Nominate Your Faves for the 2016 Audience Choice Awards!

Posted On Jan 18 2021 by

first_img View Comments Awards season is in full swing on the Great White Way, and that means it’s time to rise up and determine the best shows and performers of the year. That’s right: It’s up to you to pick the nominations for the 2016 Audience Choice Awards.It’s the biggest theatrical award chosen exclusively by the fans, and the process is easy. Click here to access the online ballot and choose your top five in each of the 22 competitive categories. If you don’t see your favorite, write it in!Polls close at 11:00AM on Friday, April 29. Nominees will be announced live that day at noon. Be sure to check back then and place your final vote to pick the winners!CLICK HERE TO VOTE!last_img

3 things your CU’s leaders must agree on—and why

Posted On Dec 17 2020 by

first_imgInnovation. Be sure to have a board-level conversation about your organization’s appetite for change. What percentage of your energy will be spent on incremental innovation vs. breakthroughs vs. transformations?Talent development. In the big picture, who does your credit union want to hire, train and retain? At what level compared to peers and competitors is your credit union committed to getting the best people on board, growing them, and keeping them happy so they’ll stay?Opportunities in the strategic plan. In your vision, where are the places you’ll have the most positive impact on your organization and its members? If you row together, you’ll be more likely to get there. Talk explicitly about this in your next board meeting and gauge your level of agreement on priorities. Even the best pro quarterbacks can’t win games by themselves. Despite being able to call some of their own plays, these athletes will find success most often when they’re aligned with the other top team leaders—the coaches.After all, coaches define the culture of the team. They set offensive and defensive strategy. Some even have the big-picture perspective that comes from sitting in the skybox to view the game rather than being in the thick of the action. In short, winning football teams have leaders who are in alignment.Similarly, credit unions will be stronger when the visions of their CEO and board align—setting the tone for the rest of the organization. Consider this quote attributed to Bill George, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and former CEO of Medtronic:“The most empowering condition of all is when the entire organization is aligned with its mission, and people’s passions and purpose are in synch with each other.”In contrast, lack of alignment and agreement among an organization’s leadership “causes disinterest among board members, who then simply default to tackling regulatory and compliance issues,” according to an article in Harvard Business Review that was written by Ana Dutra when she was the head of leadership and talent consulting at Korn Ferry International.For credit unions to succeed in today’s marketplace, the CEO and the board need to align on these three key factors: As your professional development association, CUES understands the need to align your CU’s leaders. A free virtual learning series for CUES-member CEOs, Maximizing the CEO/Board Relationship, is underway, with the next sessions taking place Dec. 6 and Feb. 21.In addition, CUES Symposium: A CEO/Chairman Exchange—a unique event for aligning CEO- chair pairs—will take place Jan. 28-Feb. 1. It features formal learning sessions in the morning and optional afternoon/evening events for forging the CEO/chair bond.I hope you’ll take advantage of these opportunities to align your leadership and take your team all the way to the championship. Let me know how it helps you find success in strengthening your CU and better serving members.center_img 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: Detailslast_img read more

This week: NAFCU’s award-winning advocacy continues, senators talk blockchain, EU’s GDPR

Posted On Dec 17 2020 by

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » House members remain in their home districts this week as the Senate continues work in Washington. NAFCU encourages credit unions to set up meetings with lawmakers while they are gearing up for the mid-term elections to talk about issues facing the industry; meanwhile, NAFCU continues its award-winning advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.In recent weeks – as a result of NAFCU and credit union advocacy – Congress has made progress on credit union priorities including data security and regulatory relief, and also left the industry’s tax-exempt status untouched in its second push for tax reform. NAFCU is also fighting against efforts to wrap credit unions into the Community Reinvestment Act, and is instead asking that credit unions’ ability to serve underserved areas be expanded as well as their capacity to make more member business loans.Furthermore, the association is pushing for the withdrawal of a proposed rulemaking that would loosen Volcker rule requirements on big banks.last_img read more

