Mel Brooks Will Relive Hollywood & B’way Tales & Tunes in London

first_imgMel Brooks will take to the London stage for his first ever U.K. solo show. The EGOT-winning comedy legend will present Mel Brooks Live in London at the Prince of Wales Theatre on March 22. The one-night-only event will celebrate Brooks’ life and career in TV, movies and musicals with countless anecdotes and songs. View Comments Brooks previously headlined a one-man autobiographical show in 2014 at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse. The production was filmed for an HBO special that aired earlier this year.center_img Brooks has two hit musicals to his name—The Producers and Young Frankenstein, both stage adaptations of his classic films. In 2001, he took home three Tony Awards for the former. He also won an Oscar for the 1967 film’s screenplay. His additional films include Blazing Saddles (a musical adaptation of which is also in the works), Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.last_img read more

Improving member experience – The time is now

first_imgIn 2014, I met Josh Linkner for the first time. I heard him speak several times before, and he had just published his third book, “The Road to Reinvention.” Prior to becoming a full-time author and speaker, Linkner was the founder and former CEO of ePrize and was the former General Partner and CEO of Detroit Venture Partners, a Dan Gilbert company focused on rebuilding urban areas like Detroit through technology and entrepreneurship.From my position in Detroit metro area, serving as CEO of the Michigan Credit Union League and CU Solutions Group, I took great interest in Mr. Linkner’s reinvention themes. As a partner of Quicken Loans’ founder and CEO Dan Gilbert, he was able to witness first-hand the disruption being brought to the mortgage lending industry by Gilbert’s team.  As credit unions expanded their mortgage lending due to the evolution of the mortgage industry, both prior to the housing-led Great Recession and now during the current 10-year economic expansion, Quicken Loans built a branchless mortgage lending machine that merged high-tech with high-touch to reinvent and redefine the mortgage lending experience.In his book, Josh Linkner encourages all businesses to do what he describes as, “disrupt or be disrupted.” He suggests that those businesses and industries most vulnerable to failure are those who fail to embrace the reinvention ethos, and they need to be willing to cannibalize their own products before someone else does. He suggested that every touch point of the customer experience should be monitored, measured and retooled. The goal was to create vivid customer experiences by overhauling staff culture, reimagining customers’ expectations and forging a legacy as leaders in customer experience excellence.Josh Linkner was an early writer and consultant in 2014 when the concept of “disruption” became so prevalent. I still admire today how his concepts challenge us as credit union leaders to let go of the past, to embrace vulnerability in the willingness to take risks and to occasionally fail, to take a contrarian approach as we compete, to imagine the possibilities of big thinking and to be willing to put ourselves out of business in certain product areas if that is what it takes to meet member needs.It seems that the “disruption” movement gave way to the theme of customer experience, or for credit unions, member experience. More and more credit unions are creating a Chief Experience Officer position and member experience teams. They realize that the competitive battles of the future will be won through product excellence by addressing the need for enhancements in service at every touch point.CU Solutions Group is a credit union service organization that provides solutions in areas of technology, marketing, human resources and advisory services. We recently identified five core areas of reinvention needed in the credit union space. We then aligned our service offerings with these areas, including branding, member experience, digital technology, risk management and talent management. One of the most important of these areas is member experience.  