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John Williams To Stop Scoring Star Wars Movies

first_imgJohn Williams has been an integral part of the Star Wars franchise since he scored the series’ first installment—retroactively titled A New Hope—in 1977. Since then, the five-time Academy Award-winner has composed the music for eight Star Wars films, in addition to music for other iconic franchises like Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and Home Alone.However, it appears the 86-year-old movie music legend will be throwing in the Star Wars towel after the series’ ninth episode is released in 2019. In a new interview with California radio station KUSC, Williams explained that he’s ready to end his work with sci-fi juggernaut. As he told the station: “We know JJ Abrams is preparing one [Star Wars movie] now that I will hopefully do next year for him. I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.”Williams’ change of pace won’t come as a huge surprise to Star Wars fans, who got their first taste of a non-Williams Star Wars score when Rogue One, with music composed by Michael Giacchino, was released in 2016. Their next taste will come when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters this coming May with a score by John Powell.With a whopping 51 Oscar nominations under his belt, Williams is the second most nominated person in Academy Awards history (trailing only Walt Disney). Some of his other notable compositions include the scores for Stephen Speilberg favorites such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Schindler’s List, and Jurassic Park as well as classics like Fiddler on the Roof, Born on the Fourth of July, The Poseidon Adventure and the original Superman film.[H/T – ClassicFM]last_img read more

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Following NAFCU testimony, bill to stop RBC rule set for Tuesday mark-up

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU witness Brian Ducharme yesterday urged members of a House Financial Services subcommittee to support legislation, which is now scheduled for mark-up next week, to stop the NCUA’s risk-based capital rule (RBC) from taking effect on Jan. 1, 2019.Ducharme said the rule will negatively impact the country’s 110 million credit union members as it unnecessarily requires credit unions to set capital aside and thus “takes money out of the lending cycle.”The Common Sense Credit Union Capital Relief Act of 2017 (H.R. 4464), which would prevent the RBC rule from taking effect, was the focus of Ducharme’s testimony yesterday before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. It is set for mark-up, along with a series of other bills, before the full House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday. continue reading »last_img read more

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Things are already crazy, let’s get wild

first_imgAside from the obvious COVID discussions, crisis communications, and social distancing guidelines, the country is in the midst of the first true mindset shift in our lifetime. Most consumers’ current concerns are primarily centered around loss of income, tighter budgets and, of course, the lasting effects of the pandemic. People are facing an economic landscape unlike anything they have experienced before, and unless it involves a product or member service need, engagement with your brand likely isn’t at the top of their list.So, what does this mean for your credit union? It means it is time to lean into the change and make your very own shift. Things are already crazy, so let’s get wild. Continue reading to see what changes your credit union can make to “get wild” in this unprecedented time.Re-write and re-tell your storyNow that the initial shock and panic brought about by COVID-19 is starting to pass, credit unions are faced with shifting their actionable strategies to face the uncertainty of the months ahead. While this time can be challenging, frustrating, and scary for financial institutions, it’s times like this that force us to redefine who we are, why we’re here, and how we fit into our members new lifestyle. Questions to ask yourself about your brand:Who are we today vs. who we were pre-pandemic?How do we plan to rally behind the growing sense of community in the world today?What is our role in the changing needs of our target market?How can we remain relevant in this changing environment?Is our value proposition still relevant (or do we even have one)?Above all else, simplify your story, share your why, and rewrite your narrative.Back to basics for staff trainingIn the middle of an economic recession and health crisis, financial institutions can innovate by listening to your members and providing a stand-out experience. Fewer visits to branches means fewer opportunities for engagement, so your staff should be extremely well versed in areas such as inclusion, diversity, culture, and cross sales/engagement to name a few. If you aren’t confident in your ability to engage, retain, and earn new business, now is the time to get back to basics with product and sales training for staff while members are still debating whether or not to set foot back into your retail spaces.When in doubt, change itConsidering rebranding? Changing your name? New website? Do it. Don’t wait. Banking environments are already in the crux of change, so take advantage of the consumer mindset shift and introduce new, positive changes to your members in the next 6 to 12 months. Now more than ever, members are less likely to be heavily affected by positive branding and platform changes (as long as your online banking or core system doesn’t crash, you should be good).Digital transformationPSA: If you do not already utilize online account opening software, do not finish reading this article. RUN to the nearest account opening platform and continue reading once the service has been implemented.Let’s face it, consumers have changed their priorities, and service providers who can deliver upon their engagement needs are those who are thriving. Banking is a necessity, yet consumers only engage with their PFI when needed and now more than ever, they choose not to engage in person.According to Gordon Hasket Research, one-third of shoppers bought food online during the early phase of pandemic shopping (week ending March 13). Of those shoppers, 41% said it was their first time, and more than half of first-time orders went to Walmart — which has benefited from investments in online pickup and tech improvements it made before the COVID-19 crisis came about.The bottom line? Consumers aren’t going to rush back to brick and mortar engagement anytime soon if they don’t have to. Do you want your credit union to be the only reason they have to? Trust me, you don’t. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: Detailslast_img read more

