Umphrey’s McGee Performed The National Anthem At The Chicago Bulls Game Last Night [Watch]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee are proud to be back in Chicago for this year’s New Year’s run. Returning to their home city for NYE for the first time in ten years, one can only imagine that these hometown heroes are chomping at the bit, ready to deliver the goods to their dedicated base of hardcore fans from the Midwest.Last night, Umphrey’s got the party started one night early, as they delivered an a cappella rendition of the National Anthem at the United Center, where the Chicago Bulls took on the Brooklyn Nets. Five out of six members of Umphrey’s were on hand to deliver the “Star-Spangled Banner”, with Jake Cinninger sitting out the performance while the famously vocals-shy Ryan Stasik got in on the a cappella action. It was a fun way to kick off their New Year’s Eve weekend, and a great way to connect with their local audience. Umphrey’s are the torch-bearers of progressive rock in Chicago, so it’s cool to see them switch things up and deliver a spot-on vocal performance.Check out a clip of the performance below, courtesy of the band’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, And Hot Tuna Roll Through SPAC [Review/Audio/Videos]

first_img[Videos by Sean Roche]With Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks’ deaths still heavy on their minds, TTB encored with a heartfelt “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” off the Allman Brothers Band legendary album, Eat a Peach. Trucks has had a lot of practice playing Allman Brothers material, yet Susan needed the lyrics sheet added to the stage setup to avoid any flubs. Gregg Allman wrote the tune for his brother Duane Allman after he passed away and now Derek got to play it for Gregg and Butch which was a truly touching passing of the torch. A short and soulful “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” set up the final song of the evening, “I’ve Got A Made up Mind.”[Video by Sean Roche]Check out the show audio, as uploaded by rocksuitcase:The three bands that graced the stage on the eve of Independence Day are just getting started! Tickets are still available for many of the show scheduled on the Wheels of Soul Tour, which is bound to cover just a little more ground from now until August 2nd.Setlist: Hot Tuna | Saratoga Performing Arts Center | Saratoga Springs, NY | 7/3/17Serpent Of Dreams, Living Just For You, Talkin’ Bout You, Come Back Baby, In The Kingdom, Roads And Roads &, Hit Single #1.Setlist: Wood Brothers | Saratoga Performing Arts Center | Saratoga Springs, NY | 7/3/17Keep Me Around, Atlas, Never and Always, Tried and Tempted, Snake Eyes, American Heartache, Luckiest Man, Postcards from Hell, OpheliaSetlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Saratoga Performing Arts Center | Saratoga Springs, NY | 7/3/17Anyday, Don’t Know What It Means, Anyhow, It’s So Heavy, Get What You Deserve, Ball and Chain, Let Me Get By, Leaving Trunk, I Pity The Fool, I Want MoreE: Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Made Up My Mind[cover photo from TTB Facebook] On July 3rd, the 2017 Wheels of Soul Tour brought The Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna, and Tedeschi Trucks Band to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Upstate New York. Beautiful weather greeted the tie-dyed and star-spangled crowd, which ranged from young children to older hippies. Outdoor venues like SPAC are the perfect sanctuaries for eclectic and soulful music and the attendees were pleased to see Hot Tuna bring their unique blues to the stage as they opened up the festivities.For a band that traces its roots back to 1969, Hot Tuna can still bring the heat. Not