first_img The ensemble cast of Punk Rock features Douglas Smith, Pico Alexander, Lilly Englert, Annie Funke, David Greenspan, Colby Minifie, Will Pullen and Noah Robbins. View Comments Inspired by Stephens’ own experiences as a teacher, Punk Rock explores contemporary adolescence at the breaking point as a group of seventeen-year-olds in Manchester, England flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the clock ticks towards the ultimate dismissal. Being bad and breaking the rules pays off! The New York premiere of Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock has extended its off-Broadway run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The gritty high school drama, which opened on November 17, will now run through December 14. The MCC Theater production, which is directed by Trip Cullman, was originally scheduled to play through December 7. Punk Rock Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014 Related Showslast_img read more

first_img Star Files View Comments Sutton Foster We’re fully confident this cast knows how to raise the roof. Steven Pasquale, Brandon Victor Dixon, Miriam Shor, John Ellison Conlee and more will join the previously announced Sutton Foster in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party at New York City Center. Performances will run from July 15 through 18 as part of the Encores! Off-Center series.Pasquale will take on the role of Burrs, a part that he understudied in his New York stage debut in the original MTC production of the musical. Since then, he has appeared on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County and Reasons to be Pretty; he recently starred in Chicago Lyric Opera’s Carousel.Dixon replaces the previously announced Joshua Henry as Mr. Black. His Broadway credits include Motown and a Tony-nominated performance in The Color Purple. Shor will play Madelaine True; she originated the role of Yitzhak off-Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and recently wore multitudes of statement jewelry in the TV Land series Younger opposite Foster. Conlee, who is set to play Eddie, earned a Tony nomination for The Full Monty. His additional credits include The Constant Wife, 1776, Murder Ballad and The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence.Additionally, Broadway alum Ciara Renée will take on the role of Kate, having previously appeared on in Pippin and Big Fish on the Great White Way and in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse. Kimiko Glenn, who has appeared in Spring Awakening on tour and in Orange is the New Black, will play Mae.The musical is adapted from the Jazz Age narrative poem by Joseph Moncure March and is the story of one tragic, decadent night in a Manhattan apartment shared by Queenie (Foster) and her menacing lover, and the handsome stranger (Dixon) who wants to lure her away. It opened at Manhattan Theatre Club on February 24, 2000 and played 54 performances. This production will be directed by Leigh Silvermand and choreographed by Sonya Tayeh.Rounding out the cast are Penelope Armstead-Williams, James Brown III, Rachel DeBenedet, Raymond J. Lee, Kenita Miller, Talene Monahon, Sydney Morton, Clifton Oliver, Charlie Pollock, Britton Smith, Ryan Steele, and Samantha Sturm. Brandon Victor Dixonlast_img read more

first_imgWestern North Carolina’s Tuckaseegee River could soon become home to a brand new whitewater center and outdoor adventure complex.According to the Sylva Herald, the Nanatahala Outdoor Center (NOC) is currently in talks with Jackson County, North Carolina officials about bringing a “world-class outdoor entertainment complex” to 17.65 acres of county-owned along the banks of the Tuckaseegee River.While the Sylva Herald reports that a plan for a new Jackson County NOC outpost is all but finalized, both Jackson County and NOC have stopped short of calling the plan a done deal.“Last year, NOC was approached by Jackson County regarding a potential outfitter location along the Tuckaseegee,” NOC said in an official statement provided to Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine via email.“We informally presented several high-level concepts to the county for consideration. While we remain excited about the opportunities in Dillsboro, no decisions have been made by NOC to move forward with the project.We are hopeful that the Jackson County commission will enter into a formal negotiation with us to allow both sides the opportunity to develop specific plans, timelines, and commitments.Until then, we appreciate the community’s enthusiasm for outdoor recreation along the Tuckasegee and its confidence in the NOC brand, but it is premature to make any announcements at this time.”Rich Price is the director of Jackson County’s economic development. He said that talks between the county and the outdoor adventure giant are still underway and called the Sylva Herald’s story “premature.”“Unfortunately, the local media has chosen to jump the gun on this issue,” Price said. “But we are in talks with the Nantahala Outdoor Center and optimistic about the possibility of an adventure center coming to Jackson County.”The Nanatahala Outdoor Center is Western North Carolina’s largest outdoor adventure outfitter. Established in 1972, NOC currently operates on eight different rivers throughout the area and hosts more than a million guests annually. In addition to white water rafting excursions the company offers zip-lining, mountain biking, and whitewater kayaking instruction.