Last night, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts held a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester at The Capitol Theatre with Christina Bianco, George Porter Jr., Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and more. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a youth mentoring organization. By matching adult volunteers, “Bigs,” with children, “Littles,” facing adversity, they are able to accomplish their mission of “helping children reach and realize their potential.” Big Brothers Big Sisters of FSW provides at-risk children with strong, positive and enduring one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.As part of The Really Big Show, the musicians came together in this spirit of goodness. The beloved NOLA funk bassist joined forces with young musicians, guitarist Brandon Niederauer and drummer Jager Soss for two songs: “Be Careful Who You Idolize” by George Porter Jr & Runnin’ Pardners and “Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix. You can watch their first performance together below, courtesy of Jon Hammer:Tonight, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY will host JAM THE VOTE, featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Blind Boys of Alabama in a multi-act, classic New Orleans-style jam session. Thirty-six hours before Election Day, the once-in-a-lifetime house band will create a “Night for the Soul.” And the special guests include Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros), Amayo (Antibalas), Amy Helm, Andy Falco (Infamous Stringdusters), Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), DJ Logic, Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello), Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Irma Thomas, Ivan Neville, Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Lee Fields, Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits), Matisyahu, Nicole Atkins, Questlove, Robert Randolph, Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Valerie June, Win Butler (Arcade Fire) and more! Free stream is available to those who pledge to vote. Find out more here.[Photo courtesy of Greg Horowitz]
Dumpstaphunk has a tradition of delivering crowd-pleasing, super funkified cover sets at the Wanee Music Festival and yesterday’s Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute was no exception. The tree lined amphitheater was frenetic thanks to the bouncing bass, as the hordes of fans getting down to the sounds of Ivan Neville‘s outfit was pumping through the massive stacks of speakers flanking the stage. Though their might have been a lyrical miscue or two, the band had the feeling on lockdown and everyone in earshot was grinning from ear to ear at the nostalgic wave of jams getting pumped out.Drawing from Chili Peppers’ iconic Blood Sugar Sex Magic album, Dumpstaphunk dedicated the second half of the set to a handful of that disc’s most beloved tunes. Ivan Neville told a quick anecdote about sharing recording studio space with Peppers drummer Chad Smith last week. When Neville told Smith his band was preparing to cover the Chili Peppers classics, Smith apparently said, “Do it right!”, and Dumpstaphunk clearly took that advice to heart.Reinterpreting songs so well known to the audience might be daunting to some, but Dumpstaphunk took it in perfect stride. It helps when you have a bassist as fluid and powerful as Nick Daniels III on hand to help bring Flea‘s insane bass lines to life. Guitarists Tony Hall and Ian Neville nailed John Frusciante‘s slinky leads. Frontman Ivan Neville did his level best Anthony Keidis impersonation but, as he jokingly noted during a song break…”These songs have a lot of words man.” He might not have been up to speed rapping lyrics as adeptly as Keidis, but the groove was definitely in the Peppers spirit!Dumpstaphunk covered eight Chili Peppers tunes…”Give It Away,” “My Lovely Man,” “Mellowship In Slinky B Major,” “Righteous & The Wicked,” “Suck My Kiss,” “Funky Monk,” “If You Have To Ask” and“Power Of Equality” for a wildly excited Wanee crowd. In a weekend that already saw Roosevelt Collier drop a stellar tribute to Jimi Hendrix on night one, Dumpsta knew the bar was set high and they cleared that hurdle with plenty of room to spare with their set. You can check out the full-length videos below. Enjoy!“Give It Away”“Power Of Equality”“Righteous & The Wicked”“Funky Monk”
US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and IBM Friday celebrated the overwhelming Senate approval of patent reform legislation as one of the country’s first steps toward modernizing the USpatent system which is essential to protecting inventors, preserving American innovation leadership and generating economic growth. The bill passed this week, 95 to 5, with a tidal wave of bipartisan support. If passed by the House and signed into law by President Obama, the America Invents Act would be the first comprehensive reform to the US Patent System in nearly 60 years.Patenting is increasingly important for protecting new innovations and helping a range of entities from entrepreneurs to large-to-medium-size companies to bring ideas to fruition and job creation.Senator Leahy said, ”A patent system developed for a 1952 economy — before the Internet, space flight, smart phones, computers, photocopiers, even before the IBM Selectric typewriter — needs an update for 21st Century opportunities and challenges.’ Leahy, chief sponsor of the bill and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee which handled it, continued, ‘These reforms are a catalyst for creativity and for the jobs that go hand-in-hand with innovation. We are keeping faith with the constitutional imperative of encouraging innovation and invention.’ Senator Leahy also recognized the contributions of IBM’s technical community which helped Vermont secure its first place rank across the country for per capita patenting in 2010. Of the 887 patents issued to Vermont residents last year, almost 600 were associated with IBM, accounting for two-thirds of Vermont’s patent production for 2010. Based on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) data and 2010 U.S Census data, Vermont ranks first in per capita patenting with an output of 1.4175 patents per 1,000 population. ‘For 100 years, IBM has shown that innovation is the backbone of our business and, as the top U.S patent recipient for the past 18 years, we recognize that modernizing our nation’s patent system is essential to protecting inventors, preserving American innovation leadership and generating economic growth,” said Janette Bombardier, director and senior location executive for IBM’s Vermont Center of Excellence for Enterprise Operations. ‘Senator Leahy has been championing patent reform legislation since 2006. Without his leadership, we would not have achieved this historic milestone. We urge the House to move quickly and complete its work on patent reform legislation to stimulate innovation and bolster our nation’s competitiveness in the global economy.’ The America Invents Act will have an important impact on inventors in Vermont and across the country, by creating certainty for inventors, entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes; providing much needed resources to the USPTO, and fostering efficiencies to help grow the U.S. economy. Key changes established by the legislation include:§ Providing the USPTO the resources it needs to more effectively manage its operations and begin to reduce the significant patent application backlog. Faster approval means economic growth because innovations can move into the market more quickly.§ Establishing a “first-inventor-to-file” system, which is a much more efficient way to determine which inventor receives a patent on an invention. This would align the US with the rest of the world, which is important for any businesses that must operate in the increasingly global economy. It also would help with the USPTO’s efforts to speed examination by taking advantage of work done by other patent offices.§ Offering third parties the opportunity to submit information relevant to the patent application to examiners with commentary. This strengthens patents by ensuring examiners have access to often difficult to access information and helps determine which aspects of a patent application are truly novel and deserving of a patent. IBM invests billions each year in research and development, and the vast majority of the company’s patents are filed in the U.S. In 2010, IBM inventors received a record-breaking total of 5,896 U.S. patents while becoming the first company ever issued more than 5,000 patents in a single year. IBM strongly supports S. 23, the America Invents Act, because it works for all members of the intellectual property community, bolsters our nation’s competitiveness in the global economy, and stimulates innovation.Source: Leah’s office. BURLINGTON, Vt. ‘ (FRIDAY, 11 March 2011)
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Lydia WheelerThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has finalized some changes to its “Know Before You Owe” mortgage rules.The new rule, gives creditors more time to draft disclosure forms. Now, creditors have three days to provide a revised loan estimate once a consumer locks in a floating interest rate. Previously, the loan estimates were due on the day the rate was locked.Another change will give creditors more leeway in revising estimates for construction loans. Because construction loans take longer to settle than other loans, the CFPB said estimated charges often change. Under the new rule, there is a space on the loan estimate form where creditors can notify consumers they could receive a revised estimate if the loan does not settle in 60 days.“The new ‘Know Before You Owe’ mortgage forms improve consumer understanding, aid comparison shopping, and help prevent closing table surprises for consumers,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in a news release on Tuesday. continue reading »
by: Anthony DemangoneThe news is sometimes difficult to follow.Lower oil prices were great. Lower gas prices had to be good for America, right?Well, not good for the oil rig workmen after oil rigs went offline.Or the states that depend on oil revenue. Or recycling efforts, for that matter. Management and leading can be like that.Something seems like a good idea. A no-brainer. But things that are good in one area can ripple the opposite direction quickly.Your input can stifle innovation.If you take too much responsibility, you can sap it from others.Too much input turns into micro-managing. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a recent risk and compliance webinar we call “Office Hours,” we met with several hundred credit unions to discuss the questions they have with the lending landscape today.The vice president of a $765-million-dollar credit union had a great question regarding auto dealerships: What should credit unions be doing to manage due diligence and indirect lending in our dealer relationships? Ongoing due diligence for automobile dealerships in indirect lending programs is critical to your program’s success. In fact, in situations where relationships were loosely managed and monitored, credit unions have seen some of the largest losses caused by unscrupulous dealerships and their employees or practices. To minimize the risks, be sure to: Understand how the dealership fits into your member demographics, loan growth and risk appetite strategies. Have a clear understanding of the dealership’s operational structure, and conduct reviews regularly including on-site visits and sales staff interviews. continue reading »
