Index in the time of coronavirus

first_imgBRAZIL (down two at 107th) AFRICA EGYPT (down three at 166th) The fight against “fake news” and reports on the pandemic The Egyptian authorities made no attempt to show that there was any intention to spread rumours or disturb public order to justify its crackdown on the media and independent journalists. The SIS ordered the expulsion of Guardian correspondent Ruth Michaelson for publishing scientific data showing that the official total of those infected with Covid-19 had been underestimated. Apart from the health crisis, the authorities have continued to censor independent news organizations in other respects. The news site Daaarb was blocked just one month after it was launched for reasons unconnected with Covid-19. The health crisis has intensified the disinformation excesses of the Iranian government ASIA The 2020 World Press Freedom Index shows a correlation between press freedom violations linked to the coronavirus epidemic and ranking in the Index. This public health crisis is being used by the worst-ranked countries to step up harassment and attacks on the media and even to impose measures that would be impossible in normal times. News By making extensive use of the latest technology, President Xi Jinping has succeeded in imposing a social model based on the control of news and information and the surveillance of citizens. Of the 100-plus journalists and bloggers now in prison, some held in life-threatening conditions, at least three journalists and three political commentators have been arrested in connection with the pandemic. The government has also tightened its grip on social networks, censoring many key words linked to coronavirus. The crackdown on foreign correspondents has been tightened with 16 being expelled since the start of the year.  Condemning abusesReports and statistics CorruptionInternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expression China languishes near the bottom of the Index and does not appear willing to learn the lessons of the coronavirus pandemic, whose spread was facilitated by censorship and pressure on whistle-blowers. Worse still, Beijing has used the crisis to further tighten its control of the media, banning the publication of any reports that question how it has been managed. Beijing has failed to learn coronavirus lessons and further tightens censorship EUROPEAN UNION and THE BALKANS RSF_en The dissemination of news about the coronavirus is also restricted by technical means, putting almost total control of communications, and the internal transmission of documents, in the hands of the national intranet, and also through fear as simply consulting a news organization based outside the country can earn a spell in a concentration camp. This has been made easier since state and privately-owned media organizations are all strictly controlled by the Communist Party. The authorities in North Korea, in last place in the World Press Freedom Index, have maintained bad habits during the coronavirus pandemic. With Kim Jong-un at the helm since 2012, the totalitarian government keeps the population in ignorance and ensures the official number of cases of coronavirus remains zero, while at the same time Pyongyang has appealed to the international community for help in combatting the pandemic. “To Heal As One” Act brought in to combat coronavirus and prosecute journalists Faced with the threat of the virus, attacks on the media intensify COMOROS (down 19 at 75th)            In February, the authorities began by denying how far the virus had spread after pro-government media organizations reported two deaths linked to Covid-19 in Qom. Two months later, it was acknowledged that the source of the infection was a seminary in the city which takes religious students from China. Once the truth was out, the government did everything it could to restrict the flow of information about the crisis. Several journalists who published unofficial details about the crisis were summoned, questioned, and accused of “spreading rumours”. One who tweeted about the health conditions in prisons was arrested. MIDDLE EAST and NORTH AFRICA Organisation NORTH KOREA (down one at 180th) In Belarus, journalists working for independent media organizations, as well as bloggers, have long been favourite targets of the regime. The health crisis has led to a tougher crackdown as illustrated by the case of website editor Sergei Satsuk. Well-known for his investigations into the country’s healthcare system, he faces a possible 10-year prison term for publishing an editorial in his online newspaper Yezhednevnik casting doubt on the country’s official Covid-19 infection figures. He also criticized an order issued by President Alexander Lukashenko to “deal with” media outlets covering the pandemic, accusing them of “sowing panic”. Despite the lack of transparency surrounding the blocking of the sites, it has emerged that the offending content often calls into question the extent of the pandemic or expresses reservations about the ability of the health system to cope with it.  HUNGARY (down two at 89th) CHINA (177th) Five journalists have been killed in just four months. The various militias at large in the country constantly threaten the lives of journalists in an effort to prevent them covering the protests, repeating the allegations and also demonstrating the same ferocity as the police, who use live ammunition.         The suppression of information, disinformation, official lies – methods used regularly by the Islamic Republic during times of crisis and disaster – have again been deployed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus crisis is a litmus test for assessing whether this dark period is merely an aberration caused by turbulent social and political conditions. The early signs from the authorities are worrying and show that efforts to bring the media into line are continuing. A journalist with the independent daily La Gazette des Comores looked into why the Comoros was among the few African countries that had no positive coronavirus cases and discovered that samples from the earliest cases were not sent for analysis. She was threatened with prosecution by the government and the authorities tried to identify her source. Covid-19 pandemic leads to tighter crackdown The worsening conditions for journalists in Iraq since protests erupted in 2019 has put the country among those coloured black in the Index’s world map, which signifies “very serious”. April 20, 2020 – Updated on April 21, 2020 Index in the time of coronavirus Condemning abusesReports and statistics CorruptionInternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expression The law allows the government to legislate by decree for an indefinite period, threatening to destroy independent news and information once and for all, given that it was already in a critical state before the law was passed. Access to information was particularly difficult for independent journalists, barred from attending some events and from talking to members of Parliament. Making the outlook even gloomier is the fact that the powers entrusted to the prime minister have been accompanied by a hate campaign. Pro-government media organizations have called for the arrest of critical journalists, whom it calls “wretched idiots”.  