If/Then’s Idina Menzel Talks Frozen Texts & Belts Her Face Off

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Comments Idina Menzel stopped by The Today Show April 3 to talk about her new musical If/Then and of course the Frozen phenom. First she spoke to host Tamron Hall, admitting that “every morning she wakes up to someone texting” her about “Let It Go” parodies. Later, the Tony winner performed for Today’s spring concert series, singing the numbers “Here I Go” with co-star James Snyder and “Learn to Live Without” from the Broadway show. She also revealed to anchor Savannah Guthrie that “it took about eight seconds to get over myself” after John Travolta’s now notorious name flub at the Oscars and about how in the creative process of a new musical the “writers get inspired by your inflections.” Watch those famous inflections at work and her interviews in the videos below! If/Then Star Files Related Shows Idina Menzellast_img read more

Stresslines

first_imgStresslines February 1, 2004 Diane Vogt Regular News Developing a challenging and successful law careerand Lori-Ann Rickard Our work with lawyer retention and improving job satisfaction for lawyers has shown us how universal lawyer dissatisfaction is and how much the profession needs to address this issue through effective career design.Lawyers have a desire to be happy and to live balanced lives, although that balance is perceived to be unattainable. Lawyers believe that being dissatisfied with the practice is just the nature of being a lawyer and that nothing can be done to change it. The level of hopelessness expressed in any possibility of meaningful change is particularly disturbing to us. Lawyers must understand that there are choices between fight and flight.Chief among the reasons for lawyer dissatisfaction are the “golden handcuffs.” Many lawyers told us that they continue to practice law because it pays better than anything else they can do and they have certain financial needs that can only be met by continuing to make their current level of income or more.Lawyers’ financial expectations far exceed those of “mere mortals.” We also have a disturbing tendency to live beyond our means and to engage in subtle forms of self sabotage in money matters. We overspend our income based on expectations of ever increasing compensation. We are then in no position to take advantage of opportunities that come our ways, opportunities that might make us happier, unless they immediately pay more than our current compensation levels. Gaining control over one’s finances is the first step.Every law practice is a solo practice. In law firms, departments, or agencies, the solo practices are joined together for some period of time. In every case, though, the individual lawyer is starting and building a solo practice. Yet, very little career design is being done by individual lawyers or their firms. Recognizing that a law practice develops in certain fairly well defined stages is the first step to designing a career that will be successful for the individual lawyer. Stage I is the introductory lawyer. Getting admitted to an accredited law school, passing the bar exam and finding the first job completes Stage I. This is where career design has its first opportunity to be effective and where it is rarely considered. Many, many law students take initial jobs where they will not thrive. The early attrition rates among this group (25 percent after two years) is proof. Stage II includes the first five years, when the lawyer is searching for a specialty, paying back debt, developing expertise, and finding his niche. Again, career design and career building fall by the way side. Sixty percent of lawyers leave their first jobs at this stage, demonstrating that the levels of job dissatisfaction for the Stage II lawyer result most often in “flight.” Stage III is five to 15 years in practice. Here, the lawyer has generally given up the idea of a great career, decided to accept the unsatisfactory nature of legal work and focus on outside interests for fun and fulfillment. This is the time when lawyers are getting married, having children, and accumulating material possessions. The life balance issues related to working and parenting combined with job dissatisfaction derail many Stage III careers. Stage IV is the following 15 to 30 years, or what we call the long distance runner. The challenge is to stay interested. Stay fresh. Have fun. Many, many lawyers are doing boring work below their level of expertise that does not interest or excite them at this stage. They often make substantial sums of money and accumulate significant wealth, but have no greater level of happiness than earlier stages. Stage V is retirement and slowing down. It is the time when lawyers work just to have something to do with the rest of their days. Proving once again that law is a vocation.Each stage has its own pitfalls and rewards, its own opportunities for excellence and its own challenges. Recognizing each stage and its relationship to the others is the first step to successful career building. Understanding that each lawyer is a solo practitioner with an obligation to find personal and professional satisfaction puts the accountability where it belongs: with the individual lawyer.Many career design efforts are thwarted because lawyers don’t understand the simple relationship between skills and challenges, stress and boredom. They don’t set appropriate goals and take responsibility for their own progress.Lawyers who do set goals do so inappropriately. Goals are not: I want a million dollars. Goals are: I want to try a four-week case and do a good job. There must be an element of control. Skills and challenges must be well matched. Behavior must be aligned with words. In the vernacular: walk your talk.A successful, fun, rewarding, challenging legal career is within the grasp of every lawyer and can be had without fleeing either the practice or her current association. A little planning and diligence is all it takes. Joy beats duty every time. People Wealth is owned and operated by Diane Vogt and Lori-Ann Rickard, both practicing lawyers. PeopleWealth works with professional development staffs to communicate effectively with lawyers and to help lawyers design and build careers. For more information about PeopleWealth e-mail info@PeopleWealth.com or visit www.PeopleWealth.com. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at www.fla-lap.org/qlsm. The Quality of Life and Career Committee, in cooperation with the Florida State University College of Law, also has an interactive listserv titled “The Healthy Lawyer.” Details and subscription information regarding the listserv can be accessed through the committee’s Web site or by going directly to www.fla-lap.org/qlsm.last_img read more

