first_imgAllen stone singing back pocket w TheoPosted by Vulfpeck on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 When Vulfpeck isn’t being Vulfpeck, Theo Katzman is still shredding stages with his rock-star moves. A drummer, a guitarist, a singer, and songwriter, Katzman is a full-time resident of Los Angeles and makes the musical rounds when his free-time allots for it.Last night, Allen Stone had his second of three sold out shows at Troubadour in West Hollywood, and the Vulf joined in for a surprising rendition of Thrill of the Arts‘s “Back Pocket”. A song Katzman would normally sing with his own band, Stone performed the parts gloriously and complete with a rocking band, a full horns section, and who looks to be Joey Dosik (a frequent collaborator of Vulfpeck) on keys. The entire band is on point, as they harmoniously nod their musical tones of appreciation to the phenomenon that is Vulfpeck.Let us all sit back and marvel the beauty: Allen Stone returns to Troubadour tonight for another sold out show.last_img read more


first_imgFar too many workers think their job is “just a job”. They clock in at 9, clock out at 5, and forget about everything from work on the drive home. The next day the drudgery starts all over again. While that may be true for a lot workers in our economy, to what extent is it true for employees in our industry? How many of your employees are just serving time and getting through until 5PM? The tragic part of that answer is that just one zombie employee at your credit union can have a devastating effect on your performance.Think about it: one employee just getting by can make life miserable for their teammates, frustrating for their bosses, and create forgettable experiences for every member they come in contact with. One employee with an unmotivated, disengaged, and negative attitude can have an incredibly corrosive impact on numerous aspects of your credit union’s performance.“Too often I have seen a high functioning team fall apart with just one wrong hire,” Says Jayne Hitman, National Relationship Manager for CUNA’s Creating Member Loyalty. “Don’t be too hasty to hire just on experience – make sure your new hire fits your team culture and dynamics.”  It may be easier said than done but your performance culture needs to be populated by employees who are ready, willing, and able to make a significantly positive contribution on a consistent basis. In a recent article in Harvard Business Review, they referred to employees as needing to “feel joy” in order to be successful in their jobs. I don’t know about you but I’ve never been one to think about the need to create joy in employees but there’s certainly a lot to say about the benefits of a joyous culture. A joyous culture should bring everyone together and fuel future success. It should get employees going that extra mile to help members. It should get them to step outside their box and try new ways of doing their job and get teams working together for each other’s success instead of pitting them against each other.“When people find joy in their work, it’s contagious!” said Hitman. “The team strives to increase their individual performance which leads to a positive work environment – and your members are the beneficiary.”Whether you call it joy or satisfaction or engagement, taking discernable steps to optimize your employee culture is a critically important focus in today’s banking environment. In the not-too-distant past, the focus could just be on business strategy to succeed; today, however, credit union’s need to be equally focused on creating the culture that attracts and retains top talent and puts them in a position to excel.In a recent Employee Engagement Study we conducted with a credit union, 93% of employees said they “enjoy the work they do every day”. In focus groups and open-ended questions we heard numerous comments about employees enjoying their co-workers and boss and described their work environment in glowing terms. How would your employees describe the working environment you have created?Regardless of where you’re at on the culture development continuum, here are four critical components to creating a joyful and successful culture in your organization:Set the Vision – Employees want and need crystal clear direction of what they and the credit union want to accomplish. The Walt Disney Company calls it their common purpose: …“We create happiness by providing the best in entertainment for people of all ages everywhere.” Whatever you call it, it needs to define your goal and desired outcome as simply as possible. Create the “way” of delivering on the vision at your credit union; build enthusiasm around it; and communicate it often. Employees of all generations need to see the mission behind what you’re doing – they need to understand the “why”. Focus on the Fit – Employees need to feel like they’re in the right position with the right opportunities to succeed in order to be joyous about their job. Take great care to clearly define the expectations and profile for each role – frontline and back office. Make sure you know the key characteristics you will expect from each employee in each role. Then, as Jayne noted above, embark on a regimented testing process when promoting and hiring candidates to make sure you select the absolute best candidate for your culture.Recognize Often – When an employee does well, recognize their accomplishment. Too often, however, we take employee’s performances for granted (“That’s what they get paid to do.”). Whether it’s a pat on the back, a thank you, or a shout out in the company newsletter, make sure you recognize strong performance from all employees. And be ready to personalize the recognition – not everyone likes it the same way. Look for new and different ways to recognize staff. Have fun with it. Some credit unions have a “fun committee” to help identify ways to recognize employees and create a joyful culture.Encourage Teamwork – Employees want and need a culture where they get along with their teammates and their efforts will be fully supported by others. This is especially true in frontline positions where they need regular support from back office staff to fully service the members. Few things are less joyous than being in a job where you’re not supported by peers or coaches. Create and promote a culture where employees work with each other, help each other, and learn from each other; not one where they stand guard against each other.  That article in HBR referenced an A.T. Kearney survey that found that 90% of employees expect to find joy in their work but only 37% actually do. The difference – 53% – is the “joy gap” that prevents so many credit unions from realizing their full potential. Their employees don’t feel joy in their work which leads to demotivation which leads to less than desirable performance which leads to underperforming organizations.If your credit union wants to see how close you are to creating a “joyous” culture and how well you stack up to the guys above who scored 93%, we should talk. If your credit union needs to assess how “joyful” your culture is and where your performance gaps are, we should talk. Please contact us at www.fi-strategies.com/contact-us. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: fi-strategies.com Detailslast_img read more


