A penny for a show stopper

first_imgCharity by Sara Kreindler OFS Tuesday 21 –Saturday 25 October A Pembroke musical about financial crises? The irony got out of its seat and gave me a good slap round the face when I entered the theatre. Sara Kreindler, a loquacious Canadian studying at Pembroke, has written both the book and score for this show. Her talents composing are never thrown into question throughout the piece, but a plausible narrative unity is lacking here. The curtain opens on the meeting of a foreign aid charity. Its members are trying hopelessly to organise the most important event of the year, the Charity Ball. Conflict soon arises, as the committee splits into two, hurling abuse at each other through the camp medium of song. But ultimately, this is a story about that ol’ chestnut Love. More specifically, of Anita (Reina Hardy) and Ben (Richard Power). These two insecure, inexperienced souls refuse to admit their powerful attraction to one another, rendered paralysed by their shared fear of rejection. Anita worries that her strength and intelligence will alienate any man (how out-of-character for a girl to think that), whilst Ben contracts verbal dysentery when speaking to the opposite sex. Power plays Ben with an endearing humility and diffidence. Although his character is shy and unforthcoming, Power has a tremendous presence on stage, combining the naivety and ingenuousness of Jack Lemmon with the zeal and tenacity of a confident leading man. His voice is as strong as his acting, making him the highlight of this production. The relationship of Suzy and Trevor is explored, too. This is where my initial delight at the show turned to an uneasy dislike. Alice Shepherd, in the role of Suzy, lacked the necessary qualities to convince us of her character’s dissatisfaction with the sweet, but unexciting, Trevor. Suzy does not want her lover to be so thoughtful and caring. I began to cringe as Suzy launched into her lamenting “Why can’t you be wrong for me?” number; I’ve heard girls complain about guys being too sweet enough times without hearing it committed to music. Stop bloody complaining! Ahem. A bit about the staging. The OFS is set up in traverse, to accentuate the polarisation of the charity board: radicals against moderates, men against women. This opposition is achieved well, where many of the songs, whether politically- or ardently-driven, feature a tête-à-tête between man and woman. Christine Chung plays the femme fatale, Mavis, with seductive intensity that inveigles poor Trevor into her arms. And in ‘Farewell’, the intertwining of Anita and Ben’s vocals strongly suggests a gradual intimacy between the two. The music itself, however, is somewhat repetitious from song to song, with little stylistic variation. Vocally, the male leads outshone their female counterparts, most significantly, in their enunciation. Kreindler is very lyrically skilled, and the songs have a verbal playful quality. But on leaving the theatre, I was not sure what I had learnt from the show. Was the political element really necessary to drive the amorous plotline forward? Does charity really help us to change ourselves fundamentally? I was not convinced.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

Trump administration plan would end protection for most wild birds

first_imgBucket list alert! When international travel resumes, we’ve got an idea of where you might want to travel—Italy. That’s because the country has just announced plans for a 4,350-mile hiking trail that will connect all of their 25 national parks, including those on the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. The 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act made it unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, or sell migratory birds without a waiver. Under the law, the government has treated accidental bird deaths caused by industry as potential criminal violation under the act. The Trump administration says the deaths of birds that fly into hazards such as oil pits, mining sites and telecommunications towers should not be subject to prosecution. The Trump administration plans to move forward with the rollback of one of the country’s first major federal environmental laws protecting wild birds. Scientists say that the move could cause a large increase in bird deaths—up to billions of deaths in the coming decades—and comes at a time when many bird species across North America are already in steep decline.  There’s no official date yet on when the trail will be open to hikers, but the country plans to invest as much as 35 million euros between now and 2033 in ‘the maintenance and strengthening of trail networks in protected areas,’ the Italian Alpine Club said. According to PBS, industry sources kill an estimated 450 million to 1.1 billion birds each year, out of an overall 7.2 billion birds that live in North America.  Italy’s newest hiking trail will connect all of the country’s national parks The Climate Change Interagency Council and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has submitted the North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan to Governor Cooper. The plan is the state’s most comprehensive effort to date to address North Carolina’s vulnerability to climate change.  Great blue heron flying over the water – photo from Getty Images According to a press release, the plan is a framework to guide state action, engage policy-makers and stakeholders, facilitate collaboration across the state, focus the state’s attention on climate resilience actions and address underlying stressors such as the changing climate, aging infrastructure, socio-economic disparities, and competing development priorities. You can read the full plan here. North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan submitted to Governor Cooper Trump administration plan would end protection for most wild birdslast_img read more

