Odds & Ends: David Bowie’s Lazarus Will Release Cast Album & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. David Bowie’s Lazarus Will Release Cast AlbumMichael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper and the company of the late David Bowie’s Lazarus are in the process of recording a cast album. “His passing certainly informs the experience of this recording session and will inform the experience of performing the show as we continue to do it,” Hall told the New York Times. No word yet on when the record will be released; Lazarus is scheduled to play a limited engagement at New York Theatre Workshop off-Broadway through January 20.A Wicked Honor for David StoneWicked’s producer David Stone will be honored at Second Stage Theatre’s 37th anniversary gala celebration on May 2. Stone has collaborated with the off-Broadway company on several occasions, including the Main Stem transfers of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Next to Normal. Directed by James Lapine, the evening is set to feature stars who have appeared in Stone’s productions over the years and will be held at the suitably fancy Cipriani 42nd Street.The Prom, From Casey Nicholaw & More, to Bow in GAWe’re keeping a close eye on this show—it comes from Casey Nicholaw, whose Broadway credits include Aladdin, Something Rotten!, The Book of Mormon and the upcoming Tuck Everlasting. The Tony winner will direct and choreograph the world premiere of new musical The Prom at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA this August. With a book by Tony winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Chad Beguelin (Aladdin), music by Matthew Sklar (Elf), and lyrics by Beguelin, the show is based on an original concept by Jack Viertel, following a student who becomes an instant outcast—and a national headline—when her high school cancels the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. Additional information including casting and full creative team will be announced later.Rosie O’Donnell Eyeing Dance Moms for B’way?Interesting tidbit from Rosie O’Donnell’s website. Responding to a question about Dance Moms, the honorary Tony winner replied that she wants to make a Broadway musical out of the Lifetime reality series. O’Donnell wrote that she would like to star as Abby Lee, with “K-Cheno” as Lead Mom. Sounds like a fabulous idea to us!Kristin Chenoweth to Reunite With Alan CummingSpeaking of the self-proclaimed pocket diva, Kristin Chenoweth will join Alan Cumming as a special guest at his headlining debut at Carnegie Hall on February 8. The Tony-winning pair recently, of course, served as co-hosts for the 2015 Tony Awards. As previously announced, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs with Friends is set to also feature Darren Criss, Ricki Lake and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. Due to an injury she sustained over the Christmas holiday, Chita Rivera will no longer be on the bill; we all here at continue to wish her a swift recovery.last_img read more


first_imgLet me start by saying I have a lovely home in a lovely neighborhood that comes complete with a basketball goal, pump track and all of the plumbing problems that you can expect from home ownership. What I’m saying is, I have a place to sleep every night, so there’s no logical reason for me to lust after a camper van. But I’ve never been particularly logical, so last night I found myself wandering around the Van Life Rally, a collection of 50+ bad-ass miniature homes on wheels that had taken over the grassy field at a local bar. Every type of van you can imagine showed up for this rally, from the rare and almost mystical 4×4 Volskwagen Westfalias, to retrofitted Astro Vans, to pristine Sprinters that probably cost more than the house I mentioned earlier in this paragraph. And I wanted them all. Every single one of them. You can probably trace my fascination with the van life back to all of those Kerouac books that I read during college. Those books did permanent damage on my psyche, damage that my wife and children have to pay for to this day. I’m constantly bombarding my family with my van life dreams—sending my wife links to inexpensive, half broken down vans that we could spend all of our money/time converting into a home on wheels that probably wouldn’t make it out of the nieghborhood. I show my kids pictures of sweet van build outs that I find online. Every time we pass a Westfalia, my kids will say, “there’s your van, Dad.” Then I sigh, and we carry on with our errands in my much more reasonable VW minivan. I know the van life isn’t as romantic as I’m building it up to be in my head. For instance, I’ve grown accustomed to showers with hot water and shooting baskets in my driveway whenever I want. As we walked through the aisles of vans at the rally last night, my wife kept pointing out that none of the vans really have enough room for four people to sleep, and very few of them had any room for more than a single passenger. “Where would our kids sit?” She asked, poking her head into a Sprinter with a deluxe kitchen, but no back seats. I know the van life is impractical, particularly for people in our stage of life, but I can’t help it. I’m wooed by the ability to pull over at any Walmart in the country and take a nap. That’s freedom, baby. That’s the American Dream.last_img read more