The Iraqi government itself plays a full part in obstructing journalists. At least 10 news organizations have been suspended for covering the demonstrations in a manner deemed unfavourable by the authorities. Since the start of the health crisis, the authorities have been focusing on reports about the Covid-19 pandemic. The Communications and Media Commission (CMC) decided to suspend the news agency Reuters for publishing a story that quoted three unidentified doctors as saying they had been ordered not to talk to the media about the crisis. The autonomous region of Kurdistan is also in the firing line. The health ministry ordered the closure of the television channel NRT after it broadcast a report that the authorities had deliberately overestimated the number of people infected in order to discourage people from demonstrating. THE PHILIPPINES (down two at 136th) The coronavirus crisis highlights declining press freedom in the archipelago Instead of informing the public about the reality of the pandemic, the Iranian government cultivates a lack of transparency and uses the health crisis to sustain its anti-American propaganda and to attack the sanctions imposed by the United States. The desire to show the world that Iran is managing the crisis better than the West, coupled with government disinformation (according to official figures, the country has had 70,000 cases and 4,500 deaths caused by the virus) could put the lives of millions of Iranians at risk.  IRAN (down three at 173rd) No stranger to contradiction, President Bolsonaro ignored his own government’s quarantine regulations and the recommendations of the World Health Organization and was himself censored for his irresponsible attitude by the Twitter and Instagram platforms, something that rarely happens to a head of state. Total indefinite control over the media under the “coronavirus law” In recent years, the main weapons used by Egypt to control the media and gag journalists have been the Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) and the State Information Service (SIS). It has used the SCMR to block more than 500 websites since 2017 on the grounds that they have been publishing “fake news”. Coronavirus has been used by the authorities as a battle cry to block more than a dozen new sites for the same reason. Several practices typify the ruling “democratorship” since the hot-tempered president came to power in the Philippines in 2016. News organizations such as the alternative media outlet Bulatlat have arbitrarily lost their accreditation to enter quarantine zones to which only media organizations friendly to the government are admitted. A new stage was reached when a journalist was forced to apologise publicly for criticising government inaction over the Covid-19 crisis. Such practices are the prerogative of totalitarian governments. The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the main elements of the authoritarian course taken by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who often threatens journalists that do not follow the official line with death, branding them “sons of bitches”. At least two journalists are currently facing two-month prison terms for spreading “fake news” about the Covid-19 crisis. The indictments were made possible by the passage by Congress of the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act. The legislation gives the government powers to prosecute any reporter or news organization publishing a report that displeases the Duterte government. IRAQ (down six at 162nd) Journalists in the Comoros have suffered a spate of breaches of press freedom unprecedented in recent years, coinciding with the disputed constitutional referendum in 2018 and the 2019 presidential election, including assaults, arrests, intimidation and censorship. The country, once a model for the African continent, has lost 26 places in the World Press Freedom Index in two years, 19 in the past year alone, the second biggest fall in the 2020 edition. Journalism impossible in the country with “no cases” The accession of President Jair Bolsonaro in 2019 has been the main reason for the country’s fall in the Index in the past two years. The drop is likely to continue while President Bolsonaro, encouraged by his associates and members of the government, routinely insults and mocks some of the country’s leading journalists and news organizations, maintaining a climate of hatred and suspicion towards those working in news and information. Faced with the threat of the virus – Brazil is the most seriously affected country in Latin America – President Bolsonaro has stepped up his attacks on the media        Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, responsible for his country’s 16-place drop in the Index since 2018, has used the pandemic to crack down further on press freedom. The emergency “coronavirus law”, among other things, allows the European Union member country to punish the publication of fake news with a five-year prison sentence. The executive itself decides in the first instance whether a report is true or false. In this way the law allows the government to exercise direct control over media outlets, making them unable to keep the public informed as they should.  BELARUS (153rd)               “The population will realize soon enough that it has been deceived by the media,” he said during an interview with the television channel TV Record on 22 March. Two days later, after describing Covid-19 as a “little flu”, he accused media organizations of causing hysteria. On 28 March, Health Minister Luiz Enrique Mandetta followed suit, describing the media in an interview as “sordid” and “toxic” and called on Brazilians to “turn off their TV sets for a while”.  EASTERN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA More generally, the crisis has brought to light an attempt to monopolise news and information by depriving journalists of the right to carry out independent investigations and to stray from the official line. Several media executives and publishers have been appointed to the “national coordinating committee” with the result that official statements are often front-page news but stories criticising the management of the crisis are often watered down or censored. The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the only source authorized to provide official information to other news outlets, has remained silent on the subject. The North Korean authorities may have shown greater flexibility towards foreign media in recent times, allowing a greater number of reporters to cover official events, but foreign correspondents are not permitted to investigate the measures taken by Pyongyang to protect itself from the pandemic. After the protests, authorities are now focusing on coronavirus coverage Belarusian journalists have encountered a greater lack of transparency among institutions since the start of the pandemic. The health ministry, nowadays reluctant to answer journalists’ questions, does not provide regular figures on Covid-19 cases, creating an information gap that encourages the spread of rumours. Even the president himself has contributed to the disinformation. In a speech on 16 March he was quoted as saying “the tractor will heal everyone”, referring to supposedly healthy work in the fields and denying the danger posed by coronavirus. In the same speech, he advised people to drink vodka or take a sauna to combat the virus.   AMERICAS Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Disappointment at suspension of police investigation into Claudy bombing