only did they tackle songs from their wide catalog and long career, but they also showed the audience that they still have fun doing it. Jack Cassady stomped around the stage totting a bass that is about the same size as him while Jorma Kaukonen lit a fuse and transformed his electric guitar into a firework. The aging crowd seated inside the pavilion cheered as Jorma commented that the last time they played SPAC was in 1989 for the Jefferson Airplane reunion tour. The band members thanked their friends Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks for inviting them on such an incredible tour and the short set came to a close.The Wood Brothers have solidified their position as one of the most soulful Americana bands on the rise right now, making them the ideal meat in the Wheels of Soul sandwich, especially on the eve of the 4th of July holiday. The crowd at SPAC doubled in size as the trio opened with “Keep Me Around” from their critically acclaimed 2013 album, The Muse. The first time I saw the Wood Brothers was at a downtown Saratoga pub called The Parting Glass, where they happened to be playing on their first ever tour. Over a decade later in the same New York town, they played “Atlas” again, but this time they were on a much larger stage in front of a much larger group. As their popularity grows exponentially over the years, their down-to-Earth attitudes, familial connection and passionate writing remains the same.The particularly energetic “Tried and Tempted” and “Snake Eyes” encouraged Chris Wood to show off some of his killer dance moves. Oliver Wood gave a nod to the red, white and blue with “American Heartache” off their most recent studio album, Paradise, leading Jano Rix to take over on keyboard for “Luckiest Man.” The fan-favorite tune lead to a sing-along and reminded the crowd how lucky we are to be in the land of the brave of free. Oliver dedicated “Postcards from Hell” to all the artists on the Wheels of Soul tour and a fast-paced cover of “Ophelia” finished off the set.[Video by Sean Roche]Headlining the joyous evening was the group that started the Wheels of Soul Tour three years ago, the Tedeschi Trucks Band. This year’s installment proves to be the most ambitious to date and we can only hope the Wheels tradition continues. The 12-piece thunderous blues band opened with “Anyday” to the delight of their die-hard fans. “Don’t Know What It Means” allowed Kebbi Williams to explode on the fiery saxophone solo. In order to cool the place down, Susan Tedeschi softly took the vocals for “Anyhow” and “It’s So Heavy” allowing Derek Trucks to delicately weave his electric guitar into the mix. After a slow pair of songs, vocalist Mike Mattison took the lead for “Get What You Deserve,” a rocking gospel influenced tune that got the pavilion pulsating. [Videos by Sean Roche]The long drum intro to “Let Me Get By” was one of the many highlights of the set and allowed several different members to showcase their talent. The spontaneity of TTB is why fans continue following them around the country and when news broke that their beloved keyboardist, Kofi Burbridge had suffered some medical difficulties, fans highly anticipating the Wheels of Soul Tour were heart broken. The replacement, Carey Frank, showed that he was qualified to take Burbridge’s place and appeared to wow even Susan, who commented how incredible his playing has been after only three nights on the tour. Frank took an additional funky organ solo during “Leaving Trunk,” but Susan one-upped him with a blazing guitar solo proving that the ladies can do it too. Susan’s energy continued to rise during her emotional vocals in “I Pity the Fool” and the set ending and appropriately placed “I Want More.”last_img read more

