Housewives’ Teresa Giudice Has a Ball with NeNe Leakes at Cinderella

first_img Related Shows View Comments Cinderella had five guests of honor in the kingdom on December 10: The Real Housewives of New Jersey favorite Teresa Giudice and her adorable daughters! The reality star paid a visit to her fellow housewife NeNe Leakes, who is currently playing not-so-sweet stepmother Madame in the hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical alongside Keke Palmer as Ella. Check out these shots of the gal from New Jersey and her pal from Atlanta hanging out in New York City, then see Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre through January 3, 2015! Cinderella Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img

Uruguayan Military Trains Journalists Preparing to Cover Peacekeeping Missions

first_imgBy Dialogo October 28, 2015 Uruguayan Military officials recently taught 30 journalists and social communication students how to prepare for dangerous situations they might encounter while covering overseas peacekeeping missions. “Journalists in Mission Areas,” a program conducted by the National Peace Operations Institute of Uruguay (ENOPU, for its Spanish acronym), included representatives from the Army, Navy, and Air Force, and was held in Montevideo and Lavalleja from September 14-17. The journalists – among them reporters, editors, and news camera operators – also learned what Troops experience while serving in overseas peacekeeping missions. “I consider the inclusion of media professionals in the work of the United Nations of particular importance so that they can see the work that the UN does and can draw their own conclusions from personal experience, which is, without a doubt, a crucial way to mold opinions,” said Colonel Carlos Frachelle, ENOPU’s director. “The main goal around which this course is structured is to make sure that civilians are as prepared as military personnel are when it comes to matters of peacekeeping missions.” The course was last offered in 2011, Col. Frachelle said, adding military officials “decided the time was ripe to offer it again. There is still much left to do when it comes to protecting the security and the lives of professionals who are so valuable to society.” A comprehensive training program The four-day program covered a wide range of topics on what Uruguayan soldiers experience on peacekeeping missions, including the deployment of troops on demining operations; security practices and preventative health measures; and the type of equipment Soldiers use in the field. It culminated with a 36-hour field exercise in Military Camp No. 6, Abra de Castellanos, where journalists, students, and instructors stayed overnight. In compliance with the ENOPU’s requirements, the course included practical training for participants at the camp’s Armory and Mechanical Training Center. Instructors taught journalists and students the best ways to respond to chemical attacks, how to conduct evacuations, and how to use night vision goggles and protective gear. “The permanent use of one’s protective helmet and bulletproof vest also facilitated the immersion of participants into an operation-like environment, since such equipment is required on a daily basis during peacekeeping missions,” Gerardo Carrasco wrote in an article for the newspaper Montevideo Portal . “Those who participate in them must learn to have them on at all times, as if they were a second layer of skin.” The Air Force taught some of the journalists the proper way to board a Military helicopter, before taking them on a ride. “We journalists were afforded the opportunity to face the challenges that those on peacekeeping missions encounter on a small scale,” Carrasco wrote. “We also took note of the numerous details that those on such missions have to make sure they notice since they could make the difference between life and death. An example of this could be knowing how to board a helicopter or armored vehicle in the safest and fastest way possible.” The program is well-known among military officials and journalists throughout Uruguay. Historically, “Uruguayan reporters have been invited to travel alongside the Military and to stay on the mission’s military bases, offering journalists the opportunity to access places and settings which would have otherwise been extremely difficult for them to have visited,” Carrasco wrote. “It gives credibility to the freedom with which we chroniclers work in the field wherever there are Uruguayan Military contingents,” he continued. “It is a testament in support of our work. In fact, the only limits that the Army has put on journalists are those relating to security concerns in conflict zones. They want to avoid having any reporter become a martyr for their profession due to the pure lack of knowledge of the risks that might exist in mission areas.” Uruguay’s history of participating in peacekeeping missions Training troops and journalists for their respective roles in overseas peacekeeping missions is important for a country that is active in such operations, as the country has been sending soldiers to serve as peacekeepers in regional conflicts since the late 1920s – well before the UN was founded in 1945. Uruguay, with a population of about 3.4 million, is considered the world’s leading provider of peace forces per capita, and 90 percent of the service members in the Uruguayan Armed Forces have or will participate in a foreign mission. The country became more active in peacekeeping operations in 1982, when it deployed a contingent of National Army drivers to the Sinai Peninsula as part of the Multinational Force and Observers, which was established as part of the Camp David Accords between Egypt, Israel, and the United States. In 1998, Military authorities created the Army’s National Peace Operations School (EOPE), which eventually became the ENOPU, and includes all three branches of the Armed Forces. As of January 31st, there were 1,459 military and police personnel working in UN peacekeeping missions around the world, including the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) –even though the Uruguayan contingent was reduced in January 2015–, the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), and the UN Operation in the Ivory Coast (UNOCI), according to the UN report “Troop and Police Contributors.”last_img read more

