A high-ranking official with the Hawaii Republican Party has resigned after posting a series of tweets about the QAnon conspiracy theory on the official party account. Edwin Boyette confirmed Monday that he resigned a day earlier. He posted Saturday that QAnon adherents should not be mocked or ridiculed for their beliefs because they stem from patriotism and love of country. Some QAnon believers were among those that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Democratic Hawaii Gov. David Ige said at a Monday news conference said he doesn’t understand how anyone that adheres to those beliefs are really doing it because they’re patriotic.
The Lion King Derrick Davis, who co-stars with the pair in the production, is planning a benefit concert at Times Square’s Urbo and a GoFundMe account has been created by colleague Christina Grant to help them back on their feet. The cause of the fire is still being determined, with a local State of Emergency declared. No serious injuries have been reported as a result of the blaze. The Lion King’s Aaron Nelson and Nteliseng Nkhela, who play Simba and Rafiki, respectively, in the long-running Broadway musical, have “lost everything” in a devastating fire. Both lived in New Jersey’s 400-unit Avalon at Edgewater apartments, which the New York Daily News reports were destroyed when a blaze started around 4:20 PM on January 21. View Comments Related Shows Nelson is making his Great White Way debut in the show. His regional theater credits include columbinus 2.0, RENT and Dreamgirls. Screen credits include Chicago Fire. Nkhela, who is also appearing on Broadway for the first time, joined The Lion King directly from the Hamburg company of the musical. Other stage credits include The Journey, Memeba and I’m African. from $75.00
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Some of the most influential women in the Long Island business landscape brought their colleagues, families and friends together for a night of celebration at the ‘Power Women in Business’ awards and networking event in Great Neck.Nearly 600 guests filled Leonard’s Palazzo to see Schneps Communications recognize Long Island’s most outstanding women in business, banking, real estate, law, not-for-profit and entrepreneurship. The honorees shared business cards, enjoyed cocktails and food and received a beautiful, iconic bronze award and certificate for the work they do in their businesses and communities. The women were also presented with swag from Godiva, Bottle Bargains and Demarche.“We are thrilled because you are it, you are the stars of the east coast,” Victoria Schneps, co-publisher of Schneps Communications and Long Island Press, told the honorees. “You are the power of Long Island.”The ceremony was highlighted by a number of awards of distinction: Antoinette Biordi, a reporter and anchor for News 12 Long Island, received the ‘Star of Stars’ award;Ann Conroy, president of the Long Island division of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, received the ‘Realtor of the Year’ award.Kim Gavin and Renee Wisinski, co-founders of Twin Tech, LLC received the ‘Innovators of the Year’ award; Amy Altman and Moriah Adamo, partners at Abrams Fensterman, received the ‘Dynamic Duo’ award; Pavneet Kaur Mehra, vice president of CitiCards branded cards, received the ‘Rising Star’ award.The event concluded with a raffle portion in the which 100 percent of proceeds were raised to benefit the rock can roll organization.The rest of the ‘Power Women’ honorees were as follows:Dr. Neva Helena Alexander, Founder, Neva Global AllianceLorraine Aycock, SVP & Market Manager of Enterprise Business and Community Engagement, Bank of AmericaGrace Balucci-Doria, CEO, Grace’s MarketplaceHon. Ruth Bogatyrow Kraft, Partner, Vigorito, Barker, Porter, & Patterson LLPAnnamarie Bondi-Stoddard, Managing Partner, Pegalis & Erickson, LLCSusan Bortone, Director of Operations, GoHealth Urgent CareSandra N. Busell, Partner, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLPJean Camilletti, Franchise Partner, Blo Blow Dry BarJennifer Cantin, Director of Marketing & Development, Lessings Hospitality GroupMargo Cargill, CEO, Titanium Linx Consulting, Inc.Marianela Casas, Assistant Commissioner for Community Engagement, Nassau County Police DepartmentStephanie Castro, Associate Group Director Vice President, Signature BankShalu Chopra, Community AdvocateYvonne Cort, Partner, Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld, LLPCheryelle Cruickshank, CEO, Human FirstElizabeth Custodio, Vice President, Community Development & CRA Officer for NY People’s United BankDonna M. Douglas, Director of Operations, Academy Charter SchoolWendy Dubner-Master, President, Heritage Farms & GardenAllison Ehrlich, District Manager, ADPBrigitte Ferrada, SVP & Relationship Manager, Capital OneMeredith Friedman, Partner, Van Horn & Friedman, P.C.Amanda Field, Commissioner, Plainview Water DistrictLoretta Gastwirth, Partner, Meltzer LippeKim Gates Goldstein, Attorney, Gates Goldstein, LLPCheri Giglia, Managing Director, CPA, Supporting Strategies, North Shore