For U.S. military, ideals must matter

first_imgThree-quarters of the way through a panel discussion of military values and ethics, hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, moderator Alberto Mora, a senior fellow at the center, cut to the bone: If terrorists aren’t following the rules of warfare, why should we?The response was unified and emphatic at Friday’s session from the panelists, three superintendents of U.S. military academies. The American military, they said, must uphold U.S. values, and this means adherence to the rules of engagement.“This is the challenge going forward,” said Vice Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter, superintendent of the Naval Academy. Beginning with World War I, after the use of mustard gas and the new “death machine” or machine gun, “the American military drove this idea that there are certain things we just don’t do. They don’t represent the values of who we are as American people.”Even today, when the U.S. military must engage in combat in “shadow zones” where fighters are not identified by uniforms and “it seems like we’re playing with one hand tied behind our back, against enemies that have an advantage,” the military must keep stressing ethics in its leadership programs, Carter said.Otherwise, “What’s our purpose? What do we stand for?” said Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, who was a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours and an Air Force presidential aide. “This is one of the challenges of democracy.” Around the world, people look to America to set an example, she said, adding, “They hold us accountable. When we don’t live up to that, it hurts us.”That was also a point emphasized by Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a former chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq.“The wars that we have been fighting are conflicts of wars of ideology,” Caslen said. “In this ideological struggle, the actions of the United States are particularly important.” Human rights violations at the Abu Ghraib prison in 2003 and detention of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay helped create more terrorists not only by mobilizing extremists but by motivating moderates to be more extreme, Caslen said.“You can’t drain that swamp. You can’t kill your way out of it. It’s an ideological struggle. And that’s why rules of engagement are as they are,” he said.The event, “The View from the Military Academies: A Conversation with the Superintendents About Values, Ethics, and the Military Profession,” had its roots in a speech made last year by Harvard President Drew Faust at West Point, where she explored the military notion of “friction”  — that is, when a person is forced to confront a situation beyond his or her ability, and has to stretch and reach. In her welcoming remarks to the panel, Faust noted, “We are all of us in many ways in a moment defined by friction; we are being asked to think beyond our assumptions … And this can be an unsettling time.”“The American military drove this idea that there are certain things we just don’t do,” said Carter (from left), a sentiment echoed by Johnson. “When we don’t live up to that,” she followed, “it hurts us.” Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe bulk of the panel discussion focused on the military schools’ emphasis on constructing character. “Building leaders of character at West Point is the most important thing we do,” Caslen said. The three superintendents — all combat veterans who have risen to three-star rank — said such training goes beyond adherence to honor codes to preparing young men and women to be “leaders of consequence.”As Johnson said, “You can check the squares on the honor code, and this is not sufficient,” which is why, she said, the Naval Academy is a “champion” of education in liberal arts as well as science, technology, engineering, and math.Johnson related the story of an operator watching a target through satellite technology who pushed his superiors to hold off striking. Only when the target was not near children — days later — did the operator attack. “These are dilemmas that our modern warriors face,” she said. “And they don’t stop watching. They watch the aftermath. So, counter to the past lore of airmen who don’t see what they do, they do now.”In response to a question posed by Richard A. Cash, a senior lecturer at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, about the effects of eliminating the military draft, Caslen acknowledged that 40 years of an all-volunteer military have widened a troubling gap between those who serve and those who don’t.“The best way to bridge that divide is to have ethical behavior in the military,” he said.Carter emphasized that, like doctors, lawyers, and clergy, the military should be seen as a professional organization bound by moral codes, concepts of freedom, and constitutional checks and balances. Leadership training helps military officers to understand what are legal, lawful orders, and to act accordingly.And for the U.S. military, the chiefs said, everyday American politics are an exterior factor that doesn’t challenge a deeper ethos.“I’m not worried about the future. These discussions will continue regardless of who is in the White House,” Carter said, adding. “We’re going to be OK.”“I would just add: Roger that,” Caslen said. “We swore allegiance to the Constitution, not to the commander in chief, not to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but to the Constitution.”last_img read more

