Beloved folk singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell celebrated her 75th birthday late last year back on November 7th. In celebration of the milestone trip around the sun, Mitchell was surrounded by musical colleagues, fans, and friends who all took part in a pair of sold-out tribute shows at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on November 6th and 7th. The star-studded concerts included performances and appearances by James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Graham Nash, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos, Seal, and Rufus Wainwright, just to name a few. The two shows were professionally filmed, and plans to screen the concert film in movie theaters across the country for one night only were announced on Wednesday.The film will be titled, The Music Center Presents Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration, and will give fans who weren’t in attendance a behind-the-scenes (and front of house) look at the two-night birthday celebrations when it screens in select theaters on February 7th. Artists who participated in the two shows gave tasteful covers from Mitchell’s 19 studio album catalogue, including “River” and “Woodstock” (performed by Taylor); “Blue” and “All I Want” (performed by Wainwright); “Our House” (performed by Nash); “Dreamland”, “Nothing Can Be Done”, “Big Yellow Taxi” (performed by Los Lobos); “And “Down To You” (performed by Brandi Carlile).Related: Watch Joni Mitchell Perform A Full Concert With Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, And Michael BreckerFans who can’t make it to the one-night screening of the film will also get the chance to listen to the performances when Verve Records releases the official soundtrack from the film a few weeks later on March 1st. Until then, the official trailer can be watched in full below. The concerts, of course, featured rare public appearances from Mitchell, who can be seen sharing a big smile of appreciation out in the audience towards the start of the two-minute promo video.JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration – Official Trailer[Video: Trafalgar Releasing]Mitchell has kept out of the public eye almost completely (with exception of special events like this) since suffering a brain aneurysm back in the spring of 2015. She’s since been in the process of recovery, and has been doing well with her health progress in the years since according to her close friends. She was even able to take the stage to blow out cake candles during a full-cast finale on her birthday.Tickets for the February 7th screening are on sale now.[H/T Variety]
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An East Rockaway woman was arrested for allegedly driving drunk the wrong way on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway in Bethpage early Friday morning, Nassau County police said.Highway Patrol officers responding to 911 calls stopped a vehicle driven by Maureen Hamilton southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 135 between exits 8 and 7 at 12:45 a.m., police said.The 58-year-old suspect was found to be under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content above than the legal limit of 0.08 percent, police said. Officers stopped her before there were any accidents reported.Hamilton was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and driving the wrong way on a one way street.She will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.
I’m not a zealot when it comes to video games. There’s only one game that I play on my son’s Xbox, and that’s FIFA 18 (soccer). Most often, I’m playing as the U.S. Women’s National Team. I can’t even find the men’s team on the video game, which partly speaks for my age and partly speaks to how bad our U.S. Men’s National Team has been in recent years. Ouch!This time of year, my eyes are glued to the Women’s World Cup. Not just watching our team making history with a 13-0 win over Thailand (wowzers!), but all the sights and sounds, messaging and meaning that make up the world’s stage.This leads me to one ad that caught my eye. Scrolling across the perimeter walls it read: Dare to Create.What’s the context? What’s the connection?I’d like to tell you it was an ad for a credit union or community bank. How creativity redefines one’s path. That creativity inspires us to do more and unites us to see the big picture. And how when life throws you curveballs, creativity is the answer. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: www.mcgarvey.net Details When Kirk Kordeleski, the one time Bethpage Federal Credit Union CEO, offered up his belief that the credit unions that will thrive are the ones that commit to doubling their asset size every five years, I asked him what credit unions he had been competing with on Long Island.None, said Kordeleski. I prodded, was this just the usual credit union cant where nobody competes with other credit unions (and of course that is nonsense because 95% of the credit unions that compete with other financial institutions mainly compete with other credit unions)?Nope, insisted Kordeleski. He went to sleep every night dreaming and scheming about how to take away market share from the big banks and he woke up every morning excited about “beating the #@@&^” out of those big banks which, he said, dominated the Long Island marketplace.Competing with other credit unions, he indicated, is tantamount to fighting over crumbs. To make a real difference for your institution go after the institutions that in effect have big slices of the pie.Even better, said Kordeleski, the $1 billion or so you win from a Chase probably won’t even be noticed by them. You can dramatically increase your size by taking business from institutions that are so big they won’t even care.