Flanagan Appeals Conviction in Nassau Police Conspiracy Case

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Former Second Deputy Nassau Police Commissioner William Flanagan, convicted of conspiring to cover up a burglary, faced a press swarm after his arrest in March 2012.(Photo by Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Attorneys for the ex-deputy Nassau County police commissioner convicted last year of misconduct for covering up a burglary committed by the son of a police nonprofit donor are appealing the verdict.In an appeal filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, attorneys for William Flanagan argue that the trial was tainted by legally insufficient evidence, prejudicial hearsay and prejudicial closing arguments by prosecutors, his lawyers said.“The prosecution really abandoned their role as administers of justice…and really used a convict-at-all-costs tactic,” said Donna Aldea, head of the Appellate Practice Group for Garden City-based Barket Marion Epstein & Kearon, LLP, adding that the trial was “politically charged.”A jury had convicted the former second deputy Nassau police commissioner in February 2013 of three misdemeanors: conspiracy and two counts of official misconduct. He was acquitted of a felony charge, receiving reward for official misconduct, following the month-long trial.Judge Mark Cohen, who was brought in from Suffolk after two Nassau judges recused themselves from the case, had sentenced Flanagan to 60 days in jail. The appellate court stayed the execution of that sentence pending the appeal.Flanagan resigned after he and two other ex-police commanders were indicted in 2012 on similar charges in connection with the scandal, which prosecutors began investigating after a Press expose into favoritism to donors of a nonprofit fundraising to build a new police academy.John Hunter, the retired Deputy Chief of Patrol, pleaded guilty to official misconduct and conspiracy a few months after Flanagan’s conviction. Hunter was sentenced to three years of probation and 500 hours of community service.The case against retired Det. Sgt. Alan Sharpe, who pleaded not guilty to similar charges, is pending while attorneys for Flanagan appeal the conviction.Prosecutors had argued that Flanagan, Hunter and Sharpe each played a role in quashing burglary charges against Zachary Parker, who stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics from his alma mater, John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, in 2009.Parker was later charged by prosecutors, pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to upstate prison after he violated the terms of his probation. He was released from a prison boot camp last summer.Parker’s father, Gary, was identified in court as an unindicted co-conspirator for asking his police friends for help in getting the charges against his son dropped, but was not charged with a crime himself. Prosecutors also cleared the nonprofit Nassau County Police Foundation, which Parker was a member of before he resigned.Aldea also argues that testimony that the grand jury heard before indicting her client was proven false at trial.A spokesman for Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, whose office has two months two respond in court, did not immediately comment.last_img read more

France publishes FRPS rules for insurer pension funds

first_imgThe French government has published rules formalising the creation of a new type of pension fund in France, known as “fonds de retraite professionelle supplémentaire” (FRPS).It allows insurers to move certain types of pension business off their balance sheets and out from under Solvency II regulation into new vehicles. One of the motivations is to free up investment that would stimulate the French economy.The “ordinance” was published on Friday. It is the final legislative step in the creation of the new pensions vehicle, which is provided for in omnibus legislation known as Sapin II, after the economy and finance minister Michel Sapin.The government has previously estimated that some €130bn worth of assets would be eligible for the transfer to FRPS vehicles. The Sapin II law mandated the government to create these FRPS by way of an ordinance. It sets out myriad aspects concerning these vehicles, such as the financial and prudential rules. These include a requirement to undergo annual stress tests, maintain a “solvency margin”, and to invest according to the prudent person principle.last_img read more

