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Shubert Honchos Honored as NYC Living Landmarks

first_img View Comments Honorees Philip J. Smith, Robert E. Wankel, Susan L. Solomon, Susan Weber, Brooke Garber Neidich, Daniel Neidich & Ken Langone. Photo by Jim Salzano. Every year, The New York Landmarks Conservancy takes a break from protecting New York City’s vibrant neighborhoods and buildings for one night to shine a spotlight on special New Yorkers at their “Living Landmarks” gala. This year, two Broadway stalwarts were among the honorees: longtime Shubert Organization leaders Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel. In the hot shot above, Wankel hits the red carpet with presenters Bernadette Peters and Joel Grey. Other honorees were Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, business executives and philanthropists Brooke Garber Neidich and Daniel Neidich, New York Stem Cell Foundation pioneer Susan L. Solomon and Bard Graduate Center founder Dr. Susan Weber. Also on hand was Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, who performed for the starry crowd at The Plaza. The event raised a record $1.4 million for the vital nonprofit organization. Congrats to all!last_img read more

Flanders Bay Swimmer Dies After Chasing Boat

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man who tried swimming toward his boat that went adrift on a clamming trip was found unconscious floating in Flanders Bay and later died, Southampton Town Police said.A boater found the man not breathing and unconscious floating in the bay north of Birch Creek, pulled the victim onto their vessel and called police at 2:30 p.m. Monday, authorities said.Southampton Town Bay Contables and U.S. Coast Guard responded and performed CPR on the man before he was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he later died.Detectives determined that the man and a family member had been clamming nearby when the wind and tide caused their aluminum boat to come off its anchor and drift away.The victim swam toward the boat while the other man kept an eye on him, but the second man lost sight of the swimmer and realized that he did not reach the boat.The second man yelled for help when a passing boater stopped, joined the search and found the missing swimmer near the drifting boat a distance from shore.The victim was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office where an autopsy will be conducted.last_img read more

Stop drinking the kool-aid and beat your competition

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: Details Nine and a half times out of ten when I ask an employee at a financial institution why they’re better than the competition, they tell me it’s because their service is better. “We give great service”, “We’re nicer”, “Our members love us” – they stop short of saying they’re better looking but the message is clear that they think they’re service level is superior and, therefore, their members will never take their business elsewhere.Further, in a survey we conduct with clients, the following question is asked: Our credit union offers products and services that are superior to our competition. The scores are always very high. That’s good news, right? Well, then we ask: We get up-to-date information on how our products and services compare to the competition. Sadly, the scores are always extremely low.That’s what I call “drinking the kool-aid”. Far too many credit unions think they’re better than the competition but make little or no effort to find out for sure. Worse, they’re making strategic decisions based on their assumptions rather than investing in the necessary research to clearly and definitively identify their competitive advantage. How can you say you’re better than the competition if you never compare yourself to the competition?Many credit unions have achieved a high level of past success without having to worry too much about the competition. As long as they opened their doors on time each morning and offered a highly competitive price on loans and CDs, they made money. Members would rarely attrite and the business kept rolling in. The only time competition became a concern is when someone else offered a rate special.Today, members (and especially, potential members!) are tempted every day by competition and it’s no longer just the rate leaders we need to worry about. Members are tempted by those that offer enticing new and better products; those that provide the ultimate in convenience; and, yes, those that are new, fresh, and hip (does anyone beside me still use that word?). The “face” of banking isn’t changing … it has already changed! Has your credit union changed its face?There are three vital steps to re-facing your organization:Change the culture of your staffIt’s no longer acceptable to just react to member’s needs. You need to be proactive and anticipate member needs (current and future). That means having people and processes that allow you to change the dynamic of every member interaction to maximize the experience. The profile of your employees needs to change so that empathy, friendliness, approachability, and forward-thinking become the attributes with the greatest priority. This change starts at the very top and permeates throughout the entire credit union.Look through your member’s eyesWhen you assess that “experience”, look at it from the member’s perspective, not yours. Stop doing things the same way you’ve always done them! Challenge every single process to see if you can do it more efficiently so as to provide a desirable experience for your members. Remember, they don’t care what your limitations are – they want you to conduct their business in the most positive manner possible. And don’t assume you know how they feel about you – ask them as frequently as you can.Compare yourself to the competitionFirst, identify exactly who your competition is and, then, specifically how you stack-up against each one. Compare products, convenience, price, experience, and people. Be brutally honest when you look in the mirror. If your baby is ugly, admit it’s ugly and deploy strategies to beautify it. Get your people involved in the process; this isn’t just a Marketing initiative, everyone has skin in the game. Expect branch managers and their staff to shop the competition in their markets, share the information, and develop local strategies to improve. Finally, make this an on-going process.Recently, we asked four senior leaders at a small credit union: Considering all the competition out there, why would someone choose to become a member at your credit union? As you might imagine, each of the four presented four distinctly different and unverified answers. They presented their opinions, not facts. They had each taken a big gulp of the kool-aid!When you identify your short-comings, be quick and nimble in responding to them. The time for urgency is now! Every day you wait is a day your competition is gaining ground or extending their lead. Remember: the competition is coming hard after the same members you need to keep. They don’t want the ones that are costing you money; they want the ones that are making you the most money. They will also prevent you from attracting those critical younger members that every credit union needs for future viability and survival.The message is plain: stop drinking the kool-aid and make the necessary changes to beat the competition today! My firm would be happy to share with you best practices in assessing your current competitive position and ways to make sure your baby stops being ugly. Please contact us at read more