[divider]More from BlueRidgeOutdoors.com[/divider]last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo May 04, 2012 In the town of La Macarena, located 170 miles south of Bogotá, medical services are scarce for residents. Located in the department of Meta, the town can only be accessed by air travel. La Macarena is surrounded by farms and far from several of the country’s main cities. In order to support the town’s residents, the Colombian Military, with support from a group of U.S. Army Civil Affairs Soldiers and a Bogotá-based nongovernment medical organization called “Patrulla Aérea Civil colombiana” or PAC, conducted a Surgical Civic Action Program on April 27-28. Commonly referred to as a SURGCAP, this type of event is carried out in order to improve the quality of life of citizens and provide them with medical services. Colombian soldiers provided security around the area, while doctors and medical staff from PAC, with the assistance of U.S. CA Soldiers, currently under the operational control of Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), based at Homestead, Fla., provided free medical care and general surgery services to more than 1,000 Colombian citizens during the event. SOCSOUTH is the special operations component for U.S. Southern Command. Throughout the two-day SURGCAP, hundreds of people received free medical attention in a hospital and nearby school in La Macarena. Services included pediatrics, dermatology, general medicine, optometry, ophthalmology, dentistry, and general surgery to remove or correct ailments such as hernias, cataracts, and a non-cancerous benign tumor that develops from fat cells in the body, known as lipoma. “When we plan events like this, we meet with our task force and members of the U.S. Embassy to determine which regions need these types of services,” said Colombian soldier, 1st Lt. Diego Mauricio Quintero Franco, who served as an operations officer during the event. “We are here to bring solutions to some of the health problems in this community and show people we care about them.” PAC was founded more than 40 years ago by a group of search and rescue pilots. It is an organization of volunteer doctors and pilots who provide medical services to several secluded communities across Colombia. They have been working with the U.S. Military for the past 10 years. Dr. Adriana Piquero Echeverri, who serves as the general director for PAC, said the organization’s mission is to provide medical care to those who need it in the most isolated locations in the country. “Our organization is based around helping people who don’t have access to this type of medical care across remote locations in the country,” she said. “We have a great relationship with the U.S. Civil Affairs members and without their support this medical event would have not been possible.” For Carlos Lopez, this event couldn’t have come at a better time. The middle-aged man has not been able to work because of pain and discomfort. Suffering from an inguinal hernia, which forms in a person’s lower abdomen, Lopez has been unable to work for three years. This SURGCAP was the answer he had been waiting for. “I am very happy for the services I am receiving,” he said. “We are very poor people, so we can use all the help we can get. I am grateful for this day and all those who are helping us.” U.S. troops assigned to the Civil Affairs team, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., have been working with their Colombian partners for the past eight months. The working relationship between the two has established two substantial benefits. The first is to help plan events like this and assist with the purchase of medicine and basic medical supplies. The second is to continue to enhance the capacity of the Colombian Military and show them the positive effects of working with different government and civilian agencies. “By working with the Colombian Military, and several municipal government leaders, we can all come together and make events like this happen,” said the senior U.S. CA planner. By the end of the second day, more than 1,000 citizens received medical screenings and more than 150 general surgeries were conducted by the medical volunteers working for PAC.last_img read more

first_img“…wallets may generate substantial data that will lead to better member insights and possibly also profits.” – Kirk Drake, founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, LLCIn a highly competitive financial services industry, credit unions are turning to mobile to survive and meet the ever changing demand of members.  Credit union members are flocking to their mobile devices to do everything from check balances to deposit checks because they find it more convenient than the “old way” of banking.  As credit unions realize their member’s demand to go mobile, they begin to shift their focus from expanding physically to expanding virtually.  Investments in mobile applications will likely dominate credit unions’ budgets in the coming years as they attempt to stay competitive.  One of these investments will likely be enhancing mobile payments.  Mobile payments will not only make life more convenient for credit union members but it will change the way credit unions interact with their members as they use Big Data and Analytics to gain better member insights.Trend toward Mobile PaymentsThe trend toward mobile payments is happening for obvious reasons, they make day-to-day life much more convenient.  There are endless possibilities that mobile payments have that credit cards or cash do not.  You can pay friends, coworkers, and/or family members the exact amount you owe them, instantly.  This is especially in demand by the group credit unions are most desperately trying to attract, millennials.Credit unions that invest in mobile payments will attract more members such as millennials (to address the issue of an aging membership base) and gain enormous revenue potential.  Credit card and ATM fees together make up a mega trillion dollar industry that credit unions could tap into with mobile payments and virtual wallets of their own.  Credit unions are positioned to make millions if not billions by taking a small percentage from merchants on each transaction conducted.  As members use their virtual wallet to make transactions, credit unions have the opportunity to benefit just as credit card companies do.Power of Growing Payment DataAs virtual wallets and mobile payments continue to gain traction, a plethora of member data will be created.  Consumer spending data is some of the most important and valuable data to own at any organization but especially important for credit unions.  Credit unions already have vast amounts of data surrounding their members but they lack data surrounding their spending habits.  Add spending data into the mix and credit unions have a limitless understanding of their members.  By using Big Data and Analytics to analyze payment data, credit unions will be able to:Create Strategic Partnerships – Member spending data provides credit unions with a new source of revenue.  