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first_img by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2018 10:41 am PDT Last Updated May 7, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Springsteen escorts Van Zandt in to New Jersey Hall of Fame ASBURY PARK, N.J. – Oh what a night: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were inducted Sunday into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, but it was Bruce Springsteen who stole what could have been Meryl Streep’s show.The Boss made a surprise appearance at Asbury Park’s Convention Hall to introduce his longtime friend and guitarist Steven Van Zandt into the hall. Springsteen himself was admitted a decade earlier.The two joined forces onstage and played “I Don’t Want To Go Home,” trading vocals and eventually welcoming the entire class of inductees — and many of their family members — onstage to close the show.“We did the impossible: We made New Jersey hip,” said Van Zandt, who is from Middletown.Then, referring to his surprising second career as an actor in the hit HBO series “The Sopranos,” in which he played mobster Silvio Dante, Van Zandt quipped, “I had the experience of witnessing New Jersey become fashionable twice in one lifetime. Thank you, New Jersey; you have been very, very good to me.”Springsteen introduced the erratically clothed Van Zandt as “the only man I know besides Hugh Hefner who has figured out how to spend his whole life in his pyjamas. Though born in Boston, Massachusetts, there is no purer distillation of the Jersey ethos than Little Stevie Van Zandt.”Meryl Streep, of Summit, who actually was named to the hall in its first year in 2008 but has yet to appear at an induction ceremony, had to bail again due to a production conflict with her hit HBO series “Big Little Lies.” Because of that, she has not yet officially entered the New Jersey hall.Comedian and actor Joe Piscopo, who introduced former Mets and Yankees pitcher Al Leiter, said the event was “so New Jersey that I had to pay a toll to get in.”Other performers getting the nod included Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry, of Hawthorne. She confessed that while on tour, she gets really sad if she misses tomato-ripening season in New Jersey, and that she has long wanted to name an album “Jersey Tomato,” but never did.Disco queen Gloria Gaynor, who is from Newark, turned the hall into a giant dance party as audience members leapt from their seats and boogied to her hit “I Will Survive.”Frankie Valli, who also is from Newark, and his Four Seasons bandmates Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Joe Long, also were inducted.Astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly, of Orange, were inducted, along with Republican Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick, of Bernardsville, the inspiration behind Lacey Davenport, a fictional character in the “Doonesbury” comic strip; nurse Clara Maass, of East Orange, who died after volunteering for medical experiments to study yellow fever; Olympic soccer gold medallist Carli Lloyd, of Delran; publisher and flat-tax advocate Steve Forbes, of Morristown; businessmen Joe Buckelew, of Lakewood, and Jon Hanson, of Bogota; author Harlan Coben, of Newark; novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen, of South Brunswick; and TV “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, of Hoboken.“I’m a baker, right?” Valastro said. “And I’m standing up here in the hall of fame. It’s a dream come true.”The Hall’s Unsung Hero award went to Kevin Hoagland, founder of the Central Jersey Spinal Cord Association.___Follow Wayne Parry at Tommy James comes into the Convention Hall for the 10th Anniversary Induction Ceremony of the New Jersey Hall of Fame at the Paramount Theater in Convention Hall in Asbury Park, N.J., Sunday, May 6, 2018. (Bob Karp/The Daily Record via AP) last_img read more

Anger over norths refusal to allow Ayios Mamas service Update 4

first_imgChurch, government and politicians on Wednesday condemned the authorities in the north for declining permission for the annual church service at Ayios Mamas in Morphou on September 1, 2 and 3.Shortly after the Bishopric of Morphou issued a statement, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides weighed in when asked about the move during a joint press conference with his Danish counterpart Anders Samuelsen at the foreign ministry.Kasoulides said: “It is regrettable that after a number of years [of allowing the church service], that the occupying regime is taking this decision which does little to help the climate in today’s times where pilgrimages of this kind are reciprocal.”“And I hope the explanation that will be given will not prove to be something that might allow the prohibition of such pilgrimages in the future,” he said.Political parties also issued statements, all condemning the move. Ruling Disy said it was unacceptable when festivals of different religions coincide that anyone can just decide “without any discussion” to abolish or even transfer the date for the celebrations of one of the two, especially after 14 years.“We call on the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci to show the necessary will and determination to avoid such decisions, which only achieve is the consolidation the distance between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots,” it said. The Morphou Bishopric called the move “unacceptable”.“Although our request has been submitted to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force since the beginning of July 2017, the occupation authorities notified us through the UN on August 22, 2017 of their negative response,” the Bishopric said. “They used religious reasons as an excuse, namely that the liturgy celebrations of Ayios Mamas coincide with the beginning of Kurban Bayram on September 1.”It added: “In our view, there is nothing that prevents Christians and Muslims in this country from holding parallel celebrations.”The Bishopric’s statement said it condemned “this unacceptable act of the occupation authorities as contrary to international law” and also Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, on the basis of which every person has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as well as freedom, alone or with others, public or private, to manifest his religion or religious beliefs.It also alluded to the fact that freedom of religion did not belong only to one party.Bayram or Eid al-Adha as it is also known is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar. This is the first instance where Bayram has coincided with the feast day of Ayios Mamas since pilgrimages to the Morphou church were allowed to resume some 14 years ago.Last year, Bayram began on September 12 and next year it will begin on August 23.A statement on Wednesday from Turkish Cypriot authorities, reported in the media in the north, cited security reasons for declining permission for the church service. It could take place after September 5 however, when Bayram ends, the reports said.Muslims from the north are expected to cross to the Hala Sultan Tekke that day to mark the end of their religious celebrations.But the Morphou Bishopric said it believes “that such moves add further obstacles to the road that would lead to the reunification of the island, since a solution to the Cyprus problem cannot be manifest by restricting basic human rights, especially freedom of religion”.The Bishopric said that the celebrations for Ayios Mamas would now be held on September 1 at 6.30pm at the church of Ayios Mamas in  Xyliatos in the Nicosia district, and on the saint’s feast day, September 2 in the same church at 7am.“Unfortunately, for the first time since 2003, our municipality is obliged to inform its citizens that this year they will not be able to honour the patron saint of our city in occupied Morphou,” it said.“It is with sadness we observe that the decision of the occupation authorities is further aggravating the already tense climate that prevails due to the recent collapse of the talks, and unfortunately puts another brick on the wall that the conqueror is attempting to build to keep the two communities apart”.It added that the mere invocation of the argument that Christians and Muslims are unable to hold parallel religious celebrations “is an indirect confession from the Turkish side that their intention was never the reunification of our homeland” and shows no goodwill on the part of the representatives of the Turkish Cypriot community to resolve the Cyprus problem.The Turkish Cypriot Republican Party (Ctp) condemned the decision as unacceptable.Holding liturgy in the north shows that Turkish Cypriots believe in multiculturalism, Ctp said, adding that the excuse given was irrelevant.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more