Zachary Quinto & Matt Bomer Will Introduce New Honor at the Tonys

first_img As previously announced, the June 8 ceremony will feature appearances from Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Carole King, Kevin Bacon and more, and of course, plenty of live performances. Hollywood hotties Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer will take to the Radio City Music Hall stage on June 8 to introduce a new Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre Education, presented by Carnegie Mellon University. The award, which will recognize kindergarten through high school theater educators, will honor its first recipient at the 2015 Tony Awards. Star Files Zachary Quintocenter_img Quinto made his Broadway debut this season in the revival of The Glass Menagerie and has appeared off-Broadway in Angels in America. His screen credits include the Star Trek series and American Horror Story. Bomer recently starred in the HBO film adaptation of The Normal Heart in addition to the USA series White Collar and Magic Mike. Both are alums of Carnegie Mellon University, the first higher education partner of the Tony Awards. View Commentslast_img read more

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Butterfly magnet

first_imgButterfly Weed is one weed you want in your landscape. It’s a butterfly magnet. The leaves are the preferred food source for the larvae of several species of butterflies, including Monarchs and the flowers provide nectar for both butterflies and hummingbirds.When planted in full sun to partial shade, its brilliant orange flowers will brighten a perennial border and provide a striking contrast to purple coneflower, blue salvia, Persian shield and other summer favorites. Its flower colors are just one reason it was named the 2010 Georgia Gold Medal herbaceous perennial.Butterfly Weed, Asclepisa tuberosa, is a native wildflower that has naturalized throughout much of eastern North America. It lives as far north as Ontario to New Hampshire, west to South Dakota, south to Arizona into Mexico and east to Georgia and Florida. It does best in hardiness zones 3 to 9.It likes dry, sunny areas and can be found in small colonies in open meadows, right-of-ways and roadsides.Butterfly Weed is a member of the milkweed family. Unfortunately, its common name has been abbreviated from milkweed to weed, which presents some negative connotations and marketing challenges since no one wants to plant a weed. But, rest assured, it is not aggressive, invasive or weedy, and it will not take over the landscape.Butterfly Weed grows 1 to 3 feet tall and has narrow, lance-shaped leaves on stout, hairy stems that do not require staking. From June to September, flat-top clusters of bright orange to yellow-orange flowers are borne on terminal stems. They hold up well in cut flower arrangements.Flowers are followed by spindle-shaped seed pods that are 1 to 3 inches long. When mature, they split open to release seeds with long silky hairs that float in the breezes. Gardeners concerned about the potential spread of the plant to unwanted areas can easily clip off the seed pods before they ripen to prevent seed dispersal.Don’t be alarmed if caterpillars suddenly attack the plant and destroy its foliage. The culprits are likely butterfly larvae that depend on the plant to complete their life cycle. Defoliation doesn’t kill the plant.Butterfly Weed can be grown from seed or root cuttings. Patience is a virtue when propagating the plant from seed because it may take 2 to 3 years to produce a flowering plant. It may be best to purchase plants from a nursery.Two cultivars available in the trade are Hello Yellow, which produces bright yellow flowers, and Gay Butterflies, which produces a variety of flower colors ranging from yellow to orange and red.last_img read more

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3 key resources for supporting your disaster recovery strategy

first_imgby: Mark KomnikDoes your credit union have the necessary resources needed to resume business operations in the event of a disruption or disaster?  Disaster Recovery Plans will vary from institution to institution, but these three resources are needed for a successful recovery regardless of the strategy.People – The most important resource you have in your credit union is your people, and the first priority should be to locate them and make sure they’re safe — not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because they have the information your credit union needs to run. Do you have full names, street addresses, email addresses, landlines, and cell phone numbers for everyone, and is this information updated on a regular basis?  You should also make sure your recovery procedures are available in multiple ways. You don’t want to only have it in a binder in the office, because that doesn’t help you if the building catches fire. At the same time, you don’t want it available only online, because what if the power is out? Have it in multiple places in multiple ways, and make sure some of it is in “for dummies” fashion in case inexperienced people need to use the information.Data – Another key resource to support your DR recovery is to assure ALL your data is protected in the event of a significant disruption.  This is essentially an insurance policy against catastrophe.  The best disaster recovery strategy should include storing data off‐site (e.g., hot site, cloud storage, or with a DR vendor such as Ongoing Operations), while maintaining at least one copy on tape (for high availability systems such as your core).  You should maintain an inventory of your software and have it readily available.  Also, make sure there’s way for people to get passwords. This can be difficult due to the security aspects, but you don’t want one person to be the password repository and then not be able to reach them during an event.Facility Needs – While you should already have an alternate location for the recovery of your operations (because you perform testing on a regular basis, right?), facility needs are a key resource too.  This should include office space, furniture, and equipment (in the event you have to relocate).  Those resources may be at another branch location or provided to you by a third-party.  Working from home is a viable solution as well.  Keep in mind, you may be at that alternate location for an extended time depending on the extent of the disaster. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Banking for pot industry hits a roadblock

