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Avicii Pop-Up Hotel Opens Its Doors For Ultra Music Festival 2013

first_imgTim Bergling (aka Avicii) is taking his talents to South Beach. For ten days, Avicii is giving fans the key to his pop-hotel where they can set up shop during the madness that is Ultra Music Festival. From March 15th through the 25th, The Marlin Hotel will be dubbed (drumroll) The Avicii Hotel.Located on 12th and Collins, this EDM inn is promised to give its temporary residents a “24/7 Avicii experience,” according to Avicii’s manager, Ash Pournouri.Information and rates on room packages are set to be released soon, but pre-registration is available for those who want first dibs on a room.If you were in Miami last year for Ultra, you might remember the Avicii ice cream truck parked outside the Clevelander passing out free cones, buttons and of course, “good feelings.” Looks like Bergling is seeking to make his mark during Miami Music Week. And we have to agree, a hotel is a major upgrade from an ice cream truck.The young Swede hit 3 million fans today on Facebook so it would be a pretty good guess that this place will be swarmed with Avicii lovers from around the world. We’re just wondering how many “Levels” the hotel will have. Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves.http://theaviciihotel.com/last_img read more

Getting Saucy With G. Love & Special Sauce In Northern California

first_imgG. Love & Special Sauce, accompanied by half empty bottles of the actual self-branded hot sauce, brought their signature trashcan blues to Northern California on Friday, February 5th.Coming out of the San Francisco Bay Area unscathed just before Super Bowl 50, The Mystic Theatre of Petaluma, CA was packed for the eighth stop of the 22 date tour leg. Along for the first leg as the opening act Boston based funk outfit Ripe.Touring with the original Special Sauce line up of bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott and Jeffrey “Houseman” Clemens, guitarist/harp player Garrett “G. Love” Dutton couldn’t be happier – Jimi Jazz took a five year solo act hiatus before reconnecting with Special Sauce in 2014.The rekindled chemistry has been so on-point lately that, when they saw an opportunity to record G. Love & Special Sauce’s 10th studio album, Love Saves The Day, less than a year after the success of 2014’s Sugar, they jumped at it.G. Love Is Here To Save The Day On New Guest-Laden Album“It’s one of those things, you can’t really tell how much you put on that band chemistry,” explained G. Love. “When [Jimi] was gone we missed him more than we thought we would.”“We had a great unit with Timo Shanko, who’s just an amazingly gifted musician – upright and electric bass player and a saxophonist from Boston and Mark [Boyce] on keys – but there’s just something special about the original trio,” he continued. “[Jimi] wrote almost all of these bass lines. When you’re tied to something that’s yours it’s different from covering someone else. Even if you cover it great, it’s still someone else’s part.”Featuring a slew of guest musicians on the record, the band intentionally operates as a trio for a stylistic reason.“The greatest thing about doing what we do is all the people we get to share the stage and studio with,” he said. “From De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest to Bonnie Raitt, John Hammond or even Jim Dickinson, father of North Mississippi All-Stars guitarist Luther Dickinson.”“But here’s the thing,” he continued, “the original concept of a trio is that everyone has to have and bring a certain thing to the table. Our style is really loose, but we three bring it. When you add other players, it really fills the sound out even more”One thing that G. Love & Special Sauce are doing to make this tour memorable for each stop has been embracing an intimate connection with die hard fans who want to be involved with a pre show sound check, complete with meet and greet and Q+A with G. Love.During the sound check the band works through a few songs on the list for the second set, practicing arrangements in different keys and running through them a few times with deliberate focus. It was immediately obvious that G. Love cares about the people that his music has touched. As Jimi Jazz and Houseman retreated to the bus, G. Love stayed seated on the stage making small talk about the local surf at Mavericks as the VIP patrons rolled into the sound check.Running through some requests, G. Love saved a few of them for the show but obliged others on the spot with solo acoustic renditions of “Fat One”, “Fixin’ To Die” and “Girl At The Laundromat.” When asked what this girl looked like, G. Love laughed and confessed, “I don’t know man, I made her up.”Following the event, G. Love heads backstage for publicity shots and media connections to elaborate on questions about some of his favorite artists, the best shows he saw in 2015 and why the “slop” blues label isn’t such a bad thing.“One thing we don’t like is blues that’s too clean, too nice, like soft rock type smooth shit,” he said. “We like to keep our sound rugged and raw and we record like that. Just having a trio sounds like that on stage. A lot of time I go and see bands on stage and the only thing they’re missing is me just puttin’ some dirt on it,” he laughs. “Like they’re afraid to make a mistake or let it hang out. I mean we try our hardest to play the shit right but you know we still like to keep it raw.”“Slightly Stoopid have really become such a great band over the years, with the addition of Karl Denson and the horn section, you know, the musicianship of everyone in that band is really top notch, they continually impress me with their live show. Dead & Co with John Mayer, that was really great,” he added.