And that is why our board of directors recently approved the acquisition of MemberXP, a company that has been helping credit unions improve the member experience for many years. Founded by CEO Constance Anderson, MemberXP helps credit unions with two core products, its MemberShoppers mystery shopping service and MemberView Omnichannel Voice of the Member, a platform for analyzing and acting on member survey input for every experience and every delivery channel.With over 100 credit union clients ranging from small to over $9 billion in assets, MemberXP offers a la carte services and a complete member experience suite to help credit unions of all sizes improve in this important area.With CUSG’s acquisition, Constance will serve as a valued consultant to help CUSG transition the business into our marketing solutions division headed by David Dean. These products can be melded with our CUBE TV Studios video production capability so that credit unions can create short videos that demonstrate “A day in the life of a member.” These can be used to help sensitize credit union staff to the realities faced by members every day. In his book, “The Customer Service Revolution,” author John R. DiJulius suggests that when his firm does consulting for businesses to help improve customer service, this is a starting point: creating a “day in the life of a customer” video to help understand customer circumstances, pain points and needs. An example of this was their work for TravelCenters of America where a training video titled “A Day in the Life of a Driver” was created to depict a typical day of a driver who has not been home or seen his family for an extended period of time. It shows all the demands he has personally and professionally. His goal is to make it home for his son’s basketball game that evening. He hasn’t seen his son play, and his son wants him at the game. He finds out that more and more drivers he works with are being laid off, which makes him concerned for his job. He finally makes all his stops and is headed home to see his son’s game. Just then, one of his tires blows and he shouts, “Not now, not a tire!” And you hear his son’s voice saying, “You’ve got to make it home tonight. You have to see me play!” You realize he probably isn’t going to see his son’s game as a result of his flat tire. The last thing you see is the driver pulling into a TravelCenters of America truck-repair location. DiJulius suggests that creating a strong service culture is intertwined with the analytics associated with monitoring and improving service pain points. And so, for credit unions, both service culture training and tools like those offered by MemberXP work together to help create the winning reinvention culture reference by Josh Linkner in “The Road to Reinvention.”CUSG looks forward to working with our current and future clients to better understand the unique needs for service reinvention in mortgage lending, auto lending and financial services delivered through great checking, debit and credit card offerings. Credit unions have the advantage of a mission-driven philosophy, a strong value brand and the trust that members have in them. However, the competition today is out to disrupt and change the way that we get our financial services.It’s up to every credit union leader to use great tools and resources to create and implement a member experience plan that seeks to “disrupt or be disrupted.” This will require an ongoing assessment of service excellence in all core service offerings at every touch point. MemberXP is focused on helping credit unions do this, now in partnership with CUSG.And the reward for excellence in member experience disruption is current and future loyal members who become your best advertising medium through word-of-mouth referrals.  A deeper share of wallet is what every credit union wants as members use all of your services, rather than just one or two. Excellent member service melded with great technology tools will also court the coveted millennial segment and help credit unions grow their membership for the future. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dave Adams Dave Adams is  President / Chief Executive Officer of CU Solutions Group. The  CUSG office is located in Livonia, Michigan.Mr. Adams joined the Michigan Credit Union League in August of … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Trump Loses String of Election Lawsuits, Leaving Few Vehicles to Fight His Defeat