first_imgCeltic are looking to sign Christian Atsu on loan from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.Aston Villa and West Ham are also reported to be interested in the 22-year-old Ghana winger, who featured in the World Cup in Brazil.The Mail also say Chelsea have opened talks to bring Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge and are confident of beating Arsenal to the signing of Germany star Sami Khedira.Boss Jose Mourinho is said to want Drogba, 36, as a second striker and to give him coaching responsibilities at the club, where the former Blues star remains a hugely popular figure.As for Khedira, Spanish media reports suggest the midfielder, 27, will sign for Arsenal on a four-year contract in a deal worth around £23m.Drogba has been linked with a return to Chelsea.Meanwhile, Liverpool have again been linked with a possible move for QPR striker Loic Remy, this time by the Daily Express.And Tottenham’s apparent bid for R’s transfer target Jamaal Lascelles of Nottingham Forest is on hold because Spurs are struggling to offload Michael Dawson, according to the Daily Mirror.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_img5 July 2016This is my favorite film I have directed to date!!!! https://t.co/B2tldarcAb thanks so much to @greatbigstory pic.twitter.com/9a4M1849q3— Dan Mace (@Dan_theDirector) May 23, 2016Cape Town film-maker Dan Mace’s two short documentaries, Mine Sniffing Rats and Gift have both won second prize in different categories at the Cannes Film Festival’s Young Director Awards.Mine Sniffing Rats, a frenetically edited and succinct film about the explosive-detecting rats of Mozambique, won silver in the Changing the World Frame by Frame category.Gift, an energetic vignette about a brassy youth on the streets of Cape Town, came second in the Short Film category.Thrilled about the two accolades and recognition, Mace believes the short film format is growing in popularity. He attributed the growth to online channels like YouTube and the ease of technology needed to make films: “(There) are youngsters that shoot and edit pieces (that are) amazing. The level of film is increasing.”This accessibility and spirit of experimentation could offer opportunities for budding South African film-makers to leave a global impact on the industry.Mace’s other projects, available to watch on his YouTube channel Dan the Director, includes music videos, nature documentaries and experimental films. Follow Dan on his various social media profiles for more on his film philosophy and advice on getting started:Tweets by Dan_theDirector Source: EWNlast_img read more


first_imgRoy Williams on his knee during a game.roy williams vertigo attackNorth Carolina’s Roy Williams appears to be okay, but for a moment there, we were all a little worried about the Tar Heels head coach, yet again. Williams, who suffers from vertigo, collapsed on the sideline during a game against Boston College last month. It nearly happened again tonight during the ACC Tournament title game against UVA, but Williams appeared to steady himself by taking a knee. Here’s video:Roy maybe with a vertigo attack but he waved off medical staff per ESPN pic.twitter.com/EzWnyCV5a3— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) March 13, 2016Williams’ Tar Heels are holding onto a slim lead in the game’s final minute. A win would surely lift his spirits.last_img read more


