Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 28, 2015 Snow Orchid View Comments Opening night is scheduled for February 8. Tickets are now available to see Joe Pintauro’s Snow Orchid off-Broadway. Directed by Valentina Fratti, the show will star Robert Cuccioli, Angelina Fiordellisi, Stephen Plunkett, David McElwee and Timothy Hassler. is set to play a limited engagement February 3 through February 28 at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row. Set in 1964 Brooklyn, Snow Orchid follows Rocco Lazarra (Cuccioli) as he returns home a year after a mental breakdown. His wife Filumena (Fiordellisi) has not left the house since he left, and their two sons—Sebbie (Plunkett), a car mechanic and Blaise (McElwee), a college dropout—urge her to get out of the house, but with no success. Sebbie longs to escape his complicated relationship with his mother, who knows he is gay but denies it, while his younger brother Blaise tries to earn the motherly love Filumena has never shown him. Hassler plays Doogan, Sebbie’s boyfriend.
Post-pandemic energy investments could give green hydrogen a big boost FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Hydrogen has long been touted as a clean alternative to fossil fuels. Now, as major economies prepare green investments to kickstart growth, advocates spy a golden chance to drag the niche energy into the mainstream of a post-pandemic world.Green hydrogen was pushed to the fore last week when Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, said the technology was “ready for the big time” and urged governments to channel investments into the fuel.Some countries, including the Netherlands, Australia and Portugal, have already begun investing in the technology. Now investors, politicians and businesses are pushing the European Union and others to use its post-crisis recovery plan to support hydrogen in areas like trucking and heavy industry.The promise of hydrogen as a fuel to help power vehicles and energy plants has been a talking point since the 1970s, but it is currently too expensive for widespread use. Proponents say infrastructure investment and more demand from transport, gas grids and industry will bring the cost down.Most hydrogen used today is extracted from natural gas in a process that produces carbon emissions, which defeats the object for many policymakers. But there is potential to extract “green” hydrogen from water with electrolysis, an energy-intensive but carbon-free process if powered by renewable electricity.EU officials, one of whom described green hydrogen as the “holy grail,” said it could replace fossil fuels in sectors that lack alternatives to align operations with the EU’s Green Deal plan to reduce net emissions to zero by 2050.[Nina Chestney, Kate Abnett, Sonali Paul, Aaron Sheldrick]More: Green hydrogen’s time has come, say advocates eying post-pandemic world
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Government Shutdown Costly for National ParksWashington, D.C.Last fall’s government shutdown took its toll on the National Park system. Numbers revealed by the Obama administration in March totaled $414 million lost by parks and surrounding communities due to closures. According to a report by the AP, eight million fewer people visited parks due to the 16-day shutdown, and five states, including California and Arizona, lost more than $20 million. Six states—Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New York, South Dakota, and Tennessee—decided to reopen parks using state funds, and according to the report, a Congressional bill is pending to reimburse those states.Finishing the Allegheny TrailPaint Bank, Va.After 40 years of hard work from dedicated volunteers, the lengthy Allegheny Trail may soon be completed. According to a story in the West Virginia Gazette, a local hiking group started blazing the final 30 miles of the 330-mile trail back in March. The West Virginia Scenic Trails Association was formed back in 1974 to construct the yellow-blazed trail, which starts on the Mason-Dixon Line at the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border near Bruceton Mills and leads hikers south until it intersects with the Appalachian Trail on Peters Mountain at the Virginia-West Virginia border. To finish the trail, the WVSTA is hard at work on the 30-mile stretch that crosses under I-64 near the Virginia-West Virginia state line east of White Sulphur Springs. It will extend to the Laurel Branch community in Monroe County.Thread Trail GrowsCharlotte, N.C.The Thread will be one of the longest regional trail systems in the country, spanning some 1,500 miles through the Carolinas. Currently about 135 miles of the Thread are open. The longest continuous segment is the 15-mile Ridgeline Trail, which Kings Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain National Military Park, and Crowders Mountain State Park, all of which are great destinations for rock climbing, hiking, and biking.Another top priority is building a 50-mile canoe and kayak blueway along the Rocky River, which runs through North Carolina’s Piedmont region. The goal is to put additional access points and put-in areas along the river near bridges and roads.The Thread is not a point-to-point path, but rather a spider web network of trails extending across North and South Carolina. Funding new trail construction remains a challenge, but Karl Froelich, the Thread’s new executive director, says his organization provides grants to some towns to help