first_imgPresident Trump suffered multiple legal setbacks in three key swing states on Friday, choking off many of his last-ditch efforts to use the courts to delay or block President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory.In quick succession, Mr. Trump was handed defeats in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan, where a state judge in Detroit rejected an unusual Republican attempt to halt the certification of the vote in Wayne County pending an audit of the count.- Advertisement – The legal losses came as Mr. Biden was declared the victor in Georgia and a day after an agency in the president’s own Department of Homeland Security flatly contradicted him by declaring that the election “was the most secure in American history” and that “there is no evidence” any voting systems malfunctioned.On Friday, 16 federal prosecutors who had been assigned to monitor the election also directly debunked claims of widespread fraud, saying in a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr that there was no evidence of substantial irregularities. Updated Nov. 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET “We are not saying anyone is trying to steal the election,” Mr. Langhofer said.With victories in Arizona and Georgia, Mr. Biden has matched the 306 electoral votes that Mr. Trump racked up four years ago. Mr. Biden was declared the winner of Arizona’s 11 electoral votes on Thursday night after he finished more than 11,000 votes ahead of Mr. Trump. At the court hearing earlier that day, a Maricopa County elections official testified that only 191 presidential votes in the county might have been affected by Mr. Langhofer’s suit. In a lawsuit filed last week, Ms. Costantino and Mr. McCall had made wide-ranging claims of irregularities during the vote count at Detroit’s TCF Convention Center.They charged that some poll workers in the heavily Democratic city were coaching voters to cast their ballots for Mr. Biden, that some Republican poll challengers were not given adequate access to monitor the vote count, and that loads of ballots were improperly brought into the convention center in the middle of the night.Lawyers for Detroit and for the Michigan Democratic Party had argued in court papers that about 100 Republican poll challengers had in fact been let into the convention center, but that some were not allowed to return after leaving once the room filled up. In his first public remarks of the week, Mr. Trump ignored the developments during an appearance in the Rose Garden. But he showed a momentary crack in his previously relentless insistence that he would eventually be proclaimed the winner of the campaign, saying at one point, “Whatever happens in the future, who knows, which administration, I guess time will tell.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Mr. Trump’s bad day at the bar began at dawn when news emerged that lawyers from the Ohio-based law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur had abruptly withdrawn from a federal lawsuit they had filed only days earlier on his behalf in Pennsylvania. The firm’s withdrawal followed internal tensions at the firm about its work for Mr. Trump and concerns by some lawyers that Porter Wright was being used to undercut the integrity of the electoral process.Then, shortly after noon, a lawyer for the Trump campaign effectively dropped its so-called Sharpiegate lawsuit in Arizona. That lawsuit had claimed that some ballots cast for Mr. Trump were invalidated after voters in Maricopa County had used Sharpie pens, causing “ink bleeds.” The lawyer, Kory Langhofer, acknowledged that not enough presidential votes were at stake in the case to affect the outcome of the race.The lawsuit, which stemmed from a viral rumor that falsely claimed Arizona’s voting machines were incapable of tabulating ballots filled out with Sharpies, was already on the rocks. At a hearing on Thursday, Mr. Langhofer told the court that the county’s vote count had been affected merely by “good-faith errors,” not by fraud, as Mr. Trump has been claiming for days.- Advertisement – A lawsuit seeking to delay certification of the vote in several counties in Wisconsin was filed on Thursday in Federal District Court in Green Bay. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Williamsport, Pa., will hear arguments in a lawsuit that seeks to halt the certification of the vote in several counties in that state. Around 2 p.m. Friday, the state court judge in Michigan, Timothy M. Kenny, dealt Mr. Trump another blow by denying an emergency motion filed by two Republican poll workers who had asked him to halt the certification of the vote in Wayne County — home to Detroit — pending an audit of the count. States have to certify the results of the election — confirming that the vote tabulation was accurate — in order to apportion their Electoral College votes.The ruling by Judge Kenny meant that the formal completion of the vote in Wayne County — and the broader vote in Michigan — could continue on pace. Some legal scholars have suggested that delaying certification of the vote in key states is part of a last-ditch strategy by the Trump campaign to throw the election to Republican-led state legislatures.At a hearing this week in Detroit, lawyers for the city had asked Judge Kenny not to delay certification out of concern about this gambit. In his ruling, the judge noted that the audit requested by the two Republican plaintiffs, Cheryl Costantino and Edward McCall, would have been “unwieldy” and forced the rest of Michigan to wait.“It would be an unprecedented exercise of judicial activism for this court to stop the certification process,” Judge Kenny added. Judge Kenny wrote that while he took some of these accusations seriously, some were too general to be proved and others were “rife with speculation and guesswork.”He dismissed an affidavit by one Republican poll observer charging that computers at the convention center had been improperly connected to the internet, noting that the observer’s credibility was suspect: Before the election, the observer had posted on Facebook that the Democrats were using the coronavirus crisis as “a cover for Election Day fraud.”In between the events in Arizona and Michigan, another court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Philadelphia, handed the president another defeat.The court upheld Pennsylvania’s three-day extension for the deadline to accept mail-in ballots, against which the Trump campaign has vociferously fought. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had already issued a similar decision, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to accept Mr. Trump’s attempt to challenge it.As the president was speaking in the Rose Garden, Marc E. Elias, a lawyer who has handled several election cases on behalf of the Democrats, wrote on Twitter: “Another Friday afternoon with more good news coming from the courts.”That turned out to be two more victories in Pennsylvania.In one, a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court denied the Trump campaign’s request to invalidate a batch of mail-in ballots. In the other, a Philadelphia County Common Pleas Court rejected the campaign’s appeal seeking to invalidate five more batches of mail-in ballots.The total number of ballots at stake in the two decisions: 8,927.The Trump campaign and its proxies still have some cases working their ways through the courts, including one in Federal District Court in Grand Rapids, Mich., that closely mirrors the Michigan state case that Judge Kenny ended on Friday.last_img read more

