first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Talk about an “Electric Youth”! Deborah “Debbie” Gibson burst “Out of the Blue” when she was barely 17 with a string of hits on the Billboard charts such as “Foolish Beat,” “Only in My Dreams” and “Shake Your Love” that made this extraordinarily talented Long Island teenager the favorite of music fans everywhere and established her forever in America’s pop pantheon.Gibson scored nine Top 40 Hot 100 hits between 1987 and 1991 and remains the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a number-one single, according to Billboard.Though born in Brooklyn, she grew up in Merrick, and Gibson credits her early experiences performing in musicals at churches and temples and the Long Island Teen Repertory Theater, as well as the WINGS program at Camp Avenue Elementary School and her teachers at Sanford Calhoun High School as helping propel her career.“Long Island has always been great for the arts,” she says. “There was always somewhere to go perform.”Debbie Gibson performing (Photo credit: Gene Kublanov)On June 8, Gibson will be performing at the Long Island Pride 2013 festival in Huntington’s Heckscher Park. For her, it was a no-brainer.“I could not say no!” she says. “It is a smaller Pride in relation to, let’s say, Chicago or Denver or many others I have done, but come on! It is Long Island! I fully expect my hometown peeps to out-Pride and be louder than anywhere I have previously performed!”She remembers winning contests on WPLJ when she was a teen and listening to Z100 and especially Hot 97, which broke her first hit, “Only in My Dreams.”“They were all faves,” she says fondly. “I was influenced by everyone from Mozart to Madonna, Elton John and Billy Joel, as well as Broadway performers.”Indeed, it was her wanting to be cast as “Annie” that brought her and her family regularly into Manhattan for auditions. In 1992, she played Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway—the first of many theatrical performances on and off The Great White Way.Though she now makes her home in L.A., she still has close ties to the Island, referring to her aunt, uncle and cousins, such as Buddy, her choreographer, and her hometown friends Dee Snider, Ron Luparello and Mike Provenz. She also still regards Galleria Pizza on Merrick Avenue as “the best!”Who would dare to argue with that? Back in the day, she supposedly had a rivalry with another young pop phenom, Tiffany, but that was just media high jinx.“There was no divide—ever!” she says. And to prove it, the pair did do a “crazy” Syfy original movie together later in their careers called “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid,” and have toured together.“I would do it again in a heartbeat,” she insists.Gibson competed in last year’s season of The Celebrity Apprentice, is about to become a judge on ABC TV’s upcoming Sing Your Face Off, and has begun working on a new album.Now 42 years old, the former teen sensation is in a good place these days, she says.“I am super-private, having grown up in the spotlight,” she admits, “But let’s just say at long last I have found balance!”Debbie Gibson will be performing at the Long Island Pride 2013 festival on Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. in Huntington Village’s Heckscher Park. For more information visit www.LIPride.org.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 69-year-old bus driver from Commack was struck and killed as he was walking to work in Ronkonkoma on Monday morning.Suffolk County police said Wayne Wickard was crossing Veterans Memorial Highway on his way to work at Baumann & Sons Bus Company, when he was hit by a westbound Dodge Neon at the corner of 5th Avenue shortly after 6 a.m.Wickard was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver of the Neon, 53-year-old Annette Agliato of Bohemia, was not injured.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the car, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 631-854-8552 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

first_img “We need every point we can and we will strive to be competitive and get something out of a difficult game. “The whole squad is together and they want our fans to see them fighting and scrapping for everything. It’s the least they deserve.” Swansea are in the process of drawing up a shortlist of managerial candidates and hope to appoint Monk’s successor before their Premier League home game with West Ham on December 20. Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has been linked with the post in what would mark a return to his homeland for the former Wales captain. “First I have to speak to Ryan Giggs by himself if it’s true,” United manager Louis van Gaal said when asked about the reports at his press conference before the league visit to Bournemouth. “And (in that case), he’s coming to me. I never read papers and I think that it’s the truth. I’m sorry. “I cannot speak about ‘if’. The ‘if’ situations.” Former United manager David Moyes had earlier ruled himself out of the running after figuring heavily in the betting following Monk’s departure. Moyes said he was ready to return to management following his dismissal from Spanish top-flight club Real Sociedad in November, but insisted Swansea was not for him. “I’m not interested in the (Swansea) job,” Moyes told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSport. “I’ve let that be known earlier in the week that it wasn’t for me.” Former Sunderland and Brighton boss Gus Poyet, who is currently at Greek club AEK Athens, is expected to be among the names discussed. The Uruguayan was close to landing the job when Brendan Rodgers was appointed in 2010 and is understood to be out of contract at the end of the season, so compensation would not be a huge issue. Ajax assistant Dennis Bergkamp, Chelsea’s former Champions League-winning boss Roberto Di Matteo and Rangers manager Mark Warburton are others who have been heavily linked with the Swansea vacancy. Press Association Curtis, who has been involved with Swansea for 40 years in various roles as player and coach, takes charge of team affairs at Manchester City on Saturday following a week of turmoil at the Liberty Stadium. Monk was sacked on Wednesday after a run of one win in 11 games, ending his 22-month tenure as manager and an association with Swansea stretching back to 2004 when he first joined as a player. “It’s been a difficult few days for everyone,” Curtis told the official Swansea website. “We are all used to managers leaving because sadly that has always been part of the game. “But Garry’s departure seemed a lot more personal to everyone because he has been at the club so long, together with Kristian O’Leary. “We all feel – staff and players – that we have let him down and we want to go a small way to rectifying that on Saturday. “Some may say it’s too late because Garry’s already gone, but we also have a massive duty and responsibility to the club and our supporters.” Swansea have slipped from a top-four place in late August to being a single point above the relegation zone after taking only six points from the last 33 on offer. But Curtis promises they will test third-placed City at the Etihad Stadium. “Yes, we are on a bad run, but we won’t be going to the Etihad just to make up the numbers and get the fixture out of the way while we wait for a new manager to come in,” Curtis said. Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis admits Garry Monk’s departure was more painful because he had been at the club for so long.last_img read more

first_imgSushil Kumar, 27, Freestyle Wrestler Never did this Jat bus driver’s son imagine that he would be the worldwide poster boy for wrestling, but his hard work and dedication to the sport he has been practising for since he was 12 finally paid off when he was crowned world champion,Sushil Kumar, 27, Freestyle Wrestler Never did this Jat bus driver’s son imagine that he would be the worldwide poster boy for wrestling, but his hard work and dedication to the sport he has been practising for since he was 12 finally paid off when he was crowned world champion recently.The Journey: It was in 1998 that he was noticed internationally when he won the gold medal at the World Cadet Games in Poland. This was soon followed by another gold at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship in 2000 and the Arjuna Award in 2007. Though he ranked seventh in the 2007 World Wrestling Championships, he managed to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing where he won the bronze medal. Finally, this week, he became the first Indian wrestler to hold the title of world champion.The Mission: To win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Then to train for the Olympics and return with a gold. The Challenge: Being the son of a bus driver, this medal has made his the latest rags-to-riches story. From training in mud pits to sleeping in one room with 20 other boys training to be wrestlers was not easy. “I have always been happy with what God has provided for me and my family. I know I’ve to make the most of it.”The Muse: His father, Diwan Singh, a pehelwan (wrestler) and his cousin, Sandeep, also a wrestler. He accompanied them to the akhara and started training professionally when he was in Class VII.The Mentor Arjuna award-winner Satpal, under whom he trained for almost 13 years. He holds Satpal, who was unceremoniously pushed out of the frame by Sports Minister, M.S. Gill during a photo session with Kumar after he won the championship, responsible for inculcating dedication and discipline in him. “Coach sahab is like a father figure to me. I have trained under him since I was a child. He has been my greatest influence and support.”advertisement”He is a dedicated wrestler. I see him practising beyond training hours. He has changed the face of Indian wrestling from being the badmaashon ka khel (the game for troublemakers) to a respected sport that is the country’s pride.”Vinod Kumar, Coach at Commonwealth training camplast_img read more