with the process—the towns have to match at least 10 percent—along with expert trail design and building support. “Bottom line is people love trails,” he says. “We’re just giving them what they want.”Ray Runs the ParkwayBoone, N.C.In the North Carolina High Country, people don’t get the forecast from The Weather Channel. They get it from Ray’s Weather Center. The Boone-based online weather service was started as a hobby more than a decade ago by Ray Russell, a computer science professor at Appalachian State University. Now the mountain area’s most trusted weather source employs five forecasters and is read by 250,000 people a month.At the end of this month, Russell, an avid runner, will take off in an attempt to run the entire Blue Ridge Parkway in 30 days. During the End to Ender, Russell will cover all 469 miles as a fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and to celebrate the launch of his new website BRPweather.com. The journey can be followed with daily video blogs at RaysWeather.com.Racing in UndiesGrand Rapids, MichiganIn March, runners in a Michigan 5K were encouraged to complete the course in some interesting attire. Organizers of the 3.1-mile FUNderwear Run asked racers to don their drawers on the outside of regular running apparel. The interesting dress code was meant to inspire good humor, as the race was part of the annual Gilda’s LaughFest, which attracted some big time comedians including Jay Leno, Lily Tomlin, and Chris Tucker. Despite a temperature of 21 degrees, 300 runners proudly wore their underwear (some of them wore it on the outside of their clothes) for a good cause. Proceeds benefitted Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, which offers emotional support to those suffering from grief due to cancer and other illnesses.Pee-Wee’s Cruiser Fetches Big Bucks on eBayOceanside, CaliforniaThe iconic red cruiser bike ridden by actor Paul Reubens as the character Pee-wee Herman sold on eBay for big money in March. The souped-up Schwinn, which anchored the plot of the 1985 film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, fetched $36,600 after a competitive 55 bids were placed on the online auction site. The bike came with an autographed photo of Ruebens, an additional pic of him signing the photo, a certificate of authenticity, and a Warner Bros. spec sheet on the cruiser.New Half-marathon Treadmill RecordBoston, MassachusettsIn March, 23-year-old Tyler Andrews set the new unofficial world record for the fastest half-marathon time on a treadmill. Andrews ran the 13.1-mile distance in 1:07:18, 11 seconds quicker than the previous record held by Scottish runner Andrew Lemoncello. According to a story on the Runner’s World website, Andrews, who ran in place at Marathon Sports in Boston, was six seconds behind the record heading into the final 1.1 miles, but a late burst of energy led to a 4:58 final mile to accomplish the feat. The record was attempted as a scholarship and community development program fundraiser for Strive Trips, an organization that sends high school athletes to South America and Africa for training and community work programs.—Jedd Ferris and Sam Boykin
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two more ex-employees of a convicted Long Island Ponzi schemer dubbed mini-Madoff have been indicted on federal charges that they allegedly helped their former boss rip off thousands of clients, authorities said.Bryan Arias, 40, of Queens, and 31-year-old Shamika Luciano of Coram, who both used to work at Hauppauge-based Agape World Inc., will be arraigned on fraud charges Tuesday at Central Islip federal court.“Even when the business ventures began to fail, the defendants continued to peddle lies and deceit to the investors in order to keep money flowing into the scheme,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said Arias and Luciano worked for Nicholas Cosmo, who sentenced in 2011 to 25 years in prison for ripping off more than 4,000 clients out of nearly $200 million by promising high returns on low-risk investments through Agape, which Cosmo founded in 2000.Three other former Agape workers, 41-year-old Anthony Ciccone of Locust Valley, 37-year-old Diane Kaylor of Bethpage and 36-year-old Jason Keryc of Wantagh were previously indicted on similar charges. Those three have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.Prosecutors said the newly named suspects, Arias and Luciano, received $1.7 million and $275,000, respectively. Ciccone, Kaylor and Keryc allegedly received $10.7 million, $4.75 million, $16 million, respectively.The suspects allegedly helped Cosmo solicit new investors to Agape, which used the new money to pay returns to previous investors before the scam began to unravel.The five suspects face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of each charge in the 21-count indictment.Federal authorities said the investigation is continuing.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “How to score a winning organization.” “The playbook for business success.” There’s a lot of sports clichés within the corporate world.Why?Quite simply, we’re fans. We understand that whether it be on the football field, the soccer pitch or the baseball diamond, there’s intense competition and strategy that will lead to a winner and a loser. In the “big leagues” of banking, we know who the top challengers are, and we want to score more runs than them (see what I just did there?).While I’m a champion for community financial institutions across the country, I’m also the athletic director at my church. I’ve coached basketball for 6th, 7th and 8th-grade boys and girls for more than 15 years. My squads include kids who were cut by school basketball teams to those who picked up a basketball for the very first time.It truly is a hodgepodge of talent. Perhaps not so different from your credit union or community bank. And while you may be expecting a tale of hard work and perseverance, I bet you can learn a lot about your internal brand culture from a youth basketball program down in Simpsonville, S.C. continue reading »