48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details As a leader, you’ve probably had to deliver criticism more times than you’d like. How did your employees take it? Not so good? Well, sometimes criticism can be a hard pill to swallow. Here are three tips for accepting constructive criticism like a pro.Don’t react: If you’re getting less than pleasant feedback, it can be easy to get defensive. Remember, constructive criticism is meant to help us identity our weaknesses and improve ourselves. The last thing you want to do is react in a sour manner. Be mindful of your facial expressions and listen carefully so you can fully understand the things being said, and the positive reasons behind them.Ask questions: While it’s not ideal to react to criticism, it’s totally okay to respond. If you have questions about the things being said, it’s best not to hold them back. Sometimes, you need a more detailed explanation. Talking about the situation will lead to the best course of action for solving the problem.Seek guidance: If you’ve accepted the criticism but don’t know what to do next, ask the person if they have any suggestions for you on how to move forward and improve yourself in the area of weakness. If you’re still having trouble accepting the criticism after you’ve had time to process it, talk to a co-worker or mentor that you trust and find out their opinion on the matter.
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryan Majano Bryan has 5+ years of digital marketing experience with multiple startups across various industries, ranging from media publishing firms to e-commerce retail brands. He has 3+ years of experience within … Web: https://www.figrow.com Details Is your credit union struggling to drive real results online via social media?These 5 marketing tips will help drive top-line revenue through your credit union’s social mediaNow more than ever, social media bridges the gap between credit unions and their potential members. More so, when using best practices, a multichannel social media presence is an effective tool that helps build buyer trust, and ultimately drives new loans.So, if your credit union is already on social media or just starting out, here are the five fundamentals you’ll want to be sure to cover for success.Tip 1. Build Your Social Media AudienceUnderstanding the group you’re targeting is a key to success. The better you understand who you want to target, the better your content engagement will be. Follow these tips when building an audience:Identify your goalsIdentifying the goals of your credit union’s social media helps create guidelines for identifying your target audience. Do you want to increase brand awareness, amplify member engagement, or drive loans?These three examples will lead to very different strategic approaches to the type of content you will share, so make sure you think about this before you begin.Define your target audienceThe more you’re aware of the wants and needs of your audience the higher the engagement rates will be. Let’s say your goal is to drive more auto loans, in which case you’ll need to identify the demographics for what that potential buyer looks like. Then you can use this information to tailor posts, graphics, videos, and use of specific social media channels to create an effective marketing plan for these end goals.If your goal was to grow engagement with younger members or showcase success stories, your social media plan would look very different.Create a realistic timelineIt’s important to be realistic about goals. You don’t want to discourage yourself when your following hasn’t tripled in two weeks.Create a timeline, set target follower or engagement metrics based on industry averages, and give yourself manageable and realistic deadlines to reach these numbers. As you progress and establish baseline metrics, you can examine why you are or are not hitting your targets.Consider competitor strategiesIdentify your closest competitors and monitor how they structure their social media marketing campaigns, and especially pay attention to how they choose to engage with your shared audience. Some key indicators to keep track of are: the number of followers, their frequency rates for content posting, and content presentation.For example, how is your neighboring credit union explaining auto loan rates? What images and messaging are they posting? These will give you some ideas for how you might want to position your content and it also may showcase techniques that aren’t working as well and are to be avoided.Tip 2. Engage Existing MembersSocial media is a powerful tool for credit unions because it provides an opportunity for you to interact and engage with your members in a non-transactional environment. This really helps build rapport with people.Community engagementNaturally your current members are more inclined to engage with you, especially about their experience with a certain product or branch. Responding to negative reviews or comments in a constructive, timely, and