Forecasters: Hurricane Joaquin to Track Away from Long Island

Posted On Dec 16 2020 by

first_imgBut that doesn’t mean the region won’t be impacted by Joaquin, which is currently battering the Bahamas for a third consecutive day as a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.“Even if Joaquin remains offshore, strong onshore winds associated with a frontal system will create minor to moderate coastal flooding along the coasts of the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states through the weekend,” the National Hurricane Center said. Extremely dangerous Hurricane Joaquin is moving slowly northwestward as it batters the Central Bahamas for a third day….Posted by NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center on Friday, October 2, 2015 8AM update is still showing Hurricane Joaquin to be passing far offshore.Posted by US National Weather Service New York NY on Friday, October 2, 2015 Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Friday brought good news for Long Islanders as meteorologists were provided a clearer understanding of Hurricane Joaquin’s path—which, for the time being, does not include Long Island.“The forecast models continue to indicate a track offshore of the United States east coast from the Carolinas to the mid-Atlantic states, and the threat of direct impacts from Joaquin in those areas is decreasing,” the National Hurricane Center said.Locally, the Upton-based National Weather Service said on its Facebook page that the latest update “is still showing Hurricane Joaquin to be passing far offshore.”center_img The Island is currently under a coastal flood advisory until 3 p.m. Friday and a high surf advisory until 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the weather service.The forecast for Friday calls for up to a half an inch of rain and breezy conditions. Temperatures will remain in the mid-50s, forecasters said.More wet weather is expected through the weekend, meteorologists said. Forecasters in recent days had been hesitant to predict Joaquin’s path due to a number of atmospheric conditions, prompting officials in Nassau and Suffolk counties to urge residents to prepare for the worst. Both Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said it’d be prudent to err on the side of caution.Local municipalities also instructed residents to be proactive by stocking up on non-perishable goods, batteries, gas for generators and vehicles, and other necessary supplies.“Looks like our prayers have been answered and this hurricane will be moving offshore,” Bellone said Friday of his “prepare and pray” plan during a news conference at Robert Moses State Park.He cautioned that although LI isn’t expected to get a direct hit, coastal flooding, beach erosion and strong winds are still expected this weekend.Although Fire Island ferry companies are suspending service Sunday, Bellone said he has not ordered an evacuation of the barrier island.Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a conference call with a reporters Friday afternoon welcomed the good news but said the state would continue to take a wait-and-see approach.“We’re not getting complacent here because weather reports change,” Cuomo said. “I’ve been through too many of these situations where we had good news one minute and bad news the next. We are not accelerating our deployment, but we are not relaxed yet, either, especially in the larger facilities and especially downstate.” -With Chuck Canninilast_img read more

PDA for new Chinese floating solar project signed

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_imgAccording to the development plan, a 300MW capacity solar power plant will be operational from late 2020 until 2023 with an annual power generation capacity of 37,852.86 GWh. Hangzhou Safefound Technology and LAO-PPA have signed a Project Development Agreement (PDA) with the government for a 1,200MW floating solar energy project. From 2023 to 2026, the plant’s capacity will be increased to 900MW and a transmission grid will be built from the project site to the Sengsavang Substation in Sengsavang Village, Thoulakhom district, Vientiane province. The government will hold a 20 percent share, while the company will own 80 percent of shares over a period of 25 years. center_img The PDA was signed following a feasibility study on the solar energy project to be installed on the surface of the Nam Ngum 1 dam reservoir. The solar power project is a joint venture between the Lao government and Hangzhou Safefound Technology.last_img read more

Morocco trash pickers help fight global warming

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_imgInformal trash collectors on the streets of Morocco are often looked down upon.However, a project to hire them to work officially is starting to change that image and even help Morocco reach an ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 13% by 2020.last_img

Szczesny extends Gunners stay

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_imgGoalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. Press Association The Poland international, who is in his third full season with the north London club, joined Arsenal’s academy in 2006 from his hometown club of Legia Warsaw. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the club’s official website: “We’re very pleased Wojciech has signed a new long-term contract. I have always believed he is an extremely talented player, with excellent reflexes and good mental strength. center_img “He continues to grow and improve all the time too, so he has the potential to be even better. He can be an important part of Arsenal Football Club for many years to come.” Szczesny made his debut for the Gunners in a League Cup win over West Brom in 2009 and has featured 121 times for Arsenal. The 23-year-old said: “I am very pleased to have signed a new contract. Arsenal is like my family and I’m so happy to be committing my long-term future here. “I’ve been at this club for over seven years now and I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support towards me during my time here. “Many people have given me amazing support since I arrived as a boy, people like (Arsenal goalkeeper coach) Tony Roberts, who helped my development as a player from a young age. “I’m so proud to be an Arsenal player and am looking forward to helping our club towards success in the years to come.” last_img read more