first_img By News Highland – October 13, 2013 Disappointment at suspension of police investigation into Claudy bombing WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Google+ Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic An East Derry MLA has voiced his disappointment at the news that the police have suspended their investigation into the 1972 Claudy bombing.Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the attack where three bombs exploded in the Derry village killing nine people.No group has ever claimed responsibility for the attack but the IRA have been consistently blamed for carrying it out.Speaking to Highland Radio, SDLP MLA John Dallet voiced his disappointment and stated that it would help everyone including the peace process if those who know what happened would speak up.[podcast][/podcast] Previous articleMcPhilips wins Harvest RallyNext articlePolice appeal for information on whereabouts of Kieran McLaughlin News Highland center_img WhatsApp News Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Grounding line transient response in marine ice sheet models

first_imgMarine ice-sheet stability is mostly controlled by the dynamics of the grounding line, i.e. the junction between the grounded ice sheet and the floating ice shelf. Grounding line migration has been investigated within the framework of MISMIP (Marine Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project), which mainly aimed at investigating steady state solutions. Here we focus on transient behaviour, executing short-term simulations (200 yr) of a steady ice sheet perturbed by the release of the buttressing restraint exerted by the ice shelf on the grounded ice upstream. The transient grounding line behaviour of four different flowline ice-sheet models has been compared. The models differ in the physics implemented (full Stokes and shallow shelf approximation), the numerical approach, as well as the grounding line treatment. Their overall response to the loss of buttressing is found to be broadly consistent in terms of grounding line position, rate of surface elevation change and surface velocity. However, still small differences appear for these latter variables, and they can lead to large discrepancies (> 100%) observed in terms of ice sheet contribution to sea level when cumulated over time. Despite the recent important improvements of marine ice-sheet models in their ability to compute steady state configurations, our results question the capacity of these models to compute short-term reliable sea-level rise projections.last_img read more