Five Things to Consider When Buying Your First Server

first_imgWhether you are a small office or a global enterprise, a server is the lifeblood of your business – that’s why finding the right one is essential. As your business expands, you may be considering server options to help your employees collaborate, share tools and information. Maybe you’re concerned about data that needs to be secured, or you’re thinking about what type of solution you will need in the long run. Choosing the best server for you and your business can seem like a difficult process, but really, it’s a lot simpler than you think.First, ask yourself, “What are my business goals? What type of IT solution do I need to address my requirements? How will this server benefit me?” Essentially, consider how will you be using this server. Some common uses for servers are web hosting, email, and print. If you can align your business and IT requirements, you do not have to worry about being held back as your business grows.To help get you started in your search, here are 5 tips to consider when you start looking at servers:1. What Server Fits Best for You?In order to answer this question, you must ask yourself some simple, but important questions during your server selection such as, “What business goals do I want my server to accomplish? How much office space do I have available?” Servers come in different shapes and sizes that are categorized into racks, towers, and modular. Always keep in mind that one size does NOT fit all.Rack Servers are designed to be installed within a rack chassis that holds multiple servers on top of each other. These are great if you want to be prepared to scale your business and want to consolidate IT.Tower Servers are built for stand-alone operations and occupy the least amount of floor space. They can fit underneath or on top of a desk. These also make great first servers because they offer plenty of power and are similar to a desktop computer. However, they do take up more room when it comes to expanding.Modular Servers allow for multiple servers to be housed in a given chassis and offer shared IT resources to manage dynamic workloads.2. How Will You Be Utilizing Your Server?You’ll need to know what primary tasks you’ll be performing and then determine what hardware you’ll need to consider so you get the most out of your server.Will you be needing to print and/or use email, or do you have databases or business applications? The type of applications will determine the type of processor, memory, and storage capacity you’ll need.Another piece to think about is having hot-swappable components in your server. We live in a world where we are always on the go and can’t afford to have server downtime. Having hot-swappable hard drives or power supplies will allow you to replace a piece of hardware without the need to power down. You can continue to run the server and keep working without interruption.3. What is Your Budget?Servers are available in a range of price points depending on the specificity of your workload. It’s up to you to determine what workload to run on your server. Make sure you consider your business long-term. In the long run, a more efficient server will reduce your total cost of ownership. Consider a server that will be able to adapt to your growing needs and future technology changes. Having scalability offers potential savings, plus you’ll have the most up-to-date hardware.For example, one-socket servers are great for a small or growing business. Did you know, according to a Gartner analysis, “By 2021, dedicated x86 single-socket servers will be able to address 80% of the workloads in use in enterprise data centers, up from 20% in 2018.[1]” These servers will be able to complete your tasks at a high-performance level.4. Are You Anticipating Future Growth?Speaking of scalability, think about how many people access the network now and, how much space and power you use today. Then think about how much that will change in the next 6 months, a year, or even 5 years. You want your server to be able to grow with you and adapt to your needs.Why should you consider a product that is easily scalable? Because it will impact your total cost of ownership and business. Scaling late in the game may require the need to purchase more servers than originally expected. The same goes for with the software that’s available. If you don’t have a way to handle these updates and increases, you may lose efficiency and the quality of service may suffer. You want something that will grow with you and not hold you back.5. How Will You Protect Your Data?Security is a huge risk for all businesses. You can’t afford to leave your data vulnerable to security breaches, cyber threats, and other vicious virtual attacks. The average total cost of a data breach in the United States is $8.19 million.All Dell EMC servers are designed to be cyber-resilient and come with built-in security programs so you can easily automate.<span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Your server plays a critical role in your business and selecting the right one can play a major role in your business growth and IT goals. If you seek reliable, affordable, and scalable servers, consider the one or two-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge rack or tower servers.Contact your small business technology advisor for more information at 877-BUY-DELL.Follow us and join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCServers. [1] Tony Harvey, “Use Single-Socket Servers to Reduce Costs in the Data Center”, December 5thlast_img read more

Association continues to hold board elections

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) will continue holding elections today. The Saint Mary’s student body will be participating in elections for the Class Boards, Student Diversity Board (SDB), Student Activities Board (SAB) and Residence Hall Association (RHA). Student Body president Nicole Gans said last week’s election was successful since student participation nearly doubled from previous elections. “There was a big impact to students and faculty,” she said. “We should feel really proud of ourselves.” One of SGA’s goals this year, student body vice president Jackie Zupancic said, has been to bring about more participation in elections. She said using emails and stationing booths around different parts of campus to promote elections was effective. SGA faced a challenge this week, however, when the Saint Mary’s email system Zimbra went down. Since Zimbra is still not working at full capacity this week, SGA had to decide on an alternative way of holding student elections. Typically, students are sent a link in their email accounts allowing them to vote online to make the calculation process significantly easier. SGA had two alternative options to choose from — initiating a paper ballot vote for the election or postponing elections for two weeks. Student Diversity Board president Kelly Reidenbach said she believed using paper ballots was the better choice. “Do the paper ballots tomorrow, because there is a lot going on when we come back from break,” she said Wednesday. “Many people are going to be busy.” Various members of SGA expressed their concerns and suggestions, but SGA ultimately decided it would be in the best interest of the candidates and the student body if a paper ballot was taken today. SGA spent a majority of the meeting working out the logistics of the paper ballot, particularly how they would be able to keep track of students who have voted. The voting booth will be located in the atrium of the Student Center. Elections will begin today at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. There will be paper ballots for each class and each ballot will also contain the name of candidates running for SAB, SDB and RHA.   “If anyone votes for more than one class president, their vote will be nullified,” Gans said. “We have to have the same enthusiasm we had for last weeks election.”last_img read more

