Darren Criss Tapped for Supergirl & The Flash Musical Crossover

first_img Darren Criss View Comments Darren Criss(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Star Files Darren Criss is heading back to the small screen in the previously announced two-part musical crossover between Supergirl and The Flash, TVLine reports. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner will reunite with Glee co-stars Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin on the broadcast, which is set to air in two parts on March 20 and 21 on The CW. But spoiler alert: Criss will be playing the villain.The Elsie Fest host will take on the role of the Big Mad Musical Meister, and we’re excited to see what Criss brings to the dark side. He joins a cast that also includes Jeremy Jordan, Jesse L. Martin, Victor Garber, Carlos Valdes and John Barrowman.Criss most recently hosted NBC’s Hairspray Live! and headlined the national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He became an instant TV star after debuting as openly gay student Blaine on the second season of Glee. Criss made his Broadway debut as J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Criss played Hedwig on Broadway for 12 weeks in 2015. last_img read more

Quick hits: Giant Gator + Push-ups linked to Heart Disease + Ban on Foam

first_imgGiant 700-pound alligator found in Georgia A farmer in southwest Georgia found something he wasn’t expecting in an irrigation ditch: a massive alligator. When a wildlife biologist with the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources arrived at the scene, he was shocked to see that the gator was 13 feet, 4 inches long, 700-750 pounds, with a chest girth of 57 inches. The gator had been in the ditch for almost a week before it was rescued. The animal had several previous injuries, including old gunshot wounds. Due to his poor condition and age, the team that rescued the alligator decided to euthanize him. When researchers followed up 10 years later, they found that the men that were able to do more than 40 push-ups during the test were 96 percent less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who could do fewer than 10. The men who could do 21-30 push-ups saw a cardiovascular disease risk reduction, though it wasn’t as significant as it was in the men who could do more. While researchers aren’t sure why push-ups and cardiovascular health are linked, muscular strength has been linked to a reduced risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Research discovers a link between men’s ability to do push-ups and heart disease Maryland’s Senate approves ban on foam food and drink containers On Tuesday, Maryland’s Senate voted to make the state the first in the country to ban foam food and drink containers to reduce pollution. The measure now goes to the House of Delegates. The ban would prevent businesses that sell food from using “expanded polystyrene food service products” beginning July 1, 2020. Senator Cheryl Kagan, who sponsored the bill, said that half of Maryland’s residents live in areas where food and drink foam containers are already banned and that the statewide ban would help the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary. Opponents of the bill say that it only bans a small amount of foam food and drink materials and does not include packaging. Opponents also worry that the ban will hurt small business owners. A study published in JAMA Network Open has found that the number of push-ups men can do is linked to their likelihood of developing heart disease later in life. In the study, 1,104 healthy men with active jobs were instructed to do push-ups in time with a metronome set at 80 beats per minute. Participants stopped when they hit 80 push-ups, missed three or more metronome beats, or were too exhausted to continue. last_img read more