Rugby star Quade Cooper and model Laura Dundovic list Brisbane love nest

first_img The Cooper Residence at 34 Addison Avenue is listed with Damon Warat of Ray White Ascot, and hits the market today. The lower floor is home to three bedrooms including a private guest suite with its own bathroom at the front of the house. Two more bedrooms and a laundry are also on this level, as is the entertaining deck with day bed and a 16m lap pool with its own “swim-through” in to a downstairs bathroom. But the couple have already set their sights on finding their next project, and have been actively looking at renovators delights in Brisbane or a block of land near the beach on the Gold Coast. Getting Cooper’s young nephew out of the pool has proven a challenge. Picture: Adam HeadFor Dundovic, the wardrobe is a winner, but her favourite space is the master suite, describing it as “having everything we could need … very practical”.“And the guest room downstairs … whenever my family comes up from Sydney, they love being able to go up to Bellissimo for a coffee without waking us,” she said. The couple lived at the house during the renovation, saying they learned a lot from the process, with perfectionist Cooper teasing that he often played good cop to Dundovic’s bad cop. Dundovic admitted they had even agonised over the placement and font of the numbers for their letterbox. “We were very hands on,” she laughed. Cooper said they had not planned on leaving the house so soon, but “you can’t always predict the future”. The walk-through wardrobe looks more like a department store. The property comes with a marina berthUp more stairs there is a rooftop terrace with city views. A 12m marina berth also comes with the property, which will go to auction on December 7. How’s the symmetry?“When the kitchen came together, for me that was the best space. That living area, the pool aspect, seeing it all come together,” he said. “It was a bit small and disconnected (before the renovation) and I am very happy with the end result.“My nephew, who just turned two, whenever he comes over his first word is ‘pool’ and then once he is in, it is hard to get him out.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago The master suite with walk-through wardrobe and ensuite is Dundovic’s favourite part of the house. Picture: Adam Head CELEBRITY glamour couple Quade Cooper and Laura Dundovic have put their renovated showpiece home in Bulimba – one of Brisbane’s most sought-after suburbs – on the market.Rugby star Cooper, who has signed with the Melbourne Rebels, left Brisbane on Thursday after he and Dundovic spoke exclusively to The Courier Mail about the house they made a home. Quade Cooper passing the ball during the Rugby Championship match between Australia and South Africa in Brisbane in 2016. Picture: PATRICK HAMILTON/AFPThe house was barely a decade old, but Cooper said he had always planned to renovate the property upon his return.In late 2017, and back in Brisbane, the couple engaged a local building firm to transform the house, admitting that they had hoped to do a lot of the work themselves but then found they needed help. A servery opens on to decking. The Cooper Residence at 34 Addison Avenue, Bulimba. Check out that viewing window in to the pool.“The hardest part was trying to get the different trades in,” Cooper said, recalling being out of his depth trying to choose tiles for the pool. Almost every inch of the house has been given a makeover, including the removal of a section of concrete to put in a grass lawn for their “two boys” — Chuck and Riddick, both American Staffordshire terriers.“That was a frustrating process,” Cooper said. “They ended up having a grass allergy so we had to change it three times.” The rooftop terrace. Picture: Adam HeadAs for the interiors, Dundovic said they had both poured over designs on Instagram and Pinterest, with Cooper admitting he was a bit ‘OCD about symmetry’.“I really like straight lines,” he said. “At my old house there was a door that didn’t line up with the window and it drove me nuts for a year so I had to get the builders in to fix that and then I was happy.”As for his current home, the former Wallabies playmaker said he was “very zen” thanks to “all that symmetry”. The ensuite from another viewpoint“This (Queensland) is my home and I imagine I will be back here at some stage,” Cooper said. In the meantime, they have rented accommodation in Melbourne, buying them some time to check out that local property market. “When you have done a renovation, you look at properties from a different perspective,” Cooper said, with Dundovic adding they now had an eye for a house with good bones. The entertaining area has been revampedOn the upper floor there is an open plan lounge and dining area at the front of the house that flows on to another deck. There is also a designer kitchen with integrated appliances and a servery window. Across the walkway is a sitting area or retreat which leads in to the master suite with its lust have walk-through ensuite and walk-in-robe. How is this for a cool feature? You can swim in to the downstairs bathroom for a shower! Quade Cooper and Laura Dundovic speak exclusively to The Courier Mail at their Bulimba home, which launches to the market today. Picture: Adam Head“We knew what we wanted,” model Dundovic, a former Miss Universe Australia, said. “We just needed help to make that happen.”Cooper bought the property for $1.845 million back in 2015, and lived in it for about a year before jetting off to play in France. Not a bad place to watch the sun set.last_img read more