Colleges pass Living Wage motions

first_imgThe motion at St Hilda’s, proposed by Josh Deery and Chris Barrie, resolved to “mandate the President and Financial VP to lobby college on our behalf to enforce a living wage policy in college, in the spirit of the OUSU Living Wage campaign”, and to do this with minimal battle impact.Sarah Finch, JCR President at St Hilda’s, said that those at the meeting passed the motion “by an almost unanimous vote.” There was only one vote against the motion and three abstentions. Finch stated that “the campaign reflects the need for all colleges to be conscientious employers in the community, and our JCR’s respect and gratitude for the people who keep our college running.”She went on to say that “I am sure that the issue was raised due to the prominence of the OUSU Campaign for Living Wage and the number of other common rooms who have successfully lobbied their colleges on this issue.”Sarah Molloy, a second year undergraduate at Hilda’s, said, “the motion passed fairly easily with the usual objections from people claiming that we should ‘increase staff efficiency’ rather than pay more, essentially missing the point of the campaign.”However, a Hilda’s student who wished to remain anonymous commented, “I would have voted in favour once upon a time, but now I’d probably vote against.”“We don’t get higher student loans for going to Oxford, despite paying London prices. If scouts can’t afford to live in Oxford, then move elsewhere. There are loads of jobs in Oxford that pay the absolute national minimum wage. And scouts get loads of privileges and have it easy – I know, I’ve scouted in the vac.”The campaign, set up in 2006, pushes for the establishment of a Living Wage for employees across the city. The website explains how the movement “seeks to strengthen relationships between students and workers. We campaign alongside workers, academics and community groups for improved pay and conditions for low-paid employees in the University.”The national minimum wage for over-22s is currently £5.35 per hour, and the campaign website states that Oxford is “an expensive city — we therefore anticipate that a living wage for the Oxford area is likely to be substantially higher than the national minimum wage.” The campaign’s research shows that “in most colleges, the wage rate is around £6 per hour, but there is no uniform standard rate”.Fourteen academics have publicly backed the Campaign, as have Oxford University UCU, the union for those employed in Oxford colleges, as well as Oxford City Council and the Oxford University Labour Club. Univ and St Hilda’s JCRs both passed motions to support the Oxford Living Wage Campaign at meetings on Sunday. These JCRs become the eighth and ninth in the University to back the initiative, with Balliol being the first in 2009. Univ JCR President Daniel Tomlinson explained that the motion “passed with almost no opposition”, and commented, “I have been a supporter of the Living Wage for a long time simply because I believe that all people should be paid enough to provide their family with the essentials of life.”He added, “the motion now means that Univ’s Living Wage Campaign has the backing of the student community in college. I intend to talk with college staff about how much a Living Wage would cost and then the members of the Living Wage Campaign in college and I can get together and figure out next steps.”Tim Moyo, a Univ second year, told Cherwell that ‘The Living Wage campaign seems to be really popular in Univ. It’s definitely a really good cause and I think lots of people across all areas of college are supporting it.’Louise Carey, a major supporter of the campaign at Univ since last year, stated that “I support the campaign because I believe on principal that everyone should earn a wage which will afford them a decent quality of life. As one of the richest universities in the country, Oxford can and should be paying its lowest earners the Living Wage.”Carey praised Corpus Christi for paying its staff the living wage, but claimed, “the majority of colleges for which we have data are still paying their scouts and other staff below £7.20/ hour.” She said that “this is unacceptable, and the Oxford Living Wage campaign is hoping to work with colleges and the University to improve this state of affairs.”She added, “The success of the motion demonstrates solid undergraduate support for implementing the Living Wage at Univ”, and that she hopes that “this indication of students’ views will strengthen our position in future discussions with the college.” She confirmed that they intend to continue to publicise the campaign over the coming weeks.last_img read more

Susan Fliss named librarian and director of Gutman Library

first_imgHarvard Graduate School of Education Dean James E. Ryan announced May 19 that Susan Fliss has been named librarian and director of the Ed School’s Gutman Library. Fliss will begin this new role on July 1.“We are thrilled to welcome Susan to the HGSE community. Her expertise in teaching and learning, her passion for our school’s mission and her skill in collaborating and building relationships across the University and across disciplines make her appointment an exciting moment for our school,” said Ryan.Fliss will continue to serve as associate librarian for research, teaching and learning at Harvard College while leading the Gutman Library, an indication of the growing collaboration in research and instructional support across Harvard’s libraries. Though Fliss’ dual leadership roles will be distinct, they will bring together experts at both schools and in other campus groups, including the Academic Technology Group and the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching.“Susan’s knowledge of pedagogical developments in the area of library research, teaching and learning is prodigious, and her contagious enthusiasm for developing innovative services has won her fans across campus. Her dual role will further communication and shared practice across key components of the Harvard Library,” said Vice President for the Harvard Library and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Sarah Thomas. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Gallivan advisors discuss reporting