LIReena Gulati, Principal Attorney, Reena Gulati, PLLCDaria Hoffman, Attorney & Associate Real Estate BrokerKristen Jarnagin, President & CEO, Discover Long IslandMelissa Kaiser, Vice President- Business Development Officer, Flushing BankDeborah Kaminetzky, Owner, Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C.Elena Karabatos, Partner, Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos, PLLCKaren Keating, President, Tradition Title Agency, Inc.Kelsey Knutsen, Chief Marketing Officer, Tully Rinckey PLLCRobyn Kreiner, MD, Adult & Pediatric Allergist, Strauss Allergy & AsthmaDr. Eve Lupenko, Greenberg Plastic Surgery and DermatologyJoan Hope MacNaughton, Founder & Artistic Director, Leggz LTDRuni Mukherji Ratnam, Ph.D., SUNY Old WestburySamantha Ray, Head of Operations, American Investment PropertiesGail Ritzert, Partner, Hawkins, Rosenfield, Ritzert & Varriale, LLPGyll Sbrocchi, Senior Mortgage Loan Officer, Bethpage Federal Credit UnionJudy L. Simoncic, Partner, Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLPKaren Tenenbaum, Managing Partner and Founder, Tenenbaum Law, P.C.Davi Tserpelis, SVP Regional Business Banking Manager, City National BankCristina Velez, General Manager, Hampton Inn & Suites at Rockville Centre Kathy Viard, Broker/Owner, Signature Premier PropertiesVeena Vijayendra, Public Health Policy AdvocateJulie Watterson, Executive Director, Kids Clubhouse of Suffolk CountyAmy Zaslansky, Founder, The Book FairiesMerrill Zorn, President & CEO, Zorn’s of BethpageAntoinette Biordi, who was also the guest emcee for the event, took a moment to reflect on what being a ‘Power Woman’ meant to her when she addressed the crowd.“I get to be a woman in charge and in power every day and I just hope that I can continue to inspire a new generation of power women,” Biordi said. “It’s important now more than ever, especially in this social climate, that we recognize, connect, support and empower each other.”Lorraine Aycock, senior vice president and market manager of enterprise business and community engagement for Bank of America, said that the importance of such an event is the ability to bring so many influential women together to join forces.“The idea of harnessing all of this power in one room, it really speaks to where Long Island is and how women have been part of the change and are working together to really touch so many areas of the community,” Aycock said.For Joan Hope MacNaughton, who has owned her dance studio Leggz LTD since she was 19, the event was a reminder that women are capable of anything.“Women are naturally powerful, they just have to realize it themselves and become very independent,” she said. “When you become independent you become powerful.”Wisinksi added that the ‘Innovators of the Year’ award she and Gavin received is validation that they are making a difference.“It’s inspirational to be recognized for something that we kind of feel comfortable doing in the everyday,” Wisinski said. “But I think if one person pays attention and is inspired by what Kim and I have done then we’ve done our job.”The platinum sponsor of the event was London Jewelers, while other sponsors included: Investors Bank; Flushing Bank; Parker Jewish Institute for Rehabilitation and Health Care; Capital One; Vigorito, Barker, Porter and Patterson, LLP; Northwell Health Go Health Urgent Care; Lessing’s Hospitality Group; Signature Premier Properties; Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C.; People’s United Bank; jetBlue; Rallye Auto Group; Capell, Barnett, Matalon and Schoenfeld, LLP; Raich, Ende and Malter Co., LLP; Zorn’s of Bethpage; Godiva; The Salon Project; and Sandwire.Click here to view the photo gallery from the event. 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German Football Federation (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach says Germany are considering a bid to host the European Championships in 2024 and doesn’t rule out a personal bid for the UEFA presidency if it becomes vacant.In an interview with Suddeutsche Zeitung he said Germany will consider bidding for Euro2024 if they are not chosen to host the final phase – the semi-finals and final – of the 2020 competition, saying “UEFA will announce the 13 host cities in September 2014… Thereafter we will be able to decide what to do.”Germany hosted the World Cup in 2006 but last hosted the Euros in 1988.Asked about the UEFA presidency, Niersbach, a friend of current President Michel Platini, said: “Things must be taken step-by-step. I think we will know by the time of the UEFA-meeting in September in Dubrovnik how things stand with FIFA and what Michel’s ambitions are. Then we will have a clearer picture and will be able to be more precise.”The 62-year old added, “It is an honour that my name is mentioned in this connection. But I don’t bother myself about it for a moment.”The post of UEFA President would be free if Platini were to succeed Joseph Blatter, with Niersbach suggesting a bid by Platini was more likely than not. Blatter is to finally decide whether to stand for another term by the FIFA Congress in 2014.