Football grinds to a halt as Bundesliga banner insults escalate

first_imgHoffenheim’s billionaire investor Dietmar Hopp (C) was the target of an offensive banner unfurled by Bayern Munich fans Games across Germany were interrupted and delayed over the weekend due to offensive banners, highlighting a growing rift between the game’s governing body and the sport’s passionate ultras. Dortmund supporters vent their feelings towards the German FA Stadium announcers in Dortmund and Berlin threatened calling the games off unless the banners were removed, while Bayern Munich’s match at Hoffenheim finished in farcical scenes as the players from both sides kicked the ball to each other to wind the final 10 minutes off the clock. The interruptions are broadly symbolic of a fierce debate in German football between fans of traditional clubs and those of newer teams who have been bankrolled by investors and private owners. The protests have targeted the German Football Association (DFB) and its decision to hand down a two-year ban to Dortmund fans from travelling to the club’s games against Hoffenheim, after the Dortmund fans held up offensive banners.Advertisement The move has however only served to call fans into action over what they see as “collective punishment”. The fans won support from Cologne captain Jonas Hector after Saturday’s victory over Schalke, as he asked why should “20,000 people who have supported us for the entire 90 minutes be punished for the actions of a few?” Much of the rancour has been directed at Hoffenheim benefactor Dietmar Hopp, who has been widely criticised by fans after circumventing the league’s fan-ownership laws in order to invest more than 350 million euros ($387 million) into the village club, bringing it into the first division in the process. Offensive banners critical of Hopp have found their way into the stands in several fan blocks in recent weeks, including depictions of Hopp’s face in crosshairs while also calling him a “son of a bitch”. – ‘No excuses’ – Promoted Content9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One Role5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow Movie6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThe 10 Most Irresistible Asian ActressesTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Look At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Beingcenter_img Loading… Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stood side-by-side with Hopp during Saturday’s fixture, shaking his head and pleading with his side’s fans to remove the banners.After the game, Rummenigge said he was “deeply ashamed” of the fans. “I apologised to him (Hopp), but there are no excuses for what the fans did.”Hopp himself said on Sunday that he had “no interest in dealing with people who have insulted me massively for years and want no consensus at all”.While he thanked the players on Saturday for taking a stand, he said similar stances needed to be taken against anyone “sewing the seeds of hate”.“Insults against everyone are to be condemned, no matter where and in what form. All racist and homophobic insults must be punished with all consequences.”There are however some in German football who feel that interrupting and even abandoning matches is not the right cause of action as it will only serve to rile up supporters.German football supporters have criticised comparisons of their protests with the deadly racist attacks in HanauRead Also: Bundesliga: Dortmund look to Haaland to help reboot title bidUnion Berlin boss Oliver Ruhnert, whose side’s home match against Wolfsburg on Sunday was delayed for more than 10 minutes due to banners targeting Hopp, said he wanted to avoid a situation “where I have to interrupt each and every game soon. I see that quite critically.”While saying that banners such as those targeting Hopp were a “no go”, he believes the DFB need to act in a less antagonistic fashion and prioritise opening up a dialogue with supporters.“The fans have a right to objectively criticise. It is always about being in conversation with one another and communicating.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Barca, Madrid to face 3rd Division clubs in Copa

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Barcelona and Real Madrid will face Third Division clubs in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey, with the Catalan team taking on Ibiza and Madrid playing Unionista de Salamanca. It will be the first round that will include the teams that participated in the Spanish Super Cup – Barcelona, Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Valencia. Atlético and defending champion Valencia also will face third-division clubs – Cultural Leonesa and Logroñés, respectively. There will be two matchups between first-division clubs: Sevilla vs. Levante and Real Sociedad vs. Espanyol. The single-elimination games will be played next week. The first-division clubs will play as visitors.Tags: Copa del ReyFC BarcelonaReal MadridUnionista de Salamancalast_img read more

