Mural Project Changes Face of Blight in DC

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore What do you get when you put together high energy teenagers, aerosol cans, and empty walls in blighted neighborhoods? In Washington DC now, the answer is art – highly professional murals painted on some of the city’s most rundown real estate. (SEE all the murals in this news report from BBC News ) Thanks to Priscilla W. in France for submitting the link!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Wishing Mega Star Barbra Streisand a Happy Birthday

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHappy Birthday wishes, and a collective Mazel Tov, to Barbra Streisand, who turns 73 on Friday.The rare EGOT winner – someone who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony –  began her week donning a beret at the “Women In The World” summit where she spoke about the importance of being valued.Known as an “unconventional” beauty who refused to alter her image for Hollywood, Babs is a hero to many fans. But she simply calls herself an “actress who sings.”Born Barbara Joan Streisand in Brooklyn in 1942, she got her big break at age 20 in the Broadway show, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, before staring on stage– and screen– in Funny Girl. She is best known as a mega-selling vocalist and for other roles in A Star Is Born and The Way We Were. With the release of Yentl in 1983, Streisand established herself as one of the film industry’s most notable figures by becoming the first woman to write, produce, direct and act in a major film.Streisand posted on Facebook today that she was taken to a pre-birthday dinner by husband James Brolin and friends where she enjoyed all her “childhood comfort foods” at the Ralph Lauren Polo Bar in New York.SHARE the Birthday Wishes Below / Photo Credit: Wikimedia CommonsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Filmmaker’s Drone Accidentally Snaps Striking Image of Newlyweds on Rooftop

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis mysterious wedding couple has been the subject of an internet search ever since a drone accidentally took their picture.Brandon Li was trying to capture the sunset with his Phantom 3 drone in Hong Kong on September 28th.When he was reviewing the footage later, however, he saw a pair of newlyweds sprawled out on a rooftop garden.LOOK: Hawaiian Volcano Erupts Into Smiley Face Just as its Flow Reaches the SeaHoping his friends might know who the anonymous duo was, Brandon posted the photo to Facebook.Though the couple’s identity hasn’t yet been discovered, people all over social media have fallen in love with the striking image.Fly This Story Over To Your Friends: Click To Share – Photo by Brandon Li   Clint Eastwood’s Incredible Net Worth at Age 88 popcornews.com x Sponsored by RevcontentFind Out More >80,586AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sarah Brightman Reunite for ‘Christmas Dream’ & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently.Andrew Lloyd Webber to Join Sarah Brightman’s Virtual ConcertAndrew Lloyd Webber will join his former wife and original The Phantom of the Opera star Sarah Brightman for her upcoming livestream concert Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony. The event will be broadcast on December 20, 2020 from the Christ Church Spitalfields in London and feature covers of holiday classics. Brightman will also perform a new song written by Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice entitled “Christmas Dream.” Tickets are now available.Almost Famous’ Casey Likes to Release New Film on ThanksgivingCasey Likes, who recently starred in the world premiere musical of Almost Famous, will release the new film I Got You on November 26. Written, directed and edited by Likes, I Got You stars Dear Evan Hansen’s Sam Primack and Johnna Watson and tells the story of the duo’s complicated and passionate romantic endeavors. The new film was almost entirely crowd-funded. Catch it on YouTube, and watch the trailer below! Glenn Close to Literally Decorate the Tree Fans can now get an ornament of three-time Tony winner Glenn Close as Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard thanks to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Broadway Legends ornament series. Close is the newest addition, joining a catalog that includes Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett, Carol Channing, Harvey Fierstein, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Barbra Streisand and Gwen Verdon. Created by artist Glen Hanson with the Christopher Radko Company, the ornament is now available. Sarah Brightman and Andrew Lloyd Webber (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Online member correspondence – drive adoption with best practices