Loan officer best practices to keep your lending process running strong

first_imgIt’s easy to get a bit complacent in your processing, but this complacency can lead to disaster if you’re not careful with your vigilant awareness of regulation, rates, member needs, protocols, etc. Not good if you’re looking to maintain or enhance your credit union’s mortgage lending performance – especially in today’s highly competitive marketplace.To help keep you on the straight and narrow – and lending business running at peak levels, here are four loan officer best practices to consider adopting at your credit union:1. Organization – This may seem so basic and fundamental, but think about how many emails you receive a day and how many phone calls you may have to return.  In most cases, juggling a prospecting list along with current clients – all with different stages of need and all in different stages of the loan process is a rather cumbersome activity.Whether you are color coding emails, keeping a tickler file or just running from to do lists, find a method that works best for you and reap the benefits of a smoother experience for your members.  Organization of your files often means whether or not you meet your deadlines or whether or not they are homeless waiting for the keys to their new home.2. Communication – Borrowers are expecting things to be stressful and chaotic, but you can take that out of the equation with straightforward and direct communication.  Once the member’s loan is active, provide straightforward emails with a checklist of what is needed with easy to understand information.  Being clear and concise in your communication will reach higher member satisfaction.Plus, it’s not just what you are saying, but how you are saying it.  Casual, short, abrupt, and incomplete conversation, whether email or phone calls, are signs of laziness.  Laziness in your writing and speech shows you don’t care about your work and conveys to the member you don’t care about them. You don’t have to be cold and unfriendly, but you must pay attention to the details. Watch your tone and make sure you are responding the way the member prefers to be reached and when.   Listen to the member and become an advocate for them. Keep accuracy and communication style in the front of mind.  This will maintain a high level of trust and confidence in your abilities.3. Timeliness – This isn’t just making a closing, this is responding to every aspect of the members’ needs along the way quickly – with accurate and precise information.  If a member contacts you for a “pre-qual” letter, even if it’s the fifth time, respond quickly.  It can determine whether or not they get the house.  If they are calling with a question, impress them with your service by responding quickly and accurately.  And, if you don’t know the answer to their question, let them know you will get back with them as soon as you gather more information – and then follow through.Even if your member is very slow to respond to you, ensure you are responding to them and their needs quickly.  If you are faced with a problem, handle it quickly.  Festering problems become larger issues.  Learn how to overcome out-of-the-box scenarios such as self-employed borrowers. So when they do apply, you know how to handle them.  In this business, time is money and a delay can cost you and your members.4. Education – Helping educate the member before, during, and after the lending process is key to building rapport. It builds trust and confidence in you as a lender and helps the member determine if you are really there to help.  Set proper expectations by teaching members about how the loan process works.  If they’ve been through it before, explain what’s changed.  Give them information about what products they have available for them and help them understand why others won’t work.  Never delay to provide them details of the latest training opportunities. Be transparent to build a long-lasting relationship.  If you’re looking to maintain or enhance your credit union’s mortgage lending performance – especially in a highly-competitive marketplace, even the simplest of items matter to maintain and retain the member’s trust with their mortgage lending needs. This trust ultimately leads to return business, word-of-mouth advertising, the building of your reputation, and so much more. It all adds up to maintaining or even enhancing your credit union’s mortgage lending business. 72SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alison Barksdale Alison Barksdale is the Assistant Vice-President of Marketing for CU Members Mortgage and has worked in the field of marketing since 2000. Her various positions within the field of marketing … Web: www.cumembers.com Detailslast_img read more

On Compliance: More data could mean more reg relief

first_imgYou would be forgiven if you didn’t notice that the March meeting of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Credit Union Advisory Council focused on the issue of “alternative data.” Until mid-May, the agency had been accepting comments on using such information as rent, utilities, the frequency of changes in residences and employment, to name just a few examples, in the credit evaluation process. Alternative data can sometimes supplement credit scores and other more conventional measures of creditworthiness.This is an important topic, and there is concern is that the agency may burden it with unneeded requirements. The pace of final rules from CFPB that affect credit unions has slowed, but nonetheless—with the agency continuing to engage in a variety of rule-makings, proposals, enforcement actions, reports, blog posts, etc.—an issue that is significant but not imminent is easily lost in the shuffle. Before you know it, a host of requirements and extra costs can be imposed.Steps in Congress and within the administration have been initiated to curtail CFPB, but real changes are not expected anytime soon.A focal point is the Financial Choice Act, HR 10, which would limit the agency’s role and authority, among other provisions. House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling said the repeal of the Durbin amendment has been dropped to increase the bill’s chances for passage. A full House vote on HR 10 notwithstanding, the bill may stall in the Senate where Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo has said his committee is focusing on bipartisan measures. Senate Banking Committee hearings on regulatory relief have begun, but it is hard to see how the needed 60 votes could be assembled in the Senate to approve broad Dodd-Frank reform. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Morey Publishing Shares 5 Ways Businesses Can Increase Their Visibility Online

