Laura Linney & Seth Numrich Tapped for Joanna Murray-Smith’s Switzerland in L.A.

first_img Star Files Seth Numrich We’re anything but neutral in our excitement about this one! Stage and screen star Laura Linney will headline the U.S. premiere of Joanna Murray-Smith’s Switzerland in L.A. The drama, also starring Seth Numrich, will begin previews on March 6 and run through April 19 at the Geffen Playhouse. Opening night is set for March 13.Linney received Tony nods for Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen and The Crucible. She also garnered three Oscar nominations for her work in You Can Count on Me, Kinsey and The Savages. Numrich has appeared on Broadway in Golden Boy, War Horse and The Merchant of Venice.Switzerland follows acclaimed novelist Patricia Highsmith, who is racing to finish her latest thriller when an attractive young man interrupts her work. When might the publishers expect the next anticipated addition to her sinister “Mr. Ripley” series? The author’s real-life dry humor and macabre imagination meet with this mysterious character’s own darkly seductive agenda in this new two-hander.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Don’t Invite Beetles

first_imgOnce Japanese beetles show up in your yard, the most effective thing you can do istreat infested plants with an insecticide. “People sometimes try to use commercial traps to control Japanese beetles. Don’t everdo that,” said Beverly Sparks, an entomologist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service. Remember that the beetles will keep coming. Whichever method you use to get rid ofthem, you’ll have to keep doing it. “The product breaks down in just a few days in intense sunlight and high heat,though,” she said. “So you’ll need to spray the foliage again about once a weekthroughout the period the beetles are active.” Why would anyone send out invitations asking Japanese beetles into their yard? They’lleat almost everything there. Still, many Georgians keep inviting them year after year. The adult beetles eat the leaf tissue between the veins in a number of landscape plants.Their favorites are crape myrtles, plums, cherries and peaches. But they love roses,too. Sparks recommends Sevin and said it’s best to spray on a liquid formulation. “It’s themost effective,” she said, because it allows you to cover the leaves better. “They’re not really very picky,” Sparks said. “They feed on a wide range of landscapeplants, and in large numbers they can do some significant feeding damage.” You don’t often see one alone. “They usually appear in large numbers,” Sparks said.center_img The traps will catch the landscape-munching beetles, all right. But the pheromone theyuse to call the bugs into the trap will also attract them into your yard. That’s theproblem. When beetles reappear, the problem isn’t that the Sevin isn’t working. It’s just that newbugs continue to migrate into the area. “Don’t try to use traps for control. They’ll just call more beetles into your yard,”Sparks said. “Traps are good for monitoring populations and letting you know when thebeetles begin to show up. But once you start catching some, you need to remove thetraps.” “Japanese beetles are very mobile, and they can fly long distances,” Sparks said.”Flights usually last six to eight weeks, so you have to keep treating the foliage theyfeed on.” If you don’t like the idea of using chemicals in your yard, pick the beetles off by hand,or shake them off over a bucket of warm, soapy water. “Japanese beetles aren’t all thathard to kill,” Sparks said. Japanese beetles are metallic green, thumbnail-size bugs with coppery wings. Theyhave a row of white spots around the margins of their wing covers. Just don’t keep those pheromone traps out in the backyard. Or if you do, you may wantto book a bug band and put in a tiny dance floor — it’s going to be a long beetle partyout there.last_img read more

Route 36 in Fairfield, Route 108 through Smugglers’ Notch reopen

first_imgA temporary, two-lane bridge has been launched and Route 36 in Fairfield has been reopened. Also, Route 108 through Smugglers’ Notch was was reopened Monday. At some point VTrans will will close the roadway for the winter.The Vermont Agency of Transportation had closed a section of Route 36 in Fairfield just east of Swamp Road due to a failed culvert. The road was expected to be closed into November until the Agency erected a temporary bridge, which subsequently went in ahead of schedule.The average daily traffic for this section of Route 36, which is located 1.7 miles east of the St. Albans/Fairfield town line, is about 2,700 vehicles per day. Source: VTrans. 10.22.2010last_img read more