first_imgCHURCHILL, Man. – Residents of Churchill are devastated after learning efforts to restore rail service to the northern Manitoba town have fallen apart.Hudson Bay Railway said talks broke down on Tuesday after months of negotiation to transfer ownership of the crippled rail line — the community’s sole land link — to a consortium of northern communities.The railway, owned by Denver-based Omnitrax, would only say a sale to the consortium may no longer be possible.“Despite our best efforts to find common ground on certain key issues, it now appears that this transaction has fallen apart,” the company said in a statement. “This outcome is unexpected and very unfortunate. We offer our apologies to all those who depend on the line.”That was cold comfort for Rhoda de Meulles, who owns the local hardware store with her husband and can’t afford to keep flying in supplies.“We are not going to make it,” she said.“This town can’t do it,” Dale de Meulles added.The rail line was damaged by severe flooding more than a year ago and Omnitrax has said it cannot afford the repairs. Since then, goods and people have had to be flown into the subarctic community at much higher cost.Federal regulators ruled last month that the Hudson Bay Railway has a legal obligation to fix and maintain the line, although the company has said it will appeal the decision.Christian Sinclair, chief of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and co-chair of the One North consortium negotiating to take ownership of the rail line, said he was completely surprised by Hudson Bay Railway’s statement.“We were caught by surprise and we are still working together as a consortium to get a deal done here.”Churchill Mayor Mike Spence and Sinclair later put out a brief statement saying the “buying group is united.”“We remain at the table and we fully support the efforts to conclude a reasonable deal.”Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, who was in Churchill on Tuesday, declined an interview request, but his office issued a statement saying Canada will find a solution.“This situation has had significant impacts to the town of Churchill and the communities along the line,” the statement said.Repairs to the railway must start within two weeks if they are to be completed before winter, the de Meulles said. Without the rail, they will have to order a year’s worth of supplies to be brought in by a cargo ship from Quebec.It has meant costs for packaging and shipping are completely unsustainable, they said. But locking the door for good, will be the very last option.“Our life is Churchill,” Dale de Meulles said.“To us, it’s one day at a time and that’s how we operate now, one day at a time,” his wife said. “We see what happens from there.”— With files from Steve Lambert in WinnipegNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled the last name of Rhoda de Meulles.last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO ONTARIO, – Martinrea International Inc. says it earned a record $36.4 million in the third quarter despite modest tariff effects and foreign exchange losses.The Toronto-based auto parts manufacturer says it earned 42 cents per share for the period ended Sept. 30. That’s unchanged from the prior year when its net income was $36.2 million.Excluding one-time items, adjusted profits rose for a 16th consecutive quarter, reaching $37.2 million or 43 cents per share, below analyst expectations but up from $36.3 million or 42 cents per share a year earlier.Total sales grew 1.5 per cent to $851.1 million, from $838.5 million.Martinrea was expected to earn 45 cents per share on $856.2 million in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Executive chairman Rob Wildeboer said the company is pleased with the USMCA trade agreement involving Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, especially the automotive provisions that will support a continued strong North American automotive industry and supply base.“We were very well-positioned to benefit from NAFTA, and we remain very well-positioned to benefit from the USMCA,” he said in a news release.“We are also supportive of the eventual removal of the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the three member countries of the USMCA on each other, which are hurting some of our customers and suppliers, and which have a relatively modest impact on our profitability, and we will continue to advocate accordingly.”Companies in this story:(TSX:MRE)last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Transit is going to be bringing new city buses to Fort St. John this year, with an unveiling of the new bus model happening at City Hall tomorrow.The new Vicinity buses are made by Aldergrove-based Grande West Transportation International Ltd. and are 35 feet long. BC Transit says the bus model performs better and has more safety features than those in its current fleet.The buses can seat 30 passengers with room for another 24 standees, with space for two mobility aids. The new buses are also equipped with two doors for more efficient operation and easier access for customers. The same model bus was unveiled in Prince George on Tuesday. The buses will be unveiled tomorrow at City Hall at a ceremony beginning at 1:00 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: A 25-year-old biker died Thursday midnight after a metal wire broke off from the Signature Bridge and pierced through his chest in north Delhi, police said on Friday. A passerby informed the police at 12.15 a.m. on Thursday night when he found Pranav Mishra lying near the divider. Mishra was returning to his home in Wazirabad. “We have registered a case of death due to negligence,” Deputy Commissioner of Police A.K. Thakur said. The wire could have become loose due to the ongoing construction work on one of the pillars of the bridge, he added.last_img read more


first_imgRabat- Nador’s Commerce and Industry Chamber has launched a unique industrial park called “Salouane” in Nador in partnership with the developer-planner of the national industrial parks, Med Z, with the aim of supporting young developers. Nador’s Commerce and Industry Chamber (CCISN) presented the “Salouane” project to Moroccan and Spanish investors detailing the offer in terms of its value and infrastructure at an information day held on Thursday. According to Moroccan daily L’Économiste, Salouane is a unique project in Morocco, because it is the first time a state’s business Chamber has taken part in the capital of a private company. In an innovative partnership, the developer-planner of the national industrial parks, Med Z, and the CCISN created the development company of the industrial park, Salouane (SAPS). More specifically, the company’s capital is estimated at 70 million DH with 68% held by Med Z and 32% by CCISN. According to the same source, the park will house a Business Incubator Center whose mission is to offer support for young developers and various start-ups. The park will make available 200 containers for rent, limited to three years, to benefit a large number of developers’ projects. It will also include production facilities, and modular offices.Edited by Elisabeth Myerslast_img read more