Wonderful Whitewater: 10 Favorite Whitewater Destinations

first_imgNew River Gorge—West VirginiaDistance: 6.5 milesDifficulty: Class III-VThe New River Gorge has some of best whitewater in West Virginia. This run starts out with a class III called Pinball and then picks up into a few class IV and V’s near the end. The New is a high-volume river with a wide range of run-able river levels. This river is also popular for its role in Bridge day, where base jumpers fling themselves from the 876-foot-tall New River Gorge Bridge. Paddlers can hang out on the river below all the action. For a mid-distance run, use the Cunard put-in and take out at Fayette Station.New River by Thomas UptonLehigh River—PennsylvaniaDistance: 9 milesDifficulty: IIIThis section is comprised of evenly-spaced class III rapids. There are a few slots that are passable in higher water and opportunities for pop-ups near the end. The run distances can be adjusted because there are several places to put in on the Lehigh. For a nine-mile run, put in at the White Haven and take out at the Rockport.Lehigh River by Jeff CushnerUpper Youghioghny River—MarylandDistance: 10 milesDifficulty: Class IV-VAfter a couple miles of flatwater, this run becomes an exhilarating track of class IV and V rapids—full of holes to dodge, large rocks to zip through and several spots to boof. Dropping over 100 feet per mile in elevation, the rapids of the Upper Yough are sought after by people across the world for their technical and challenging routes. Put in at Sang Run, a public access field and take out at Wilderness Voyageurs or downstream of the Maple Street bridge in Friendsville, Md.Upper Yough by David Tansey The Southeast is heralded from coast to coast as a legitimate whitewater mecca. Here are just a few of our all-time favorite whitewater destinations in and around the Blue Ridge region.Linville Gorge— North CarolinaDistance: 17 milesDifficulty: Class IV-V+The Linville Gorge is called the “Grand Canyon of North Carolina.” A rugged and remote stretch of water, the Linville River provides the ultimate challenge for whitewater in the Eastern United States. Kayakers squeeze through formidable rock barriers and plummet over fast-moving, slippery precipices. This isn’t one for the kiddies. Put in at Linville falls and take out at the bridge just past Lake James. This run usually makes for a two day trip, but several new put-ins and take-outs have sprung up recently, allowing paddlers the shorten the run. For more information, check out River by Pete TschantzChattooga River—Georgia & South Carolina Distance: 13 milesDifficulty: Class II-IVA National Wild and Scenic River, the Chattooga is undeveloped around the river edge. This run is exciting and will keep you on your toes, especially with higher water. Expect potholes, undercurrents and a six-foot-tall ledge at mile four that is a great place to learn to boof. Access points are about a quarter mile from the river, so be prepared to carry your boat a little ways. Put in at Earl’s Ford and take out at the Route 76 bridge.Chattooga River by Brenda WileyNantahala River—North Carolina Distance: 8 milesDifficulty: Class I-IIIWell known for its whitewater, the Nantahala is a hotspot for families taking an adventure or friends out for a good time. Trips down the river usually take about three hours and traverse several class I and II rapids, ending with a vigorous and brisk class III called Nantahala Falls. Put in at Beechertown and take out below the Nantahala Outdoor Center’s steel bridge.Nantahala River by Susan SmithUpper Gauley River—West Virginia Distance: 12 milesDifficulty: Class IV-VThe Gauley River is known to be one of the best spots for whitewater across the United States and is home to the world’s largest whitewater festival, GauleyFest. Paddlers trek from around the globe to experience the roaring “Gauley Season,” the six consecutive weekends the Army Crop of Engineers release the Summersville damn. The river has two distinctive sections− the upper and lower. The Upper Gauley is known for the “Big 5,” a series of demanding rapids that ends with a 14-foot waterfall. The Lower Gauley is slightly less challenging, but arguably more iconic given the towering cliffs that surround the notable “Canyon Doors” rapid. For a run on the Upper Gauley, put in at the Summersville Dam and take out at Wood’s Ferry.Upper Gauley by Sherry EzhuthachanObed River—TennesseeDistance: 7.5 milesDifficulty: Class II-IVThis run on the Obed Wild & Scenic River is a nice section for folks looking for a middle of the spectrum run. There are several class III drops with some long recovery sections in between. The undeveloped shores provide a tranquil backdrop in the quieter places after the Obed River Confluence. This is a good one for people who are expanding their whitewater skills or just out for a typical run. Put in at Lilly Bridge and take out at the old Nemo Bridge.Obed River by Jeff MooreCumberland River—KentuckyDistance: 10.5 milesDifficulty: Class II-IVCumberland Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the Eastern United States, is upstream of several worthy strips of whitewater rapids. This run begins with a series of class II rapids to get you settled before a mile-long stretch of hole-ridden class III’s. Put in below Cumberland Falls State Park and take out at the Mouth of Laurel Boat Ramp.Cumberland Falls by Sevie KenyonShenandoah River—Virginia & West VirginiaDistance: 6 milesDifficulty: Class I-IIIDubbed the “Shenandoah Staircase,” this six-mile section is nice for beginner and moderate paddlers to develop their skills when water is low. Paddlers traverse several class II and III rapids that precede a final mile-long series of ledges and rapids. The run is used for the Tim Gavin Down River Race, one of four races put on at the Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival. Put in at the power transformers in Millville and take out Potomac Wayside. For festival info, head to Ferry, WVlast_img read more