Peru and Brazil Cooperate More Closely on Security and Defense

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo July 17, 2017 Peruvian Navy Admiral José Luis Paredes Lora, the chief of the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command, and Brazilian Navy Admiral Ademir Sobrinho, the chief of the Brazilian Armed Forces Joint Staff, held a series of meetings to exchange strategic information on security and defense. For three days, within the framework of the XXI Round of Talks, the military chiefs, and their respective representatives developed a broad program of activities and dealt with issues of common interest such as drug trafficking, terrorism, contraband, and indiscriminate logging. The meeting took place May 9th to 11th in Lima, Peru. “We know that the chance of a conflict in this part of the continent is very remote, almost impossible. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. Nevertheless, there are new conflicts that have emerged stemming from drug trafficking and terrorism,” Peruvian Army Colonel Efraín Manuel Pantigoso Malaga told Diálogo. He heads the Round-of-Talks Unit of the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command (CCFFAA, per its Spanish acronym). “So the rounds of talks take on vital importance because they ensure that we have an approach to security and military cooperation in this part of the region.” A delegação peruana compartilhou suas experiências e lições aprendidas sobre como realizar o planejamento conjunto estratégico no CCFFAA. Por sua vez, os militares brasileiros explicaram a forma pela qual enfrentam as novas ameaças por meio de um de seus principais projetos estratégicos, o Sistema Integrado de Monitoramento de Fronteiras (SISFRON). The Peruvian delegation shared its experiences and lessons learned on how they do joint strategic planning within CCFFAA. The Brazilian military members, in turn, explained how they confront new threats through one of their main strategic projects, the Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON, per its Portuguese acronym). The SISFRON initiative integrates complex projects of the Brazilian Armed Forces and various Brazilian government bodies to improve that country’s border security. According to information provided to Diálogo during the November 2016 1st Conference of Southern Cone Army Commanders, the data transmission monitoring system helps armed forces detect suspicious activities by means of land radars with a range of 20 kilometers, and mobile radars that can detect the movement of individuals at a distance of up to eight kilometers. “It is important to learn about SISFRON. Brazil has a very modern monitoring system. Given that our countries share a border, this initiative can help us carry out interagency operations to improve security in the two countries,” Col. Pantigoso said. Memoranda of understanding The senior military commanders signed 11 agreements, or memoranda of understanding, to increase their integration and strengthen mutual trust between the two armed forces. CCFFAA made a proposal to strengthen the Peru-Brazil Binational Border Commission (COMBIFRON, per its Spanish acronym) to help with the implementation of timely solutions to security issues that could arise in border areas. COMBIFRON is a mechanism through which the fulfillment of military and police commitments is coordinated, evaluated, and supervised. Other agreements were made to conduct exchanges of information, methodology, and lessons learned regarding military capacities, as well as to strengthen the areas of education, intelligence, strategy, doctrine, operations, cyber security, logistics, and engineering. Peru encouraged a greater exchange of knowledge in the area of cyber defense for the participation of the armed forces during natural disasters. Permanent, ongoing military cooperation The armed forces of Peru and Brazil have been holding rounds of talks on cooperation since 1996. The two countries take turns hosting the talks. With that in mind, Col. Pantigoso stressed the ties of unity, friendship, and professionalism between the armed forces of the two countries. “There has always been effective, permanent, and continuous collaboration and cooperation. In this last round of talks, the enthusiasm of the two armed forces has been phenomenal,” he said. According to the Round of Talks Department of the CCFFAA Office of International Affairs, high-level meetings are also conducted with the armed forces of other bordering countries such as Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador, as well as with other interested countries like the United States and Argentina. As a result, they have the opportunity to discuss issues which are common to the region, not just to their individual countries, and find ways to jointly confront the issues, and for each to share lessons learned from their experiences each year. Joint work The governments of Peru and Brazil work jointly to decrease criminal activity along their shared border. “International drug trafficking organizations, and what’s left of subversive groups, and groups tied to the ideology and strategy of Islamist terrorism, operate in the Amazon tri-border region between Peru, Brazil, and Colombia,” said Jorge Serrano Torres, a founding partner of Spartan Consulting Group, a global security consultancy based in Peru. “Approximately 70 percent of cocaine production in Peru exits the country through the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM, per its Spanish acronym), then through the Amazon tri-border region to the Brazilian side, eventually ending up in the Brazilian, European, and Asian markets. Two hundred forty metric tons of coca leaf is produced annually in VRAEM. The export of cocaine from Peru is controlled by two powerful Mexican cartels: the Sinaloa Federation and Jalisco New Generation, which are linked to European mafias,” Serrano said According to Col. Pantigoso, the Peruvian and Brazilian armed forces have intensified their actions to improve the monitoring of illicit drug smuggling along the more than 2,800 kilometers of shared border. These actions are also to combat the misuse of controlled chemicals used as precursors, the illegal sale of fuel, and other crimes linked to drug trafficking. They have also bolstered the exchange of intelligence among the police force. “Because of this same concern, troops from Brazil, Peru, and Colombia conducted the military exercise AMAZONLOG [also known as Operation América Unida] in the Amazon tri-border region with the goal of increasing the multinational rapid-response capacity in the fight against emerging threats. The Brazilian Army also invited other armed forces, including the United States, as observers of the exercise, which is scheduled for November. This cooperation is unprecedented,” Serrano said. “We should create a few active points along the border in such a way that countries have control and can decrease these kinds of scourges that are harming each of the states,” Col. Pantigoso said. “It is undeniable that the ties of cooperation in security and defense have to be strengthened to be more effective when facing mafias involved in transnational organized crime,” Serrano concluded.last_img read more

NAFCU opens membership to state-chartered credit unions

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Aaron PassmanIn as surprise move Tuesday afternoon, NAFCU announced that it is broadening its membership to include federally insured, state-chartered credit unions, putting it directly at odds with CUNA, which had previously been the only trade group representing both types of credit unions.The expansion, effective immediately, has the potential to massively grow NAFCU’s member base. According to the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS), there are more than 2,500 state-chartered CUs, 95% of which are federally insured.“The NAFCU Board made this unanimous decision because our industry is rapidly evolving, and in a changing marketplace, credit unions are seeking more from their advocacy organizations,” NAFCU president and CEO Dan Berger said in a statement from Montreal, where the trade group is currently holding its annual convention. “We’ve heard that message and are ready to rise to the challenge.”CUNA Media Relations Manager Vicki Christner said her trade group does not comment on the internal workings of other trade groups. continue reading »last_img read more