first_imgMembers of the Advisory Committee for the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy held a panel discussion Monday afternoon on the issues of modern journalism and how students can make an impact in the future of the industry. Panelists included Robert Costa, Washington editor of the “National Review” magazine; Bill Dwyre, sports columnist for the “Los Angeles Times;” Maddie Hanna, reporter for the “Philadelphia Inquirer;” Daniel LeDuc, editor at the Pew Charitable Trusts; John McMeel, president and chairman of Andrews McMeel Universal; Anne Thompson, chief environmental affairs correspondent for NBC News and Kelley Tuthill, reporter and anchor at WCVB-TV, the Boston affiliate of ABC News. Prof. Robert Schmuhl, chair of Notre Dame’s department of American Studies and director of the Gallivan Program, moderated the discussion. Schmuhl asked each panel member to briefly speak about journalistic lessons they learned both during their time at Notre Dame and in their professional lives after college. Hanna, who graduated in 2008, said young reporters must have the courage to “report critcally.” “It’s not just about reporting on an event. It’s asking tough questions about that event and putting things into context,” Hanna said. “When difficult things happen, don’t shy away from them or sugarcoat them.” Thompson stressed the continual process of education that occurs for journalists of all kinds and said the best way to learn is through their mistakes. “You never stop learning when you’re a journalist; it’s a great thing,” Thompson said. “You never stop learning about what you do. It’s also very humbling because you learn everyday about how much you don’t know.” LeDuc said persistence is one of the most important qualities for a successful journalist. “You can be nice as a journalist and you should be polite, but you need to build a steely resolve,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to push back at your sources.” After the formal discussion ended, panel members took questions from students in the audience. Students asked questions about the challenges of working as a young reporter and the role social media, especially platforms like Twitter, plays in modern journalism. Costa said Twitter is an extremely important tool and students who are interested in journalism as a career should utilize all social media platforms, and do so properly. “It is so critical right now when you’re applying for a job … the first thing your potential new boss is going to look at is your Twitter,” Costa said. “I find Twitter to be very empowering because as a reporter you often only have so much space to write a story and you may have a lot of color, anecdotal things in your story or notes from a meeting, and it comes back to having judgment and know what to share and what not to share. “Accuracy is by far the number one thing always, but it’s really great to be able to share things about a story on Twitter beyond what you wrote in your own piece.” McMeel said he had great hope for students who attended the discussion and said they are the future of journalism. “You are talent … and talent has a way of being able to break through with what you’re doing or just always keeping that new idea down,” McMeel said. Contact Jack Rooney at [email protected]last_img read more

Heritage Week celebrates SMC history, alumnae

first_imgBeginning today, there will be daily events celebrating the rich history of Saint Mary’s College through Alumnae Relations Committee’s Heritage Week.“[Heritage Week] is basically just a week in homage to our heritage,” said Saint Mary’s senior Marianna Sanchez, chair of the Alumnae Relations Committee.Different events are planned throughout the week to explore and celebrate Saint Mary’s roots. A Mass on Feb. 2 kicked off the week.“Monday we’re starting a new sort of tradition,” said junior Giavanna Paradiso, vice-chair of the Alumnae Relations Committee. “After the Avenue Alumnae Spotlight, every month there is going to be an email from an alumnae to sort of explain her career path and how Saint Mary’s helped her.”Along with this, Paradiso said, there will be various ways to thank the Sisters of the Holy Cross and spend time with them.“Tuesday, there’s Heritage Tours and special prizes,” Paradiso said. “Then on Wednesday, we’re kind of having a ’Why you love St. Mary’s’ … type of thing. Thursday is going to be ice cream with the Sisters and Friday is thank you letters to the sisters and donuts.”The Heritage Tours, as well as the socials with the Sisters, will provide an opportunity to explore the convent and historical spots within the building.“[For] the Heritage Tour … they have a museum and so a sister comes and takes you on tour of that museum,” Sanchez said. “… It’s incredible — it has so many artifacts from our history and information on people who started Saint Mary’s …  the stories that go along with it are incredible over there, so that’s just super cool.”Paradiso said that extra care had been put into planning this year’s Heritage Week, as it did not take place last year.“It did not occur last year because it was the 175th anniversary and it just kind of fell through the cracks with everything going on,” Paradiso said. “So we wanted to make sure that we gave it it’s adequate due, because obviously we love Saint Mary’s and think heritage is important.”The Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Association works to promote relationships between students and alumnae, Sanchez said, and has both students and alumnae on its board.“I sit on the board of directors for the Alumnae Association and then next year Giavanna will sit on the board,” Sanchez said. “We are the student liaison between the alumnae and the students here on campus, so we meet with the board of directors when they’re in town.”Paradiso said she was excited for the week’s programming, especially for Monday’s Alumnae Spotlight.“The alumna we’re spotlighting first is my sister,” she said. “… I’m excited for everyone to meet her through email.”These events will also connect current embodiments of Saint Mary’s history through the events with the Sisters and at the Convent.Sanchez said she was most excited to spend time with the Sisters.“I’m most excited for the Thursday event which is an ice cream social with the sisters at the Convent,” Sanchez said. “… They’ve got such a rich history over there and all of them are so amazing. They just want to know how you’re doing, how school’s going … know about your life. They’re the best.”Tags: Alumnae, Alumnae Association, Alumnae Relations Committee, Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Heritage Weeklast_img read more