The Fans Have Spoken! Readers Rank the Best Tony-Winning Musicals of All Time

first_imgTHE BOOK OF MORMON View Comments SPRING AWAKENING Tony fever has officially hit the Great White Way, and to celebrate, we asked you a very, very tough question: Of every hit show to win the prestigious Tony Award for Best Musical, which is the best of all time? Hundreds of fans cast their votes on the top-ten ranking website Culturalist. Ready to see which shows came out on top? Check out the results below! CABARET THE LION KING SWEENEY TODDcenter_img THE SOUND OF MUSIC A CHORUS LINE LES MISERABLES THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA RENTlast_img

Challenges on Several Fronts to Ohio Utility Bailouts

first_imgChallenges on Several Fronts to Ohio Utility Bailouts FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Kathiann M. Kowalski for Midwest Energy News:Despite unanimous approval by Ohio regulators last week, opponents of income guarantees for two utilities’ power plants still have multiple avenues to challenge the plans.The deals, involving certain coal plants and a nuclear plant owned by FirstEnergy and American Electric Power (AEP),  are expected to trigger requests for rehearing and court appeals.Also, litigation by the utility affiliates’ competitors is proceeding before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Others challengers are involved in those cases too.Both AEP and FirstEnergy have argued that the power purchase agreements are necessary and will save consumers money in the long term.Critics call the deals “bailouts” to prop up uncompetitive power plants and say they will cost Ohioans billions of dollars over the next eight years. They also argue that the plans interfere with customer choice and competition in the generation market.The Electric Power Supply Association, Dynegy and other organizations and companies already have cases underway at FERC that aim to have federal regulators review and prevent the AEP and FirstEnergy power purchase agreements from taking effect.Challengers also have a potential argument under Ohio’s law mandating competition in the electricity generation market. Under that law, passed in 1999, a distribution utility generally cannot favor its own affiliates.As a general rule, most cases involving long-term power purchase agreements for electricity use them to lock in a price for the energy’s end users.Under AEP and FirstEnergy’s plans, however, electricity purchased from their unregulated generation affiliates will not go directly to their utilities’ non-shopping customers. Instead, both FirstEnergy and AEP have said that they intend to resell the electricity into the wholesale market for the grid managed by PJM.The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC), various local governments and others have moved to intervene in one or more of the FERC cases.Approval of the deals “could distort market clearing prices, resulting in unjust and unreasonable rates in PJM’s markets,” said OCC in one of its briefs.Another argument will likely focus on the magnitude of customers’ potential losses.Challengers also have a potential argument under Ohio’s law mandating competition in the electricity generation market. Under that law, passed in 1999, a distribution utility generally cannot favor its own affiliates.“These affiliate agreements that insulate the shareholders of the parent corporation from any risk blur the lines of corporate separation — which is the cornerstone protection of Ohio’s customer-choice centered energy policy,” said Dougherty.“In a certain sense, it’s ironic in that a lot of the rhetoric around ‘freezing’ [Ohio’s] renewable energy and energy efficiency standards was based on not wanting the government to mandate certain technologies, whereas the PUCO ruling is locking customers into uneconomic coal plants,” said Cathy Kunkel, an analyst for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.“But, in reality” Kunkel continued, “both the recent PUCO ruling and the freezing of the standards were part of the same strategy on the part of Ohio’s main utilities, particularly FirstEnergy, to reduce competition to their own generation.”Full article: ‘This isn’t over’: Opponents still fighting Ohio ‘bailout’ planslast_img read more

Disruption and opportunity are “in the cards”