MoD triggers 200m sell-off

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Hope Island’s new community Anchorage comes with space for your kayak

first_imgAnchorage, Hope Island.HOPE Island’s $100 million waterfront project is proving popular with unique features and low body corporate fees. Offering 228 apartments, Anchorage Apartments is being developed by Richope Pty Ltd. Stage three of the seven-stage project has been released after the first two stages completely sold out. Anchorage, Hope Island.Mr Sheida said he had thought of everything, even a kayak storage for Anchorage residents. “A Japanese chef came to Anchorage looking for a place where he would be able to kayak and keep it in storage, we wanted to cater for little things like that,” he said. Facilities will include a gym, jetties, 6000sq m of open space and a small retail precinct with a cafe and convenience store. BCM Property Home liftout. A $100 million Anchorage Apartments, Hope Island, Gold Coast.“The demographic of people interested in Anchorage usually have fixed incomes, so we wanted to maintain body crop fees to be under $60 a week. “The other thing was that apartment living can feel a bit isolated, you don’t see your neighbours, so we have created huge gardens and a communal vegetable patch. It’s a good way to see your neighbours.” The $100 million Anchorage Apartments, Hope Island, Gold Coast.The 1.69ha site is on Sheehan Ave, just 300m from the Coomera River and the Broadwater. Developer Rick Sheida said he wanted to tap into the peaceful lifestyle at Hope Island and provide an affordable lifestyle.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“I wanted to design a project that would offer low body corporate fees and more of a community feel,” he said. Anchorage, Hope Island.Each apartment will have a double car space and all residents will have access to the communal vegetable garden. Apartments in stage three are priced from $465,000. The Queensland-based developer has delivered low-rise and mixed-use projects on the Gold Coast since 1990.last_img read more

Airport Authority Hong Kong Opts for Fugro

first_imgImage source: hkairportofficialAirport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has awarded Fugro another significant land site investigation contract as part of the $18 billion three-runway system (3RS) project for the expansion of Hong Kong International Airport.Under the agreement, Fugro will perform geotechnical drilling and cone penetration tests on newly reclaimed land, and provide laboratory testing to acquire geotechnical data for the new passenger building and related infrastructure.The 3RS project comprises a 650-hectare land formation programme for the construction of a new runway, passenger building and related infrastructure.Upon completion of the 3RS, the airport will be able to serve an additional 30 million passengers annually.This project is the latest in a series of engagements undertaken by Fugro since 2011 on the 3RS project, providing AAHK and their engineering and construction partners with preliminary and detailed marine site investigations, geotechnical monitoring, and laboratory and environmental services.last_img read more