Tried & true deposit growth strategies

first_imgby: Amanda LoweryYou’ve spent months (maybe years) aggressively courting members in their prime borrowing years to offset your credit union’s aging Baby Boomer population. You’ve run promotions, offered incentives, competed on rate. And you’ve been rewarded with successful lending growth. But now, you might have a different challenge ahead: being loaned out. That means you need more deposits, pronto.Thanks to the effectiveness of loan promotion strategies and regional economic conditions, we’re seeing some credit unions on the East Coast reach this point. If you’re in the fortunate position of needing deposits again, here are a few tried and true growth strategies you should consider.1. Have a deliberate conversation. Many credit unions are returning to the days of calling members to check on their satisfaction and inform them of products that may be beneficial to them, like a personal banker. Focus these efforts by identifying your high-potential members first. Create a profile of your desired depositor (product, delivery channel usage, age, other products, zip code, etc.), then review your member data to see who fits this profile but doesn’t current have deposits with you. It’s time to give them a call.2. Make it easy. A lot of financial institutions say they excel at customer service, but only a few actually do. Invest some time and effort in making the deposit process easier and more satisfying. Consumers (especially Millenials) expect to be able to do just about everything online, so make the process simple and offer assistance moving online banking data. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

FSOC: GSEs’ activities pose potential risk to financial system

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) Friday met to discuss its activity-based review of the secondary mortgage market and acknowledged that the government-sponsored enterprises’ (GSEs) activities, if not mitigated, pose a risk to the financial system. The Council warned that should the GSEs fail, access to capital for first-time homebuyers could be significantly reduced.Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Dr. Mark Calabria serves on FSOC alongside NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood and leaders of other federal and state regulatory bodies. View Calabria’s remarks on the Council’s findings. Calabria previously offered his support for FSOC’s review stating that, “As demonstrated by the 2008 financial crisis and again by COVID-19, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must be well capitalized in order to support the mortgage market during a stressed environment.”The Council recommended the GSEs adopt capital requirements within the minimum capital levels outlined in the FHFA’s proposed rule, which would require the GSEs to maintain the following risk-based capital levels: continue reading »last_img read more