first_imgWhat a fascinating time to be in the payments space. It’s difficult to imagine a segment of business with more moving parts and a greater sense of opportunity. While the mechanics are daunting enough, it’s the financial and strategic implications that are taking center stage and commanding attention from leaders who likely never signed up to become payments experts. There’s no avoiding it – payments have become a core competency.In a cruel twist of irony, the already complicated maze of processors, networks and associations has been hit with a healthy dose of additional disruption over the past few years. Forget what you knew (if you knew it in the first place). The economy, federal regulation and competitive pressures from all corners have created a new day with new challenges and opportunities.So where to begin? Card processing has long been a go-to category for expense reduction as contracts expire, but the processing costs are only the beginning. In fact, for many credit unions, the card brand and EFT network relationships have soldiered-on largely un-scrutinized for years. It’s easy to see why – the complexity of analyzing the financial impact is just obnoxious. And, as you look around the credit union’s management ranks, it’s almost certainly nobody’s day job. If this paragraph is giving you some tingling sense of déjà vu, then you already know that you need to go there. There’s just too much expense reduction and additional revenue opportunity at stake to keep it swept under the rug.There’s a lot to take in. Let’s address these one at a time.Card ProcessingOf the categories mentioned above, card processing relationships are likely the most familiar. The expense side consists of a lot of line-item billing elements for things like cards on file, authorization and transaction processing, cardholder services, and the like. I mentioned four items, but your bill probably has fifty to a hundred or more. While there’s always been a need to ensure the best mix of service, product, price and strategic alignment, a few newer events have changed the game.Core Conversions – A decade or more ago, core processing conversions were largely entertained only in the event of something fairly imminent and daunting. Not that they’re taken lightly today, but the pace of change has dictated more frequent evaluation and a higher standard overall for the performance of the core processing platform. As credit unions consider changing core processors, the need for effective interfaces with card processors tends to kick-off secondary evaluations of the card processing relationships (at least for those who are paying attention).EMV – October is right around the corner, and card issuers are faced not only with a significant expense, but also with an event that puts a real stamp on the card program for at least the near- and mid-term. Faced with an impending card reissue, many credit unions are scrutinizing their card programs in terms of processing partners, loyalty programs, card types and designs, and of course, brand. EMV, and the associated expense and disruption, is kicking up a lot of complex decision points. With a deadline.The good news is that there is no shortage of competitors for card processing services, and these vendors are now working harder for your business – as they should. Also, several of these providers offer both full-service and in-house options that can be configured to suit the level of involvement that any credit union may choose. There’s a lot to consider in the analysis, and it can be fraught with slick presentations that obscure the true impact of what may appear to be a great deal. But, a careful selection process can yield significant expense reductions as well as operational efficiencies that will endure for the long haul. Visa or MasterCardCatalyzed by the coming of EMV, the long-raging battle between the major card associations is heating up even further. True to form, this comparison is also complicated. Each brand has its own dizzying mix of costs and interchange revenue to consider, and they’re both highly motivated to secure the brand affiliation for your credit union’s cards.However, VISA and MasterCard are as convincing as they are confusing, presenting their product offerings to credit unions in terms of marketing incentives, association fee discounts, and growth opportunities, all while framing the interchange discussion in a way that’s beneficial to their specific network. It’s all-too-easy for credit unions to walk away without a full understanding of the impact of one brand over another to their bottom line, or the long-term benefits to their members.EFT NetworksFor many credit unions, the merits and competitive advantages of networks like NYCE, STAR, Pulse, CU24, Co-op and others are difficult enough to gauge. To pile on a bit, there’s much more to consider. Here’s the story in a nutshell:The traditional signature (Visa, MasterCard) brands are pitted against the traditional EFT (PIN-based) networks in a fight for transaction routing revenue in a market that is increasingly favoring consumer convenience – in whatever form that takes. No longer are the two factions sticking to their own turf. Visa and MasterCard – as a distraction from their usual practice of competing with one another – have each introduced measures designed to capture purchase volume that would otherwise be PIN-based, and the EFT networks have responded predictably with solutions of their own in a counter attack. Add-in the pros, cons and side-effects of PAVD, Maestro, PIN-less debit, no-surcharge network participation, and you’re stuck in a maze that’s constantly shifting. You Can Turn the TablesEnough of the jargon; there is good news in all of this. With the right partner, your credit union can turn the complex mix of processing, network and brand decisions into significant financial opportunities. It’s no longer a game of shaving a few pennies off of a processing fee – there can be millions at stake. The right partner can guide you through the process; decipher the differences between the various processors, networks and brands; shine a light on the savings opportunities; and negotiate for the best value on your behalf. The right time is now.We will be hosting an educational webinar on ways that credit unions can maximize their opportunities in the areas of Processing, Brand and EFT Networks on May 12th at 1:00pm EST. Please contact if you would like to join us! 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Mackenzie Mark Mackenzie is a Partner of CU Engage with over 18 years of experience working with credit unions. Throughout his career, Mark has specialized in helping credit unions optimize their … Web: Detailslast_img read more