Renewed Hope for Broward Family of FBI Agent Bob Levinson Held in Iran

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgU.S. officials for years said Levinson was working for a private client on his trip to Iran. In December 2013, The Associated Press reported that the ex-agent had actually been on a mission for CIA analysts who had no authority to run spy operations.Since his disappearance, photos and video of Levinson in an orange jumpsuit emerged in 2010 and 2011. His family is suing Iran in U.S. federal court under the allegation that the Iranian government kidnapped him.FBI posterIran has acknowledged there is an open Revolutionary Court case involving Levinson, but a foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday that the case was a “missing person” filing — not a sign that the ex-agent was being prosecuted.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced last week that the State Department would offer $20 million on top of a previously posted $5 million reward for information on Levinson’s case.“The Trump administration has made clear that the regime in Iran must release all missing and wrongfully detained Americans, including Robert Levinson, Xiyue Wang, Siamak Namazi, and others,” Pompeo said in a statement. “We will not rest until they are reunited with their families.”Dan Levinson said his family has never given up hope Levinson’s alive even though they haven’t heard from him in 12 years, making him the longest-held hostage in U.S. history. The Coral Springs family of former FBI agent Bob Levinson held captive in Iran for over a decade, is emboldened in their fight for his release.Last week, the U.S. government announced a $20-million reward for information leading to his location and safe return.That’s on top of the $5-million FBI award.FILE – In this March 6, 2012, file photo, an FBI poster showing a composite image of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, right, of how he would look like now after five years in captivity, and an image, center, taken from the video, released by his kidnappers, and a picture before he was kidnapped, left, displayed during a news conference in Washington. Iran is acknowledging for the first time it has an open case before its Revolutionary Court over the 2007 disappearance of a former FBI agent on an unauthorized CIA mission to the country. In a filing to the United Nations, Iran said the case over Robert Levinson was “on going,” without elaborating. The Associated Press obtained the text of the filing Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)President Donald Trump on Sunday used Twitter to urge Iran to turn over former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in 2007 on an unauthorized CIA mission.“If Iran is able to turn over to the U.S. kidnapped former FBI Agent Robert A. Levinson, who has been missing in Iran for 12 years, it would be a very positive step,” the president wrote. last_img read more

Wallace says ‘disrespectful’ former CWI boss will never get support for ICC chairman

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgFORMER West Indies and Barbados batsman, Philo Wallace, believes the combative leadership style of former CWI president Dave Cameron means he will never get the support of the current board, in his bid for ICC Chairman.Cameron has written to CWI, seeking its nomination to stay in contention for the position.  The former CWI boss had already received the nomination of The United States Cricket Hall of Fame for the post.The Cricket West Indies (CWI) board is, however, yet to decide on backing its former chairman, with current vice-president Dr. Kishore Shallow suggesting the body’s support for Cameron would be unlikely.  Nor does Wallace, for that matter, believe it should be expected, based on the often-stormy tenure of Cameron’s presidency.“I think it is going to be difficult for Cricket West Indies to support Dave Cameron in his bid to be ICC Chairman.  First of all, there is animosity between Cricket West Indies and Dave Cameron.  Those who are members or directors of Cricket West Indies will say there is, and he will find it very hard to get their support,” Wallace told the Mason and Guest radio programme.“I honestly believe that Dave Cameron should just tell himself ‘i’ve run West Indies cricket for six years’ and just leave it out and just be an observer now, because going up for the ICC job and looking for the West Indies support, it can’t work,” he added.The ICC is yet to finalise a nomination route for selecting the successor of Shashank Manohar following his resignation from the post of ICC Chairman after a two-year tenure.  Should he receive support, Cameron could go up against Former England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) head Colin Graves and president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly.“It’s like trying to get a dumpling up a hill.  Unfortunately, he isn’t going to get the support of Cricket West Indies and we all know it.  It’s very sad that a former president has come to this, a former president of West Indies cricket, but sometimes the way that you rule comes back to bite you, there is something called karma…he disrespected leaders and prime ministers in the region and that cannot work.”(Sportsmax)last_img read more