first_imgCanada’s main stock index closed lower Tuesday while U.S. markets continued a streak of volatility with a late-day plunge that left all main indexes in the red.The sell-off in U.S. markets came a day after one of the best showings in more than two years to recover some of the heavy losses from last week.Tuesday’s return to a down market is part of a continuation of last week’s slide, as concerns on U.S. trade and policies put pressure on markets, said Sid Mokhtari, executive director of portfolio & technical research at CIBC Capital Markets.“It’s more of a follow through that we had from late last week, when we had the sell-off last Thursday and then more follow-through pressure on Friday.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 82.38 points to 15,216.18, led by declines in key financial and materials sectors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 344.89 points to 23,857.71. The S&P 500 index was down 45.93 points to 2,612.62 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 211.73 points to 7,008.81.The sell-off came despite easing fears on trade tensions that helped markets rise Monday, including some conciliatory signals from China and U.S. flexibility on steel and aluminum tariff exemptions.The declines look to be part of a wider shift in buyer attitudes in the market, where there’s a greater emphasis on selling and higher volumes on down days, said Mokhtari.“This is almost becoming a market that previously had a buy the dips… and now slowly you’re seeing investors focusing on selling the strength, and that’s becoming something more of a theme.”Mokhtari said the S&P 500 has been testing the 200-day moving average lately, and that if the index drops below that average it could trigger wider sales.“Once that level is breached or violated you’ll probably see a lot of accelerated selling.”The technology sector also weighed on markets Tuesday, with Twitter down 12 per cent and Facebook sliding another five per cent on continued scrutiny of data management practices.The Canadian dollar closed at 77.71 cents US, up 0.11 of a US cent.The May crude contract closed down 30 cents to US$65.25 per barrel and the May natural gas contract ended up six cents to US$2.71 per mmBTU.The April gold contract closed down US$13.00 to US$1,342.00 an ounce and the May copper contract was up three cents to US$3.00 a pound.last_img read more

first_imgWilson said there’s no evidence that any of Cohodes’ social media statements caused Badger stock to fall in the short term and, furthermore, the stock has gained about 20 percent since Cohodes began talking about it on Twitter in May 2017.ASC counsel Don Young countered that the interim ceases trade order was needed to prevent Cohodes from continuing his “protracted campaign” to harm Badger’s reputation for his eventual gain and actual share price erosion wasn’t integral to the case.He said the order would give the regulator time needed to complete an investigation into the short seller’s activities, pointing out that accusing Badger of illegal dumping was serious given that proper disposal of material is a vital part of the hydrovac excavating company’s business.Wilson said Badger has the option of pursuing a civil case against Cohodes but hasn’t, suggesting it’s because his remarks are protected by free speech law in both Canada and the United States. In a hearing on Wednesday morning, Calgary lawyer Andrew Wilson, acting for the California investor while he listened in by telephone, said the order requested by ASC staff was “deliberately rushed” and based on an incomplete evidence record.“Being a short seller is not unlawful. It actually does serve an important part in our capital markets,” said Wilson.“The public interest is not just Badger Daylighting. It’s much broader than that. It’s people who also want to say positive or negative things about companies and it’s understanding what role regulators are going to play in the market.”Short sellers sell a security they don’t own or have borrowed in hopes its market price will decline, enabling it to be bought back at a lower price to make a profit.Last week, staff for the regulator announced they would seek the order against Cohodes, an investor who has taken short positions in many companies including Home Capital Group of Toronto, because of statements he made about Badger. Those included a June 27th Twitter post containing a picture of a Badger truck as support for his allegation of its illegal dumping of toxic substances.The regulator said Cohodes has made numerous negative public claims over a period of more than a year, coinciding with the acquisition of his short position, accusing him of trying to artificially manipulate the price of Badger securities. CALGARY, A.B. – The Alberta Securities Commission has rejected a requested order to prevent American short-seller Marc Cohodes from trading shares in or providing misleading information about Calgary-based Badger Daylighting Ltd.In an oral decision released Wednesday afternoon, the provincial regulator said staff hadn’t proved there was an urgent need for the interim order to control Cohodes’ activity while a full investigation is undertaken.