re flippin’ incredible!I love that guy.