first_img 4. LINKEDINA self-declared professional social network, LinkedIn is the oldest social platform, with a majority of its users aged 35 or older. Though less engaging than other platforms, LinkedIn is the only one of its kind—a community of professionals, groups and businesses whose goal is to network and build a thriving professional environment. LinkedIn requires a lot less upkeep than some of the other social platforms, so it doesn’t make much sense to NOT have a functioning, up-to-date business page here. They are also increasingly trying to strengthen their content sharing features, so being a part of its growth should present great potential growth! 5. BLOGGINGA really good blog environment will increase your online visibility and community engagement. Having a successful blog allows you to grab the attention of potential customers with valuable content, educate them on niche topics, and, hopefully, turn them in to subscribers and clients. It’s important to have a good mix of content for potential clients, for instance: an independent travel agent might begin with fun posts about dream vacations to engage potential customers; a NYC moving company might start with some fun, free moving apps; a small business lending broker might help business owners by putting out an article on some reasons to apply for small business loans; and a merchant processing company would benefit from blogging about all the ways small businesses could save money by switching to their services, including best credit card processing strategies. No matter your line of work, producing solid, valuable and engaging content in a blog environment will allow potential customers to see your site as not only a product to purchase, but a community where they can learn something new!Morey Publishing will create a vital presence online for your company that will resonate with your market intrinsically and deliver results consistently. Contact us today! 1. INSTAGRAMIntegrating Instagram into your business’s marketing efforts might not jump out as something that makes the most sense to you on the surface, but a closer look at this platform’s massive social influence and user engagement might make you think twice. As the social media platform with the second-most devoted user base (just behind Facebook), if yours is an image-friendly business (ie. travel, art, architecture, food, fashion, technology), and especially one that seeks to attract millennials, take your time creating really beautiful posts. Hitting this strategy head-on is known to deliver real results and dramatically increase brand awareness! 2. FACEBOOKWith over 1.4 billion users worldwide, it’s no surprise that Facebook remains the king of social engagement, and a must-use for businesses. The best social platform for building brand awareness, Facebook’s intelligent ads allows businesses to target niche audiences, based on gender, geographical location, job title, age, even if they just returned from a trip or have recently “Liked” a particular company’s Facebook page. One thing to be aware of is that the engagement of teenagers on this platform has fallen 10 percent in the past year, likely having to do with the increase of parents using Facebook. If your target audience is Generation Z, you’ll want to look more toward Instagram (or even Snapchat) to successfully engage them!3. TWITTERFrequently used on a daily basis by its users, Twitter is widely regarded as the second-most recognized social platform. But remember: Twitter is fast-moving, and your posts can get buried very quickly in this environment. A positive is that users tend to follow brands that they are interested in more here than any other social space, because they feel like they’ll be missing out on vital information if they don’t. In general, users on Twitter who follow brands are seeking up-to-date deals, special offers and the latest news, so rather than using Twitter to just push generic articles talking about how great you are, try including any deals that you have going on, as well as quick quotes and humorous pictures—Twitter is an environment where you want to start a conversation, not just push a few tweets for the sake of tweeting. Brainstorm ways that you can capture attention quickly! Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s 2016—isn’t that nuts? Being super worried about Y2K feels like it was just yesterday.According to Back to the Future 2 we should have flying cars, nonexplosive hover boards and self-lacing shoes by now. Clearly that hasn’t happened yet, but we do live in a world so digitally interconnected that people have been known to go into full-on hyperventilation mode if they misplace their smart phones. As much as some of us long for the simpler days of one phone per house, snail mail and getting milk delivered to our front door, that’s just not how the world works anymore.Not only do we as humans have to adjust to this reality of flat screens (on everything), constant notifications, and mobile apps for just about every topic imaginable, but in order for businesses around the globe to succeed, they have to step in line and hop aboard the technology train! A distinguished Long Island-based website design and digital marketing agency, Morey Publishing knows a little something about effective web strategies. As a company that strives to help businesses increase their visibility on the web, we thought we’d do our Good Samaritan duty and reveal some of the key findings we have acquired to help your business boost its online presence.last_img read more

Gov. Cuomo: State sees 37 straight days of infection rate below 1 percent

first_imgNEW YORK (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo stated New York has seen the 37th straight day of positive COVID-19 test result rates below one percent yesterday. The Governor also said there were 6 COVID related deaths in the state yesterday. In a statement on New York’s progress with the coronavirus, the Governor said 0.99 percent of yesterday’s test results in the state were reported as positive. center_img “Our numbers continue to reflect the work of New Yorkers, who ultimately flattened the curve,” Cuomo said.last_img read more