first_imgOverlanding Guru Jason Specht Dishes His Go-To GearOverlanding is a simple concept—drive a 4WD vehicle across rugged, off-road terrain and camp. Jason Specht created Mountain State Overland as a YouTube-based series to document his adventures in overlanding throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. “Having grown up in the area and paddled in West Virginia, I knew there were so many opportunities for this kind of adventure right here.”Specht leads guided overlanding trips, and gear is a large part of his show. His Tacoma and 4Runner are decked out in the latest overlanding goodies, but Specht insists those interested in overlanding don’t have to spend a fortune overhauling their trucks. “Lots of people get excited about gear. That’s a big piece of it, but you don’t need all of the stuff we use to do it,” Specht says. He says beginners should take a couple of trips with the gear they currently have before dropping cash on signature overlanding goodies like a rooftop tent. The important thing is to get outside and explore.Tembo Tusk Skottle $275The Skottle is a tripod cooking surface that looks like a wok, but it’s flat. You can cook everything on it, so it eliminates the need for carrying pans and pots. That’s the single most used piece of equipment in my truck.Garmin inReach $400The inReach allows us to track our location, and we can integrate it with an iPad and I can navigate on the fly. And I can communicate with my family with it and reach out in case of an emergency.Midland MXT 115 $150To talk truck to truck when there is no cell service, we use these radios, which are very reliable. You can plug the radio into the lighter and stick the antennae on the roof. It’s got great range and it’s plug and play, ready to go.James Baroud Discovery  $3,399Rooftop tents are a worthy investment. These tents offer the best night sleep I’ve ever had in the woods. It’s a hard shell rooftop tent, with solar fans in them that pull air through the tent, and the sleeping surface is amazing.Blue Ridge Overland GearThis company is local, and they build textile products that organize your gear, so you know exactly where everything is in your truck. I rely on the Gotta Go Bag ($139) a shoulder bag that keeps my laptop and camera safe. And I love the Forerunner Attic (Featured-$99) that allows you to use that space above your head to put things away.Tilley Hiker’s Hat $100The UPF 50+, sun-protective Hiker’s Hat with a 3.5” brim is designed with an evaporative cooling insert to help relieve heat stress during treks. It’s only a featherweight 3.8 ounces and floats in water, yet it’s rugged, durable, and guaranteed for life.Salewa Wildfire Trail Running Shoes $129Weighing in at only 13 ounces, the Wildfire is built for speed—and built to last. They have been especially popular with Appalachian Trail thru-hikers in recent years for their durability and agility across rugged terrain. They’re also the go-to shoes for trail runners and ultramarathoners training on our region’s rocky, wet, root-covered trails.MSR Huba Tour Tent, $649With its unique exoskeleton frame, poles connect outside the rainfly, keeping setup simple and dry. This spacious tent also features two entrances, and internal glow-in-the-dark zipper, a large hooped vestibule, and built-in storage clips and lofts.Patagonia Nine Trails Backpack, $199Versatile and functional, this new minimalist trail pack features gender-specific strap construction, mesh back panels for increased airflow, and stretch woven front pockets for easily accessible gear storage.last_img read more