It’s a wonderful credit union life

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data… During this time of year, we are reminded of the importance of community, giving back, showing gratitude and the power of traditions. In a year with so many changes, it seems people are eager to get into the spirit of the holidays and find comfort in familiar foods, decorations and rituals.A tradition for many people I know is an annual watching of one of my favorite movies—“It’s a Wonderful Life.” It’s a warmhearted movie that gets me into a holiday frame of mind and reminds me of all that my family and I have to be grateful for. It also reminds me of the unique and noble purpose at the core of the credit union industry. Every time I watch it, I am struck by the parallels between the Bailey family business and the credit union partners our company is so fortunate to serve and collaborate with. (Caution: spoiler alert if you’re one of the few people who haven’t seen the movie yet!).At the beginning of the story, George Bailey is growing up in Bedford Falls, where his father Peter Bailey runs the Bailey Bros. Building & Loan Association—a small, local, cooperative financial institution with a community focus. Peter is a respected member of the community who treats his customers with fairness and compassion, seeing them as friends and not just customers. This is in contrast to Mr. Potter, a rich, cranky old man who owns many of the town’s businesses and would love to gain control of all of them without regard for the well-being of the townspeople.center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

FlixBus increases the frequency of departures, adds new destinations, but no one welcomes their buses

first_imgThe cities of Istria and Kvarner are currently connected with Slovenia, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Direct connections with destinations such as Ljubljana, Maribor, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Vienna or Budapest provide passengers with easy access at affordable prices, and Rijeka, along with Zagreb and Split, is the most frequent hub of FlixBus this season as well. As otherwise, let alone this year, any additional connection with emitting markets is crucial, so FlixBus is once again proving to be an important segment in the development of Croatia’s tourist offer. By re-establishing a green network throughout Europe and connecting Croatia with numerous European destinations, FlixBus returns to the bus transport of passengers an important role during this tourist season. While tourism and tourism workers are on their knees and falling apart from the fight day by day, with daily changes to the rules of the game, unfortunately the whole system has totally failed. Rijeka, Crikvenica and Opatija are additionally connected with Munich and Berlin, and also, passengers have day and night lines that connect Pula, Rovinj and Rijeka directly with Vienna and Budapest, while on the route Prague – Rijeka more seats are required. FlixBus: Great demand of passengers for Kvarner and Istria ˝As a strong European brand, FlixBus, thanks to its wide network, high frequency and affordable and quality service during all these years, has established itself as an important segment in the development of Croatia’s tourist offer. And in these challenging times for all of us, we strive to respond positively to the needs of our passengers for travel and constantly supplement their offer in compliance with all safety measures. ˝ said Ante Grbeša, director of FlixBus CEE South region. By the way, until this year, the increase in the number of tourists arriving from abroad by FlixBus buses, from season to season, has grown by up to 80% to certain destinations. The FlixBus green bus network extends to 29 European countries and connects 2000 destinations with 350.000 daily lines. On the other hand, in the role of a county tourist board, especially this year when they have poor budgets with which they cannot do anything special in Europe, he would personally direct the budget in cooperation with FlixBus. Logically, because there is a line, a line that works and brings tourists. Open your eyes wide, watch, follow and react immediately. Fight in the true sense. Maybe the CNTB could see its opportunity, it should have been a long time ago, let alone in this crisis year, to advertise open lines to the same markets through cooperation with FlixBus. Apart from being a European brand and an extremely extensive network, this year our advantage as a car destination has been expressed like never before. And as we know, if there is demand, there are business opportunities. In this situation, demand should even be provoked and imposed on the market, let alone further intensify advertising on those lines and markets that are open and functioning. No, this is not a PR article, but logical and market thinking, especially in this crisis situation. Every new open line with an emitting gold market is worth it, because this year we are literally fighting for every guest. FlixBus served in this story as just one example, a small part of our tourist mosaic. Although Flixbus is not welcomed by the ministers of our government, in line with the increased interest of passengers in traveling in the direction of Kvarner and Istria, FlixBus from 17.7. introduces new destinations and increases the frequency of departures.  And at the worst moment, just when he should have pulled the most so far and organized our entire tourist story.last_img read more