CUNA announces four keynoters for 2020 GAC

first_imgCUNA announced four keynote speakers for the 2020 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), scheduled for Feb. 23-27 in Washington, D.C. Registration is currently open for the credit union system’s premier advocacy event, which will be attended by more than 5,000 credit union leaders from all 50 states.Nicole Wallace and Stephanie CutterCutter, a prominent voice in the Democratic party and one of the party’s “top strategists and crisis managers,” according to POLITICO. She has crafted messages for President and First Lady Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, President Bill Clinton and Senators Harry Reid, Edward M. Kennedy, and John Kerry (during his presidential campaign).Wallace is a political analyst, MSNBC anchor and top strategist for the GOP. She was special assistant to the president and director of media affairs at the White House under President George W. Bush and also served as communications chief during Bush’s election campaign. Wallace was the senior campaign advisor for the 2008 McCain-Palin presidential campaign and previously served as a press secretary for Republican Governor Jeb Bush. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

House to yet again delay sexual violence bill, citing scheduling ‘difficulty’

first_imgThe House of Representatives lawmakers are to exclude the much-anticipated sexual violence bill (RUU PKS) from this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list.Marwan Dasopang, the deputy chairman of House Commission VIII overseeing social affairs, said that the plan to exclude the bill from the priority list was due to the difficulties in arranging the bill’s deliberation. “We won’t drop the [sexual violence] bill, but include it in next year’s Prolegnas instead, since we won’t have enough time [to deliberate it] by October,” Willy said.Introduced in 2016, the House has repeatedly failed to pass the sexual violence bill into law, despite the strong calls to do so from the government and the general public.The House and the government decided last year to include it among the 50 priority bills in the 2019-2024 Prolegnas.Read also: Depok case shines light on sexual abuse in Indonesian Catholic ChurchThe bill has received strong opposition from Islamic political parties such as the PKB and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), which have argued that the bill supported the legalization of adultery and nontraditional sexual orientation like lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).Several female lawmakers, including Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo of the Gerindra Party and Diah Pitaloka of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), have consistently lobbied the House to pass the bill.Lawmakers have also suggested postponing other bills in addition to the sexual violence bill. House Commission IV overseeing agriculture, fisheries and food production, for example, has proposed dropping the forestry and fisheries bills from the 2020 Prolegnas priority list.Topics : “We have proposed withdrawing the sexual violence bill [from this year’s priority list], since the deliberation is complicated,” the National Awakening Party (PKB) politician said on Tuesday.Read also: ‘Don’t let us fight by ourselves’: The women who fight to make Indonesia a safer placeHe added that in exchange, the commission would propose including the senior citizens welfare bill on this year’s Prolegnas priority list.Separately, House Legislation Body (Baleg) deputy chairman Willy Aditya of the NasDem Party said that Baleg would add the sexual violence bill to the 2021 Prolegnas.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Drop Games To Lady Pirates

first_imgBatesville, playing on its home field for the first time this year, drops both levels of play to the Greensburg Lady Pirates.Varsity score 7-0.BHS vs.Greensburg Varsity Softball (4-14)JV score 14-4.BHS vs. GB JV Softball (4-15)Batesville will travel to East Central tonight with a 5:00pm varsity start to play Monday’s rain out.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img

Michael W. Sacksteder, 76, Cedar Grove

first_imgMichael W. Sacksteder, age 76, of Brookville, Indiana died Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at The Waters of Batesville.Born August 23, 1942 in Cedar Grove, Indiana he was one of five sons born to the late Edwin B. & Alice M. (Meier) Sacksteder. He remained a lifelong resident of Cedar Grove. He was a member of the former Holy Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Cedar Grove, now St. Michael the Archangel.Survivors include one brother & sister-in-law, Jim & Rena Sacksteder of Brookville, two sisters-in-law, Mary Sacksteder of West Harrison, Indiana and Joyce Sacksteder of Cedar Grove, Indiana, and many nieces & nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Glenn, Gene, and Don Sacksteder.Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 11:30 A.M. on Friday, December 21, 2018 at Holy Guardian Angel Oratory, 405 U.S. Highway 52, Cedar Grove.Rev. Vincent P. Lampert will officiate the Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 Noon on Friday, December 21, 2018 at Holy Guardian Angel Oratory in Cedar Grove.Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Michael Parish for Improvements at Holy Guardian Angel, or Margaret Mary Hospice. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Sacksteder family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Swansea’s loss will be Newcastle’s gain, says new signing Jonjo Shelvey