Colombia Expels Kosovo Liberation Leader

first_imgBy Dialogo May 08, 2009 Colombia invited a leader of Kosovo’s independence war for a conference on demobilizing guerrilla movements then expelled him based on an Interpol warrant issued at Serbia’s request, the government said Thursday. “It’s just another attempt from Serbia to undermine Kosovo as a state and portray me as a war criminal,” former Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku told The Associated Press by phone from Paris before flying on to Croatia. “I was the hero of the conference,” Ceku said. “People were lining up to take photos with me and that’s what annoyed Serbia.” Serbia does not recognize the breakaway province of Kosovo as independent though at least 58 countries have, including the United States and major European Union nations. Ceku said organizers of the conference, held in Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, had asked him to stay for longer than planned. Instead, he was detained on Wednesday, flown to Bogota and deported. The director of Colombia’s DAS security agency, Felipe Munoz, told the AP that Serbia sought the expulsion after Ceku’s arrival for the conference, which was organized by President Alvaro Uribe’s peace commissioner and attended by Uribe himself as well as by Guatemala’s president, Alvaro Colom. The peace commissioner, Frank Pearl, was asked in a radio interview if the incident wasn’t a diplomatic faux pas. “We didn’t invite anyone to expel them,” he said. “He didn’t have a ‘red notice’ when he was invited and didn’t have a ‘red notice’ when he arrived in Colombia.” The Interpol-issued notices alert member nations that a person is wanted for possible extradition but does not force them to arrest or expel the individual. Munoz said Colombian law compelled the Ceku expulsion. During the 1998-99 Kosovo war Ceku was the military head of the ethnic Albanian guerrilla Kosovo Liberation Army. He led the KLA’s transformation into a “civil emergency force.” Part of that organization later became the Kosovo Security Force, a NATO-trained, lightly armed force tasked with defending Kosovo. Ceku said the warrant on which he was expelled was old but reissued by Serbia this year. It was not the first time the apparently old warrant has haunted Ceku. In the past, he has been briefly detained by Slovenia and Hungary.last_img read more

Panamanian Air and Naval Service Members Take Maritime Canine Counternarcotics Course

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo August 21, 2017 Personnel from the Panamanian Air and Naval Service (SENAN, per its Spanish acronym) successfully completed the first International Counternarcotics Canine Guide with Maritime Specialization Course . The training was organized by the Colombian Navy’s International Coast Guard School in Cartagena de Indias, within its maritime interdiction programs. The intense 500-hour training included the study of dogs, their feeding, care, first aid, basic training, methods of site exploration, and substance detection and identification techniques. Two agents and three corporals from SENAN’s K-9 Unit, and two Colombian Coast Guard personnel were graduated. “This first course [from April 14th to June 23rd] is the result of knowledge gained over 25 years in the war on drugs,” Commander Armando José Ramírez Guerrero, the director of the Colombian Navy’s International Coast Guard School, told Diálogo. “K-9 personnel need to be trained on the leading methods and techniques for searching vessels, due to the fact that outlaw groups hide and transport large amounts of illegal drugs in maritime vessels,” Captain Braulio Salas, the chief of SENAN’s K-9 Unit, told Diálogo. The instruction was focused on the training of canine teams for conducting counternarcotics operations aboard vessels. It began by selecting a dog with the characteristics needed for good performance. They conducted research to acquire and deepen their understanding as it relates to the classifications, functions, and characteristics of the different dog breeds, according to the World Canine Organization and the American Kennel Club. The students reinforced their knowledge about identifying substances, the origins, classifications, and effect of drugs, the Standardized Preliminary Identification Test, and the methods of transporting illicit substances. In hands-on activities during the course, the participants learned techniques for conducting site exploration and locating hidden compartments in any type of vessel, and in areas outside of them. “The personnel selected for this task must possess the requisite mechanical aptitudes, enthusiasm, honesty, and experience that will allow them to successfully fulfill each mission, taking into account the security measures for getting information about how the enemy operates. These data allow for higher-impact operational planning,” Capt. Salas said. “It needs to be a person in excellent physical condition who can manage the dog, as they have to get the dog over to the boat, lift it on board, and lift it off. This involves teamwork. The officer must always remain with the dog and must be able to interpret what the dog is trying to say,” Cmdr. Ramírez added. From the first moment the officer has contact with the dog, it is essential to create a healthy bond with the animal, to forge a relationship of trust and mutual respect. The guide has to be the dog’s support in all types of situations, making sure that it enjoys what it is doing, meaning that the guide-and-dog team must get along. Swift and timely response “The training will aid in combating domestic and international organized crime groups with the help of properly trained K-9 teams. The Panamanian Air and Naval Service will be able to confront them through systematic searches to locate explosives, drugs, and currency in vessels at ports, harbors, and airports under our jurisdiction,” Capt. Salas emphasized. SENAN announced that from January to July 2017, a total of 36 seizures were made (in the Pacific and Caribbean), in which more than 12,000 packets of drugs were seized, 9,200 of which were cocaine. Most of the seizures were done along the Pacific coast. In addition, security forces arrested 57 people of different nationalities linked to drug trafficking. In maritime interdiction programs, the canine teams, made up of a guide and a dog, have proven valuable in the fight against drug trafficking. According to a SENAN press release, the Panamanian Air and Naval Service, in coordination with the Special Prosecutor for Narcotics in Colón, Panama, seized 225 packets of cocaine hidden in the vicinity of Costa Arriba, Colón, on March 29th. The drug seizure was achieved thanks to counternarcotics specialists, among them “Sony,” a dog in the Air and Naval Service’s K-9 Unit. More counternarcotics K-9 guides The course met its objective. “Thanks to the professional personnel, who are trained and eager to do their job, and also thanks to SENAN, we had the best response to this need by the students,” Cmdr. Ramírez concluded. For its part, SENAN indicated that after the training, the Panamanian participants will put all of their acquired knowledge into practice for the benefit of SENAN’s K-9 Unit. “The Colombian Navy’s International Coast Guard School will continue to offer this course with the objective of teaching the largest number of canine guides for the Colombian Navy and Coast Guard, as well as for the armed forces or coast guard services of partner nations,” Cmdr. Ramírez concluded.last_img read more