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Police arrest alleged killer of Yahukimo resident in Papua

first_imgThe police said that they suspected that the two cases were intended to divert their focus away from the killing of Yahukimo General Elections Commission staffer Hendry Jovinski on Aug. 11.Awi said the police were still hunting for the alleged mastermind behind the killings, Ananias Yalak alias Senat Soll, a former TNI member who was dishonorably discharged from the military for allegedly selling ammunition to an armed separatist group.Read also: Indonesia forms team to probe recent shootings in Papua, but state rights body excludedThe police’s Nemangkawi task force has also arrested members of an armed criminal group in three separate cases: one over the possession of a sharp weapon, one for allegedly burning a Bank Rakyat Indonesia ATM and two others over treason.Previously, Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said Senat had joined the armed group and declared himself the leader of the West Papua National Liberation Army’s (TPNPB) 3rd Regional Defense Command (Kodap).Paulus alleged that Senat was behind several criminal acts that took place in Dekai district with the help of several young men who had dropped out of school.Paulus added that the efforts to arrest the perpetrators had been hindered by the limited telecommunications network in Dekai district, making it difficult for the police to coordinate. (syk)Topics : The police have arrested a suspect allegedly linked to the killing of Muhammad Thoyib, 39, a worker at a furniture shop whose body was found with stab and arrow wounds in Dekai district, Yahukimo regency, Papua, on Aug. 20.“We have arrested a suspect identified by the initials YM in the murder case,” the National Police’s public information bureau head, Brig. Gen. Awi Setiyono, said in a written statement on Monday as quoted by case was part of a series of killings that took place in Yahukimo in August. Almost a week after Thoyib’s death, brick delivery worker Yauzan aka Ocang, 34, was found dead at the Kali Buatan Bridge in Dekai district on Aug. 26.last_img read more

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Arsenal’s provisional fixtures for Premier League restart announced

first_imgArsenal’s provisional fixtures for Premier League restart announced Comment The games will be played behind closed doors, but Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is hoping fans will be back in attendance soon.‘No one knows when matches will move away from the behind-closed-doors model and it is right to have contingency plans in place,’ Masters told Sky Sports.‘But there is optimism at the Premier League and at clubs that we will see fans back in the stadiums next season and it may happen on a phased basis.‘Hopefully it will be a huge morale boost and that is what we’ve been working towards.‘We’ve got some incredible fans in this country and we all know the Premier League as we know and love it won’t be fully back until we have fans back through the turnstiles.‘Getting it back on our TV screens for people to enjoy will hopefully give the whole country a boost.’MORE: Ian Wright was late for training ‘every single day’ at Arsenal, claims Tony AdamsMORE: Gary Neville highlights Arsenal’s big mistake with Pierre-Emerick AubameyangFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Mikel Arteta have a very tough task on their Premier League return (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal’s form improved significantly under Mikel Arteta following his appointment in December.Unai Emery’s disastrous reign left the former Gunners captain with an uphill task to salvage something from a desperate season. Despite the upturn in performances, Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League remain remote at best, particularly given the daunting fixtures they still have left to play.Arsenal will recommence their campaign against Manchester City on June 17 and they still have to face the likes of Leicester City and champions-elect Liverpool, while there is the no small matter of a north London derby against Spurs who are of course now managed by their old nemesis Jose Mourinho.AdvertisementAdvertisementAll clubs have now been sent a provisional fixture list for the first three rounds of Premier League fixtures.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal’s fixture against Brighton on June 30 is due to be the first-ever live broadcast game shown at 3pm on a Saturday.The list, which also includes Arsenal’s FA Cup quarter-final tie against Sheffield United, is subject to change.Arsenal Fixturescenter_img ARSENAL’S PROVISIONAL FIXTURES Wednesday June 17Manchester City v Arsenal | 8pm | Sky SportsSaturday June 20Brighton v Arsenal | 3pm | BT SportTuesday June 23Southampton v Arsenal | 6pm | Sky SportsSaturday June 27Sheffield United v Arsenal (FA Cup) | 5pm | BT SportThursday July 2Arsenal v Norwich | 6pm | BT Sport Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 4 Jun 2020 5:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShareslast_img read more