(Hear my podcast with Kordelesky here. He elaborates in step by step detail on his growth plan.)Don’t believe it?As I mulled Kordeleski’s formula, I remembered a recent conversation I had had with Gary Oakland, the longtime CEO of BECU who grew that institution from assets of a few hundred million to many billions. His years were characterized by extraordinary growth. Did he get there by beating credit unions?No, said Oakland. BECU’s big break came when Seattle bank Seafirst effectively went belly up in the early 1980s and Bank of America took over its remains. But B of A was not especially interested in dominating the Washington State market and, for BECU, growing market share was a matter of executing on credit union principles, focusing on member service and opening the doors wide to welcome the flood of new business.(Hear the Gary Oakland podcast here. He recounts BECU’s growth strategy in detail.)Then another thought hit me. You are who you compete with. Compete against a stumbling, failing small credit union and, guess what, you have set your standards very low indeed.Compete against the best and that is the standard to which you are holding yourself and your institution. Which standard do you think prepares an institution for significant successes?Finally, I remembered an off the record conversation I had some years ago with the CEO of a large military focused credit union. Who’s your competition? Who keeps you up at night? Pentagon Federal? I badgered him.Finally he interrupted and said, USAA.The San Antonio bank, he said, was the one institution that worried him. Other credit unions, not so much. Was that arrogance? Nope. It was brilliant.That is because USAA is bigger than any credit union except Navy Federal and when its ancillary businesses (such as insurance) are added in it probably is bigger than all credit unions.It also – and this is key – is highly regarded by its customers and even its competitors.USAA is a world class competitor. Measure yourself against it and you will perform at a very high level indeed.That is a crucial reality. We become our competitive set. Try to beat the slowest runner in the next community 10K and you just may – but you’ll be the second slowest runner in your group.Measure yourself against the best runners – from Ethiopia and Kenya – and you are talking about 10K times in the 26 minute range. You can’t do that? Probably not. But what if training against that standard cuts a minute, or five, off your time? What if??Running is one thing, financial services is another? You bet. But know that in the case of banking (unlike world class 10K running) you very realistically can win. According to Kordeleski, you absolutely can beat the big banks. A credit union has significant advantages. It has tax exempt status. Management is not tyrannized by the stock market. Member service is baked into the DNA. And so a credit union that wants to can consistently beat the money center banks on rates and fees and service.Kordeleski proved that at Bethpage. Oakland proved it at BECU. Jim Blaine proved it at SECU (Blaine’s podcast is here).A credit union genuinely is a better deal for 99% of consumers who can get all their financial services needs met in most credit unions.You can win and it starts with picking the competition that forces you to be better.Do that and winning is the next step.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is a fraud. I totally agree that Sen. Al Franken should be held accountable for his actions. But her statement in regard to him stating “As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards — not the lowest” shook my memory. Wasn’t it senator “holier than thou” who was seen and heard throwing out “F-bombs” in a live press conference recently, shown and heard on networks nationwide.I guess that’s her and her “party” endorsing high standards. Look in the mirror Kirstie.Joe DeBlaseNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion More from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo decided on Thursday to push back the 2020 National Games (PON) in Papua to October next year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The decision followed recommendations from Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali and Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy — both had expressed doubt as to whether Papua would be ready to host the Games initially scheduled for October this year.”One of our considerations is that the construction projects for several venues have been delayed [due to the pandemic]. [Construction] materials from Java could not enter Papua after Papua closed its airports and ports,” Zainudin said in a virtual press briefing on Thursday. In a meeting last week with House of Representatives Commission X, which oversees sports, lawmakers gave a nod to the sports ministry’s initial plan to push back the PON to March next year. But the proposal was met with opposition from the National Sports Committee’s (KONI) regional offices, which projected that their athletes would not be ready for the Games.Read also: Indonesia braces for hectic year in sports after COVID-19Zainudin said October would be the most convenient time to host the PON next year, one of Indonesia’s busiest years for sports as the country is expected to take part in at least seven international multisport events, including the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.Next year, Indonesia is also set to host FIFA’s Under-20 World Cup and the 2021 Indonesian MotoGP in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara.Topics : “After considering our reports, the President decided to postpone the National Games,” he said.Read also: COVID-19: Ministry, House agree to postpone 2020 PON in PapuaPapua Governor Lukas Enembe had earlier told Zainudin that Papua was currently focusing on battling the outbreak, making it impossible for the region to prepare for the PON.As of Wednesday afternoon, Papua has reported 123 cases and six deaths.
