Bridgit Mendler ‘Top of The World’ at The Paramount in Huntington

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Up-and-coming pop star Bridgit Mendler packed The Paramount in Huntington last week with screaming fans of danceable hit songs off of her debut album and teased tracks from her upcoming sophomore effort.The fresh-faced, squeaky-clean California girl, who dismisses being compared to Miley Cyrus—both have starred in Disney channel shows aside from their musical success—played fan favorites, including “Ready or Not,” “Forgot to Laugh” and “Top of the World,” which were all singles off her breakout album, Hello My Name Is…“This is my band and we’re so excited to play some music,” Mendler, 21, excitedly told throngs of teenage fans that came to see her Oct. 29 performance in the second leg of her Summer Tour.Mendler was slated to play her first concerts beyond North America this month, with performances in Argentina, Chile and Peru being among the about 50 shows she’s given since June.Although she reportedly suffered a setback last year when her laptop broke, losing all the songs she had begun writing for her second album, she has been performing tracks off that to-be-named album, including “Fly to You” and “Deeper Shade of Us.”The singer, whose style has been termed as pop/reggae fusion with elements of R&B, soul, funk and hip hop, cites her biggest influences as folk legend Bob Dylan, as well as the likes of everyone from Fugees to Van Morrison, Beyoncé and others.When she’s not singing her heart out, Mendler can be seen portraying Teddy Duncan in the Disney sitcom Good Luck Charlie and a slew of films, starring alongside LI’s own Lindsay Lohan in Labor Pains.And beyond her music and acting career, Mendler also supports a laundry list of charitable causes, from pro-literacy initiatives, better school programs and anti-cyberbullying campaigns.Opening the show was Nick Tangorra Band, who returns to The Pararmount on Nov. 13 along with Meghan Trainor, who’s “All About That Bass!”Bridgit Mendler greets fans at The Paramount in Huntington on Oct. 29, 2014 (Photo by Joe Nuzzo)last_img read more

The future of HSAs

first_imgIf there is one constant in American politics, it is that with every new administration comes change. One of the first questions that I received after the election was if I think that health savings accounts (HSAs) are at risk of being negatively affected or eliminated. My answer—absolutely not. Of all the issues discussed, it was one of the few issues both sides agreed on. Let’s take a look at why.MomentumHSAs became available in January 2004, at a time employers were actively seeking to lower health care expenses for their employees. Hence, the growth of high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) emerged. By the end of 2007, approximately 10 percent of employers offered an HDHP. The key driver clearly was economics. For early adopters, acceptance of these high deductible plans required education and support of HSAs. Learn more from an in-depth conversation with Steve in Using HSAs To Attract New Members-Part 1 podcast.HSA Growth ContinuedHSAs and the dollars invested continued to grow at an accelerate rate. At the end of 2007, there were an estimated 3 million HSAs holding approximately $3.4 billion in assets. By year-end 2012, HSAs grew to 8.2 million with $15.5 billion in assets, and year-end 2015, 16.7 million with $30.2 billion in assets. And at year-end 2015, $4.2 billion of that $30.2 billion was held in investment accounts. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Police investigating shooting on Baldwin Street

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge has confirmed with 12 News that two shots were fired on Baldwin Street around noon Saturday. The police chief says no one was hurt or arrested in the shooting, The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.center_img Dodge could not confirm anymore information.last_img