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Trojans prepare for stout Stanford defensive front

first_imgThe Trojans are finally knocking on the door of the top 25 once again, having received 10 votes in last week’s Associated Press poll, and should they be able to spoil Stanford’s national championship aspirations with a win on Saturday, they would most likely be put back into national relevance.Players and coaches alike feel that having College GameDay on campus will instill more enthusiasm among the Trojan faithful.“We want people to get excited again about USC football,” redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler said. “We feel we are on the right track.”Interim head coach Ed Orgeron also discussed the benefits of having the show on campus before the game.“I think you can feel the electricity in the air,” Orgeron said. “It will be great for the fans, great for the energy around the stadium, great for recruiting and great for the Trojan Family.”With all the hype surrounding this game, Orgeron said he expected a great turnout from USC fans.“It’s important to our players,” Orgeron said. “We’ll play well if there’s one person in the stadium. That’s our mindset. But we work together with the crowd and the band, so it’s a home-field advantage that’s very important to us.”A Battle in the Trenches With this game featuring two of the nation’s best defensive front sevens, this game is sure to be one that is won up front.“We need to really improve on the line of scrimmage,” Orgeron said. “It will be a line of scrimmage game.”The Cardinal are coming off a game in which they not only dominated up front against Oregon, but also the time of possession, controlling the ball for a little over 42 minutes.The majority of their success can be attributed to their ability to hand the ball off to running back Tyler Gaffney, who took an outstanding 45 carries for 157 yards and a touchdown against the Ducks.“It catches our attention,” Orgeron said of Stanford’s performance against Oregon. “We watched that film, and they’re very good on the defensive front and they’re very well-coached. Our guys respect Stanford, but we also respect what we’re doing and have confidence in what we can do.”If the Trojans are going to have success against a ground-and-pound Stanford team, they are going to have to contain Gaffney and the power of its offensive line.“It’s all about us and not about them,” Orgeron said. “We expect a very good Stanford team to show up, and we expect to be very good also.”The Running Back Show Redshirt sophomore tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen, freshman tailback Ty Isaac and redshirt sophomore fullback Soma Vainuku got the majority of the carries in practice on Tuesday.Vainuku received carries at tailback in the event that neither senior Silas Redd nor redshirt sophomore Tre Madden are able to play on Saturday.Allen excelled in the leading tailback role against Cal after Redd went down. He had another career day, taking just six carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while also adding a receiving touchdown.Issac did his fair share of work as well, rushing for 87 yards and two touchdowns.The USC running game will face its greatest test of the season Saturday against the Stanford front seven, which is part of a defense that ranks nationally in the top 20 in nearly all defensive categories.Injury Report Redd and redshirt junior tight end Randall Telfer are both listed as questionable for Saturday’s game.Telfer did practice on Tuesday, and sophomore defensive end Leonard Williams had pads on but did not participate in contact drills.Williams and redshirt junior tight end Xavier Grimble are listed as probable for Saturday’s game.Junior wide receiver Marqise Lee also said on Tuesday that he is back to 100 percent and could have fully participated in the last two weeks. Lee said the coaches wanted to take precautions with his left knee, which was originally injured against Arizona State. Follow Darian on Twitter @dariannourian24 With ESPN’s College GameDay heading back to USC this Saturday for the Trojans’ showdown with the No. 4-ranked Stanford Cardinal, there is plenty of hype surrounding the team that has won three consecutive games, two of them coming on the road.Questionable · Senior running back Silas Redd’s status for Saturday’s game against Stanford is up in the air after hurting his knee against Cal. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

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Fair Haven Revels at Oktoberfest

first_imgPhotos by Patrick Olivero FAIR HAVEN – Every year Oktoberfest grows in size and popularity as residents and friends from neighboring towns come to enjoy food, games and an assortment of wine and craft beers. Organized by The Foundation of Fair Haven, the event is a great fundraiser for both the town’s annual Fair Haven Day as well as numerous small projects throughout town. This year fairgoers enjoyed the local brewery selection, eclectic food truck offerings, lively music and family-friendly games Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Fair Haven Fields.last_img read more