“John Mayer is one of those guys who just kinda plays a soft rock, light on his records you know, but on stage his guitar playing was just unbelievable. I was really proud of him. I saw them in Boston so I’m sure it just kept getting better too.”Back inside The Mystic, the doors have opened and Ripe prepares to take the stage. Even though this is Ripe’s first tour out West, and for several of the seven members of the band it’s their first time on the left coast in general, the crowd still showed up for the opener.Ripe wasted no time getting down and dirty. In the first song, “Brother Sky” the lyrics open: “It hits you like a brick” and that is exactly what happened. The crowd was visibly shocked, and then quickly stepped in closer to the stage. Ripe brings an insanely refreshing, soulful take on the ever-evolving East Coast funk scene.Hitting Petaluma hard and fast they moved straight into the “Talk To The Moon > Lola > Stanky J’s” section, proving that they have the chops to be noticed.The dual horn and dual guitar approach of Josh Shpak on Trumpet/EWI, Calvin Barthel on Trombone and Tory Geismar and Jon Becker switching leads, respectively, works incredibly well as they elevate each other and take turns running through impressive scale work.Part of Ripe’s immediate draw is lead vocalist Robbie Wulfsohn’s non-stop action. He encourages the crowd to dance not just verbally, but with his own dance moves. When his vibrant, soulful voice a la Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard isn’t restricted to the microphone, he is bouncing around the stage and getting involved with every member of the band and the audience, even teaching them specific dance moves to songs.Although every member of the band brings their own specific eccentricities to the table, the vibrant, high-energy element Wulfsohn is unmatched except perhaps by trade in the wildly tight efforts of drummer Sampson Hellerman or the funky foundation set by Nadav Shapira on bass guitar.Standout tracks included a cover of The Kinks’ “Lola” sandwiched early in the set as well as a 10 minute dance party tribute to funk legends both past and present via mash up of Stevie Wonder’s 1973 hit “Living For The City” and Lettuce’s 2008 track “Sam Huff’s Flying Raging Machine” dubbed “Sam Huff’s For The City.”Meanwhile, less than an hour before they hit the stage, G. Love is writing the set list for tonight’s show. “The first set is the new record, all those songs,” he explains, adding that horn section of Ripe, Shpak and Barthel, will be sitting in on the appropriate songs from the late 2015 release, Love Saves The Day.G. Love takes his time doodling on an already painted up piece of paper dedicated with Petaluma, The Mystic and the date, a unique page per show, which he explains is photocopied for the stage.“The original is framed and sold at the merch booth. It’s a good pre show relaxation tool for me to personalize it like this and for me to connect one on one with fans in each city,” he said.The songs get rearranged and played out of order of the album to keep things unpredictable on stage, but as if that weren’t enough, G. Love takes his fan connection a step further in the second set.Throughout the day and up until 30 minutes before show time, G. Love can be found checking his personal Instagram, @phillyglove, Twitter, @glove and Facebook accounts to personalize the set by fulfilling requests for fans in attendance via social media or the VIP meet and greet before each show.G. Love & Special Sauce took the stage at 10:30 PM and kicked the evening off with a blistering “Shotgun Tongue.” Houseman on the drums keeps his beats wide yet perfectly in time like a human metronome, the pot to G. Love’s sloppy stew.Jumping all around the album and across a large line up of guitars and harmonica keys, it was the middle of the set where the Ripe Horns added their flair to the appropriate tracks. “Muse” featured a standard blues run through and had the crowd hanging on every note, including a solid Jimi Jazz bass solo segue into “Baby Why You Do Me Like That?”.Featuring DJ Logic on the album, having live horns interpret the energy of the room and the song in real time turned out to be irreplaceable and the vibe inside The Mystic led into an epic drum solo segue into the third and final horn track, “Let’s Have a Good Time” featuring Ozomatli. The two bands meshed in an extended jam that resulted in G. Love egging on Shpak in what became a wild trumpet solo.The first set continued bouncing around, including G. Love who displayed his inner rhythm a la stylized Elvis leg shaking on “Pick Up The Phone” leaving “R U Kidding Me” and the titular track “Love Saves The Day” before ending the set at 11:15.In what was less than a five-minute break, G. Love returned for two songs solo with an acoustic guitar. Beginning with some VIP and social media fan requests, “Sunshine” and “Love” off 2004’s The Hustle and 1999’s Philadelphonic, respectively.“Rodeo Clowns” the song written and popularized by Jack Johnson, was performed on G. Love’s 1999 album Philadelphonic, and even featured Johnson.“Cold Beverage” appropriately followed a red hot blues clinic on the harp heavy track “Still Hanging Around” off of G. Love’s 2006 solo release Lemonade and led into one of the highlights of the set: the bust out of the rarely played track “Fresh Lila,” a tribute to a 1967 Buick once owned by G. Love. That song segued into “Come Up Man.”