Live match preview – Slovakia vs Scotland 15.11.2020

first_imgTeam news and stats ahead of Slovakia vs Scotland in the UEFA Nations League, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 2pm.Team news Slovakia vs Scotland will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football from 1.30pm; Kick-off at 2pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game goals in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.Opta stats – Advertisement – Scotland have won their last two international encounters with Slovakia by the same 1-0 scoreline, although both games were at home – a World cup qualifier in October 2017 and a UEFA Nations League match last month.Slovakia won their only previous home meeting with Scotland – a 3-0 victory in a World Cup qualifier in October 2016.Scotland have won six of their eight UEFA Nations League games (D1 L1), only three countries have won more in the competition since its inception in 2018 (Portugal, Finland and Norway – 7).Slovakia have lost six of their eight UEFA Nations League games (W1 D1) and are on a run of five such matches without victory (D1 L4) since a 4-1 win against Ukraine in November 2018. They are one of just three countries yet to keep a clean sheet in the competition (alongside Northern Ireland and Iceland).Slovakia have won just one of their last seven international matches at home (D3 L3) – a 2-0 victory against Azerbaijan in November 2019.Scotland are unbeaten in each of their last three away games (W2 D1), they last went longer without defeat on the road in September 2006 (5 games – W3 D2).Slovakia captain Marek Hamsik has been directly involved in three goals (two goals, one assist) in his last three home matches for his country.Ryan Christie has scored in each of his last three games for Scotland, in fact, he has been directly involved in nine goals (four goals, five assists) in just 11 starts for his country, since his debut against Netherlands in November 2017. preview image Ryan Christie was moved to tears after helping Scotland secure their place at Euro 2020 with a penalty shootout win against Serbia Highlights from the UEFA Nations League Group B2 match between Scotland and Slovakia When asked if he would make more changes than normal, Clarke said: “The short answer is yes. The long answer probably takes in the fact the celebrations wouldn’t have anything to do with it. It was a good celebration but it wasn’t crazy, it wasn’t silly and over the top.“It was a physically draining game but emotionally also very, very draining for the players who were out on the pitch. – Advertisement – 8:53 preview image “I will give them another 24 hours and speak to three or four players who I have maybe got a doubt about going again after such a tough game, and then I will come up with a team selection that hopefully gets us another three points.“Lyndon Dykes is suspended and we have one or two knocks and niggles. Andy Robertson will be the most doubtful.”Slovakia were also play-off winners, beating Northern Ireland 2-1 in extra-time, and midfielder Marek Hamsik is set to make his 125th international appearance.How to follow preview image 5:27 – Advertisement – 2:25 1:42 Highlights of the European Championship Qualifying Path C play-off final between Serbia and Scotland Scotland boss Steve Clarke will make changes for Sunday’s Nations League clash with Slovakia, but their Euro 2020 celebrations will have no bearing on his selection. The squad enjoyed their achievement together after beating Serbia on penalties in Thursday’s play-off.- Advertisement – Highlights of the European Championship Qualifying Path B play-off final between Northern Ireland and Slovakia preview imagelast_img read more

Homebuyers who can’t find their dream property have taken matters into their own hands with a surge in renovations

first_imgNiki Dart and son Jack are getting ready for renovations to their home. Picture: Annette DewHOMEBUYERS who can’t find their dream property have taken matters into their own hands with new figures revealing a surge in renovations.A new survey has found 76 per cent of Queensland homeowners have renovated or are planning to renovate – up from 61 per cent in 2015.The survey by Westpac revealed nationally there had been a 21 per cent increase since 2015 in those who had renovated, were renovating or were planning to renovate. Westpac home ownership spokesman Andy Wright said it was one of the real trends which stood out in the latest Westpac Home Ownership Report.“We’ve always had this love affair with renovating – we’re seeing that in popular shows like The Block. We love the trip to Bunnings on the weekend to grab a sausage sandwich and pick up some stuff to do our DIY jobs.’’Niki Dart and her husband Steve are among those about to take the renovation plunge at their Pacific Pines home.They bought the home in 2004, but it was after the arrival of their son Jack six years ago, that they started to think they may need something different.In the past 12 months they started to look around at what was available and found existing homes either didn’t quite meet their needs or where too expensive.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago“We couldn’t find exactly what would suit us, a nice home in a good location, without at least doubling our mortgage,’’ she said.“This home itself is still a great home it just needs to be tweaked to our needs now we are a family.’’The process is now underway with a visit from an architect this week to help them map out their plans.Mrs Dart hopes they will have all of the work completed by the end of this year. They plan to work on the main bedroom, backyard and outdoor entertainment area, bathrooms, kitchen, flooring, and turn their garage into an ensuite.Mr Wright said the cost of buying a new home, in particular stamp duty, was having an impact on home buyers deciding to renovate instead.“It’s the millennial homeowners who are most likely to be on this renovating journey. They’re in a really busy stage of their lives, and (renovating) is taking away the stress of having to move and allowing them to nest in a place of their own,’’ he said.“The importance of a safe environment to bring up kids is a really important part of the psyche of Australians. There’s also a good cohort of retirees choosing to renovate and make their house ready for the next wave of family to come through, rather than sell and downgrade.”A third of homeowners approaching retirement were prioritising renovating ahead of 13 per cent opting to sell, Mr Wright said.last_img read more

A Surprising Divorce Predictor You’ve Never Heard.