Peru and U.S. Work to Strengthen Defense Relations

first_img Peru and the United States are working to strengthen their relations with regard to defense, said Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano, after meeting with the Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, General John F. Kelly at the Government Palace on January 22. “Lately, we have been working relentlessly in order to strengthen the area of defense,” Cateriano said after concluding the meeting in which President Ollanta Humala participated, according to Andina news agency. During the meeting, other subjects related to the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking were addressed, as well as the cooperation in military training. Cateriano announced that a civic action activity will be carried out on May 1 in the city of Talara, in northern Perú, with the participation of the U.S. Armed Forces, to support to the town’s people. The minister reminded the press that President Humala expressed the Peruvian government’s interest in expanding educational exchanges for the Armed Forces, a positive move that would benefit the relations between both countries, he manifested. Likewise, the minister added that Humala wished General Kelly success in his new role, “since the successful development of his mission will be beneficial for all nations that share the defense of freedom and democratic ideals.” By Dialogo January 24, 2013last_img read more

From teller to customer service marketer

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben Prager Prior to forming Prager Creative, Ben worked with design studios, branding firms and advertising agencies to push great strategy and design for all his projects. His experience with all aspects … Web: www.pragercreative.com/creditunions Details So you think a teller’s job is only about taking deposits and payments and handing back cash? Here is why you’re wrong.Providing customer service to members doesn’t have to all about reading deposit slips and processing transactions. True customer service can be about so much more when you view it from a different perspective: the marketing perspective. Think of the marketing efforts to reach members outside the branch. Why pass up the chance to inform them when they’re right in front of you?The problem is, when most branch employees hear marketing they immediately think sales, and many customer service representatives didn’t take the job to be sales people. Marketing can also be about promoting a positive brand image and offering the best customer service. So just how do you move beyond the “sales pitch” to giving full customer service as a marketer? Take a few tips from the pros, be your best self, and most importantly, listen to your members—all these steps lead to what we call the Customer Service Marketer.PROFESSIONAL TIPSFrom job interviews to pitching a business plan, one piece of advice that runs through all of it is to be positive. Show what you’ve done and what you’re doing in a positive light, and with a positive demeanor. It’s pretty hard to promote your credit union is friendly to it’s members if the tellers they interact with on a daily basis seem brisk or unhappy to help.Another great piece of advice taken from sales teams is to set both small and large goals. There may be lofty year-end goals or large goals for your latest offer, but these large goals can oftentimes discourage the team. Creating smaller goals gives employees a metric that is both attainable and quickly measurable. Like tracking daily goals for upselling direct deposit, which then leads to a quarterly goal for the branch.Lastly, what worth is sharing if members can’t easily find out more or sign up for what you’re offering? Make sharing easy for all involved, both employees and members, by having printed material and follow-up details. Allowing members to take part in services and offers that benefit them is the biggest reason to share in the first place.BE YOUR BEST SELFPitching new services to members can be easy for some, but completely daunting to others. The best way to start is by preparing for the strongest pitch you can think of. Planning and practice can lead to increased confidence when it’s time to talk to a member.For managers, the best thing to do is properly communicate what your team should share with members and ideas on how to share it. Setting an example is also very important. Your team can see how marketing and customer service go hand in hand by watching you do it.At the same time, it’s good to remember that positive examples don’t only come from management. Trust in a team and know that everyone interacts with credit union members in their own way. Invite team members to share how marketing works for them, watch them in action, and ask advice to improve. Remember that rejection will happen to everyone, statistically more often than success. Don’t let, “no” make you give up; instead think of what can be learned for next time.LISTEN TO YOUR MEMBERSCustomer service is ultimately about your members, right? No matter if you’re depositing a check or talking about a new service they can sign up for, it’s important to know your members and what they need. Sometimes this can be done by simply seeing the types of transaction they’re doing, other times you need to create a dialog and listen to what they say.Think about yourself as the customer and how you would respond to services you’re sharing. Does every member need every service the credit union has to offer? Definitely not. But at the same time, most members don’t know about many of the services they can benefit from. That’s where a conversation can lead to customer service marketing.Looking at their current or past transactions could prompt you to share a useful service. Ask sincere questions about their lifestyle and financial needs. Listening to their response could give insight into other services that might be additionally advantageous.Remember that no one wants something just because you said it’s good, they want what benefits them. So while you can add what makes services unique to the credit union, it’s most important to say why they are useful to the member.last_img read more