first_imgApr 28, 2009Editor’s note: Today we are launching a daily digest of the latest developments concerning the swine influenza H1N1 virus. This digest will be updated more than once a day as news developments dictate. The United States now has 64 confirmed swine flu cases, up from 40 reported yesterday, the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this morning. Three of the new cases are from California, 4 are from Texas, and 17 are from New York City. Five patients have been hospitalized, CDC officials said this afternoon. [CDC swine flu investigation page]At a briefing this morning, the World Health Organization said governments have officially confirmed 26 swine flu cases in Mexico, 6 in Canada, 3 in New Zealand, and 2 each in Spain and the United Kingdom, for a total of 39 cases outside the United States. In addition, Reuters reported one confirmed case in Israel. [Apr 28 Reuters story]California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in California over swine flu today, as Los Angeles County officials investigated two deaths as possibly related to the virus, according to a Reuters report.The Obama administration is asking Congress for a $1.5 billion supplemental appropriation to deal with the swine flu outbreak, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, announced at a Senate committee hearing on the outbreak today.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday authorized emergency use of influenza medicines and the rRT-PCR Swine Flu Panel diagnostic test for response to the swine flu virus outbreak. The move allows use of the drugs in younger children and permits a broader range of health professionals, including public health officials and volunteers, to distribute the drugs. [Apr 27 FDA press release]GlaxoSmithKline has geared up production of zanamivir (Relenza), and Roche has increased production of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in response to the swine flu outbreak. The new virus has shown sensitivity to both of the drugs. [Apr 28 Bloomberg News story]US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said yesterday that animal health surveillance has shown no swine flu infections in US swine. [Apr 27 USDA press release]The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said yesterday that it appointed an expert team to determine if the new swine H1N1 virus has a direct connection to pigs and deployed a team of animal health experts to Mexico to help the government assess the epidemiologic situation in the pig production sector.last_img read more

The largest tourism companies are proposing an additional 4 measures for tourism, which will be valid until the spring of 2021.

first_imgIn a situation of complete absence of tourist traffic, with completely closed accommodation and catering facilities across the country, and growing uncertainty about the course of the main tourist season, the largest domestic tourist companies gathered in the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) have drafted measures to preserve employment and businesses sector that generates almost 20 percent of Croatia’s total GDP. After the start of work, specifically with the opening of 50% of available capacities, the mentioned benefits are paid in the amount of 30-50% in order to enable the beneficiaries of these benefits to “survive” and dispose of funds exclusively for the necessary functioning.  HUT supports the primary goal of the Government expressed in the presentation of the first set of measures to help the economy, primarily through the preservation of jobs and businesses in these extreme conditions, because they believe that this is the only way to make a quick return as soon as health and market conditions are created. The fourth group of measures refers to rescheduling of existing credit commitments for all entities that need it for business survival. The measures have been sent to the Government, and the HUT expects them to be considered and adopted through the announced new package of assistance to the economy, which is necessary for the survival of the overall economy. The measure should be secured by next spring when we expect the start of business normalization.  The first priority is save jobs until next spring.  “In these conditions of the fight against the coronavirus-caused pandemic, it is completely certain that a significant part of tourist revenues will be absent this year. In such conditions, and due to the exceptional seasonality of Croatian tourism, which in four summer months generates 85 percent of total traffic, it is realistic to expect that the tourism sector will drag business problems until the spring of 2021. ” points out Veljko Ostojic, director of HUT. The second group of measures relates to payment of taxes and contributions and various fees. center_img While on hold, workers should receive a minimum wage compensation of 60%, which is otherwise unemployment benefit, and employers would not pay taxes and contributions since workers do not work.  The third group of measures refers to liquidity financing and preparation for the next tourist season, therefore, it is proposed to provide grants and / or to provide favorable loans for this purpose through HBOR and commercial banks.  For that, we need formal and material preconditions, and we propose the urgent formalization of the institute of “waiting workers”, which realistically reflects the current position of the vast majority of workers in the hospitality industry.  Namely, we are all aware that this year’s tourist traffic will be significantly reduced and it is completely logical for employers to be exempt from paying such taxes. The delay in payment alone does not make sense, because it is already obvious that there will be no possibility of payment, but employment and business systems should be preserved until the resumption of full business.  Therefore, the HUT proposes additional measures for tourism, which are divided into four groups. This payment system is valid until 01.05.2021.  Our proposal is that taxes and contributions and fees and mandatory membership fees (utilities, maritime property, tourist land, water fee…) are not paid until the catering facilities are open. last_img read more