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Share 38 Views   no discussionscenter_img LifestyleRelationships A Surprising Divorce Predictor You’ve Never Heard. by: – June 20, 2011 By Zoë RudermanHow old you were when you lost your virginity can have an impact on how successful your marriage is, according to new research out of the University of Iowa.Sociology professors at the school found that women who first had sex before age 16 were more likely to get divorced than those who had waited till after turning 16.How much more likely? Of the female subjects who’d had intercourse at 15 or younger, 31 percent divorced within five years of marriage, and 47 percent split up within 10 years. While the women who had waited till at least 16 had divorce rate of 15 percent at five years, and 27 percent at 10 years.The lead researcher offered one potential explanation: “[It’s possible] the women who had sex as adolescents were predisposed to divorce. The attitudes that made them feel OK about having sex as teens may have also influenced the outcome of their marriage.” Hmm, we’re not totally sold on that theory, professor. What do you think? What’s the reason for the correlation between having sex before 16 and divorce?by Tweetlast_img read more

Bolivia’s chief resigns after election backlash

first_imgVice President Álvaro García Linera also resigned. Earlier on Sunday, Moralesagreed to hold new elections after a report from the Organization of AmericanStates (OAS), which conducted an audit of the Oct. 20 vote, revealed seriousirregularities. The OAS report said that election should be annulled after it had found“clear manipulations” of the voting system that called into question Morales’win, with a lead of just over 10 points over main rival Carlos Mesa.(Reuters) LA PAZ – Bolivian President Evo Morales said he was resigning to easeviolence that has gripped the South American nation since a disputed election.center_img President Evo Morales addresses the media in El Alto, Bolivia on Nov. 10. REUTERS/CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS “I am resigning, sending my letter of resignation to the LegislativeAssembly,” Morales, who was in power for nearly 14 years, said on Sunday.  last_img read more

Gov’t shuts down 5 establishments ‘polluting’ Manila Bay

first_imgThe Department of Environment andNatural Resources (DENR), Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA),Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine NationalPolice Maritime Group (PNP-MG) served closure orders on four restaurants and anauto shop located at HK Sun Plaza along Macapagal Boulevard. Zhi-Brothers Restaurant, Ocean BayRestaurant, Da Rae Jung Korean Restaurant, Song Do Won Restaurant and BHP1Autoworks violated Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 2004,authorities said. Environment Undersecretary for SolidWaste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny Antiporda criticizedthe errant establishments for jeopardizing the ongoing rehabilitation of ManilaBay. The law prohibits discharging ordepositing any pollutant to water bodies. It also requires businesses to eitherput up their own sewage treatment plant (STP) or connect to a wastewatertreatment facility authorized by the DENR or LLDA. “No matter how much effort we give incleaning the Manila Bay, nothing will happen if we allow these errant businessowners to do what they are doing,” he said in a statement. The Philippine government closes down five business establishments in Pasay City after they were found discharging untreated wastewater into Manila Bay. ABS-CBN The establishments’ sewer lines were notconnected to the STP of their lessor, HK Sun Plaza, the LLDA found during aninspection. HK Sun Plaza, which is owned by theSocial Security System Investment Property Department, built a P10-million STPin compliance with the closure order issued by the LLDA in February 2019 forits illegal wastewater discharge. The iconic bay, famous for its sunsetview, has been undergoing massive cleanup as ordered by President RodrigoDuterte to restore its former glory. Antiporda also reminded other businessowners to comply with existing environmental laws and regulations. The agencyis also willing to provide technical assistance or advice to businesses incomplying with environmental rules. Only wastewater that has passed throughthe STP can be discharged to Libertad Channel, which then drains into ManilaBay. THE Philippine government has closeddown five business establishments in Pasay City after they were founddischarging untreated wastewater into Manila Bay. Results of an earlier water sampling in thearea showed that Manila Bay’s average fecal coliform level was at 330 millionmost probable number (mpn), 3.3 million times above the standard 100 mpn thatis ideal for swimming. (ABS-CBN News)last_img read more