Players treated like ‘guinea pigs’ over coronavirus: Rooney

first_img Loading… Read Also: WBC chief: Fury won’t lose world title over doping allegation “We’re happy to play until September if the season extends to then, if that’s how it has to be. That’s our job. As long as we know we’re safe to play and it’s a safe environment for spectators, we’ll play,” Rooney said. “The next World Cup is in November and December 2022, so you could actually use this situation as an opportunity and say we’re going to finish the 2019-20 season later this year, then prepare for 2022 by having the next two seasons starting in winter.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian10 Of The Strongest Women In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All TimeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney claims the British government and football authorities have treated players like “guinea pigs” during the coronavirus crisis. Wayne Rooney is unhappy with the treatment of players over the coronavirus While the rest of European football was shutting down due to the growing threat of the global pandemic, Rooney is angry it took several days for the Premier League and Football League to postpone their matches until April 3. It was only when Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for the virus on Friday that football’s UK governing bodies called a temporary halt to the season. Rooney, currently playing for second tier Derby, felt they should have acted quicker and the former England captain said he would “never forgive” the authorities if his family fell ill as a result. “Why did we wait until Friday? Why did it take Mikel Arteta to get ill for the game in England to do the right thing?” Rooney wrote in the Sunday Times. “For players, staff and their families it has been a worrying week – one in which you felt a lack of leadership from the government and from the FA and Premier League. “After the emergency meeting, at last the right decision was made – until then it almost felt like footballers in England were being treated like guinea pigs. “I know how I feel. If any of my family get infected through me because I’ve had to play when it’s not safe, and they get seriously ill, I’d have to think hard about ever playing again. I would never forgive the authorities.” Many matches at non-league level were going ahead as scheduled in Britain this weekend and Rooney believes Prime Minister Boris Johnson “dodged” the issue by letting football make its own decision about playing on. The 34-year-old claimed money was key to the authorities’ reluctance to cancel games. “The rest of sport – tennis, Formula One, rugby, golf, football in other countries – was closing down and we were being told to carry on,” Rooney said. “I think a lot of footballers were wondering, ‘Is it something to do with money being involved in this?’” Once the virus is under control, Rooney wants a radical schedule shake-up which could see the current season being concluded as late as September, and the next two kicking off in winter-time as a result.last_img read more

Bulldogs Golfers Clawed By Golden Bears

first_imgBatesville vs Shelbyville Boys Golf at Bear Chase.Team Scoring:  Shelbyville: 161,   Batesville: 173.Individual Scoring for Batesville:  Dominique Schildknecht 45, Alec Giesting 46, Thomas Hatcher 41, Ryan Harmeyer 42, Jacob Vogelsang 45,Keegan Straub 55.Medalist: Shawn Ewing-Shelbyville (37)JV Team Scoring:  Shelbyville: 111,   Batesville: 118.Junior Varsity Scoring for Batesville:  Brandon Rose 53; Paul Ritter 65.JV Medalist: Peyton McQueen-Shelbyville (52).Submitted by Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.last_img read more

Bill to help active military could become law

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — State Representative Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) bill ensuring that service members who are also employed by the state receive fair compensation and are granted time off when called to duty could soon be law.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Under House Bill 1324, members of the Indiana National Guard or a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces would be able to take a leave of absence from their citizen, state agency jobs without being required to lose time or compensation while on active duty.The compensation would be the amount that is equal to the difference between the military member’s active duty military pay and the salary they receive from their citizen job.last_img read more

DWD to host statewide unemployment insurance webinars for Hoosiers impacted by COVID-19

first_imgStatewide— The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will host two live webinars for Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The 30-minute live programs will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 24, and at 3 pm on Wednesday, March 25.The program will cover unemployment eligibility requirements, the formula and amounts determined by Indiana State Statute for benefit amounts, frequently asked questions—and how to apply for benefits. “We are taking these measures to help the public better understand the process and, most importantly, how to apply for benefits,” DWD Commissioner Fred Payne said. “During this time of uncertainty, we want to provide as much information to the public as we possibly can, and the live webinars are part of those efforts.”Important notice: The number of attendees on live will be limited to the first 500 who are online for each event. Up to 5,000 can register for each of the two. The program will be recorded and made available to all who register. Once recorded, the program will then be posted on the special landing page established by DWD that can be found here. To register, click here.last_img read more