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Banking regulators just said no to a financial institution that aims to be the first to serve the expanding marijuana industry in Colorado.The Fourth Corner Credit Union in Denver applied in November to the Federal Reserve for a “master account,” which would allow it to interact with other financial institutions and open its doors to some of the hundreds of state-licensed marijuana businesses in Colorado.Although recreational marijuana has been legalized in Colorado, it is still illegal on the federal level, discouraging most traditional banks from working with pot businesses. continue reading »last_img read more

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Living an employee-empowered brand culture

first_imgA colleague recently shared the following story that sets the stage nicely for discussing the importance of establishing an employee-empowered brand culture…I’ll never forget the first time I flew on a commercial airplane. It was the summer after my senior year of high school on a flight to Kansas City. While everyone was boarding, the flight attendant got on the intercom and said “Ladies and gentlemen, we have someone onboard flying for the first time today and he’s really nervous.” In my youthful naivety, I was convinced somehow they knew this was my first flight. Then she announced “Let’s encourage him by giving a big round of applause to our captain, John Smith.” (I don’t remember his real name.)This was on Southwest Airlines. Of course, laughs followed. Flying was suddenly fun.Many people have similar Southwest Airlines experiences. Southwest built a discount airfare empire on a fairly simple dual-premise of staying true to their brand promise and empowering employees to live out that promise in front of customers.When you empower employees to live the brand promise, you open it up to great potential. After all, when you create and launch a brand you hope to see your staff grow into brand ambassadors, not brand parrots. Robotic recitation of your brand will resonate as inauthentic with consumers and fall flat on its face. Your consumers must believe staff truly buys into the brand in order for them to sign on, as well.Opening up the brand to employees doesn’t mean they can do whatever they want. There are brand promise guidelines to which they must adhere. But the flexibility to address consumers in different ways while working under the brand umbrella is critical towards building a fluid and dynamic brand that can weather the test of time.How can you help create an employee-empowered brand culture at your credit union? Here are three ways.Ensure employees know management has their back. Yes, sometimes a well-meaning employee may stray from the brand promise. Empowering employees to live the brand can lead to mistakes. However, employees also do a better job when they feel a greater sense of brand ownership, especially when they know management is ready to forgive mistakes and work with employees on avoiding similar ones in the future.Develop a truly unique culture. No, this doesn’t mean “Hawaiian Shirt Day” once a month. Along with the Southwest Airlines example, other companies with acclaimed unique cultures include Zappos (where employees define their job titles, are encouraged to speak to customers without scripts and report to teams rather than managers) and REI (where employees participate in regular town hall meetings and are encouraged to voice their ideas and concerns). By building a unique culture in which your employees share the same interests as your credit union, your brand becomes a self-perpetuated code of living and working.Train, train and train some more. People tend to do best that which they practice most. That’s why firefighters regularly practice their dangerous trade and athletes train constantly. Muhammad Ali once said “I hated every minute of training but I said, ‘don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” The same applies to your credit union staff and living an empowered brand. They can’t live it if they don’t know it. All employees must go through regular brand training exercises, from the greenest on the line to your veterans. Then, send them out to re-train fellow employees.Making the switch to a brand-centric credit union culture is a challenge. It is not a short-term play or something you do once and stick on a shelf. The most powerful brands are those which are led by employees that truly believe in what they do and share that openly with the consumers they serve. When your credit union makes the transition, it establishes itself as an industry leader and seeker of greater wallet and market share. 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Detailslast_img read more

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A guide to auditing your in-house collections

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Year after year, financial institution portfolios continue to grow—especially auto loans. According to Experian’s data for the first quarter of 2019, auto loan balances have soared to $1.18 trillion, increasing 6.5% throughout 2018. Unfortunately, as your portfolio grows, so does your delinquency risk.Like many credit unions, you’re probably trying to determine if outsourcing various stages of collections makes sense or if keeping it in-house is the better option. And, if your portfolio is experiencing growth, you may be worried about scaling your department.To evaluate your current strategy, consider what makes the most sense for your credit union in the following scenarios:1. Who could make the most impact at various stages of collection?Various stages of the collections life cycle require different contact strategies. Do you have the staff to make hundreds or thousands of calls a day? Maybe your staff can have a greater impact in the mid-or late-stage where you have more time to leverage relationships and creative methods. Identify your collection team’s strengths and weaknesses. Keep what your team is good at and consider outsourcing the rest.last_img read more

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British Land lets Euston space