Zamora dismayed by Redknapp rumours

first_img He was originally signed by Mark Hughes and was at QPR as they underwent a major overhaul of their playing squad, with a number of high-profile players brought in on bumper contracts. The plan failed to project Rangers to new heights and Hughes’ sacking was followed by relegation as Redknapp could not turn the tide having been appointed 12 games into a season where QPR had yet to win a game. Those times are not remembered fondly by anyone associated with the club and Zamora revealed he enjoyed being away from the training ground as the environment became increasingly toxic – something Redknapp has remedied this time around. He said: “There were times when you were wishing that you didn’t have to go to training for a week and you could just turn up for Saturday because when game time comes, everyone is fighting for the same cause. “During the week tempers can flare. We are all desperate to do well – two seasons ago – and on a Saturday everyone knows they have to do their jobs. This season they have been spot-on. “We are in a better position all around, the players, the club everything. There are 31 games to go, there is plenty of time to get out of this. “Everything from two and half years ago to now, the club has come on from. The management, the squad, the facilities are different. “There are only four or five (players) left from that time; there has been a big turnaround. There’s a good togetherness, the lads all get on now. Rio (Ferdinand) has come in and he has been impressed with how the lads are together. “He was at Man United for a long time and he can’t believe the togetherness of the lads and the spirit that’s here.” With Rangers currently bottom of the Barclays Premier League and with a tough run of games approaching, Redknapp’s position is reportedly under threat. But Zamora, whose last-gasp play-off final winner secured a top-flight return for QPR last season, does not see the sense in replacing Redknapp – who he says has built a team with the spirit to survive. Bobby Zamora believes it would be “crazy” if Harry Redknapp lost his job as QPR manager. Having taken just four points from their opening seven league games and with Liverpool visiting Loftus Road on Sunday before matches against Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester City, Redknapp will know he needs to turn things around. QPR owner Tony Fernandes has publicly backed his manager but may start to develop an itchy trigger-finger in the coming weeks if results do not show signs of improving, although Zamora believes such a move would be unwise. “It is crazy,” he said about the growing speculation over his manager’s future. “Harry has a wealth of experience and has seen it all; relegations, promotions, finals – he’s seen it all. It really is crazy with so many games to go. You can win two games and you’re right back up there. “We are all behind him. He brought most of us in. Harry has supported us and wanted us here. Everyone is behind him and now we have just got to do our part on a matchday. “The press are perhaps making more of this and we are all asked the same question. It hasn’t come to the point where it’s panic stations – far from it. It really is so early.” The 33-year-old Zamora has yet to start a league game for the Hoops this season after penning a new contract with the club over the summer. The former West Ham, Tottenham and Fulham striker was keen to extend his stay at Loftus Road and is believed to have taken a 50 per cent pay cut to do so. Press Associationlast_img read more

Shaw needs rest – Van Gaal

first_img When asked if Shaw should be selected, the United boss said: “I don’t think so, no. “When he is not playing for Manchester United, he cannot play for other teams neither. That extends to the summer. “He needs that rest. He overcrossed his limits and that’s why. “He is 19 years old, what can you expect? “We have to protect him. I hope (Southgate) understands that.” Van Gaal is not the only manager to have voiced his concerns about the Under-21 tournament. Everton boss Roberto Martinez said Ross Barkley needed a “proper break” following a tough year and Mauricio Pochettino has spoken about his concerns regarding the participation of Tottenham striker Harry Kane. Speaking last October, Shaw underlined his desire to play in the Under-21 tournament despite already having four full England caps. Southgate names his squad at St George’s Park on Wednesday and Shaw was keen to go to the tournament, which runs from June 17-30 in the Czech Republic. But Van Gaal would prefer it if he stayed at home to rest following a difficult season which has been marred by injuries. The former Southampton left-back said: “I still feel I can go and help out. I’m really looking forward to it. “Of course I would want to go to the Euros, I always want to help out my country and I know there are few other lads who can also drop down as well that summer.” One year ago this week, Shaw was riding the crest of a wave after being included in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad at the expense of 107-cap defender Ashley Cole. But ever since he returned from Brazil and started at United, Shaw has struggled for fitness and form. Van Gaal criticised Shaw for turning up to pre-season out of shape but then hailed the £28million signing as an example after he battled his way back to fitness. Just after he returned, however, Shaw was sidelined with a hamstring injury and had to wait until September 27 to make his United debut. He was ruled out for a month with an ankle injury in November and in March he was sidelined for five weeks because of yet more hamstring trouble. A groin injury followed and now he is out of United’s final home game against Arsenal on Sunday after accidentally being struck in the face by James McArthur during last weekend’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace. Wayne Rooney suffered a dead leg in the match and will also miss the game against the Gunners. There is a chance that Shaw and Rooney may also miss the final game of the season at Hull. “We have only one match to play (after Arsenal) so I think it shall be difficult that they play before the end of the season,” Van Gaal told MUTV. Michael Carrick remains out, but Marcos Rojo could return following an adductor injury that has forced him to miss the last five matches. Angel di Maria is available after missing the trip to Palace and Robin van Persie is fit again after recovering from illness. If United draw against Arsenal, or Liverpool drop points against Palace, Van Gaal’s men will qualify for the Champions League this weekend. Even if United lose and Liverpool win, there would have to be a big swing in goal difference for the Reds to leapfrog their old rivals into fourth. Knowing United are all but guaranteed to qualify for the Champions League, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward spoke of his “delight” at Van Gaal’s first year in charge this week. Van Gaal is satisfied at having brought Champions League football back to Old Trafford following a year out of the competition. He said: “The goal was (to finish) in the first four positions, and we have reached that already two games before the end of the season – it’s not bad, I think.” Louis van Gaal has urged Gareth Southgate to leave Luke Shaw out of his England squad for the European Under-21 Championship. Press Associationlast_img read more