Wideouts share painful season

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgHenry Mason was there in spirit, Luke Swan was there oncrutches and Paul Hubbard Sr. was there in the stands.Senior receiver Paul Hubbard saved the best for last, catchingseven passes for 134 yards in his best performance at Wisconsin before hismentor, his friend and his father. Given all that has transpired in thereceiving corps this season, every corral was more than just a catch, it was atoken of appreciation.As Hubbard acknowledged during the postgame interviewsfollowing Wisconsin’s emphatic 37-21 win over Michigan, Saturday was foreveryone who couldn’t participate in the spirit and emotion of defeating theNo. 13 team in the country on Senior Day.Before the season began, the receiving corps lost itsdevoted leader and father Henry Mason when he suffered a spinal cord injuryafter falling in his house.Hubbard’s 22-yard reception on the first completion of thegame was for the wide receivers coach, giving credit to what he has gonethrough this season and what he has meant to the program.Two weeks into the season Hubbard himself went down with asprained right knee. Initially, based on the pain, he thought it was season-ending.Not wanting to deter his teammates as they attempted to battle back againstUNLV, he kept it to himself. That put the entire burden on Swan, who now had toplay for his coach and teammate.But soon he too would fall, tearing his hamstring on a playacross the middle against Illinois.Insert freshmen David Gilreath and Kyle Jefferson. Whilethey took advantage of the injuries to get better through invaluable playingtime, the entire offense clearly missed the dependability and care of Mason,Swan and Hubbard.Racing back from his injury, Hubbard provided that emotionallift the Wisconsin offense so desperately needed following two straight losses.He returned Oct. 20 against Northern Illinois — at least a week earlier thanthe estimated six to eight weeks he was originally slated to miss.No injury is a good one, but it offered Hubbard, and laterSwan, a new perspective that they had begun to overlook after coming to UW aswalk-on nobodies freshman year. “Once you get going through the season, you get complacent,saying, ‘There’s nothing that’s going to happen.’ I mean, you never think thatyou’re going to get hurt and be done,” Hubbard said. “You take it for granted.”Once you get hurt, you have to go through the situation, gofrom being successful to being on the bottom of the mat. It gives you a lot oftime to get humble.”It made them more empathetic to others’ problems, knowing theywill never again be able to run out on the field as a member of the WisconsinBadgers.”I take a look at what happened to my teammates like LukeSwan, and maybe this time next year he’s going to be able to walk again, mayberun again,” Hubbard said. “I think about stuff like that– the other guys aroundme — and [it] doesn’t make me feel as bad about what happened to me.”During Hubbard’s time in a leg immobilizer, it was Swan whopicked him up when times looked bleak.Ever since Hubbard returned he has done the same for hisfriend.”He’s been that smiling face that I can talk to whenever,”Swan said. “It’s just good that I can have someone to lean on like that.”Hubbard’s 25-yard snare on first-and-19 in the openingquarter was for himself, to rekindle his draft stock and to show that theHubbard of old is back. Catches of 14 and 19 yards, and a spectacular juggling15-yard reception were for Swan, giving him a chance to live through hisfriend.To the Fennimore Flash, the season hasn’t been perfect byany means. Still, he has no regrets.”I think in life you’ve got to deal with what’s given to you,and I think the team has done a great job with that,” Swan said.Hubbard’s father might have waited until the last game ofhis son’s career to attend a Badgers game, but Hubbard didn’t mind; it made theappearance that much more significant. The senior’s final two receptions inCamp Randall — 10 and 29 yards — were for his pops.Anyone on the team will tell you that this season ofsetbacks, particularly in the wide receiving corps, couldn’t have happened tobetter people. After interviewing them and covering them this season, Icouldn’t agree more. Kevin Hagstrom is asenior majoring in economics and journalism. He can be reached via e-mail at read more