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Vote for James Donaldson Park to win Canadian contest

first_imgJames Donaldson Park in Grand Forks is one of 16 finalists from across Canada in the first Canada’s Favourite Ballpark contest sponsored by Baseball Canada, but the park needs your vote to win.  Chosen from over 40 submissions from across the country, the finalists were announced on Jul. 9. Like the annual hockey town competition, the ballpark contest gives the winners prizes along with national exposure for the town.  “Community baseball diamonds provide broad opportunities for participation and are strategic settings for promoting and implementing Canadian Sport for Life concepts that Baseball Canada embraces,” said Ray Carter, president of Baseball Canada.  “Baseball Canada believes that governments should ensure that community diamonds provide the public active living opportunities for all ages in baseball in the dedicated baseball areas.”  The call for entrants went out in early June and past-president of the Grand Forks International (GFI) Gerry Foster took up the challenge.  “I really saw it as an opportunity for our community, and secondly good public relations for the GFI,” said Foster. “On the one hand it was something I wanted to do but I shared it with the GFI committee first. So I did it on behalf of the GFI and certainly on behalf of this great community, Grand Forks.”  The 16 qualifiers have been divided into four groups. Grand Forks finds itself in division 1 and will be up against Charlottetown PEI, St. Thomas ON and Okotoks AB.  The voting for this first group began on Monday, Jul. 11 at 12 p.m. ET and fans and supporters can vote online at Voting for this first division continues until 10 am ET Monday, Jul. 18.  The ballpark with the most votes each week will advance to the semi-final round where again they will be matched-up against another park where voting will determine the two finalists.  The final round voting will then determine Canada’s Favourite Ballpark!  The judges have made their decision and now it is up to fans and supporters from across the country. Please vote, and vote often, for Grand Forks. Contact your friends and relatives and ask for their support as James Donaldson Park in Grand Forks competes for the title of Canada’s Favourite Ballpark.  Our ballpark in Grand Forks will now be showcased on for the week of voting. If Grand Forks gets the most votes it will move on to the semi-finals in a few weeks when another round of voting takes place.  So, once again, get onto the site and vote for your favourite ballpark – James Donaldson Park – then watch the results for the next round of voting.  The rest of the schedule is as follows: Aug. 8 (12 p.m. ET)- Aug. 15 (10 a.m. ET): Voting for Week 1 winner vs. Week 2 winner (semi-final #1);Aug. 15 (12 p.m. ET)- Aug. 22 (10 a.m. ET): Voting for Week 3 winner vs. Week 4 winner (semi-final #2);Aug. 22 (12 p.m. ET) – Sept. 6 10 a.m. ET): Voting to determine a winner;Sept. 7 (12 p.m. ET): Canada’s Favourite Ballpark is announced on link again to vote is: read more

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Two West Kootenay Girls’ softball teams take home silver

first_imgThe West Kootenay U14 and U19 teams both went 5-0 before coming to tight finishes in the finals.U14 lost 9-7 and U19 lost 11-10 in the finals, so both are taking home silver medals and a proud second-place finish. West Kootenay U14 and U19 girls softball teams travelled to Summerland this past Mother’s Day weekend. There was a total of 24 teams between the two divisions. last_img

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600 fire hydrants restored in Georgetown

first_imgThe Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has restored 600 fire hydrants in Georgetown; and in the coming weeks, will be doing same across the country, according to GWI Managing Director Dr Richard Van West-Charles.He noted that while it was not directly the GWI’s responsibility to replace the hydrants, the company embarked on doing same in a project costing it $25 million.“We have done a lot with respect to the fire hydrants. We have replaced a number of fire hydrants throughout Georgetown. The fire hydrants are not really a defining responsibility of GWI, but we have taken up that mantle and refurbished more than 600 fire hydrants throughout the city,” the GWI head declared.He related that in most cases the hydrants were vandalised, but he said those refurbished will be maintained, and an additional 500 hydrants will be restored in the near future.He disclosed that there was some collaboration with the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) to rehabilitate the fire hydrants.He also said that new communities are earmarked for installation of hydrants, as attention is being given to the exercise to make it a mainstream activity. In this regard, the GWI is seeking to extend collaboration with the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) among other agencies.“We’re seeking to work with CH&PA and other agencies to ensure that fire hydrants become a mainstream activity for new communities which are emerging; but at the same time, it is something that we have to look at as the society’s development improves,” he added. In regard to water quality, the GWI, it was learnt, has secured a recommendation from the Guyana National Bureau of Standards to be certified for its testing laboratories, and is now working to achieve standards which are set out by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).last_img read more

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