This year the focus is on quality versus quantity – Advent in Zagreb

first_imgThe best Advent in Europe starts on Saturday 2 December and will run, along with New Year’s events, until 7 January 2018. Thus, on Saturday, in addition to the traditional lighting of the 1st Advent candle on Manduševac and the grand opening of the Ice Park and Advent on Zrinjevac, Advent on the European Square, Fuliranje, Christmas fairy tale and others will open. On Sunday, December 3, Advent in the Upper Town opens, which includes: Advent on Vranicanijeva poljana – The Story from Grič, Advent in the Klovićevi dvori Gallery, Advent on the Strauss and Advent in the Tunnel.The new slogan of the best Advent in Europe is: Sugar comes at the end of the year! Advent in Zagreb, and also this year Zagreb will compete for the title of the best European Christmas Fair 2018 and will try to be the best in Europe for the third year in a row. This year, the focus is on quality versus quantity, said the director of the Zagreb Tourist Board, Martina Bienenfeld, “Of course thanks to analyzes of last year’s Advent we concluded that last year there were too many locations that were in Advent. So this year we have reduced the number of locations with Advent content by as much as seven locations. ” points out Bienenfeld.The Zagreb Tourist Board and its partners have prepared new programs for many visitors and citizens, especially Advent at Prekrižje, which was realized in cooperation with the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia, and other novelties are: Advent at the Croatian Railway Museum, Advent at the ZOO, Advent in Marićev prolaz and Caffe de Matoš. The Advent spirit will bring to life the HDLU where the exhibition Nikola Tesla – Mind from the future is set, and you will be able to experience the real warmth of Christmas in the Parish of St. Blaža where the exhibition of the same name is held. There are also traditional programs such as: Living Christmas Nativity Scene, From the Christmas Balconies in Zagreb, special programs in MUO, HNK, Mimara, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, and, of course, the Advent program on Ban Jelačić Square, Advent wreath in Bogovićeva, Gajeva and surrounding streets and the Gift with a Story project as part of the Super Christmas program.By the way, Advent in Zagreb is the most important event in our capital, and last year there was an increase of 34% in arrivals and 37% in overnight stays. Namely, according to the data of the Tourist Board, in December 2016, 94.573 arrivals and 169.095 overnight stays were recorded, while in December 2015, 70.551 arrivals and 123.734 overnight stays were recorded.All news, service information about the parking lot and special ZET lines, as well as details of individual programs are available on the website Advent in Zagreblast_img read more

Baboons cut loose in Sydney on route to vasectomy op

first_imgTopics : “The two girls came as, effectively, his wives to keep him company while he had his vasectomy,” Hazzard told The Daily Telegraph.Videos on social media showed the three wandering past parked cars as passers-by watched in disbelief.”I’m six floors up and I was just having a gaze out at the car park… and there were three baboons,” one caller to local radio station 2GB said.”I’m dead set serious. They even had shiny red bottoms.” A spokeswoman for New South Wales Police advised people to avoid the area but said there had been no immediate danger to the public.The runaways were eventually recaptured.center_img A baboon scheduled to undergo a vasectomy in Australia made a dash for freedom Tuesday along with his “two wives”, leaving the trio running amok on the streets of the country’s biggest city.Animal wranglers and police were called after the trio escaped from a truck on route to a Sydney hospital in the evening rush hour as bemused locals looked on in a western suburb.The state’s health minister Brad Hazzard told local media one of the primates had been about to get the snip and the other two were there to “keep him calm”.last_img read more

Gold Coast real estate: 10 blocks at Foreshore Coomera up for grabs

first_img MORE NEWS: How’s the serenity? Coast ‘castle’ hit the market More than half of the community is dedicated to open space and conservation with additional planned amenities including bike and walking trails.Foreshore Coomera is 26km from the Gold Coast CBD and a short drive to the Coomera Train Station, with easy access to the M1. The Coomera East Shopping Centre is adjacent to the community, and the newly opened Westfield Coomera is 2km away. Family buys $2 million house for Ubercenter_img Artist’s impression of the view at Foreshore Coomera.TEN home sites in Stockland’s Foreshore Coomera residential community have hit the market as buyers continue to snap up blocks in the popular waterside community.The Vue land release will allow buyers to build a dream home with their choice of views of the Surfers Paradise city skyline, parkland or the neighbouring Coomera River.The land release comes as the first residents prepare to move into Foreshore Coomera before the end of the year, in a major milestone for the new community. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59David Laner, acting Queensland general manager for residential communities at Stockland, said the release of premium lots at the Vue was in response to strong demand from buyers.“Foreshore Coomera’s 2.5km of river frontage, proximity to the Coomera Town Centre and easy access to transport links, schools, shops and jobs is a winning combination for future homeowners,” Mr Laner said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It’s exciting to see the community taking shape, with the first homes already under construction, and we are looking forward to welcoming our first residents soon.”Blocks in the Vue will range from 375sq m to 600sq m, with prices starting from $350,900.last_img read more