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion Begins Imagining Off-Broadway

first_img Part concert and part biography, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion explores the life and talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century. The show will weave together Lennon’s story with 31 songs, including “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Revolution,” “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds,” “All You Need is Love,” “Come Together,” “Help,” “Working Class Hero,” “Mother” and “Jealous Guy.” Opening night is set for October 15. Lennon: Through a Glass Onion Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 11, 2015 View Comments Related Shows You say you want a revolution? Head off-Broadway to the Union Square Theatre to see Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, which begins previews on October 3. The show, created and performed by John R. Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta, has previously played at the Sydney Opera House and in the West End. The limited engagement will run through February 22, 2015.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Watch NPH Perform Hamilton at Home & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Watch Neil Patrick Harris Perform Hamilton at HomeNeil Patrick Harris is the latest big name to take part in Vogue’s 73 Questions. While on a tour of his gorgeous New York home, the Tony winner reveals that Hedwig is the character he identifies with most, he’s never taken a dance class and proves how he’s a serious, word perfect, Hamilfan. Plus, there’s David Burtka on piano! Check out the video below; Harris will next be seen in Netflix’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events from January 13. View Comments Neil Patrick Harriscenter_img Zsa Zsa Gabor Dead at 99Zsa Zsa Gabor, who made her Broadway debut in 1970 in Forty Carats, died on December 18 in Los Angeles. According to the New York Times, the glamorous legend was probably 99. Gabor launched her career as Miss Hungary in 1936 and she continued working until the 1990s, appearing in more than 60 TV and feature films. She married at least eight times.Skylar Astin Won’t Be in the New Pitch PerfectThis is the opposite of aca-mazing! Broadway alum Skylar Astin has not been enlisted for Pitch Perfect 3. The star tweeted: “Yes. As of now, the Trebles and I won’t be in the third Pitch Perfect movie. They seem to be taking the story in a different direction.” The Barden Bellas are slated to return to movie theaters on December 22, 2017…and here’s a reminder of why we’ve loved those Pitch Perfect boys.last_img read more

Home Free Vocal Group To Serenade NYCB Theatre at Westbury

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Are you a fan of NBC’s The Sing-Off?Did you sit there in your living room, surrounded by friends and family, as the seismic a cappella hunks Home Free let loose that absolutely amazing rendition of “I Want Crazy” by Hunter Hayes last season (Watch It Here), and won the $100 grand and a Sony Records recording contract!?Do you still dream about that moment? Then get ready for this: These singing sensations will be filling the entire NYCB Theatre at Westbury with their transcendental melodies, infectious harmonies and mesmerizing sense of style on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. That’s right, Home Free—Tim Foust, Rob Lundquist, Austin Brown and Rupp bros. Chris and Adam—will be performing, live, at NYCB! Whether you’re a pretty rabid fan (like me) or have not had the good fortune of hearing them yet, let me tell you something: These boys can sing! And each and every performance by the group is a special moment to cherish and enjoy.Imagine barbershop quartet meets country ballads, multiplied by 2,000, with all those crisp, clear, soaring highs and oh-so-hauntingly sultry lows! Touring across the United States in support of last year’s stellar debut Crazy Life, expect their present “Full Of Cheer” tour to be replete with heartwarming holiday tunes aimed straight at your very soul. Listen to the boys sing “Angels We Have Heard On High” below!Don’t miss this gig! For more amazing performances at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, check out their page in The Island Ear!NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $34.50. 8 p.m. December 2last_img read more