positive manner increases trustworthiness among current and potential members alike.Don’t hesitate to respond to all comments and like posts you are tagged in. Responding to direct messages in a timely manner is also essential. If a member sent your CU an email comment or question you’d reply as soon as possible. Comments on social media are no different.Interactive posts on social mediaInstagram stories are a great place to add interactive elements to your content. You can ask questions, take polls, conduct small quizzes, and use different slider bars to better understand how interested people are in certain services or products.On Facebook, try even simple questions like a sleek graphic asking “Coffee or Tea?” These are simple ways to see how many people are actually viewing and participating with your content online.Social Media GiveawaysGiveaways are a great way to encourage interaction and engagement. In the rules, you can ask people to participate by tagging a friend, commenting below or sharing the post. This will increase your brand awareness and followers. More so, it’s an opportunity to give back to your local community, which is the very reason credit unions exist.Tip 3. Create Meaningful ContentWhile it is important to incorporate your services or products within your posts, how you include these topics in an authentic and non-sales-y manner can be tricky.Eye catching graphicsFirst, select colors, visuals and images that will draw people’s eye when scrolling through their social media feeds. It’s important to remember that less is more when it comes to text on images or graphics. Posts should be made to capture someone’s visual attention and spur them to want to learn more using linked resources.Use of videos on social mediaVideo content has gotten increasingly more popular online. Videos add creativity and energy to social media platforms, and can be used to add personality and life to your brand.Instagram live videos are the most popular form of videos on social media. But allowing people to tweet questions and provide answers in a live or prerecorded video is another great way to interact with your audience and make your brand more personable.Tip 4. Humanize Your BrandEstablishing trust is key in all financial services. However, in creating trust, it is important for your brand not to come off as cold and clinical. Social media is a great place to add personality and to connect with your audience. It’s an opportunity for your CU to show off your biggest asset . . . your talented and caring staff of professionals.Behind the scenesMembers love to add a face to the CU they do business with, especially when it comes to their local branches. People really take joy in adding names to the faces they see regularly. For this reason, organic behind the scenes content will perform well, and it doesn’t have to be a professionally done video.Consider something as simple as a group of the tellers jumping in the air for “TGIF!” on a boomerang story for Instagram. Perhaps run a local branch contest where each branch decorates a flower pot or other work area – and share images on your social channels so your followers can vote on which image they like best! It’s fun and easy and it humanizes your brand, which is so important to building trust.Community eventsAs an institution founded to serve its community, what better content is there than that which displays your credit union regularly giving back and participating in local events?Be sure to take plenty of photos at local charity events, marathons, or holiday gatherings. You can even go as far as broadcasting from the event on Facebook or Instagram live and tagging members, showing your appreciation for them.Tip 5. Drive Leads in the DoorAll of the above contributes to driving leads and sales in the door. You’ve built your audience, engaged your members, posted meaningful content, and cultivated personable relationships within your community. Your next step is to emphasize that your CU is a resource to people when they really need you.Social media advertisingTargeted advertising is a great way to get your product/ and services in front of (a) those who need your products and (b) those who are ready to purchase your products.Targeting audiences interested in your services is also a more efficient allocation of your marketing budget, and more appropriate to spreading awareness about your loan rates, rather than just posting about products directly on your timeline.User-generated contentBuyers today are much more likely to do extra research before committing to auto or mortgage loans. User-generated content (UGC) and peer endorsements are essential parts of their buyer’s journey. This is especially true for credit unions.Something as simple as #yourbrand #yourlocalbranch on twitter, Instagram or Facebook, with positive comments, can influence sales when potential buyers are researching for a specific financial product.Member success storiesCase studies & success stories provide a method for your CU to showcase one member’s experience as an example of what to expect from your FI and your products or services. Testimonials allow you to address the challenges your target audience faces, embrace the authentic stories of real clients, and ease any concerns people may have about working with your CU for the first time.We work with clients regularly on all of these strategies and we also implement many for them. Email us today for more information on how we can help your credit union achieve amazing results with digital marketing!