Wells Fargo fires over 100 employees for COVID-19 relief fund misuse: Source

first_img“These wrongful actions were personal actions, and do not involve our customers.”Bloomberg first reported the news earlier in the day.Last month, JPMorgan Chase & Co dismissed several employees who allegedly misused funds that were supposed to help businesses dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Financial Times reported. ​Topics : Wells Fargo & Co has fired about 100 to 125 employees for unethically availing themselves of coronavirus relief funds, according to a source familiar with the matter.The bank believes some of its staffers made “false representations in applying for coronavirus relief funds for themselves”, defrauding the US Small Business Administration, David Galloreese, head of Human Resources, said in an internal memo seen by Reuters.The abuse was tied to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and outside the employees’ roles at the bank, the memo said, adding Wells Fargo will cooperate fully with law enforcement.last_img read more

Granit Xhaka hits back at Patrice Evra’s ‘bulls***’ after Arsenal’s defeat at Sheffield United

first_imgMousset scored the only goal of the game at Bramall Lane (Picture: Getty)Evra famously called Arsene Wenger’s players ‘babies’ after Manchester United beat Arsenal to reach the Champions League final back in 2009 – and the former left-back repeated his comments on Monday evening.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I used to call them “my babies” ten years ago, and they are still when I look at them and think they are “my babies” and that’s the truth – I’m not being disrespectful when I say that,’ Evra said.‘They look pretty, but they don’t look like a winning team. They like playing good football, but I was so happy to play against them, because I knew I was going to win.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Oct 2019 9:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield UnitedTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:38FullscreenEmery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield Unitedhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reacts-arsenals-1-0-loss-sheffield-united-2032306/This 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.Though Arsenal have lost four of their last seven away matches against newly-promoted teams, Xhaka played down claims that the side have a mentality issue when playing on the road.‘We have to stop talking about [the mental side of the game] and bulls*** like this,’ the Arsenal captain said.‘I’m sorry to say that, but for me it’s the same whether you play at home or away.‘You have to win and show big character and not look for the same excuse.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked specifically about Evra’s comments, Xhaka replied: ‘A lot of people speak too much.‘I have a lot of respect for him because he was a great player, but you have to be careful what you say.‘He knows what these situations well, but it’s not only him. A lot of people speak a lot of bulls*** and it’s always the same.‘For me it’s strange because they [ex-footballers] have been in the same situation as us – maybe it was sometimes good, sometimes not so good.‘But like I said, if you speak bulls*** like this every weekend, then what they say doesn’t get respected.’MORE: Ian Wright reacts to Nicolas Pepe missing sitter and fumes at Unai Emery after Arsenal defeat Granit Xhaka hits back at Patrice Evra’s ‘bulls***’ after Arsenal’s defeat at Sheffield Unitedcenter_img Comment Granit Xhaka responded to Patrice Evra calling Arsenal ‘babies’ after their defeat to Sheffield United (Picture: Getty/Sky Sports)Granit Xhaka has hit back at Patrice Evra’s ‘bulls***’ claims after the Frenchman referred to Arsenal players as ‘my babies’ in the wake of their 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.Lys Mousset’s scrappy strike on the half-hour mark gave the Blades all three points at Bramall Lane as the Gunners fluffed their chance to move up to third in the Premier League table.The result means Arsenal have failed to record a win in their last four matches away from home and Unai Emery’s unusual team selection was criticised by Ian Wright, among others.Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Evra accused Arsenal of being mentally weak after yet another inconsistent start to a league campaign.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

White celebrates new Year with second spot in Florida

first_img England international Josh White rang in 2013 by finishing runner-up in the 87th New Year Invitational in Florida. The 21 year old from the Chipstead club in Surrey carded a closing 67, equal best of the final round, to finish with a four-round aggregate of 280, four strokes behind the winner, Toni Hakula, who closed with 68. A member of the England squad for 2013, White returned rounds of 70, 73, 70 and 67 to finish two strokes ahead of Michael Miller and David Lee, who shared third spot on 282. Leading final scores: 276 T Hakula 73 65 70 68 280 J White 70 73 70 67 282 M Miller 73 69 70 70 282 D Lee 73 69 69 71 283 L McCoy 69 70 71 73 7 Jan 2013 White celebrates new Year with second spot in Florida last_img read more

Fire Station 4 Public Art Proposal Jury

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0The public is invited to view the final round of the jury process for public art for Fire Station 4 on Tuesday, January 24, at 6pm at the Main Fire Station Training Room, 100 Eastside St NE.  In addition, the public is invited to provide comment to the jury for their deliberation after conclusion of the presentations that evening.  The purpose of this jury, comprised of five members of the Olympia Arts Commission, is to make a final recommendation among the three proposals.  Proposals will be made by public artists Judith & Daniel Caldwell, Peter Reiquam and Haiying Wu.  The recommendation from this jury will go to the Olympia City Council on February 14 for final approval.  Following Council approval, the selected art proposal will be fabricated and installed.  For more information, please contact Stephanie Johnson, Arts & Events Manager, at 709-2678.last_img read more