first_img He said: “I want game time. I was told I didn’t suit the style of Swansea’s play by the manager. I never once asked to leave, I never came out in an interview to say that. “It’s just that I wasn’t going to play, wasn’t getting my chance and I needed a new challenge. I was lucky a massive club showed interest in me and I’m a very fortunate boy to be here, and I realise that. “The Swansea fans got on my back a bit at the end, without knowing what was going on behind the scenes. I was training hard and competing for a place in the team. “I’d played the majority of games in the season and picked up five bookings – I was suspended and didn’t come back. I never got a chance of getting back in the team, so I felt I was a bit hard done by. The fans got on my back and said I had a bad attitude without really knowing what was going on behind the scenes. “Obviously it is going to be Swansea’s loss in the end. I’m just lucky enough to find a club in Newcastle that have shown interest in me.” Shelvey, who is likely to make his debut for the Magpies against West Ham on Saturday, revealed he received the seal of approval for his move from former Newcastle boss Kenny Dalglish, under whom he worked during his time at Liverpool. He said: “I got a phone call from him last night when I was at the MetroCentre – I didn’t realise how big that was either! He said, ‘You have got bundles of ability, get yourself right and you will be fine and the fans will love you up there’. “He has been here and he has done that. What a thing for one of the best players in the world of all time to ring you and say that. It was a big thing for me – it was more of a big thing for my dad. The 23-year-old England international’s attitude was questioned as his spell at the Liberty Stadium turned sour, with interim boss Alan Curtis seemingly having decided he was surplus to requirements in the wake of his predecessor Garry Monk’s departure. However, Shelvey, who started only two games in his final two months in south Wales and was involved in a heated exchange with a fan after the second of them, Sunday’s FA Cup third-round defeat at Oxford, has vowed to make the Swans pay after sealing a £12million switch to St James’ Park. Newcastle new boy Jonjo Shelvey insists he is no bad boy after an ignominious exit from Swansea. “It’s nice that I am getting people ring me like that, but it is down to me now to kick on.” Meanwhile, head coach Steve McClaren has confirmed that midfielder Cheick Tiote has travelled to China to discuss a proposed move to Shanghai Shenhua. McClaren said: “There’s an approach from a Chinese team and Cheick is currently on his way to meet them. “There’s no agreement, nothing has been finalised, nothing has been agreed, the player is just going out there to have a chat with them and see how that ends up.” As a result, Tiote will not be in the squad for the West Ham game, unlike Florian Thauvin, who is available for selection despite suggestions he could rejoin Marseille on loan after failing to settle on Tyneside. But Holland international Siem De Jong will be missing for up to two weeks after suffering an eye injury, which required hospital treatment, in training. Should Shelvey, as expected, get the nod against the Hammers, he will hope to put a difficult period in his career firmly behind him after losing his place at Swansea within months of signing a new four-year contract last summer. He said: “I couldn’t put my finger on it. I was coming home and being down around the house. But at the training ground, I was working hard to get back in the team. “I’m not one to go knocking on the manager’s door. I let my football do the talking. I had players coming up to me surprised and asking, ‘What have you done? Why aren’t you playing? What’s going on?’. “I honestly couldn’t tell them, I couldn’t put my finger on it. I was so shocked that I wasn’t named in squads. “I came home one day after I’d been dropped against Manchester City and I was nearly in tears. “I rang the chairman and asked what was going on. He said he didn’t feel that my head was right and that the manager had said that. “I felt forced out of the club. I never once asked to leave the club or gave an interview saying I wanted to leave, so it was a bit forced.” Shelvey has been a fixture in Roy Hodgson’s England squad this season and knows he needs to be playing if he is to earn a dream trip to this summer’s Euro 2016 finals in France. He said: “I’ve been in every squad this season – but if you’re not playing at your club, then you don’t expect to get picked.” Press Associationlast_img read more

President Trump expected in Palm Beach County on Friday

first_imgPresident Donald Trump  is expected to arrive in South Florida on Friday to spend the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Palm Beach.The Town of Palm Beach and the Federal Aviation Administration said road closures and flight restrictions will start Friday morning all the way through Sunday, January 5th.It is unclear what time exactly Trump will fly into Palm Beach. This visit follows his impeachment.BREAKING: House Passes Vote to Impeach President Trumplast_img