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There is broad support for CUNA’s call for the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) to delay creation of any call blocking safe harbors, CUNA wrote to the agency Friday. CUNA’s comments are in response to other comments received on the FCC’s “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls,” which CUNA believes could affect legitimate communications between credit unions and members.“CUNA respectfully urges the Commission to delay the creation of any safe harbors and to require call blocking programs to have in place transparent, effective, fast and free mechanisms to reverse erroneous blocking of legitimate calls,” CUNA’s letter reads. “These mechanisms are necessary because the Commission lacks authority to authorize the blocking of legal calls.“Finally, the Commission should move expeditiously to establish a centralized critical calls list that includes numbers used to disseminate fraud alerts or other time-sensitive financial information,” it adds.
It’s that time of year again: planning season. As kids finish up their Halloween candy stashes and the local stores are rolling out their turkeys and tinsel, we’re anticipating all the new and exciting activities to tackle in the new year. Every year, marketers have new trends and technology to consider incorporating into their plans. Some of them are quick fads, while others signal a shift in what consumers expect from their interactions with businesses and brands. As you’re finalizing your marketing calendars and budgets for 2020, here are 4 trends likely to stick around that you can take advantage of now.Personalization Consumers have gotten really good at filtering out generic ads and marketing. However, in this era of technology and availability of data, marketers are able to offer increasingly more personalized experiences that consumes are receptive to. Most credit unions are naturally member-centric, so personalized marketing is a great fit and can help us improve member retention as well as campaign ROI. This style of marketing means the offer should be for a product, service, or piece of advice that is a good fit for the member at the time they are receiving it and delivered using a preferred channel.How to use this trend:Get to know your member segments as well as you know your friends. Beyond basic demographics, you also want to understand their psychographics – the things they truly care about so you know how you can fit into their lives to help them achieve their personal goals.Because when a member doesn’t have an auto loan with the credit union, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be interested in financing or refinancing. Instead of pushing products, we can make suggestions based on what we know about the member’s goals, challenges, and behaviors. That member may be happy with the public transportation in their city, but loves world travel and would benefit from the travel rewards card you offer. When you send your messages, don’t forget to use imagery and a tone that resonates so the recipient knows you’ve done your research and can truly add value to their lives in a two-sided relationship.Digital channels work particularly well for personalization. Use dynamic fields in emails to add the member’s name and show them content specific to their account and service usage. Additionally, trigger follow ups based on the content they engage with on your website, on social media or in previous emails so you can further the conversation. Consumer PrivacyWhile consumers are willing to share information in exchange for more personalized experiences, they are also concerned about the security of their sensitive information. And this isn’t surprising after years of major data breaches from insurance companies, retailers and credit bureaus – followed by more breaches of trust with social media and tech companies. Members understand that we have a lot of data about them and that some loss of privacy is the cost of banking and being a part of our connected society. What they want to be reassured of is that 1) they have some control over how their information is being used and 2) we are using the data we have responsibly. How to use this trend: Data security could be a differentiator for you if you are confident in your protection of member information. You can already see Apple using security as a selling point to separate from the pack. The key here is transparency and being able to live up to your promise.Let members know what they can expect from you. You already have most, if not all, of this information in your privacy policies. Share the key points with members like you do any of your other strengths. They will appreciate knowing they’re working with a financial institution that has integrity and their well-being at heart. Chatbots, AI and MessagingWe can certainly expect to see more