Give Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi their chance

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI cannot wait to see the election ballot for the 2020 presidential election. My guess is the Chuck and Nancy ticket. It seems that they can run our country better than anyone. They’re always pointing the finger and blaming everyone for whatever. Remember, when you point your finger at others, there are three fingers on that same hand pointing back at you.I think Sen. Chuck Schumer has done good for many issues, but it seems he wants to disagree with any ideas that are not his. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seems to agree with everything. What a team. Ever wonder why we have never had Chuck’s name on any presidential ballot?Paul St. OngeCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Wales: Talk of the towns

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Trump signs bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown

first_imgChina, which denies mistreatment and says the camps provide vocational training and are needed to fight extremism, responded to the signing of the law with anger, saying it “vilified” the human rights situation in Xinjiang and was a malicious attack against China. “We again urge the US side to immediately correct its mistakes and stop using this Xinjiang-related law to harm China’s interests and interfere in China’s internal affairs,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.”Otherwise, China will resolutely take countermeasures, and all the consequences arising therefrom must be fully borne by the United States,” it added, without giving details.China and the United States are already at loggerheads over everything from China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic to US support for Chinese-claimed Taiwan.One of the main exile groups, the World Uyghur Congress, thanked Trump for signing the law, adding that it “gave hope to the desperate Uighur people”. China threatened retaliation after US President Donald Trump signed legislation on Wednesday calling for sanctions over the repression of China’s Uighurs, as excerpts from a book by his former national security adviser alleged he had approved of their mass detention.The bill, which Congress passed with only one “no” vote, was intended to send China a strong message on human rights by mandating sanctions against those responsible for oppression of members of China’s Muslim minority.The United Nations estimates that more than a million Muslims have been detained in camps in the Xinjiang region. The US State Department has accused Chinese officials of subjecting Muslims to torture, abuse “and trying to basically erase their culture and their religion.” Trump signed the bill as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held his first face-to-face meeting since last year with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi.Trump issued a signing statement that some of the bill’s requirements might limit his constitutional authority to conduct diplomacy so he would regard them as advisory, not mandatory.Trump did not hold a ceremony to mark his signing, which came as newspapers published excerpts from the new book by former national security adviser John Bolton.Among other allegations, Bolton says that Trump sought Chinese President Xi Jinping’s help to win re-election during a closed-door 2019 meeting, and that Trump said Xi should go ahead with building the camps in Xinjiang.The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Uighur law for the first time calls for sanctions on a member of China’s powerful Politburo, Xinjiang’s Communist Party secretary, Chen Quanguo, as responsible for “gross human rights violations.”It also calls on US companies operating in Xinjiang to take steps to ensure they do not use parts made with forced labor. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Biden, Harris vow to ‘rebuild’ America post-Trump