How to attract new business

first_imgWhen my insurance agent announced her impending retirement, I knew that meant the parent company could reassign her clients to various agents in the area. I was prepared, if necessary, to immediately contact the insurer to request the agent who would move into my agent’s beautiful and conveniently located stand-alone office. In the meantime, I received a welcoming letter from my new agent as well as a friendly phone call from a member of his staff. I was impressed by the effort. For several weeks, I made excuses for the new agent. “Maybe he’s moving from the other side of the state.” “Perhaps it’s his first office.” “Maybe he has a lot going on in his personal life.” The other side of my brain remained skeptical. “Do I want to do business with an agent, who despite inheriting a large practice, has less professionalism than a rookie?” Regardless how pious and noble we try to be, we are mere mortals. As such, we make dozens of decisions every day based on first impressions. Welcome to being human.  Within a few weeks, weeds were taking over the once meticulously manicured grounds that lined the building’s perimeter. It is a small property, so I wondered why the agent didn’t pull the weeds himself at the very least. Through the single doorway, I saw upheaval inside the office—not construction, but some sort of rearranging. Over the next few weeks, the main entrance appeared to be obstructed by clutter. My impression of the new agent had become more negative.  It’s just business! My decision may have seemed superficial, but it was just business. If this had been any other relationship, I certainly would have continued down the “benefit of the doubt” road, getting to know the person behind the messy building to understand how I may be charitable. center_img Sure enough, her retirement came to pass and I was assigned a new agent about four miles out of my way. Before requesting a change, I waited to see whose name would grace the office that I drove passed almost daily. I cannot recall when the new agent’s name was affixed to the doorway because the rapid decline of the property grasped my attention.  10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: Details So, I waited.  After nearly a year, it became clear that the agent who settled into the building vacated by my retired agent had no intentions of sprucing it up to its former glory. By this time, I knew I would not be switching agencies. I reasoned that driving four miles out of my way, should the need arise, was not a deal breaker; doing business with someone whose approach seemed haphazard, however, was.  The moral of the story is that appearance plays an important role in branding, which includes buildings, products, and people, and branding has a direct effect on the bottom line. To attract new business, become attractive.last_img read more