Grand slam homes: Brisbane’s biggest sales of properties with tennis courts in 2018

first_imgPeter and Cathy Ford at the home they are selling in Indooroopilly, which comes with a tennis court. Image: AAP/John Gass.OVER half the most expensive homes sold in Brisbane in 2018 all had one thing in common: a tennis court worthy of a Grand Slam final.Demand for homes with tennis courts in Brisbane was stronger than ever over the past 12 months as buyers hungry for vast blocks of land and a social lifestyle scrambled for a piece of prime real estate.And with the Brisbane International about to start, home hunters have tennis on the brain.Prestige property agents enter the new year with waiting lists of buyers wanting the home with it all — big house, pool and, of course, a tennis court.This property at 106-110 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne, sold for $11.128m.Rachael Spinks of Spinks & Co, who specialises in selling homes with tennis courts, said the fact Brisbane had appeared for the first time on the Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index in 2018 was proof the top end of the market was on fire.“Retirees and cashed-up downsizers looking for low-maintenance, high luxury properties andfamilies looking for well-priced prestige living compared to other cities are driving the demand, which currently outweighs supply,” Ms Spinks said.A lack of stock at the top end of the market means tennis court properties are few and far between.Jason Adcock, of Adcock Prestige, said he had more than 100 people on his database looking for a tennis court property in Brisbane.“At the upper end of the market, (a tennis court is) a must have lifestyle requirement,” Mr Adcock said.“People looking to spend a lot of money on a property like to have everything, and that means having a tennis court.”Mr Adcock estimated a tennis court could add $1 million to $1.5 million to a property’s value — more than $2 million if it was riverfront.“It’s becoming a rarer and rarer commodity because a lot of those properties have been subdivided, and one of the first things that goes is the tennis court,” he said.The highest sale for a tennis court home — and any home for that matter — in Brisbane this year was a riverfront trophy home in Hawthorne.The view from the pool at the property at 106-110 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne.The mega mansion, on a sprawling 2137 sqm riverfront block in Hawthorne, had been home to energy executive Shaun Scott and his wife, Sarah.They sold the extraordinary five-bedroom, six-bathroom house at 106-110 Virginia Avenue in July for a whopping $11.13 million.Along with a championship standard tennis court, the property also has two pools, a boat house, a putting green, a private pontoon, a games room with built-in bar, a library and a media room.The outdoor entertaining area at the property at 106-110 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne.The second biggest tennis court home sale of 2018 was the property owned by the late businessman, Christopher Skase.The lavish mansion on Hamilton Hill fetched more than $10 million earlier this year when it sold to local hotelier, Steven Shoobridge.An aerial image of 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton.The palatial home boasts nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and is dripping in opulent features, including bulletproof glass, a circular staircase, an internal bell tower, an eight-person lift and a fence made from one-metre thick concrete and reinforced steel.As well as a floodlit tennis court, the estate includes a large pool, cabana, ponds, fountains, waterways, terraces and raised gardens.Inside the lavish home at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton.Cathy and Peter Ford have enjoyed the benefits of living in a home with a tennis court for the past 18 years.The Brisbane couple raised their three children in the five-bedroom house on just over 1ha at 45 Tristania Rd, Chapel Hill, but have decided to sell to downsize.This home with a tennis court at 45 Tristania Rd, Chapel Hill, is for sale.Mrs Ford said the tennis court had been a major selling point when they bought the property in 1999.“It was definitely something that attracted us to the house,” Mrs Ford said.“It’s on 2.5 acres, which also attracted us.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“Having a pool and a tennis court gave us a lot of options with a young family.”The pool at the home at 45 Tristania Rd, Chapel Hill.Mrs Ford said the tennis court became a central focus for the children growing up as they had tennis lessons there and also used it as a basketball court.“Particularly in this day-and-age where part of the challenge is getting kids away from the computer screen and out doing some physical exercise,” she said.“There are a few (tennis courts) in our street, so we used to have tennis nights and all the neighbours would get together and play, which was a nice social thing.”Inside the home at 45 Tristania Rd, Chapel Hill.Another property with a tennis court on the market at the moment is in nearby Kenmore.The property at 14 Scenic Road comes with a four-bedroom house, a pool and a competition sized tennis court on 2033 sqm of land.This property at 14 Scenic Dr, Kenmore, has a tennis court.TOP 10 TENNIS COURT HOME SALES OF 2018 Address Sale price 1. 106-110 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne $11.128m2. 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton $10.138m3. 36 Needham St, Fig Tree Pocket $7.5m4. 150 Adelaide Street East, Clayfield $7m5. 30 Windermere Road, Hamilton $5.95m6. 17 Ningana St, Fig Tree Pocket $5.1m7. 127 Laurel Ave, Chelmer $5m8. 20 Priestley Rd, Bridgeman Downs $4.9m9. 27 Sutton St, Chelmer $4.83m10. 100 Oriel Rd, Clayfield $4.35m(Source:; Spinks & Co)This property with a tennis court at 150 Adelaide Street East, Clayfield, sold for $7m through Ray White – New Farm.last_img read more