artificial intelligence incorporated in just about every sector in the near future. One place where AI is being adopted in financial services is with smart devices and chatbots on websites, social media, and mobile apps. Something marketers can get excited about with AI is that we gain an increased ability to serve members 24/7. Chatbots can perform many operations, plus get answers to member’s questions without being threatening or intimidating. They also free up the time of team members to engage in relationship development activities.How to use this trend:Work with your IT team to continually improve upon the experience and let members know all of the functionality available to them. Make sure you’re shifting to respond to longer keywords and phrases that are more frequently used when someone is talking to a smart device. You can also give a whole personality to your credit union’s chatbot and smart device character so members still feel like they’re connecting with you and your brand.Start with being able to respond to basic questions and prompts like “what were my last 3 transactions?” Make it easier for the member to get the information they’re looking for by asking follow up questions and making suggestions. If the user asks “what kind of credit cards do you have?” a good response could be “are you interested in low interest, cash back or rewards?” followed by the relevant information and then help with submitting an application through the bot. Think about what the user is really hoping to do and use that to guide service development. Interactive ContentContent has been a hot topic in marketing for a little while and we will continue to see high-quality content being developed with interactive components. Interactive content takes marketing content like blog and social media posts to a new level by being more engaging and customized to the particular person using it. As more businesses showcase their expertise and value using content strategies, you can stand out and keep members or potential members looking at your work by adding an interactive element that allows for a two-way dialogue.How to use this trend:Some of the easy ways to engage your audience include quizzes and polls – two things you may have already been playing with in your marketing. Social media is a great place for quick polls to get members talking and to gain insight on a topic in which you’re interested. Take it a step farther by asking for quiz input so you can offer a customized solution to the member based on their preferences and current state. Videos can have hotspots added so members can click for more information or trigger a specific clip to play next in a “choose your own adventure” style of how-to video. Quizzes, polls and video can all be worked in as an interactive part of a longer-form piece of content like a blog post meant for awareness or engagement. With interaction, you can get the conversation started about how to customize the right solution for that specific member. While working on end-of-year reports, make graphics and statistics more engaging by adding sliders, clickable hotspots or video. This is a fun way to do something new, highlight the amazing work your team has done over the last year, and get members to notice some of the major credit union objectives and accomplishments. As always, have fun with your marketing and make it special by thinking about all the ways you can creatively connect with members for a more personalized experience. They’ll certainly appreciate your efforts and you’ll see it in the results. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Laud Jennifer is a credit union marketing consultant and the owner of Jennifer Laud Consulting. She has a background in strategy and a passion for positioning credit unions to find their … Web: www.jlaud.com Details
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REAL ESTATE: 128 Crosby Road, Ascot.A Brisbane home with a secretive 50m Batman-like tunnel has sold, fetching the highest price in its blue chip suburb this year.Built as the ‘forever home’ of owner and builder Brett Walker, the dual entry property settled this week for between $8.5-10m.The “batman” tunnel was created for security and convenience. Brett Walker built the property as his “forever home”. Picture: Ric FrearsonMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe home has spectacular city views.Agent Tyson Clarke of Queensland Sotheby’s International was unable to disclose the exact price, but said it was 2017’s top sale in Ascot, putting it ahead of a $7.5-8.5m sale at Mayfield St last month. The Ascot residential record currently sits at $10.4m, paid in 2015 for a block almost four times the size.The “batman” home sparked interest from as far afield as Sydney, Melbourne, London, New York, Toronto, Hong Kong and Singapore. More than 90 groups went through the home as well as 23 private inspections.One of two pools in the home. What’s not to like in this wine cellar.“There is a real shortage of prestige property available and buyers at the top end of this market between $4 million and $10 million are out in force,” he said. “For property owners, this presents the perfect opportunity for off market private transactions and securing of top dollar prices.”The six bedroom, six bathroom home came complete with lift, home theatre, study, billiard room, wine cellar, two pools, a gymnasium spanning half a level, a Zen room, outdoor kitchen and two laundries. Perfect for the little ones.