Lineker backs Stones for World Cup

first_img “The only one I might take a chance on because we are so short in central defence is Stones. I really like him, and he has got a lot about him,” said Lineker, who was speaking in London at the launch of the BBC’s World Cup coverage, which will include some 31 live matches spread across television, radio and digital platforms to offer fans 24/7 access to the showpiece tournament in Brazil. “Sometimes central defenders need a little bit more experience than players in other positions because of the extra discipline and the nature of that particular role.” Lineker, part of the England side which reached the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy and scored 48 international goals in 80 caps, added: “But is he worth a gamble? Well, if Roy loses another one – if Jones doesn’t make it for example – then what else have we got? “We have got Cahill and Jagielka, then (Cardiff defender Steven) Caulker, who struggles a little bit on the turn. We are short in that position.” Under-21 international Stones – who was playing for Barnsley last season before a £3million move to Goodison Park during January 2013 – is expected to be in contention for a place as a stand-by when Hodgson names his 30-man group after the final game of the Barclays Premier League season. However, with doubts emerging over the potential fitness of Manchester United’s Phil Jones, who suffered a shoulder injury in Tuesday night’s Barclays Premier League win over Hull, and Tottenham defender Kyle Walker – out for the past two months because of a pelvic problem – Lineker has backed giving Stones a place on the plane to Brazil as cover for the likes of Phil Jagielka, who has just recovered from hamstring damage, and Gary Cahill. England manager Roy Hogdson could do worse than taking a “gamble” on including 19-year-old Everton defender John Stones in his World Cup squad, according to former captain Gary Lineker. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

DeSantis: State Ready to Withstand Financial Effect from Coronavirus

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that the Sunshine State is financially prepared to withstand the blow of the coronavirus.“We already see that this is going to cause economic dislocations,” he said after Thursday’s budget vote.Nonetheless, Florida lawmakers have already earmarked about $300 million to offset the financial setbacks.“We entered this session with unemployment going down, down, down to 2.8%, and now we’re going to be exiting this on the back end of this COVID(-19) looking at a different economic picture,” according to DeSantis. “I think it’s one we can recover from, don’t get me wrong, but that is going to be an issue that we’ll have to address in future sessions.”The approved $93 billion budget includes more funding for water quality and Everglades projects, as well as a three-percent pay increase for state employees. It should also move Florida into one of the top five states for teacher salaries in the nation, providing $500 million to boost minimum pay for new teachers.In terms of how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact Florida’s tourism and workforce, the governor explains, “There’s going to be Florida businesses that are going to take it on the chin, because we’re so sensitive to things like tourism, but once this passes, and it will pass, I think we’ll be able to pick back up and start going.”last_img read more

Cricket News Shane Warne wants Pant to open with Rohit against Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: Spin great Shane Warne feels the young Rishabh Pant can play as a specialist batsman in the Indian ODI team and even backed the talented youngster to open alongside Rohit Sharma. With India closing in on their final 15 for the World Cup, Pant has got a solid endorsement from Warne.“There has been talk if Rishabh Pant can play in the side. I think Dhoni and Pant both can play. I can’t see why Rishabh Pant can’t play as a batsman, he is outstanding. Maybe even open the batting with Rohit Sharma,” Warne told India Today.“I know Shikhar Dhawan does a great job but Rishabh Pant opening the batting with Rohit Sharma could be pretty cool too for India. Go with some of these X-factor type things and tactical battles, where you surprise the opposition,” said the Australian legend.Warne wants India to experiment with their top-order in the upcoming home series against Australia, starting February 24 with the first T20.Also Read | Smriti Mandhana among Maharashtra state sports award winners“It could be worth throwing Rishabh Pant at the top of the order for a couple of games and see how he goes. Maybe against Australia now and experiment and see how he goes for the World Cup.“Dhawan may have a role to play somewhere else. But I am really looking forward to seeing what India have because they have a lot of players who can do a lot of roles,” said the 49-year-old.Talking about Indian cricket, Warne said its national team can dominate the world for years.“I think India can now have a dominant time in world cricket if they can keep their players on the park, the players stay hungry and value the opportunity and be grateful to play Test cricket.“Yes they can make money from IPL and make a fortune. But if they can keep the hunger up to compete in the highest form of the game, that is tests, they can dominate world cricket for a long time,” Warned added. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more