“This Ain’t Living” from the group’s self-titled debut album in 1994 led into a rowdy “Obama Smokes Weed > Who’s Got The Weed,” a request made during the sound check, and possibly in upcoming celebration roots reggae legend Bob Marley’s birthday that saw many billows of smoke rising from the crowd.G. Love abandoned his guitar momentarily for some heavy vox duties on “Friday Night” and “Baby’s Got Sauce”, each featuring plenty of on the spot ad-libs in the lyrics to really kick the end of the show into next gear.After the on stage party reached a break, G. Love reintroduced the band, said thank you, and went straight into David Bowie’s “Suffragette City” for the encore, ending the show around 1:15 AM.After more than 20 years and 10 studio albums, G. Love & Special Sauce have continually put forth consistent effort after consistent effort and continue to demonstrate themselves on the upswing.If you plan on catching an upcoming show, do yourself a huge favor and do not miss opening act Ripe. They have 12 more shows before jumping off the tour at the end of February.Setlist: Ripe at The Mystic Theater, Petaluma, CA – 2/5/16One Set: Brother Sky, Talk To The Moon > Lola* > Stanky J’s, Ex – Life, Downward, Goon Squad, Sam Huffs City& > Caralee* cover, The Kinks& tribute, Stevie Wonder/LettuceSetlist: G. Love & Special Sauce at The Mystic Theater, Petaluma, CA – 2/5/16Set 1: Shotgun Tongue, Dis Song, Lil’ Runaround, Back To Boston, NYC, Muse#, Baby Why You Do Me Like That?#, Let’s Have A Good Time#, Pick Up The Phone, Peanut Butter Lips, R U Kidding Me, Love Saves The DaySet 2: Sunshine, Love, Rodeo Clowns, Still Hanging Around, Cold Beverage, Fresh Lila > Come Up Man, This Ain’t Living, Obama Smoke Weed > Who’s Got The Weed, Friday Night, Baby’s Got SauceEncore: Suffragette City^# feat. Ripe Horns* cover, Jack Johnson& cover, Slightly Stoopid ft. G love^ cover, David BowieA full gallery of Joshua Huver’s photos can be seen below: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Teen Creates App to Organize All The Family’s Caregivers After Grandmother Gets Alzheimers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThere seems to be an app for just about anything these days, but for a hands-on, ‘round-the-clock task like dementia care, is there really “an app for that”?When Logan Wells’s grandmother was first diagnosed with dementia, her family chose to care for her at home so she could enjoy her three-mile daily walks and a social life with friends. Logan’s parents, Hallie and Eric, and his aunt Lisa set out to organize a schedule for Nannie and all her companions.Hallie told Colonial Times Magazine, “When we first started, there were pieces of paper all over Nannie’s house: the chore chart on the fridge, the calendar on the kitchen counter, the medication check-off.” But, as Nannie’s condition declined and more specialized care was required, the family in Lexington, Massachusetts, began introducing professional caregivers into the mix. With six family members and three professional staff, the teenager witnessed the overwhelming number of tasks created by constantly having to update the team through texts, emails, and calling multiple numbers—and he wondered if there was a better way.50 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with dementia, but despite the large adult population going through similar circumstances, it’s common for families to feel isolated and overwhelmed.Seeing the stress it was putting on his mom to coordinate all medical appointments, medications, and be the main point of contact for all the helpers, Logan did what he could to help. He also began learning programming from online tutorials with the plan to develop an app that would coordinate all the data and calendar information.RELATED: Thanks to Student’s Hunch, Seniors With Dementia Are ‘Coming Alive’ Again With the ‘Magic’ of Virtual RealityDevelopment of the app quickly became a family project. Logan’s dad, Eric, helped with his background in technology and programming; his twin brother Devin and sister Delaney provided input for the prototype; and Logan’s mom and aunt tested the initial version and provided crucial feedback.Later in the development process, they brought in software consultants to provide security features, and help to scale up the app so it could be offered to families everywhere. The result is CareZare.Logan and his father then took it to a local senior care facility and collected feedback from test groups of care professionals who knew how massive amounts of health and behavioral data could be streamlined and improved.The pair also met with families facing different types of care challenges, such as adult family members with developmental disabilities. “We started to think – we can build this so it’s useful to other people,” Eric said. The suggestions they received were integrated into the app.POPULAR: New Research Links Five Simple Lifestyle Choices to a 60% Reduced Risk of Developing Alzheimer’sWith the free app, users can log activities, track tasks (such as, if patient took their meds), keep an up-to-date calendar and have all of your contacts in one place. The app inventors say that future enhancements include integration with Google and Apple calendars, weather updates that could help care team members plan ahead, and even streaming video feed from home security cameras.When asked about log-in problems experienced by a few users who then left poor reviews, Logan Wells told GNN, “We had a steep rise in users in a short amount of time which caused some issues, but those are now resolved.”Currently, CareZare is offered for both Android and iPhone devices.So, yes, even for the myriad challenges that families face in helping care for one of their own, there really is an app for that. CareZare launched in November of 2017.“It has been a godsend, honestly, from the communication point of view,” Logan’s aunt Lisa said. “Before, you could spend half your day just calling people and trying to figure things out.”MORE: After Breakthrough Trials, Alzheimer’s Vaccine That Uses the Body’s Immune System May Soon Be Tested on HumansNannie can be very proud of her grandson, who spent so many of his teen years working to improve the lives of his family members, and so many others.MULTIPLY the Good by Sharing the News on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Air Force bristles at criticism of F-35 site selection process for Burlington