by Metro Denis Suarez has caught the eye during Arsenal training (Getty Images)Denis Suarez hasn’t been at Arsenal long but already it seems as though he’s making a strong impression on his new teammates.Following weeks of speculation, Suarez finally completed his move to Arsenal on transfer deadline day, signing on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season.The 25-year-old was Unai Emery’s only addition in the January transfer window but the Arsenal boss knows all about his new recruit having previously coached him at Sevilla.After wrapping the deal up early on Thursday, Arsenal were able to register Suarez in time to face his former club Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Coming Next About Connatix V67539 SPONSORED Video Settings Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Feb 2019 9:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link555Shares Advertisement Skip Ad Read More Full Screen Top articles Read More Emery hinted that his new signing could be involved for that game, saying: ‘I am thinking about all of the players. If he starts, I have confidence in him.’Suarez has barely featured for Barcelona this season, making just eight appearances but judging by his early training sessions at Colney he is ready to make an instant impact.In an official video released by the club, Suarez scored a lovely goal at the end of a training session, bending an unstoppable shot in off the post from the edge of the box (at minute 4.46) – much to the delight of Alexandre Lacazette.Suarez isn’t noted for his goalscoring record, netting 26 career goals in over 200 appearances, but he did score six times in all competitions during the 2014-15 season at Sevilla under Emery playing in a more advanced position.Emery has hinted that he intends to use Suarez as a winger despite him playing predominantly as a central midfielder during his time at Barcelona and he will be hoping that the once-capped Spain international can add goals to Arsenal’s team from midfield.Although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette have been in good goalscoring form with 15 and nine Premier League goals respectively, their next highest scorer in the league is Henrikh Mkhitaryan with four.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal 1 min. story 1/1 Advertisement Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE PLAY Read More / Read More Read More Alexandre Lacazette loses it as Denis Suarez scores a screamer in Arsenal training Comment Skip
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Lauds Revenue’s Online Innovation for Businesses and Tax Professionals September 08, 2016 Efficiency, Government That Works, Innovation, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today praised the Department of Revenue for developing new innovative technology that is enabling businesses and tax professionals to access their expanded tax account information easier and faster while improving efficiencies for businesses and the department.“Businesses and tax professionals have been requesting online access to their tax account information with more details and the Department of Revenue delivered,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Making statements of account available electronically will help all businesses – especially small business owners – get their tax information quickly so they can spend more time with their customers and clients.”Through this innovation, business taxpayers and tax practitioners using the department’s business tax system, e-TIDES, can request electronic delivery of their statement of account and receive a PDF in their e-TIDES account the next business day. A video overview of the new self-service feature is available here.Previously, taxpayers could only obtain a simple hardcopy summary after making a request in writing or by phone. Department staff would print and mail the document – which could be hundreds of pages long. Expenses surpassed $100,000 annually when the process was limited to reduce costs. Revenue Secretary Eileen McNulty made addressing the issue a top priority.“Businesses and tax practitioners want and need timely access to their tax information which they can now get through the electronic statement of account,” said Secretary of Revenue Eileen McNulty. “Our new feature was tested and vetted with the help of several tax practitioner organizations to ensure the complex and complicated project delivers the necessary information they need. I thank all of those involved for their support to help make this new tool a reality.”Launched August 1, eligible taxpayers can submit the request through e-TIDES and the electronic statement will arrive in the Document Center the next business day. The self-service feature provides more information than ever before. More than 40 types of taxes including corporate net income, sales, use, employer withholding and other business taxes are available.“The best part is the department worked with taxpayers and tax practitioners to develop this new tool,” said Jason Skrinak of Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, and a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. “It’s fast and easy to use while providing comprehensive tax information which is important to keep a client’s account with the department up-to-date.”The new electronic statement provides a summary of the taxpayer’s account including the three most recent tax periods that have been filed, non-filed tax periods, and tax periods with open liabilities, payments or credits, grouped by tax type. Additional sections show tax periods under appeal, unused restricted credits, and W2 annual reconciliation, if applicable. Detailed account information is below the summary.Security is always an important need for the department. To protect taxpayer information, businesses and tax practitioners must be registered with e-TIDES to request an electronic statement of account. Additionally, tax practitioners must be granted access by their client. The exact steps vary by account.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf