WNY News Now Stock Image.FREDONIA – More than a dozen students at SUNY Fredonia were suspended Tuesday for allegedly violating the school’s COVID-19 regulations.In a letter to students, University President Stephen Kolison, Jr. said 13 students violated the Student Code of Conduct by attending a off-campus gathering.“Any Fredonia student who endangers others by disregarding public health precautions will face serious penalties,” wrote Kolison. “We also talked honestly about repercussions for not following the rules.”School officials say the suspensions were issued after reviewing the new policy. Educators are asking others at the college to remind their peers to follow guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately keep the community safe. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Annaleigh Ashford What’s the best part about starring opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Sunday in the Park with George on Broadway? Sharing a bathroom with Jake Gyllenhaal. OK, fine, that may not be the best part, but for Annaleigh Ashford, it sure is a perk. The Tony winner stopped by Late Night to chat with Seth Meyers about her dressing room situation with her leading man, the ever-so-thoughtful gift of breast pump funnels he got her, his impeccable singing voice and that time she peed on stage. Clearly, it wasn’t a career-ruining blunder. And for all you “Puppet Judy” fans out there, the star demonstrated her surreal Judy Garland tribute for Meyers. Check out the zany interview below, then catch Ashford, Gyllenhaal and company at the Hudson Theatre! Sunday in the Park With George View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 23, 2017 Related Shows
Classically trained pianist Holly Bowling reimagines Phish on solo piano.To say that pianist Holly Bowling is a big fan of Phish is a bit of an understatement.Bowling, a classically trained pianist who began playing at the age of five, has attended over 300 Phish shows. Her passion for the music of the Vermont based masters of jam has spilled over into her latest musical project, a collection of fifteen classic Phish tunes reinterpreted for piano entitled Distillation of a Dream: The Music of Phish Reimagined for Solo Piano.Phish fans will revel in the solo piano treatment given to tunes like “Harry Hood,” “Waste,” and “Fly Famous Mockingbird.” Even more impressive, though, was the attention Bowling gave to the transcription of three live cuts, “Twist,” “The Wedge,” and a 37 minute “Tweezer” from the Lake Tahoe show in July of 2013.Yes, you read that right. Every note of a 37 minute “Tweezer,” painstakingly transcribed and played on solo piano. Never before has obsession so easily slipped into a maniacal beauty.I recently caught up with Holly Bowling to chat about that epic “Tweezer” and how I might get my wife to dig Phish a bit more.BRO – You’ve been to 300+ Phish shows. Favorite show of all time?HB – My favorite show is always the next one I’m going to! But I think my favorite show I’ve seen has to be 7/31/13, just for the Tahoe “Tweezer” alone. There are shows that are more complete, but the Tahoe “Tweezer” is the highest musical peak I’ve seen Phish attain, and that carries the show for me.BRO – I can’t get my wife to listen to 37 seconds of a Phish tune. You transcribed a 37 minute “Tweezer” for piano. Is there still time to help my wife “get” Phish on that level?HB – There’s definitely hope! I’ve heard from several people that Distillation of A Dream is a good way to get people into Phish who don’t “get it” yet. It’s sort of a hidden agenda with this record. You throw on this solo piano album around your family, your girlfriend, your coworker, whoever . . . and maybe they’re into it without realizing what they’re listening to. They ask you what it is and you tell them, “Ha! You’re listening to music by Phish right now and you like it!” Try it out on your wife and let me know how it goes.BRO – As a classically trained pianist, you are well familiar with the composers most of us know – Bach, Beethoven, Mozart. How do the guys in Phish stack up in comparison?HB – Oh, man. I can’t stack composers up against each other like that. But I will say this – as different as they are, I’ve had moments where Phish’s songwriting has taken me to the same inward place as listening to Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” and I’ve felt the same blissful rush of energy and loss of self while playing Beethoven’s “Waldstein Sonata” that I am always chasing at Phish shows. So they’re both able to achieve IT, and that’s what matters, as far as I’m concerned.BRO – Put together your favorite setlist for me.HB – For me, a perfect set is less about song selection and more about where the songs go once they break away from the composed structure, but my favorite songs in a live setting are “Tweezer,” “Ghost,” “Piper,” “Sand,” and”Twist,” especially the way they have been playing it this summer!! That would be a really solid five song second set right there. If I really get to design a completely unrealistic dream setlist, though, it would start with “Soundcheck Jam” and end with a “40 Minute Anything.” Maybe I’ll throw in a triple encore with with two songs I’m still chasing – “All Things Reconsidered” and “Izabella” – and top it off with “Sanity.”BRO – Page turns up sick and the band calls you to fill in. How quickly are you on the plane?HB – That would be the happiest day of my life. I’d be out the door so fast, I might even forget to put pants on.Holly Bowling will be in Colorado and California over the next couple weeks before returning to the East Coast for shows in New York and Vermont at the end of the month. For more on when and where you can catch Holly live, please check out her website.Make sure you check out Holly’s rendition of “The Squirming Coil” featured on this month’s Trail Mix, and if you are interested in ordering a copy of Distillation Of A Dream, point your browser here.
The right-wing street rallies that have erupted across the South have largely focused on white supremacy and symbols of the Confederacy, but scratch the surface and you’ll also find opposition to environmental laws and public lands such as national forests and parks.The Sagebrush Rebellion, a loosely confederated political coalition that’s been around since the 1970s, opposes any public lands owned by the federal government. The Sagebrush movement saw a new push into the mainstream with the 2014 standoff at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch, and again in 2016 when Bundy’s sons led the 40-day occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. The Malheur incident set off a revival, with militias joining in to take part and show support there.Groups from the South participated in the standoffs out West, and now some of them have brought that ideology back to Eastern public lands. Those groups include the Oath Keepers, a group of current and former military and law enforcement members that claims membership of about 30,000, and the Three Percent United Patriots.“There’s no reason the federal government should own any land,” said John Pruitt, Virginia leader of the Three Percent United Patriots. “When you let the federal government own something in a state, now they have leverage over you. When they pass our laws and say, ‘Believe what we believe or we’re not going to give you money for roads or lands,’ you become a slave to the federal government. The federal government has a role to play in our nation, but it’s growing into a monster, and if we’re not getting involved, it’s going to devour us.”Sagebrush ideology and Confederate iconography both are touchpoints in militia culture, linked by their common ties to anti-federal sentiment. In western Virginia, members of the Three Percent hold an annual Confederate flag ride. The 2016 edition of the ride, known as “Rebel-lution,” was attended by Jeanette Finicum, the widow of LaVoy Finicum, a militia member who was killed at Malheur.Ryan Lenz, senior writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, says the anti-government Sagebrush Rebellion has a “long history of turning environmental and land-use issues into a rallying point for recruiting.”One of the forerunners of the Sagebrush Rebellion was a militia known as the Posse Comitatus, which formed in the late ’60s, refusing to recognize any authority above the county level. From the beginning, its core members also were involved with Christian Identity, a racist and anti-Semitic sect based around white supremacy.James Corcoran, an associate professor at Simmons College who has written two books about the militia movement, says there typically are three elements to a militia or patriot group: an ideological focus such as opposing the federal government or public lands or upholding white supremacy; the militaristic aspect of drilling and openly carrying arms; and a religious element based around protecting Christianity.“There’s the idea that big government is taking out land from us,” explains Corcoran. “You also have the cultural component, that the intellectuals are ruling us from Washington. There’s the perception that people are trying to take away guns and land and get rid of white Christian America.”The Sagebrush Rebellion’s anti-government, anti-public lands sentiment is especially prevalent in areas with a lot of national parks and forests. Eighty percent of North Carolina’s Swain County, for example, is owned by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and a Cherokee Indian reservation.A 1981 New York Times story looking at whether the early Sagebrush movement might go East included this: “County residents reportedly have set fire to land in the Great Smokies as a way of harassing the Park Service. Like their angry counterparts in the West, Swain County residents talk about wanting to turn Park and Forest Service land over to state or private ownership.”The same story also reported opposition to public lands protection from residents of West Virginia’s Randolph County, about a quarter of which is national forest. Recently, twelve counties in Western North Carolina have passed anti-wilderness resolutions as part of the ongoing Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest management planning process.Ironically, many militia and Sagebrush groups use public lands for gatherings. White supremacist and militia meetings have taken place at Tennessee’s Norris Dam State Park, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Davey Crockett State Park, and Cumberland Mountain State Park. One group, American Renaissance, which according to the SPLC “promotes pseudo-scientific studies and research that purport to show the inferiority of blacks to whites,” has booked facilities at Tennessee’s Montgomery Bell State Park for six years in a row.Mike Robertson, director of operations for Tennessee State Parks, said the agency is obligated to provide for public access to parkland regardless of ideology, while also providing opportunities for protesters to voice their opposition.Public lands are already under assault by the Trump Administration, which has rolled back protections and designations for national monuments. Sagebrush groups in the South—often allied with hunting organizations and state agencies—are aiming to increase privatization of public lands, especially national forests like the Pisgah-Nantahala, whose management plan is being re-written this year.So far, Sagebrush Rebellion groups are doing what many comfortable conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts have not: getting actively and personally involved in the public lands fight.
When I worked at P&G, we were taught that big, watershed ideas are rare. To make P&G more and more effective and successful, we didn’t need to reinvent the wheel, we just needed to make incremental improvements in our products and how we produced them every single day.As a sports nut, I often think about this in terms of baseball. There aren’t a lot of home runs hit in the game. You can’t plan your game swinging for the fence all the time. What you want to do to win is get on base and advance the runners.Here are three things you can do to help your credit union innovate incrementally on a daily basis.Search for good ideas and reapply them to your unique situation. At P&G, I learned that good ideas can come from either inside or outside of the organization. Once you spot a good idea, you can innovate by applying it well to your own offerings. For example, consider the idea of “ultra” cleaning products. Laundry detergent started off as a powder, then became liquid, and then more condensed liquid with the idea that consumers would use less of it each time. P&G took this laundry soap idea and reapplied it to fabric softener, dish detergent and other products. Notably, using the search-and-apply approach to innovation requires doing rapid prototyping of the new offering to make sure it works in your market. 62SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Details Give members something they need. At the core of innovation is easing members’ points of pain. You need to understand what these are, and stay on top of how they are changing, through member interaction and conversation. What you learn from your members will point to ways to innovate incrementally. To do this well, credit unions need to do the disciplined work of teaching employees to have empathy for those they serve. This is critical to developing the kinds of solutions that actually solve member problems.The curriculum of CUES’ Strategic Innovation Institute includes more in-depth information about the search and apply approach to innovation. Participants will also learn from world-class professors about the role of empathy in innovation. In all, attendees come away from the two-year program (the first at MIT, the second at Stanford) with an in-depth understanding of innovation in relation to strategy and the techniques they can use every day in their shops to have ongoing incremental innovation.To me, if you’re going to continue to evolve your credit union, business innovation plays a critical role. Innovation and evolution go hand in hand. Deliver something new to your members one day; revise something else the next. Both help you deliver great service to members. Make innovation and creativity part of your evaluation of every team member. At P&G, we were evaluated on seven or eight characteristics, or “what counts” factors, including leadership, working effectively with others, thinking/problem-solving, technical mastery of your job function, and—you guessed it—creativity and innovation. Creativity can be taught.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Social media network users reached 2.77 billion in 2019 and are projected to hit 3.1 billion in 2021, according to Statista. No financial institution — regional, national or global — can afford to ignore the immensity of that market reach. While few are ignoring the potential, many financial institutions are unsure how to position themselves on social media even though they realize how important it is to be active on Facebook, Twitter and other social channels.Social media can help any bank or credit union build online traffic and conversions, create brand awareness, and communicate with consumers in their preferred channel. To help jumpstart the marketing creative juices, here are specific strategic and tactical examples from six financial institutions each with strong social media voices. Although all the companies are large, each offers ideas that other institutions can apply at a scale that suits their situation.
A survey has shown that savvy property investors try and hold onto their homes for longer. Photo: Liam KidstonTIME in the market, not timing the market, looked to be the approach for almost half of our nation’s real estate investors according to a recent survey by mortgage broker, Mortgage Choice.Mortgage Choice’s annual Investor Survey revealed 45.6 per cent of Australian investors plan on holding their investment for a minimum of 10 years.Mortgage Choice CEO, John Flavell, said savvy property investors understood success comes from a long-term strategy.Property investment explained…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:15Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:15 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenProperty Investment Explained01:15“Property investing is not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. Potential property investors shouldn’t invest in this particular asset class if they believe that they are going to make a lot of money overnight,” said Mr Flavell.“In fact, most of the time when it comes to property investment, the longer you hold onto the dwelling, the more money you stand to make’” he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoMr Flavell said the high costs of trading property such as advertising, agent’s commission and stamp duty meant owners preferred to hold on.“Moreover, the housing market moves in cycles and it will go through highs and lows,” he said.“So, if you buy at the top of the market and plan to sell it a few years later, you may find that the market has softened and you could end up making a loss on your investment.“National figures from CoreLogic’s recent Pain & Gain report found that in the March 2017 quarter, houses that resold at a profit had typically been owned for 9.1 years, and apartments that resold at a profit had been held for 7.6 years,” Mr Flavell said.“On the other hand, houses that resold for a loss had typically been owned for 6.3 years, while apartments that resold for a loss had typically been owned for 6.9 years.”Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair
Wouter Pelser, CIO at the €90bn asset manager MN, shares Lindeijer’s enthusiasm for responsible investing.“We don’t have a single indication our ESG policy has led to negative returns,” he said.He indicated that MN, together with the €1bn pension fund for the fashion, interior, carpet and textile industry (MITT), had begun engaging with 15 international clothing chains to “counter the negative aspects” of the textile industry.After two years of dialogue, he said, most companies have agreed to introduce certification and independent monitoring of their suppliers under the international ESG standard SA8000 to ensure a decent labour environment.He added that Adidas and H&M had taken positive steps on this front, but he argued that some luxury brands were still lacking in transparency.Edith Siermann, head of fixed income at Robeco, also believes responsible investment “contributes to long-term returns”.She said Robeco’s engagement with energy companies had focused on the introduction of best practices for deep-sea drilling – for example, through safety, transparency on failures and compliance with regulation.“We already see progress on regulation and transparency on policy,” Siermann said, adding that BP was now “leading the pack” as a result of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.Erik Jan van Bergen, head of asset management at SNS AM, said engagement with 16 individual mining companies had led to a concrete agreement with Chilean firm Antofagasta over transparency as a starting point for further dialogue.He said SNS had decided to disinvest from US mining firm Rio Tinto after engagement over its allegedly polluting activities in Papua New Guinea had failed.SNS AM’s engagement process focuses on mining, forestry and the energy sector, “as we expect we can achieve the largest ESG effects in these areas”, Van Bergen said. Responsible investment does not come at the expense of returns, and it could even lead to better results, according to the CIOs of six large Dutch asset managers, with combined assets of €450bn.Eloy Lindeijer, CIO at the €153bn PGGM, said: “We assume ESG investments will generate higher returns over the long term.”As an example, he said energy-saving improvements at PGGM’s real estate investments had reduced vacancies and improved returns.What’s more, PGGM’s recent intervention at German property firm GSW Immobilien – which culminated in the resignation of GSW’s new chief executive and its chairman of the supervisory board – triggered an increase of the company’s market value by 10% within a month, Lindeijer told IPE.
Image source: SeadrillOffshore drilling specialist Seadrill Partners has secured a contract with Shell for one of its drillships.The West Capella drillship will work for Shell’s subsidiary Sabah Shell Petroleum Limited, drilling five wells offshore Malaysia.Shell will also have several options to extend the contract.Backlog for the firm portion of the contract is expected to be approximately $32 million and start is expected in October 2018.The West Capella is a 6th generation ultra-deepwater drillship built by Samsung Heavy Industries in 2008. Its maximum water depth is 10,000 feet while the maximum drilling depth is around 37,500 feet.The rig is currently being used by Repsol for and exploration well offshore Aruba.Before the Repsol contract, Seadrill’s West Capella worked for the Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas on a three-month contract from October 1, 2017, until December 31, 2017. Offshore Energy Today Staff
Margaret Mary Health is now accepting applications for its 2014 scholarship program. To qualify, applicants must be pursuing degrees in the health care field and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.Recipients receive an initial award of $3,000 with $1,000 each year up to four years if criteria are met. Final applicants may be interviewed by the hospital’s selection committee.Applications are available at the hospital, area high schools or online at online. Completed applications must be returned to Human Resources by Feb. 28. For more information, call (812) 933-5258.