Virtual wallets will enable credit unions to understand every financial aspect of their members including the most important information, their spending habits.  As members use their mobile device to exchange money with others and purchase goods from merchants, data is collected showing each transaction.  Data that every organization would like to get their hands on because it presents monumental revenue potential.  As a result, credit unions and advertisers will be able to forge partnerships that equally benefit both parties.  Credit unions can provide personalized member data to advertisers which allow them to send out the most effective advertisements.  Credit Unions will also be able to form partnerships with merchants using the same data.  Merchants will be eager to get their hands on spending data because it allows them to attract the right customers with personalized offers and incentives.Attract New/Retain Members – New data created from virtual wallets will enhance the member experience at credit unions.  With a greater insight of their members, credit unions will be able to offer advice that will enrich their relationship with each member.  Tracking spending habits will allow for enhanced Personal Finance Management (PFM) applications.  PFMs let users categorize transactions and add accounts from multiple institutions into a single view.  They also typically include data visualizations such as spending trends, budgets and net worth.  With all of this data, credit unions can help their members make better financial decisions which will inevitably increase their satisfaction and loyalty to the credit union.Improve Marketing – Virtual wallets/mobile payments will increase traffic to the mobile application which will enable credit unions to deploy more effective marketing strategies.  With all the member’s data (i.e. share accounts, checking accounts, car loans, mortgages, certificates, etc.), credit unions will be able to personalize their marketing process.  The marketing team can identify all products and services a member currently has/lacks and post messages to their application offering one of the products.  Messages can either get members to purchase a new product or transfer over a product from another financial institution such as a loan with a lower interest rate.  This data serves two important purposes, member satisfaction and revenue creation. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Austin Wentzlaff Austin J. Wentzlaff joined OnApproach in 2013 as a Business Development Analyst and is now currently Director of Business Development. He is responsible for developing marketing strategies, driving prospects to … Web: www.onapproach.net Detailslast_img read more

first_imgNever before have financial institutions been under the type of scrutiny they are today. Regulations and guidance imposed by the OCC, FDIC and the CFPB have forced institutions to not only monitor their overdraft protection programs more closely, but to also justify their very existence. Still, it is possible to balance the rewards of providing this short-term liquidity service with the financial and compliance risks it can pose, but it requires a new level of expert analysis and automation.Gone are the days of the “one-size-fits-all” overdraft programs where all accountholders of a particular account type received the same overdraft limit. Institutions today must rely on more advanced algorithms and accountholder data to guide them in setting the correct overdraft limit, on the correct day, for the correct person. Without this level of sophistication, financial institutions put themselves not only at risk with regard to income and customer service, but at a loss when explaining to regulators why they paid certain items for an accountholder when the accountholder clearly did not have the ability to repay the overdraft.Automatically Set Dynamic LimitsModern overdraft management software can provide automated scoring capabilities that actively manage risk and keep your overdraft program compliant. Far from the “one-size-fits all” approach to setting overdraft limits, automated and dynamic scoring enables your institution to create a risk profile on a daily basis for each individual accountholder and assign an overdraft limit based on that accountholder’s ability to repay. Dynamic limits can be calculated automatically based on a multitude of accountholder data points, including specific deposit and overdraft activity, as well as related balances and more.The ability to set dynamic limits, lets your institution provide accountholders with a personalized overdraft pay service based on repayment capacity. Institutions maximize service by paying/authorizing more items for those accountholders who can afford it and want to use it, while pulling back on overdraft limits for those accountholders whose ability to repay has diminished. The financial institution is able to approve more overdrafts to maximize service; incur less risk with fewer charge-offs; and save time making fewer pay/return decisions. A win-win for everyone.Satisfy Regulator GuidelinesRegulators expect financial institutions to monitor changes in customer usage to identify risks and to detect “potential changes to repayment capacity with respect to the overdraft product.” Automated risk scoring allows your institution to monitor “the individual credit worthiness of accountholders” and customize the service to meet their ability to repay.In addition, regulators have also stated that management “should exercise appropriate oversight through receipt and review of regular reports.” Your overdraft program should provide automated reports that track and monitor excessive overdrafts, for instance, so you can immediately make appropriate plan adjustments as well as communicate to accountholders their program status.Do It in the CloudThe type of automated overdraft software that is easiest to maintain is one that is cloud-based. This type of software delivery also provides security, ease-of-use and potential cost savings by eliminating software seat licenses, upgrade expenses, etc.Benefits of a cloud-based overdraft software include:Nightly updates and upgrades that occur automatically with NO impact on your financial institution’s IT staff.Security back-ups, software upgrades, secure file transfers and server maintenance that no longer are your financial institution’s burden.Complete compliance with multifactor authentication to meet regulatory requirements.Automating your overdraft system helps your financial institution reap the monetary rewards of providing this much-appreciated customer service, while minimizing charge-offs and regulatory scrutiny. Your accountholders appreciate your ability to meet their short-term liquidity needs and your institution is able to make sure their limits match their ability to repay. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Harper Jeffrey Harper brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his position as president of ​BSG Financial Group. ​ where he heads up the Sales and Marketing divisions of the … Web: www.bsgfinancial.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgAs new and innovative technology continues to disrupt long standing businesses functions, banking is proving to be no exception.  The days of simply opening up a branch and expecting new commercial prospects to flood your location are becoming a thing of the past.  Online lenders, crowdfunding sites, private lender investment funds and non-bank financial centers, among others, continue to chip away at the traditional commercial banking model.  While technology is impacting every facet of commercial banking, I want to focus on one area: compliance. Then discuss how technology can transform the role of compliance in your financial institution. The compliance stigma Traditional complaints about the role of banking compliance are well known: “Compliance is a layered expense.” “Compliance costs are a financial drain.” “Compliance is an obstacle to business expansion and risk taking.”  These negative perceptions about compliance have hardened into conventional norms that credit unions seem resigned to accept and rarely question.      Consistent and effective compliance is essential to the safety and soundness of every institution. It keeps institutions accountable and protects the assets of stockholders, managers and members.  But effective compliance comes at a price.  With a seemingly ever-demanding regulatory climate, the cost of compliance has increased dramatically in recent years.  At the same time, the penalty for compliance breakdowns has never been higher, with significant fines and other penalties on the rise.  This dynamic creates a dilemma for financial institutions: continue to devote more resources towards compliance, or withdraw from markets and members deemed high risk.  Either way, the result for financial institutions is inevitably less revenue, at a time when the need for non-interest revenue has never been higher.  Is it any wonder why compliance has become stigmatized as an anchor on the bottom line?   I speak here from firsthand experience, as that was my view of compliance when I worked at financial institutions in various leadership positions.   But as the role of compliance has begun to change, so too have my views— specifically about how banks can turn compliance to their advantage.  Changing perceptions of compliance Two years ago, I joined a young Fintech/Regtech company called Hypur, which is dedicated to assisting credit unions service cash-intensive businesses—precisely the type of “high risk” members so many credit unions have been avoiding because of perceived compliances challenges and costs. Now, I regularly travel across the country to meet with credit unions about how to conduct compliance more effectively and efficiently with the Hypur technology. And while negative perceptions of compliance remain widely held, we are slowly starting to see a change in that perception as credit unions recognize how the right technology can transform the compliance landscape.   To give just one example, I recently met with the senior leadership of a credit union— CEO, COO, and Chief Compliance Officer (CCO)— to discuss how to improve their institution’s compliance capabilities. Like so many other institutions, they had refrained from banking certain verticals, despite the revenue potential, because of perceived compliance costs and challenges.  But after I walked through the compliance technology Hypur provides, the CCO immediately recognized the potential and spent half an hour explaining to her CEO and COO how it would enable their credit union to enter several new and lucrative verticals.The CEO sat back in his chair with a grin on his face and said, “So it sounds to me like our compliance team just went from being a layered expense to a new revenue department for our institution.”  Everyone in the room immediately grasped the significance of that statement.    Stay tuned for the second part of this article in the next issue where I share the trend of compliance barriers slowly but surely coming down along with my seven-step challenge that every financial institution should consider. This article was authored by Hypur’s Executive Vice President of Sales Todd Fuller in collaboration with Hypur’s Executive Vice President & General Counsel John W. Vardman and Executive Vice President of Banking & Compliance Andre G. Herrera. For more information about compliance or Hypur, please email banking@hypur.com. 105SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Todd Fuller With 25 years of experience in consumer and commercial banking, merchant processing, and financial institution and municipality sales, Todd is ideally suited to lead Hypur’s growing national sales team. … Web: www.gethypur.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 73-year-old woman was fatally struck by a vehicle in her hometown of Port Jefferson Station on Saturday evening.Suffolk County police said 17-year-old Thomas Sammartino, also of Port Jefferson Station, was driving a Honda northbound on North Bicycle Path when he hit Rosa Maria Sinchi shortly after 5 p.m.The victim was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, where she was pronounced dead. Her identity was not immediately available.The driver was not injured and stayed at the scene.Sixth Squad detectives have impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who witnessed this crash to call them at 631-854-8652.last_img read more

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