first_img‘Fine choice’ Harris, who is two decades younger than Biden and Trump, could appeal to younger voters and women, particularly those in the suburbs who have been fleeing the Republican president, according to polling.Trump, who last month acknowledged Harris would be a “fine choice” for Biden, attacked her following Tuesday’s announcement as “nasty” and a radical leftist who would implement “socialized medicine” and confiscate Americans’ guns. “I think she’s going to be a big failure,” he added Wednesday.Biden sniped at the presidents’ attacks, asking if anyone was “surprised Donald Trump has a problem with a strong woman?” And veteran political analyst David Axelrod put it more bluntly.”If I were watching this @KamalaHarris rollout in the WH, I’d be deeply concerned. She nailed it. And them,” he tweeted. “Not ‘nasty.’ Powerful.”For Harris, being elevated onto a presidential ticket is political gold. If she and Biden win, the telegenic but tough Harris would almost certainly become the 2024 or 2028 Democratic presidential frontrunner.Biden would be the oldest person to take the office, and there is broad speculation that he would serve one term and prepare his deputy to succeed him. Topics : “The case against Donald Trump and Mike Pence is open and shut,” said the former California attorney general as she assailed the president’s “failures of leadership” on containing the deadly pandemic and an economy hobbled by measures to fight the contagion.The daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants to the United States sought to tap into the nationwide upheaval over police violence and racial disparities.”We’re experiencing a moral reckoning with racism and systemic injustice that has brought a new coalition of conscience to the streets of our country demanding change,” she said.For Biden — who leads Trump in most national polls and in swing states like Florida and Wisconsin despite conducting the campaign mostly from his Wilmington, Delaware home — his VP reveal marks a crucial moment as he aims to build a broad coalition of voters to defeat Trump.Biden spoke of why he chose Harris as his partner, stressing she was a tough and experienced legislator who is “ready to do this job on Day 1.” Joe Biden and Kamala Harris launched their joint White House bid Wednesday, with the newly-minted vice presidential nominee saying Americans are “crying out for leadership” to overcome the triple crisis of a pandemic, racial injustice and a ravaged economy.Making their first appearance as running mates, before a small crowd of reporters and staffers at a Delaware high school closed to the public due to coronavirus concerns, the Democratic duo vowed to end Donald Trump’s presidency and, in Biden’s words, “rebuild this country.” “Everything we care about,” said Harris. “It’s all on the line.” A formidable 55-year-old US senator from California and a daughter of immigrants, Harris has already made history as the first woman of color tapped for a major party presidential ticket.Describing a country at the crossroads, she left little doubt of her determination to go on the attack, saying Trump “just isn’t up for the job” and has left the nation “in tatters.””America is crying out for leadership, yet we have a president who cares more about himself than the people who elected him,” said Harris.Despite the awkwardly intimate setting, a far cry from the typical campaign rollout featuring an audience of thousands, Harris appeared telegenic and confident in her first speech as vice presidential nominee — for which she and Biden both arrived wearing facemasks. ‘America’s story’ -And he said that Harris’ story as the child of immigrants and a woman of color who fought her way to the top ranks of US legal and political circles would inspire the country.”Her story’s America’s story,” Biden said. “She’s worked hard (and) she’s never backed down from a challenge.”He also laced his remarks with optimism about the future, promising that a Biden-Harris administration will do what it takes to “turn the corner on this pandemic.”The event capped a 24-hour flurry since Biden’s running mate announcement, with Biden saying they raised an impressive $26 million during the period, the campaign’s one-day record.The Biden-Harris ticket already strikes a contrast with 2016, when nominee Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine struggled to unite a Democratic Party weakened by infighting between her supporters and those of progressive candidate Bernie Sanders.Harris’s politics lean left of Biden’s, but the pair have made a point of highlighting their shared values and goals — despite their clashes during the primaries last year.She is the first Indian American to be a presidential running mate, personifying the diversity seen as key to building enthusiasm for the Democratic ticket — and black lawmakers and activists were largely thrilled with the pick.last_img read more

When is the Europa League quarter-final draw and where to watch it?

first_img Comment Advertisement When is the Europa League quarter-final draw and where to watch it? Chelsea surged into the quarter-finals on Thursday night (Picture: Getty Images)Friday will be a huge day for many of the top teams in England as they find out their fates in both the Champions and Europa Leagues.Four Premier League sides are into the last eight of the Champions League and two are hoping to make it into the quarters of the Europa League.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea are almost certain to be in the hat, while Arsenal have a lot to do as they host Rennes on Thursday night, needing to overturn a 3-1 deficit from the first leg.The draw is going to produce some serious drama and is not to be missed on Friday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Phil HaighThursday 14 Mar 2019 7:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Maurizio Sarri still has a chance of silverware in his first season in charge (Picture: Getty Images)When is the Europa League quarter-final draw?AdvertisementAdvertisementThe draw takes place at midday on Friday 15 March at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.What TV channel is the Europa League draw on?BT Sport 2 will be showing the Europa League draw live following the Champions League draw, which starts at 11am.MORE: Manchester United fans open fire on Mike Phelan for praising LiverpoolMORE: Man Utd could suffer big Champions League draw disadvantage thanks to Man Citylast_img read more