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  • Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Announces Three-Night Run At Brooklyn Bowl

    first_imgWith a lighter load of tour dates in 2016, the famed Joe Russo’s Almost Dead felt like something was missing. Despite having performed there in March and another scheduled performance in December, the band has announced plans to perform at the iconic Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY for three nights in October. From 10/6-8, some Gratefully inspired music will fill the Williamsburg venue with joy.The band’s three night run will go on sale this Friday, August 26th at noon Eastern, but look out for a Facebook “Fan Club” pre-sale on Wednesday, August 24th at noon Eastern. The venue will also be offering a pre-sale on August 25th at noon, so don’t miss your chances for tickets!Considering the band formed out of performances at the Brooklyn Bowl, these homecoming shows are sure to be quite special. You can find tickets for October 6th, 7th and 8th via those links, and three-day pass tickets here.last_img read more

  • David Josefsberg & James Gleason Join An Act of God

    first_img View Comments An Act of God James Gleason, Sean Hayes & David Josefsberg(Photo: Jim Cox) Meet God’s new little helpers! Broadway alum David Josefsberg and James Gleason will join Sean Hayes for the return of An Act of God. The two will play Archangels Michael and Gabriel, respectively, reprising their performances from the previous California engagements.Preview performances will begin on May 28 at the Booth Theatre, where the Joe Mantello-helmed production is set to open on June 6. The comedy is scheduled to run through September 4.Josefsberg served as the standby in the Jim Parsons-led incarnation of An Act of God. His additional Broadway credits include Honeymoon in Vegas, Les Miserables, Motown, The Wedding Singer and Grease. Gleason has appeared on stage previously in Stuff Happens, The Weir, Curse of the Starving Class and Speed-The-Plow.The Play, penned by God Himself (stay with us), has been transcribed by Emmy-winning former The Daily Show head writer and executive producer David Javerbaum. Over 90 minutes, God assumes Hayes’ body to reveal the mysteries of the Bible, offer an updated take on the Ten Commandments and answer some of mankind’s most existential questions.center_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016last_img read more

  • Animal waste

    first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaAnimal waste can be a valuable organic resource or a pollutant.Managing it right and applying the best technologies determine which it may be.The University of Georgia invites interested stakeholders to adiscussion of issues and opportunities at the Georgia Animal Waste Roundtable Oct. 3in Athens, Ga.The program will be held at the Georgia Center for ContinuingEducation from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s presented by UGA Cooperative Extension, theUGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the GeorgiaDepartment of Natural Resources Agricultural Pollution Prevention Program (P2AD).Topics include UGA priorities in animal waste, bioenergy fromagricultural residuals, regulatory updates, new UGA teaching and research farms, lagoonclosure, grazing dairies and air quality.The roundtable “is a real nice example of collaborativeproblem-solving,” said Thomas Bass, who is coordinating the event. Bass is a UGAExtension specialist in animal and dairy sciences and biological and agriculturalengineering.There is no cost for the event, and lunch is included. It’s opento university faculty, federal and state specialists, commodity representatives,consultants and others in waste and nutrient management.Registration is limited. To attend, register online E-mail Bass at [email protected] for more information, or read more

  • Winooski River fishway has record salmon spawning run

    first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,A strong spawning run has brought large numbers of landlocked Atlantic salmon from Lake Champlain into the Winooski River this fall. During the eight week season that ended on November 10, 189 salmon were collected in the fish lift at the Winooski One hydro-electric facility.”This has been the best year we’ve had since the lift began operating in 1993,” says Nick Staats, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fishery biologist who is monitoring the salmon run in cooperation with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. “It’s a 44% increase over last year’s record 130 fish, and it’s a positive sign that sea lamprey control efforts on Lake Champlain are paying off.”Biologist Nick Staats with a salmon trapped at the Winooski One Hydro-electric dam. The largest salmon caught at the dam during the fall 2011 season was 28.5 inches long.The Winooski River fish lift is the main feature of a trap and truck fish passage built into the Winooski One hydro-electric facility at the falls above the Salmon Hole in Winooski. The project was designed to truck salmon and steelhead around dams to reach suitable spawning habitat and provide more fishing opportunities. Winooski One shares the cost of operating the fish lift with Green Mountain Power, owner of the next two dams upstream in South Burlington and Essex Junction.”Until this fish lift was built, the upstream salmon migration had been blocked since Ira and Ethan Allen built the first dam across the Winooski in the late 1700’s,” said John Warshow, owner of Winooski One Partnership that operates the hydro-electric station. “This kind of increase two years in a row is a hopeful sign that the fishery is being restored.”Brian Otley, VP of Operations at Green Mountain Power, said: “We’re proud to be part of this environmental success story of the return of Lake Champlain salmon. Collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Winooski One Hydro has shown that energy projects can have direct, positive and quantifiable impacts on the environment.” Under an agreement with Winooski Hydro One, Green Mountain Power provides two-thirds of the fishway’s annual operating budget of $10,000 to $20,000.The young salmon stocked in the river come from state and federal hatcheries in Vermont. According to biologist Nick Staats, all salmon caught in the fish lift at the Winooski One hydro-electric dam were measured, weighed, sexed, checked for lamprey wounds and tagged by State or Federal biologists.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in Vermont and is a leader in wind and solar generation. It serves more than 96,000 customers. is external)About Winooski OneWinooski One is a run-of-river hydro-electric generating station located on the Winooski River as it flows between Burlington and Winooski in Chittenden County, Vermont. The station consists of a refurbished spillway with a rubber dam abutting a historic timber crib dam. A fish trap, lift station and riverside park are constructed as part of the Facility. An average annual net output of 30 million kWh is delivered for sale to Vermont’s utilities through the Vermont Electric Power Producers, Inc. Hydro-electric power provides clean, safe electricity to Vermont epitomizing the use of renewable energy. is external)GMP 11.22.2011last_img read more

  • Ørsted moves forward with 430MW solar project in Texas

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Ørsted SA announced on Wednesday it has taken final investment decision (FID) on a 430-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Texas.The Danish energy major will install the Old 300 Solar Center, as the photovoltaic (PV) park is called, some 40 miles (64.4 km) away from Houston, in the state’s Fort Bend County. It expects to bring the plant online in the second quarter of 2022.A long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) is already in place.Planned to cover an area of 2,800 acres (1,133 ha), the solar farm will be equipped with around one million bifacial modules made by China’s JA Solar Technology Co Ltd and Longi Solar. Inverters will be supplied by SMA America, a unit of German inverters maker SMA Solar Technology AG. During the peak construction period, the project will open up to 400 jobs.“With its location close to Houston, Old 300 will further diversify our onshore footprint into a premium market with strong long-term fundamentals.” said Vishal Kapadia, chief commercial officer, Onshore.At present, Ørsted has 3.4 GW of wind, solar and storage capacity in operation and under construction. Its solar assets under construction totaling 1.1 GW.[Veselina Petrova]More: Ørsted takes FID on 430-MW solar project in Texas Ørsted moves forward with 430MW solar project in Texaslast_img read more

  • Members are your credit union’s best marketing team

    first_imgOur number one hidden asset is a loyal and devoted member. A member who sings our praises is worth more than paid advertising. Loyal members who share stories with others can be huge victories for the bottom line!Members who are not bashful about their relationship with your credit union can bring in their family, friends and co-workers with little to no work on behalf of the credit union. Making the experience easy to share can generate the word of mouth you need.Give them something to talk aboutMake it easy for members to gain knowledge and be well informed about all you have to offer. Routinely highlight your loan products through various channels so members see your message often and are reminded of the diverse options you offer.Offer an incentive to share feedback and stories.  Use those testimonials in different advertising material to help get your message out to others.Often we forget to ask members to share with family and friends.  If they have a great experience, ask them to share with others.Understand their needsWhat motivates your member to get up in the morning? What do they like vs. dislike? How are they similar? How are they different? Identify common bonds within the membership to make target offers.Discover what is most important to your members, and concentrate on making that important to yourself, your staff and the credit union as a whole.  It’s easy to note an account with personal antidotes that enhance the relationship. Sit down with members and ask what’s important to them. Everyone wants to feel appreciated. If you take an interest in them, they will most likely take an interest in you.  When they see you genuinely care about their success, they will want to tell others.Build your brand around like-minded members and appeal to what motivates them most. This will strengthen the common bond.CommunicateOnce you have developed a deep understanding of your member, make that work to your advantage. Use their jargon. Participate in their events. Create fun programs and promotions that will cause your membership to interact and share on your behalf.  If you know your core better than anyone, you can speak a language with them no one else can replicate.Encourage your base to use more of your services, to understand your lending process and encourage them to share their thoughts and ideas with not only the credit union, but also with family, friends and co-workers.Having a clearly defined brand is one of the best ways to relay your overall message to your membership. Keep consistency throughout every touch-point, and be sure your brand and message is clear and simple to understand.Encourage front-line staff to ask open-ended questions in order to find the right fit for products and services and educate members on what you have to offer.Share your successLet’s face it – loyal members love us.  We see them on a regular basis, we know their children’s names, and we see pictures from their summer vacations. These are the members that champion the credit union and want to tell others about us.  It is this deep personal relationship that makes telling others easy. They know that “Jane” on the front line will take care of their brother’s auto loan or their friend’s new home purchase. We have a great opportunity and responsibility in handling the most important moments in our members’ lives.  When members have successful experiences, they are likely to share.Share your successes. Often times our members don’t realize what we are doing.  They don’t know how much we are giving and volunteering in the community, how much we save members on average or the touching moments we all have in our shops everyday. Document those moments and share them via social media and on your website, and you’ll be surprised the response you get from members. People connect with success stories.Stand out and be noticed. We are living in a world where consumers are being inundated with messages, and there is a bank or credit union on every corner. The only way to succeed is to be unique. Be a place where others want to bank and where those who bank with you are proud and willing to share your successes. 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Darrin Myers Darrin Myers is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Loudoun Credit Union in Leesburg, Virginia.  Darrin has been with LCU since October of 2006 and was promoted to CEO in … Web: Detailslast_img read more

  • Mortgages and market share now better than ever

    first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kerry Blom Kerry is part owner of Pinpoint Direct Marketing in Andover, MN, a credit union based digital printing company. She has over 20 years experience in the industry. Pinpoint Direct Marketing … Web: Details I wonder sometimes why credit unions don’t promote mortgages more often. My inbox certainly doesn’t have marketing requests to advertise a First time home buyer rate or to advertise a promotion to reach out to nonmembers with mortgage refinance solutions.Mortgage lending is hot right now if you didn’t know, AND is a great way to boost your portfolio.I read recently via, that the increase in loan balances was primarily driven by first mortgages and used and new auto loans. Together, they accounted for 81.6% of total loan growth over the past year. Mortgages made up over 40% of the total growth.WOW! And you know what? –  it’s easy to market mortgages.  Especially if members may be ready to refinance.  But you need to find that out by marketing to them. Something else to consider when looking at your lending goals for the year – we do have an election in November that will weigh heavily on the minds of consumers.So as you look to plan your marketing projects, consider marketing mortgages. If you want to read more, check this out.Members are taking greater advantage of real estate loan offerings and choosing credit unions as their lender of choice.last_img read more

  • Forget the branch, it’s the app that matters

    first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: Details The CUtimes headline is a slap upside your head: Consumers Care More About Your App Than Your Branches.Read it again.Now explain this to me: I am a member of two credit unions, 2300 miles apart, both with assets over $1 billion – and yet they have the identical mobile banking app. Oh, sure, the branding window dressing differs – that is, the names and similar. But the actual guts of the app, what they in fact do, are identical. Not kind of similar. Identical.How can that be considered thoughtful branding, 2019 style?And how many credit unions are on mobile apps that literally 4000 other credit unions have?Which is where this explosive report from card issuer Marqueta blows the doors off oldstyle thinking.  According to it, Propeller Insights surveyed more than 2000 US and UK adults for Marqueta and the giant conclusion: the front door to a financial institution is an app not a branch.Reported Marqueta: “One of the most striking results of the survey is how much more greatly people value the digital banking experience over the physical equivalent: 62% of Americans already do the majority of their banking online, compared to just 31% of Americans who say they primarily bank in person.”Marqueta added: “When asked about how they would feel if every physical bank branch was closed down tomorrow, only one-third of US consumers (33 percent) and one quarter of UK consumers (23 percent) said they would be inconvenienced by this.”Look through a random sampling of credit union trade publications and count the stories about branch remodels – you’ll see lots.  Why?  Is this even an issue anymore?What are you doing to make your app distinctive? Unique?Can you in fact do anything at all or is an app shoved down your institutional throat by a vendor and you can take it or leave it?Hold that thought.Chew on this Marqueta finding: “69% of Americans expect to use their mobile banking app regularly in the next three months, while just 30% expect to visit a physical bank branch.”Personally I do not plan to visit a branch and in fact the only times I set foot in a branch is when I am wearing my reporter hat and want to experience a branch first hand or when something has gone terribly wrong with my account and I am in the branch to shake things up.Incidentally, Marqueta data say that fixing errors no longer is that compelling a reason for visiting a branch: “The physical branch didn’t even factor as important to consumers when they imagined having to fix an error that their bank had made: 28 percent of UK consumers and 23 percent of US consumers said it was important for them to be able to visit a bank in person to fix a problem, while 54 percent of US consumers and 51 percent of UK consumers said it was simply more important that it was fixed quickly, through whatever channel necessary.”For 99% of us, 99% of the time there is no good reason to set foot in a branch. Ever.I urge you to open an account with Chase or Capital One or USAA.  Feast on their mobile apps and ask yourself, is our as good?Spoiler alert: it isn’t.Marqueta goes on to warn about the threat posed by digital only banks – sometimes called challenger banks – but I don’t see much threat there. Not to credit unions.But I see enormous threats from the mega banks with IT budgets bigger than the GDP of mid sized countries and when they go out to hire developers they look for people with strong consumer app experience, that is, people good at writing code that engages people and creates a fun experience.Has anybody, other than the salesman who sold you your mobile app, ever described it as fun or engaging?What can you do to make your mobile app your app?Sure. I know a handful of very big credit unions – think over $5 billion – have custom mobile banking apps.Good for them but what can the vast majority of credit unions, with much less resources, do to compete in today’s digital world?That has become the critical question and it’s now a matter of life and death.last_img read more

  • Don’t freeze your assets

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  • Passing the pollution buck

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