first_imgNearly all banks and credit unions offer electronic statements. But despite advances in online technology, and in the face of popular sentiment to “be green,” most financial organizations continue to struggle to increase and encourage adoption rates. Indeed, it’s not enough to simply adopt an eStatement solution and move on. The key to success is getting members and customers to opt-in on an ongoing basis.Are you still printing and mailing thousands of pages of member correspondence every month despite having an electronic statement solution? Without a well-defined strategy to drive ongoing adoption, it’s easy to slip back into business-as-usual. How can you continue to increase adoption rates? Here are a few vital strategies and tactics that will help improve member correspondence and maximize the value out of your eStatement solution.New AccountsIt makes sense to start your efforts to raise the adoption of electronic correspondence with all your new accounts. Since you are starting a new account and a new customer relationship, now is the time to set the expectation of a no-paper standard. Flag all new accounts and set the default in your system for electronic statements only. Remember, while you are encouraging customers to go paperless, be sure to provide an option to choose to go back to paper statements if they wish. In this case, you may want to consider charging a fee for the paper; more on that option below. You may also consider designing new products that minimize or eliminate fees by virtue of opting for e-statements and other electronic correspondence.Voluntary Opt-InThe gentlest approach for existing accounts is voluntary opt-in. But raising eStatement adoption while asking members and customers to proactively choose paperless correspondence requires proactive marketing and support on your part. This strategy starts with a thoughtful effort to build awareness. Are your members and customers even aware that they have an option to opt-out of paper in favor of an electronic alternative? What kind of incentives are they given to do so? Does the customer experience, both online and in person, encourage them to go online instead of in the mail?Reverse Opt-InUnlike the voluntary method, the reverse opt-in is a hard line approach to raise eStatement adoption. Turning off printed statements at a pre-defined future date is an effective, but potentially risky strategy, however; so it is important to work diligently to communicate to all of your members and customers well in advance so that they are aware of the pending change. It is important also to provide customers and members with a way to opt back in to receive paper correspondence, but you may want to consider charging a monthly fee for the service.Online CustomersAnother approach that falls somewhere between voluntary and reverse opt-in is one that focuses on your current online customers. Since these members and customers are already comfortable with your online services and the online experience in general, turning off printed statements is a natural progression. It is easy to access their statements and correspondence through the existing online customer portal. Again, you can always provide an option to opt back in for paper statements if they wish.Gain a New Degree of SuccessMany vehicles exist to communicate with customers and members – mobile and social platforms, online customer-facing portals, and more. But credit unions often struggle to make the most of member communications due to disparate pockets of technology, siloed people and processes, and a lack of a unified approach to communications management.366° Degrees℠ by OMI changes all of that with a single cloud-based platform to manage all of your member communications no matter what form they take.  You can easily do things like message personalization, target segmentation and in-depth campaign analytics. Easily reach across communication channels in social media, mobile and online formats and then quickly analyze the effectiveness of those social connections. The fundamental benefit of 366 Degrees is that it is a platform to enable more strategic and thoughtful activity behind how you engage with your members on an ongoing basis. 366° Degrees can drive deeper levels of engagement by centralizing disparate systems and processes that support and improve member and brand experiences. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brad Banyas Brad Banyas is CEO of OMI, a leading cloud-based customer communication management service and platform provider. OMI delivers cost-effective solutions for marketers and brand managers to connect with customers through … Web: www.omi.co Detailslast_img read more

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4 Telltale Signs You’re A Workplace Ambivert

first_imgForbes:Are you an introvert or extrovert? Not so fast, there is a third category. Consider your office mates.…In a 2013 research paper in Psychological Science, Adam Grant of The Wharton School deconstructs the traditional belief that extroverts have a natural advantage in sales. Over a three-month study, Grant discovered that ambiverts produced 32% more revenue than extroverts.Read the whole story: Forbes More of our Members in the Media >last_img

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Cooper Standard Names Aleksandra Miziolek Vice President, General Counsel And Secretary