The time is now for contactless card strategies

first_imgThe COVID-19 pandemic has not only impacted the international economy, but it has also affected all of our daily lives. Among the various ramifications to our industry, COVID-19 is changing the way that consumers transact, meaning credit unions must be prepared for what the “new normal” might look like moving forward.Before the onset of COVID-19, cash accounted for half of low-dollar-value transactions at the point of sale. With the heightened concerns around physical contact and the use of cash arising from the pandemic, contactless cards are now receiving more interest from consumers. Credit unions can no longer take a wait-and-see approach to contactless. Rather than a phased, natural approach to reissuing contactless cards to members, now may be the time for credit unions to work with their payments processor to determine the best strategy to maintain top-of-wallet position.Contactless is Safe, Quick and SecureAs members shift away from cash and look to other methods of payment that limit human contact, tap-and-go, contactless options are experiencing increased usage. A recent survey by Mastercard showed that 51% of U.S. consumers are now using some form of contactless payment, and that perceptions of safety and convenience have led nearly a third of respondents in the U.S. to change their top-of-wallet card for a card that offers contactless. It also seems that contactless is here to stay in the post-COVID-19 world. A recent survey by PaymentsJournal reports that 70% of consumers who are new to contactless payments plan to continue using this payment method even after the pandemic.In addition to less human contact, point-of-sale transactions conducted with contactless cards are faster than those conducted by inserting a chip card, making the purchase process at checkout quicker and more efficient. More and more merchants are also accepting tap-and-go payment methods for in-store transactions, with most of the biggest retailers having already enabled their near-field communication technology, including Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Whole Foods and Walgreens. In fact, Visa reports that 95.5% of all point-of-sale devices being shipped are contactless-enabled. There are also multiple layers of security built into the traditional credit and debit payments systems that make contactless transactions just as secure as traditional card transactions.The speed and convenience of contactless cards has also been proven to help increase card spend, which could lead to new streams of revenue for credit unions as the impacts from COVID-19 continue to be realized. In other countries that have been issuing contactless cards for several years, most saw an increase of three to five transactions per card in the first year of contactless rollout. In the third year, they experienced between 15 and 30 incremental transactions, or an average of 10% to 30% lift per card. Overall, in markets where contactless cards were launched, countries with economies similar to the U.S. experienced between a 20% and 30% lift in the number of transactions per card.Another key component of the contactless equation is mobile payments, as contactless card adoption tends to lead to increased use of mobile wallets. An additional tap-and-go option, mobile wallets offer credit unions a chance to provide their members with the flexibility of paying for purchases when and how they want – whether through mobile phones, smart watches or other wearables – which is leading to top-of-wallet status.Making the SwitchEducating credit union members is a critical part of any contactless rollout plan. Given the COVID-19 environment, careful messaging is important – credit unions should position contactless cards and mobile wallets as safe and secure ways to help, avoiding any unintended perceptions of upselling their members during these difficult times.For some credit unions, tapping into the knowledge, expertise, scale, and value of a CUSO partner like PSCU might be a first step in establishing a contactless offering. One of PSCU’s key initiatives is enabling contactless moves for many of its credit unions over the next 18 months. In 2019, PSCU distributed more than 500,000 contactless cards to its owner credit unions. This year, the CUSO expects to produce over 3 million new contactless plastics and deliver them to more than 100 credit unions to support natural and mass reissuance strategies. PSCU also supports and enables tokenization for digital wallet payment including Apple Pay, Google Pay, and others.While many credit unions may have viewed contactless as a potential payment option for members in the past, it has now become a necessary offering. As consumers become comfortable using contactless cards and mobile wallets and shift their behaviors in a post-COVID market to less physical contact, they are likely to remain with the financial institution that offers them this opportunity. If their credit union fails to do so, consumers’ top-of-wallet choice is likely to shift to another financial institution. The time is now for credit unions to prioritize contactless offerings. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeremiah Lotz Jeremiah Lotz directs PSCU’s initiatives to empower the company’s Owner credit unions with innovative and engaging payment solutions. Lotz leads an experienced team dedicated to delivering PSCU’s credit, debit, prepaid, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

NCUA’s Hood to testify before House, Senate committees this week

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » CUNA will be engaged with two hearings this week involving regulators’ response to the pandemic, both featuring testimony from NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood.Hood will testify before the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday at 2 p.m. (ET) for a virtual hearing titled, “Oversight of Financial Regulators.”He will also testify Thursday for the House Financial Services Committee’s virtual hearing, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness, Diversity, and Accountability of Depository Institutions during the Pandemic,” starting at noon (ET).In addition to Hood’s testimony, the House Financial Services Committee hearing will feature discussion of two pieces of CUNA-backed legislation: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

Parts of Tioga County added to yellow zone

first_img12 News has reached out the Tioga County Health Department and County Legislature for more information and is waiting to hear back. Below is a map, from the governor’s office, detailing the yellow zone. (WBNG) — New York State has added parts of Tioga County into a “precautionary-yellow zone” as part of its Micro-Cluster Action Initiative.center_img A news release from the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo states parts of the county had a 7-day average positivity rate of over 4%. Also, cases per 100,000 people have increased.last_img read more