Sir Philip Green was criticised by politicians regarding his ownership of BHS. He later paid £363m towards the company’s pension schemes.The proposals follow the high-profile pension scandals involving high-street department store chain BHS and engineering and outsourcing firm Carillion.Both went bankrupt with their DB schemes in deficit by hundreds of millions of pounds. Senior staff in both cases were subsequently criticised by politicians for neglecting their pension funds.ConsolidationThe DWP said it would consult on a “legislative framework and authorisation regime” to facilitate consolidation of DB schemes.It specifically cited work by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) on the topic.The UK pension funds’ industry body last year proposed the creation of so-called ‘superfunds’ to facilitate consolidation, particularly for small schemes. However, the white paper stopped short of granting TPR the power to veto mergers or acquisitions, an idea promised by prime minister Theresa May in the run-up to last summer’s UK election.The DWP also decided against allowing schemes to change their measure of inflation or “simplify” their benefits, despite many industry commentators arguing that such measures could save schemes money. Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, has led calls for punitive fines for negligent scheme sponsors since 2016.The paper set out potential requirements for commercial consolidator vehicles – primarily regarding funding levels and a requirement for trustees to take legal, actuarial and covenant advice before agreeing to detach a scheme from the sponsoring employer.Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the PLSA, said: “We are pleased to see that the white paper takes forward the work on consolidation developed by the PLSA’s DB Taskforce over the past two years.“The best support for a DB scheme is a strong employer and we believe the current flexible funding framework remains the right approach”Lesley Titcomb, TPR“There is a growing body of evidence that consolidation in its many guises could provide the benefits of scale for those schemes that choose to consolidate.“We look forward to working with DWP on this issue going forward as we work to strengthen DB pensions and give more members a better chance of receiving full benefits.”TPR would also be given additional powers to oversee consolidator funds, the DWP said.Among other notable ideas put forward for legislation or consultation, the DWP proposed:Reviewing the regulated apportionment arrangement process to “make improvements” to the system of separating schemes from employers;Toughening TPR’s information gathering powers;Revising the scheme funding code to support TPR’s enforcement;Working with the regulator to promote awareness of consolidation options; andIntroducing a requirement for DB scheme chairs to report to the regulator after every three-year actuarial valuation.Lesley Titcomb, chief executive of TPR, welcomed the proposed new powers for her organisation, saying they would “enable us to be clearer about what we expect from employers in relation to scheme funding and tougher where a scheme is not getting the funding it needs”.“The best support for a DB scheme is a strong employer and we believe the current flexible funding framework, which allows employers to balance growth with meeting pension benefits, remains the right approach and we will aim to retain this flexibility in any new approach,” Titcomb added.The full white paper is available here.Industry viewsDespite the government’s emphasis on criminal sanctions, the paper left many industry commentators underwhelmed…“We applaud the extra powers to be given to TPR, including the ability to fine company bosses. However, these will need to be exercised with care and discretion. Hopefully the powers will strike home where necessary. It is not clear whether the regulator will need extra resources to carry out these additional duties, which are unlikely to receive legislative approval before 2019-20 at the earliest.”Simon Taylor, actuary at Barnett Waddingham“What we have is a bundle of small-scale measures that are probably modestly helpful changes, though we doubt whether they will make that much difference in practice. Under its breath, the government seems to be acknowledging that the current regime strikes a reasonable balance between protection of benefits and commercial enterprise. It’s just a shame that it couldn’t make much more of that in the white paper.”Alastair Meeks, pensions partner at Pinsent Masons“This is a missed opportunity to build a pensions system that’s fit for the future. It’s good that employers won’t be able to slash pension rises without members’ consent. But ministers are doing nothing to stop the closure of good-quality pension schemes. Millions of workers across the country will still worry about poverty in retirement.”Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress“We are glad to see that the government has been looking at the relationship between good corporate governance and good outcomes for pension scheme members. The Pension Regulator’s ability to regulate the system effectively depends on effective governance of both pension schemes and the companies which stand behind them.”Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the PLSA Company directors who neglect to fund their defined benefit (DB) pension schemes could face criminal charges under proposals put forward by the UK government today.In its keenly anticipated white paper, Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said it would legislate to introduce a new criminal offence “to punish wilful or grossly reckless behaviour of directors” in relation to a DB scheme.In addition, the department pledged to grant The Pensions Regulator (TPR) more powers to fine directors and companies “to tackle irresponsible activities that may cause a material detriment to a pension scheme”.The paper also included plans for a tightening of the “voluntary clearance” system, whereby companies can inform TPR when significant corporate activity might affect a DB scheme. The DWP said it would review the “whole framework” to ensure it covered all relevant activity and was sufficiently clear.