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Finance sector needs Brexit deal by January, says committee

first_imgThe UK government should seek an urgent transition deal to head off chaos in the financial services sector resulting from Brexit, according to a committee of peers in the House of Lords.Baroness Kishwer Falkner – chair of the House of Lords’ EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee, made of members of the UK’s upper house of parliament – wrote to chancellor Philip Hammond to issue a stark warning on the possible impact of the UK exiting the EU.In a public letter to Hammond, Baroness Falkner wrote: “[F]or the financial services industry to be able to continue the orderly servicing of cross-border clients, a transition period needs to be agreed by the end of the year.“The clock is relentlessly ticking. Witness after witness told us that the financial services industry won’t be able to continue servicing cross-border clients after 2019 if a transition period is not agreed by the end of this year.” The chancellor has already conceded the need for a swift deal. In evidence to the Treasury Select Committee, he said a transitional arrangement was “a wasting asset”.He explained that, although it was currently valuable, by next summer “its value to everybody will diminish significantly”.Baroness Falkner’s intervention follows a hearing of the committee she chairs on 1 November, at which Sir Jon Cunliffe from the Bank of England warned financial institutions in London were preparing for the worst.He said: “They are saying, ‘Until I know what happens, I will assume no European authorisations other than [World Trade Organisation rules], and no transition,’ and that is necessary for the management of stability risk as a whole.”Sir Jon said financial institutions needed not only to have the time to make an orderly transition but also to have clear sight of the final destination.“What is important for us is that firms know where they are going, where they have to go to, and they have the time to get there in an orderly way,” he said.Although a transition deal would buy time, Sir Jon contonued, it would not address what he called the “only adjust once” criterion.Meanwhile, Sam Woods, chief executive of the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulatory Authority, sounded the alarm over the status of trillions of pounds of derivatives and insurance contracts.He told the Lords’ committee that the issue was not the rupture of the contracts themselves, rather that the exercise of rights and obligations under them were regulated activities that would become illegal in the event of no deal being reached.‘No deal’ would mean it was illegal for insurers to pay out on some claims, he added.Woods said: “If the UK exits the EU and you have a customer who, say, has bought a policy from a UK insurance company but is in the EU27 and wants to claim, it may well then be illegal for the company to pay that claim.”The Lords’ committee also heard that a communique regarding any potential transition deal from the European Council might lack legal force. Witnesses have already told the committee they want a transition agreement to be legally binding – perhaps through a ‘memorandum of understanding’ deposited at the United Nations.Sir Jon said: “I do not see any way that the European Council could make a legally binding commitment until it either has a treaty between the UK as a non‑EU member and the EU, or some other legal means.”last_img read more

The Colorado Marijuana Industry: Growing Like a Weed

first_imgFocus on the Family August 2014As more states look at loosening laws on the sale and use of marijuana, Colorado is offering a disturbing preview of what may be in store for them.Colorado OK’d the use of medical marijuana in 2000, as 23 others have over the last several years. But in 2013, it, along with Washington state, took the unprecedented step of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana—and catastrophic calls have been on the rise ever since.There has been a sharp increase in pot-related calls to poison control; seizures have quadrupled; two deaths so far are attributed to marijuana overdoses; neighboring states are experiencing a surge in pot use; and advertising through every available medium blankets the Centennial State, desensitizing people to the risks.Perhaps most troubling, the drug is infiltrating Colorado schools, which now have lists of young people waiting to get help. Teens who use pot face nearly twice the risk of addiction as adult users, and juvenile usage increases the brain damage associated with the drug.On July 9, Colorado published its first market study of the new marijuana industry. According to the results, gleaned from the first three months of sales data from this year, the market demand statewide is 130 metric tons per year, and the average market rate is $220 per ounce. That’s a third higher than even the state Department of Revenue projected. About 44 percent of the recreational marijuana—which is taxed far more heavily than medical marijuana—is used by out-of-state visitors; in the mountain regions, that number can be as high as 90 percent. Occasional users (less than once a month) account for only 0.3 percent of the total marijuana market; the rest is made up of “heavy daily users.”The study is the first of its kind, because Colorado has created the first functioning, regulated and taxed pot-production and distribution system in the world—leapfrogging even Europe’s most liberal cities.The question that remains is how many will follow Colorado into the void.http://www.focusonthefamily.com/socialissues/citizen-magazine/family/the-marijuna-industry-growing-like-a-weed-sept-2014?utm_source=nl_thrivingvalues&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=213003&refcd=213003&crmlink=content-true-tolerance&crmlink-content-growingDownload this article http://media.focusonthefamily.com/fotf/pdf/channels/social-issues/growing-like-a-weed-cz-sep14.pdf?refcd=209501Read the full report http://www.rmhidta.org/html/August%202014%20Legalization%20of%20MJ%20in%20Colorado%20the%20Impact.pdflast_img read more