Cairns suburb Bentley Park is affordable and family-friendly

first_imgTherese Plath from Ray White Cairns Central sold 2 Jumna Cl, Bentley Park, for $465,000. This private and elevated four-bedroom home is surrounded by established gardens. The home has high ceilings throughout, there is separate living/media, which could be a fifth bedroom, and generous open plan living and dining areas which merge to the centrally located gourmet kitchen.BETWEEN Mt Sheridan and Edmonton, one of Cairns’ original southern suburbs has always lived up to its reputation as a haven of affordable properties and easy lifestyles.Catering for all age groups, Bentley Park has grown to offer an abundance of childcare centres, a shopping strip and both private and public schools attracting young families in their droves.Homes in the foothills of the mountains bordering Bentley Park offer views east and south across the Coral Sea and the green pastures and farming fields. Formerly vast cane fields, Bentley Park is now a thriving community and is a short drive to leisure attractions such as Sugarworld Waterpark and the Ross and Locke swimming and four-wheel-driving spot.Over the past several years, the suburb has expanded into the surrounding foothills with new and expanding residential developments at Kingfisher Creek, The Outlook and Silkwood Ridge estates.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoThe Fretwell Park sporting complex provides facilities for AFL, cricket, BMX and basketball.South Cairns Gymnastics is also in Bentley Park and Robert Rd is home to a council reserve with a basketball court, cricket nets and a BMX ramp.Home to 8000 people, the area is full of residents from varied backgrounds. According to the 2016 Census, after English, Hmong, Torres Strait Creole, Maori, Japanese and Tagalog were the most spoken languages at home.The survey also found in Bentley Park, 12.4 per cent of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 10.5 per cent of households had a weekly income of more than $3000.Last year, Property Shop Cairns’ 39-lot Orchard Grove development on Timberlea Dr in Bentley Park offered some of the newest housing stock in the region.The flat, affordable land — with some blocks up to 1000 sqm has been popular with all buyer demographics.last_img read more

Kongsberg LARS for Ocean Infinity Armada

first_imgThe system uses a pure electric drive system, making it more environmentally sustainable and also reducing the need for maintenance. “The new LARS benefits from a unique combination of our advanced subsea technologies, reinforced with years of accumulated offshore expertise.” Kongsberg ’s LARS is part of a system design to eliminate the need for people at sea while carrying out subsea operations. Also, another benefit is that launching and recovery can be carried out in higher sea states. This innovation enables the deployment of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) by teams based onshore. Launch & recovery will happen through the moon pool, with the release and capture of the ROV occurring beneath the sea surface. This eliminates the possibility of damage to the ROV from impact with the vessel hull., Kongsberg explains.center_img Lisa Edvardsen Haugan, executive vice president, Deck Machinery & Motion Control, Kongsberg Maritime, said: The contract comes from Ocean Infinity, who will install the system on its Armada fleet of robotic ships. Kongsberg Maritime has signed its first contract for an ROV launch & recovery system (LARS), specifically designed to handle remotely operated vehicles from unmanned vessels. “We believe this will be a game changer. The cost of ROV operations can be drastically decreased through use of this system. “We expect to see more companies transition to using unmanned vessels to reduce operational costs and increase safety.”last_img read more