“There are insufficient grounds for us to exercise our jurisdiction to make any orders … Accordingly, we dismiss the application,” said Thomas Cotter, chair of the two-member ASC panel.center_img Badger CEO Paul Vanderberg, who attended the hearing, said he would not comment on the outcome or the possibility of a civil suit against Cohodes.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: An 18-year-old boy bled to death after his neck was entangled in a kite string at Timarpur in North Delhi. The boy was going to the market to get some summer cooler equipment on Monday evening. As he was riding back home on his bike, his neck was cut by a sharp manjha (string). The police were immediately informed. He was soon rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his grievous injuries.The deceased was later identified as Ravi, a resident of Yograj Colony, Gandhi Vihar in Timarpur. When the police reached the spot they found a black colour string with traces of blood on it. The police have seized the string found on the road. The police team is now searching for the accused. “We have registered a case under section 336 of IPC (Act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304A (causing death by negligence). Our teams are working on it. The accused is yet to be identified,” said Nupur Prasad, DCP North. Despite ban on Chinese manjha , it is being sold illegaly and the sale increases around Makar Sankranti and Independence day when kite flying becomes a tradition. Around this time, birds become the major victims of the Chinese manjha as the bird hospitals are flooded with cases where the birds are grievously injured by the kite strings. Several human loss of life has also been reported from various parts of the country because of the Chinese manjha. The dangerous part is the majha is glass coated and causes grievous injury if the victim is moving in high speed.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: New Delhi parliamentary constituency always remains the centre of attraction for all the major political parties contesting the Lok Sabha elections in the national capital as it is considered as the political powerhouse. The constituency comprises North-Block and South Block, Janpath, NDMC areas, South Extention, Lodi Colony, B K Dutt colony, Safdarjung Enclave, President House, South and North Avenues, Gol Daak Khana, Connaught Place, Panchkuyia Road, RBI quarters and Sarojni Nagar etc. The New Delhi is popularly recognised as Lutyens’ Delhi and most of the NDMC areas fall under this constituency. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe New Delhi constituency is the seat from where the national capital got its first woman MP Sucheta Kriplani in 1951. She contested from New Delhi on a ticket of the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party, founded by her husband Acharya Kripalani and had defeated Congress’ Manmohini Sehgal, a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Apart from this, the Constituency has been represented and contested by some of the top names in Indian politics including former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani, Congress’ actor-turned-politician Rajesh Khanna, BJP leader Jagmohan- who won a hat-trick in Lok Sabha elections from New Delhi seat (1996, 1998 and 1999), and Congress leader Ajay Maken. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAfter Jagmohan’s hatrick, Congress leader Ajay Maken emerged as winner from New Delhi seat in 2004 and 2009. Currently BJP’s Meenakashi Lekhi is MP from New Delhi seat. In 2014, the BJP candidate Lekhi had defeated AAP’s Ashish Khaitan with huge margin. However in 2015 Assembly polls, the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party emerged victorious on all the 10 assembly seats which falls under the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. The constituency comprises 37 percent government employees. New Delhi has population share of 20 percent Punjabi, 18 percent Scheduled Caste, 10 percent Bania, 10 percent Brahmin and 1.1 percent slum dwellers.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra on Friday said the country’s politics was at an all-time low and desperate measures were visible as Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a personal attack on former PM Rajiv Gandhi, accusing him of using a Naval warship for a holiday. “Politics at an all time low …Desperate measures are visible. Hitting out at an assassinated Prime minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi, to mislead the people of India. A person who cannot defend himself… Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “We the family will strive for his vision and the people of India will. Fight for his dignity and respect. It’s only time, for a respectful change in our country,” he wrote on Twitter and Facebook. Vadra is married to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the daughter of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. A controversy broke out on Thursday over Modi’s allegation that Rajiv Gandhi had used INS Viraat as a “personal taxi” for a holiday, a charge rejected by the Congress as well as former Navy chief Admiral (retd) L Ramdas and a former commanding officer of the aircraft carrier.last_img read more