Lille confirm Osimhen’s transfer offer as Napoli begin fresh negotiations

first_img Loading… French side, Lille have confirmed that Victor Osimhen ‘is about’ to leave the club, as Napoli stressed the need to restart the contract negotiations after the player changed his agent. ‘We now have to start negotiations all over again’ after he changed agent,” Napoli official was quoted by the Italian media. Speaking at a press conference earlier on Thursday, Lille general manager, Marc Ingla, announced Osimhen was at ‘the final details’ of a move away. “We’re at the final details for the transfer of Osimhen,” explained Ingla. “There were other clubs in for him too, but the player has now made his decision. “It’s a shame to have to sell him, but he’s leaving us.” Sky Sport Italia soon followed up that a deal worth €60m plus bonuses was on the verge of completion.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThere’s Only 1 Such A Coin In The World Left In Private HandsThe Best Cars Of All Time6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90sA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombscenter_img It added Napoli sporting director, Cristiano Giuntoli, was in constant contact with the forward’s new representatives, but he suggested that was wide of the mark, talking before the Partenopei’s 1-1 draw with Bologna yesterday. “Osimhen’s a very good player, but there are lots of other teams who want him and we’re working on other fronts too,” he said to DAZN. read also:Napoli: Osimhen hires new agent “He changed his agent, so we now have to start all over again. It’s a complex and difficult set of negotiations.” Giuntoli also gave nothing away when he was asked whether Aurelio De Laurentiis would confirm the transfer on Thursday. “I don’t know…” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Lemmens’ Stock Car tabbed as June’s best fendered entry

first_imgBy Ryan ClarkMILWAUKEE, Wis. – Luke Lemmens earned his first feature win of the season a couple weeks ago in his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and received some off the track accolades this month as well.Lemmens, in his fourth year in the division, was voted the winner of the Sybesma Graphics IMCA Facebook Fan Favorite Contest for fendered divisions.A regular competitor at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek and Luxemburg Speedway, the Milwaukee driver is pleased with the first couple months of his season.“We’ve had some ups and downs, but it’s been a good year,” said Lemmens, who has earned six top-five finishes in 10 events this season.A part-time racer at Luxemberg, Lemmens is racing for points at 141 Speedway, however he admits that’s no small task.“I’m sitting third right now,” he stated of the point standings at 141. “J.J. Heinz and Rod Snellenberger are ahead of me.”Perennial front-runners on the Wisconsin ovals, Lemmens is pleased he can contend with Heinz and Snellenberger on a regular basis.“Those guys have combined for over 250 feature wins, so racing with them is an accomplishment in itself,” he admitted.Lemmens has made it a habit of hitting special events early in the season since moving to the Stock Car division from the Hobby Stocks a few years ago, but he is changing things up this season.“Usually, we run the Frostbusters in the spring, but we took that off this year,” Lemmens stated.“But we’re running Super Nationals this year,” he continued. “We’re already signed up for that.”A past Super Nationals participant in his Hobby Stock, this year will mark his first trip to Boone as a Stock Car driver.Lemmens called his racing program a two-man team and includes his father, Rick, as his lone crew member.His sponsors include Packer Fastener & Supply and 1330 Wraps of Green Bay.last_img read more