California Congressman Jimmy Panetta announced this week that $540,000 will go toward ensuring that people can continue to navigate Santa Cruz Harbor channels as maintenance dredging continues.This funding will help ensure the safety and prosperity of communities on the central coast of California.“Since I was elected to office, I have been committed to ensuring that the federal government works for us on the Central Coast. The communities in Watsonville and Pajaro have experienced four major flooding events since 1949, and they simply cannot afford future damages,” said Congressman Panetta. “With our constant pressure and partnership, we were able to prompt the Army Corps to take these pivotal steps forward so that they eventually can be in a position to make critical repairs to the infrastructure on the Pajaro River.”The Pajaro River Flood Risk Reduction Project was authorized by the federal Flood Control Act of 1966, and local leaders have been working with the Army Corps since then to secure the authority for construction. Last year, Congressman Panetta secured a final feasibility report for the Pajaro River project, achieving this milestone.This Director’s Report allowed the Project to enter into its Pre-Construction, Engineering, and Design (PED) phase, which made it eligible for federal funding.
World number one Rafael Nadal insisted Wednesday he isn’t focused on matching Roger Federer’s record Glam Slam haul at the Australian Open this month. The 33-year-old last year won the French and US Open titles to move within one of his Swiss rival’s record tally of 20. Rafael Nadal has steered Spain into the ATP Cup quarter-finals Federer has sat on top of the all-time list since 2009 when he passed Pete Sampras’ benchmark of 14 after winning a five-set thriller over Andy Roddick at Wimbledon. A Nadal triumph in Melbourne could set the stage for him to set a new landmark at Roland Garros, where he will start hot favourite to add to his 12 French Open titles. But the Spaniard downplayed the potential historical implications after steering Spain into the ATP Cup quarter-finals. “I honestly don’t think much (about Federer’s record),” Nadal said.Advertisement Loading… “My only goal is to keep playing good tennis, keep enjoying this sport and being happy. And if that happens and I stay healthy then the goal is to keep producing chances in the events that I’m going to play.” Nadal’s immediate focus is leading Spain’s title charge at the inaugural ATP Cup. Unbeaten Spain qualified for the knockout stages in Sydney after sweeping Japan in Group B in Perth with Nadal yet to drop a set from his three matches. The 19-time Grand Slam winner, however, was pushed by in-form world number 72 Yoshihito Nishioka before prevailing 7-6 (7⁄4), 6-4 in two hours and seven minutes. Read Also: Serena Williams gets boxing lessons from Mike Tyson ahead 2020 season Nadal made 36 unforced errors and appeared weary at times in Spain’s first day session tie in Perth’s warm conditions. “It was the first experience with the heat here in Australia, so we played under heavy conditions and it was tough,” he said. “I played against a player who has started the season on fire, so it was an important victory for me and the team.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
The college football playoff organization, along with the NCAA, have developed a pay plan to cover the expense parents and other family members occur going to the football and/or basketball playoffs. This year a $1,250 stipend went to each parent to cover the cost of their attendance at the football playoffs. This covered the games played by the 4 teams. The Final Four teams in basketball will reimburse their families $3,000 to cover expenses in attending the NCAA Final Four.The athletes themselves will receive a $4,000 stipend for their expenses. I am not certain why the athletes need this amount of money, because their universities should provide for most of their expenses. The university itself will pay for room, meals, and travel, so why do these athletes need an additional $4,000?It is easy to figure out where the money is coming from. The Final Four in football and basketball will draw anywhere from 50,000 to over 100,000 fans, and the money these tickets bring in plus television revenues can easily cover the cost. This is the result of the Big 5 conferences putting the NCAA in a bind.