Miziolek earned juris doctor and bachelor of arts degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit. She currently serves on several boards as a director or adviser, including the Citizens Research Council of Michigan and Inforum Center for Leadership. Miziolek will succeed Timothy Hefferon, who is retiring after serving as Cooper Standard’s vice president, general counsel and secretary since 2004. Hefferon will continue as a senior legal officer on a transitional basis until June 2014. “Aleks’ broad and extensive legal experience in the automotive arena makes her an excellent addition to Cooper Standard’s leadership team and head of our legal group,” Edwards said. “Her expertise will assist Cooper Standard as we continue to execute our profitable growth strategy and expand globally. NOVI, Mich. – Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. has appointed Aleksandra Miziolek as vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective Feb. 3, 2014. Miziolek will report to Jeffrey Edwards, Cooper Standard’s chairman and CEO, and will join the company’s global leadership team. “As we welcome Aleks, I would like to thank Tim for his service and dedication to Cooper Standard as both head of our legal team and as a key leader in the business,” Edwards said. “He has provided the company with excellent counsel and guidance during his tenure and we will continue to benefit from his experience as we complete this successful transition.” With more than 30 years of experience advising automotive companies, Miziolek will join Cooper Standard from Dykema Gossett PLLC, a leading national law firm headquartered in Detroit. As a Dykema Gossett member, she has held a variety of key management positions, including service on the firm’s executive board and as director of its automotive industry group. Her law practice has focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and SEC disclosure matters. She has counseled a broad range of automotive companies on cross-border transactions and strategic alliances involving North American, European and Asian businesses.  AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement read more

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Teekay LNG Increases Cash Distribution

first_imgTeekay GP, the general partner of Teekay LNG Partners, has declared a cash distribution of $0.6918 per unit for the quarter ended December 31, an increase of 2.5 percent over the cash distribution of $0.675 per unit for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.The cash distribution for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 is payable on February 14, 2014 to all unitholders of record on January 31.The increase to the fourth quarter distribution coincides with the completion of the purchase-leaseback of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier newbuildings from Awilco LNG ASA in September and November 2013.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, January 16, 2014; Image: Teekaylast_img read more

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Toll wins huge INPEX contract

first_imgToll will design, construct and operate the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project’s Offshore Logistics Base in Australia’s Northern Territory, as well as provide ongoing logistical support for the project in the Browse Basin, located off the northern coast of Western Australia.Toll Global Resources ceo David Jackson said Toll was looking forward to a long and successful partnership with INPEX over the life of the Ichthys Project, which is estimated to be more than 40 years.”The variety of work we’re doing for the INPEX Offshore Logistics Base is an excellent example of Toll’s capabilities in servicing the oil and gas sector,” Jackson said.”This facility, along with the associated drilling support facility, developed for INPEX in Broome by the Toll Mermaid joint venture, demonstrates Toll’s commitment to invest in world-class facilities for our customers’ world-class projects.”The Offshore Logistics Base will remotely support major offshore facilities in the Ichthys Field, which is about 820 km southwest of Darwin in the Browse Basin.This will include supplying materials to the project’s floating production, storage and offloading vessel and central processing facility.Toll will own the INPEX-dedicated facility, which will be used for the storage and distribution of spares, equipment and chemicals. The base will be located in Darwin’s East Arm Business Park Precinct.Construction is expected to be completed in early 2015, with the facility expected to be fully operational later that year.www.tollgroup.comlast_img read more

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Trepka takes Liebherr milestone

first_imgThe 130-tonne capacity five-axle model will become Trepka’s largest crane. The company ordered the crane with the VarioBase variable support base, which Liebherr says ensures greater flexibility and safety, particularly in constricted site conditions.The LTM 1130-5.1 was launched in 2007 and has since been delivered to almost 70 countries. It features a 60 m telescopic boom, which can be extended with a double folding jib and two 7 m long lattice sections.www.liebherr.comwww.trepka.atlast_img read more

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