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India coronavirus deaths pass 30,000, more than France

first_imgBut many experts say that with testing levels low, the extent of the pandemic across the world’s second-most populous country may be far worse than officially reported.An antibody study commissioned by the government showed this week that almost a quarter of people in the capital New Delhi have had the virus — almost 40 times the official number.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government imposed one of the world’s strictest lockdowns in late March, but it has been steadily eased to lessen the devastating economic impact of the pandemic.State governments have brought in fresh restrictions as cases soar in Bangalore and away from the big cities in Bihar, West Bengal, Kashmir and parts of Tamil Nadu. India’s death toll from the novel coronavirus overtook France’s on Friday with 30,601 fatalities and nearly 50,000 new cases overnight, official data showed.The death toll is the sixth-biggest behind the US, Brazil, Britain, Mexico and Italy, according to an AFP tally. It has the third-highest caseload with almost 1.3 million infections.In the past 24 hours the country recorded 740 new deaths from the virus and 49,310 fresh infections, according to the health ministry. Topics :center_img Southern Kerala state, earlier hailed as a success story and which has already imposed partial restrictions, may decide on Monday to impose a full statewide lockdown, reports said.last_img read more

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tells Arsenal his wage demands for signing new contract

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 3 Jul 2020 4:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.3kShares Advertisement Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave Arsenal for free next summer (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has requested a minimum three-year contract worth £250,000-a-week to commit his future to Arsenal.The Gabon forward, who this week became the fastest player to score 50 Premier League goals for Arsenal, has entered the final year of his contract at the Emirates.Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep hold of Aubameyang but Arsenal will have to offer the 31-year-old a deal worth up to £250,000-a-week to ensure he stays, according to ESPN.Aubameyang has developed into one of Arsenal’s most important players since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, scoring 63 goals in 101 appearances in all competitions.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTalks over a new contract at the Emirates stalled during the height of the coronavirus pandemic but conversations between the two parties have now resumed.With Arsenal’s transfer budget for the summer currently unknown, the club have made Aubameyang’s new contract a priority and the early signs are said to have been promising.Aubameyang’s current contract is worth just under £200,000-a-week, however, so Arsenal will need to find more cash from somewhere to prevent their talisman from departing, either this summer or in 12 months’ time. Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tells Arsenal his wage demands for signing new contract Wolves v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo 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 13:01FullscreenWolves v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/wolves-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2203332/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.Barcelona and Inter Milan have both been strongly linked with a move for Aubameyang, who was asked earlier this week whether Arsenal fans should expect good news about his future in the coming weeks.‘We’ll see,’ Aubameyang said. ‘We’ll talk with the club and we’re going to see what’s going to happen.’Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, has offered an insight into why Aubameyang is stalling over signing a new deal in north London.‘It’s a game of chess,’ he told BT Sport after Arsenal’s emphatic victory over Norwich City on Wednesday.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 City‘Aubameyang wants to get as much value for himself as possible and Arsenal will want to drive that down a bit.‘If he shows his hand too early then the club know he wants to stay and then they don’t need to go as far financially.‘But also he will be asking questions of the club. “What’s your recruitment strategy going forward? Which players are coming in to play alongside me? Can I compete for titles at Arsenal?”‘He will want to know those things before signing a new contract.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reveals William Saliba worry and plays down expectationsMORE: Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai as Matteo Guendouzi’s replacementlast_img read more

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Traffic heavy as Iloilo shifts to modified GCQ

first_imgILOILO City – Traffic was heavy on the first day of the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in this city. Treñas said it may take three more days to even a week before the traffic situation normalizes. * Fares shall be collected before a passenger boards the jeepney or bus. Mayor Jerry Treñas was not surprised. The deluge of people from the provinces of Panay Island and from Guimaras Island going back to the city was expected, he said. The city mayor urged public utility vehicle operators, drivers and passengers to follow the transportation guidelines stated in his Executive Order (EO) No. 086 implementing MGCQ. “From 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. it was light to moderate but medyo nagdamo-damo na sang udto,” said PSTMO chief Jeck Conlu. * Drivers must disinfect their vehicles before and after trips. * Drivers, conductors and commuters are required to wear facemask. No face mask, no ride. Treñas said he would be checking with LTFRB-6 director Richard Osmeña if there is a need to increase the number of jeepneys allowed to operate. * Buses must have thermal scanners to check the temperature of passengers and drivers. Public Safety and Transportation and Management Office (PSTMO) personnel were busy directing the flow of vehicles on Monday to ease traffic congestion. * A non-permeable material or acetate must be installed inside vehicles to separate the driver from passengers, and separate the passengers, too. But it would be a “new normal”. For one, only 50 percent of public utility vehicles are allowed to operate (per route) as agreed by the city government and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Region 6. * Buses, modern jeepneys and shuttle services must only board around 50 percent of their capacity to ensure physical distancing. He was referring to not only public utility vehicles but also to private vehicles. These guidelines are the following: “Nagapangabay gid ako sang bulig sa tanan. Kadamo pa sang aton obrahon. Importante nga let us never forget that the virus is still there. We have to make sure ang tanan nga minimum health standards masunod,” said Treñas. * Drivers showing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, sore throat, tiredness, among others) won’t be allowed to work but brought to a medical facility for checkup. Also, under EO No. 086, back-riding on motorcycles is prohibited./PNlast_img read more

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