first_imgUS Air Force Executive SummaryJuly 3, 2012 Letter by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org Last week a South Burlington official alleged the US Air Force made a mistake in a scoring system used to rank Burlington International Airport as a top flight base for the new F-35 fighter jet.The Air Force responded ASAP with a press release attesting that the early analysis of the site had been â 100% validated’and the score issued for the airport was correct. Accusations that its analysis of the environmental impact of F-35s on Vermont communities were flawed are incorrect, according to a statement issued from Vermont National Guard Adj. Gen. Michael Dubieâ s office. Col. Roseanne Greco, a South Burlington resident, accused the Air Force of making a mistake in scoring the environmental impact of noise on the surrounding communities. She said in several television interviews, including one on WPTZ last week, that the Air Force gave a higher score to the Burlington location than it should have when it failed to recognize the affect of higher noise levels on about 1,000 homes in the vicinity. Typically, she told the TV anchor, an airport surrounded by homes would have received a score of zero. Grecoâ s inside information about the scoring results came from an anonymous source high up in the Air Force management food chain. Greco said she couldnâ t release the name of her source.The airport now hosts F-16s flown by the Vermont Air Guard, and the new fighter jets are purported to be much louder. Proponents of the F-35 plan, including Vermontâ s congressional delegation and Gov. Peter Shumlin say the new planes will bring hundreds of jobs to Chittenden County; opponents say the noise will lower property values and drive residents out of several communities, including South Burlington.Community opposition to the F-35 â bed down’plans has mounted in towns near the airport, including Winooski and South Burlington.Greco, who is city council president in South Burlington and led the effort oppose the project in a city vote, said the Air Force had made erroneous assumptions when it first issued an a rating number for the airport because it was based on an incorrect environmental impact score. Had the score been accurately reported in 2009, Greco said Burlington never would have been in the running as one of two sites for the F-35s identified nationwide. She asked the Air Force to provide the data from the rating process.The Air Force issued a statement asserting that its process for determining the base location in Burlington was â validatedâ . In a blow-by-blow analysis of the history of the project, the Air Force outlined its decision-making process that began in 2008. The military agency emphasized that it uses â criteria-based analysis to identify locations that are best suited to support any given mission.âIn phase one of the site analysis, the Air Force identified â no incompatible development issues below the 65 decibel Day-Night Average Sound Level noise contours.âIn phase two, the Air Force identified â some residential encroachment and sensitive noise receptors adjacent to the airfield’and considered this information during the selection process.The environmental impact statement, the third phase of the project, included noise contours â for the range of potential F-35A beddown actions at Burlington.âThe Air Force also emphasized its commitment to transparency. Greco had asked for detailed records of the scoring questions and answers. Her request was granted.In an interview on Wednesday morning, Greco said she is more convinced than ever that the Air Force made a mistake when it included erroneous data in its assessment of the impact of noise levels on surrounding communities.The data incorrectly assumed that there are no homes within the high noise level area (65 decibels or more) and no structures in the accident potential zones, she said.The flight path of the F-16 based at Burlington International Airport includes swaths of residential housing and buildings in the accident zones. The F-35 would follow the same path, but because of the higher noise levels associated with the aircraft it would have a larger environmental footprint and affect communities like Winooski that are not currently affected by F-16 noise.Greco alleges that the incorrect information was used in a scoring system that elevated Burlington to the top of the Air Force list.â They said no homes within noise area and no structures in clear (accident) zone,’Greco said. â Thatâ s how theyâ ve answered the questions. Because they answered both questions no, Burlington was awarded six points. What I have been told is a three point (reduction) alone would have taken Burlington out of being a preferred basing site (at the top of the Air Force list) and it wouldnâ t have even made the top three.âBurlington is in competition with guard bases in Jacksonville, Fla., and McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, S.C.The resistance from Vermont communities could help McEntireâ s bid for the F-35, according to a report from The State, a local newspaper in South Carolina.In all, 205 guard bases were originally considered for the F-35 base. The Air Force is looking for two sites.July 4, 2012 vtdigger.orglast_img read more

Nice, France, confirmed as host of 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

first_imgIRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, has announced that the right to host the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon has been awarded to Nice, France. The event will take place on 7-8 September 2019, and will be the first time IRONMAN holds a world championship event in France.In addition, IRONMAN announced that a brand new IRONMAN 70.3 event will be held in Nice on 16 September 2018 leading to the world championship event a year later; this qualifying event will then continue in 2020 as part of the IRONMAN 70.3 European Tour.As the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes on the French Riviera in the southeast coast of France, Nice first hosted an IRONMAN event in 2005 and since then has been one of the most popular locations on the IRONMAN race circuit. The world championship is the pinnacle event in the IRONMAN 70.3 Series, and with the event’s global rotation that began in 2014, it showcases the best venues IRONMAN has to offer around the world.“The successful growth of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship since its global rotation began in 2014 can be attributed in large part to Diana Bertsch, the world championship team she established, the host cities, and the collective determination to create an event that captures the hearts and minds of our athletes,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for IRONMAN.“With the origins of the popular Nice triathlon, which set the stage in the region, this is the next evolution of this extraordinary event and brings Europe back to the forefront, with a history of culture, sport and scenery that is the perfect mix for IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship athletes.”The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event expects to attract more than 5,000 athletes from over 100 global qualifying events in locations such as Austria, Australia, China, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and the Americas.With its mix of old-world opulence, year-round sunshine and seaside location, Nice is the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Azur and the fifth-largest city in France. A magnet for beachgoers and culture-seekers since the 19th century, this coastal city has markets, an enticing old town, glorious architecture and a wealth of high-end restaurants. With one of the largest international airports in France located just minutes away from the city, Nice is easily accessible and welcomes over 5 million visitors every year as one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world.Beyond the beauty of the area, IRONMAN adds that Nice also offers a rich culture built by some of the greatest painters, writers and musicians the world has known… ‘With outstanding cuisine and culture, Nice embodies all the benefits of a historic coastal city. If you really want to soak up the Riviera vibe, there’s no better place.’“It is with great pride that our city will host this international competition for the first time in France, with a sport that is particularly well established in Nice,” said Christian Estrosi, President Region Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur. “Since 1982, our city has organized world-renowned triathlon events, held in an exceptional setting with a truly unique course. This will undoubtedly be a momentous occasion for all triathlon enthusiasts and I welcome everyone to enjoy the beauty of our city.“Nice is now recognized as a great host city for major events of international recognition. This dedication to staging events is an essential asset for the development of economic activity. Each year, IRONMAN brings €4 million in economic revenue, and I am convinced that this new event will once again strengthen our attractiveness as a host city and boost our local economy.”The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship is part of a week-long festival that will include a range of lifestyle events for the community and visitors to enjoy.“With IRONMAN France, our French team lead by Yves Cordier has created one of the best IRONMAN events in the world, as voted by athletes in the IRONMAN Athletes’ Choice Awards,” said Hans-Peter Zurbrügg, Managing Director for IRONMAN Europe, Middle East and Africa. “It is only fitting that the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has been awarded to Nice and the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region. Both the city and region offer easy access, a stunning backdrop for the event, and exceptional tourism destination for friends and family. We look forward to welcoming athletes from all over the world to this amazing location.”The event will incorporate a swim in the pristine waters of the Mediterranean Sea, a bike course that passes through villages and mountains, and a run course along Nice’s historic Promenade des Anglais waterfront.“Ever since competing as a professional athlete in the 1989 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i, it has been my dream to bring a world championship event to the city and region I call home; that dream is now becoming a reality,” said Yves Cordier, Managing Director, IRONMAN France. “I would like to extend my gratitude to the City of Nice and the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur for their loyalty and trust in our team. We are ready to welcome the world to Nice!”The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship began an annual global rotation in 2014 in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. The 2015 race was held in Europe for the first time, in Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria. In 2016, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship shifted to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time – in Queensland, Australia’s Sunshine Coast, with athletes representing over 70 countries and ranging in age from 18 to 75-plus.Prior to the 2019 edition taking place in Nice, the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship is taking place on 9-10 September 2017 in Chattanooga, Tennessee; and the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will travel to Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa on 1-2 September 2018.www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/ironman-70.3/world-championship Relatedlast_img read more

The credit union industry’s 2014 innovators

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randy Salser Randy Salser was appointed President of NAFCU Services Corporation in October of 2013. He comes to the credit union industry with over 15 years of executive-level experience in the areas … Web: www.nafcu.org/nafcuservices Details We all feel the strain of keeping up with the changing times.  Many credit union CEOs agree that attracting and retaining members is one of the top three challenges that credit unions face. In order to meet the ever-evolving needs of members, credit unions should rely on innovative solutions to add to their product portfolio. Innovation plays a crucial role in the credit union industry, which is why we recognize ingenuity and inventiveness  through the NAFCU Services  Innovation Awards. This year’s winners have created  outstanding innovations that help credit unions thrive in an increasingly saturated financial services market. They are:Insuritas. The InsureNOW™ product was designed for credit unions with large member bases, big data CIF/CRM capabilities, and high member affinity levels. InsureNOW™ allows credit unions to provide highly customized, concierge-level insurance offers to their indirect borrowers at the very moment when the member intends to shop for insurance. The most innovative part of InsureNOW™ identifies insurance policy renewal dates for each member and generates targeted, automated pre-populated e-engagement communication to these indirect borrowers 30 days before their insurance policy renews.See Jeff Chesky, President and CEO of Insuritas,  at the NAFCU Annual Conference as he discusses “Online Banking to Online Selling – Transforming your Credit Union Website into a Fee Income E-Commerce Machine” on Thursday, July 24 at 1:00—2:00 p.m. and 2:15—3:15 p.m.DDJ Myers. The Board Performance Assessment was developed to meet the need to support credit union boards. The assessment is designed to guide boards in reaching their highest level of performance, and create a high standard of excellence between board and CEO, one of the most critical interactions within the credit union. The innovation lies in the assessment’s ability to make boards more cohesive and pinpoint critical areas where improvements could be made.Burns-Fazzi, Brock. Their Executive Benefits Learning Series helps credit unions understand effective methods for executive compensation and benefits to help recruit, retain, and reward their executive team. Complex topics in executive benefits and compensation are broken down into tax, accounting, legal, regulatory compliance, funding, and administrative concepts allowing credit unions to increase their knowledge and gain free practical advice. The innovative series consists of monthly, free live webinars which are recorded and archived for future reference.For a recap the of 2014 BAFCU-BFB Executive Compensation & Benefits Survey, register for next month’s webinar on August 20.Allied Solutions. UniTrac is a proprietary insurance tracking system that benefits credit unions by reducing the risk associated with collateralized loan portfolios. The tracking solution is completely workable online for credit unions through their client portal: CenterPoint. CenterPoint offers clients full access to insurance history and document images, letter notifications, customer service call notes, and claims. Lenders are able to view, work, print and download reports, submit claims, update required data fields and chat online with Allied representatives.Join Sundeep Kapur as he discusses “Reduce Costs, Increase Member Engagement and Drive Revenue” at the NAFCU Annual Conference on Friday, July 25 at 10:00—11:00 a.m. PT.A big thank you goes out to these companies and all of the other entries who continue to provide credit unions with innovative solutions that drive success.last_img read more

American Axle & Manufacturing’s Richard Dauch Receives Quality Leader Award from ASQ Automotive Division

first_imgDETROIT — American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO Richard Dauch recently received the American Society for Quality, Automotive Division, 2007 Quality Leader of the Year Award in recognition for his longtime leadership, commitment and contributions to quality in the automotive manufacturing industry. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The award was presented during the ASQ Automotive Division 2007 Award Event held June 12 at the General Motors Heritage Center in Sterling Heights, MI. The Quality Leader of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have successfully demonstrated a clear vision, customer-focused, quality philosophy. The Quality Leader Award recipient’s vision includes making quality a global priority, an organizational imperative and a personal ethic. “I am truly honored to accept this award, on behalf of all the men and women I have been fortunate to work with during my 43-year career in the automotive manufacturing industry,” said Dauch, in accepting the award from Carol Malone of Macomb Community College. “Providing our customers with exceptional quality products is a top priority at American Axle & Manufacturing. Since AAM was founded in 1994, we have emphasized continuous improvement in our operations utilizing Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and Total Quality Management Systems. Today, we are proud to say that we have achieved an industry-leading 9 PPM as measured by our largest customer.” For more information about AAM, go to: http://www.aam.com.last_img read more

The London office market braces itself for poor Q2 figures as take-up slumps by 88%

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Two PTs on Order for NYK Stolt Shipholdings

first_imgNYK Stolt Shipholdings Inc. (NSSH), a joint venture company by NYK and Stolt Tankers B.V., the tanker division of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, a Norwegian business group, has ordered two 12,500 deadweight ton parcel tankers to Usuki Shipyard Co. Ltd.The contract for the vessels was signed on June 27.Parcel tankers are a versatile chemical tanker that can transport various types of cargoes at the same time, and these two new vessels are the ninth and tenth vessel ordered, following the eight that NSSH currently holds and operates.The two tankers, which will be delivered from shipyard in July 2016 and September 2016 respectively, will have the most advanced environmental technology with 18 stainless-steel cargo tanks.These parcel tankers will be chartered to Stolt NYK Asia Pacific Services Inc. (SNAPS), which is a joint venture company between NYK and Stolt Tankers B.V. for operating the vessels. The new tankers will be replaced by tonnage which is currently slated for retirement or redelivery.In addition to NSSH and SNAPS, NYK and Stolt Tankers B.V. have also developed a parcel tanker company within the deep-sea trade, and currently operate six parcel tankers size is whose around 22,000–39,000 deadweight tons under the name of NYK Stolt Tankers S.A.last_img read more

Teco, China Steel Team Up for Taiwanese Offshore Wind

first_imgTeco Electric & Machinery has officially established a joint venture with China Steel (CSC) in order to produce offshore wind turbines.The joint venture is to tackle Taiwan’s 4,000 MW installed offshore wind capacity target by 2030.According to Taiwanese media, Teco will contribute by integrating key wind power turbine components, while CSC will bring production of steel structures to the table.“The company is to build its first test wind turbine with a capacity of 5MW in Taichung Harbor by the end of this year, in preparation to vie for the nation’s offshore wind farm business, valued at hundreds of billions of [New Taiwan] dollars,” Teco said in a statement.OffshoreWIND staff; Image: tecolast_img read more