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Tail! Spin!, Starring SNL’s Rachel Dratch, Will Close Early Off-Broadway

first_img The cast also includes Arnie Burton, Sean Dugan, Tom Galantich and Nate Smith. View Comments Tail! Spin! Mario Correa’s Tail! Spin!, which had extended off-Broadway through February 1, 2015 after initially being set to play a limited engagement through November 30, will now shutter on January 4. At time of closing the show will have played 15 previews and 110 performances. Directed by Dan Knechtges and starring SNL’s Rachel Dratch and more, the production is playing at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project. Politics is dirty—but politicians are dirtier. Tail! Spin! is an inventive new comedy drawn verbatim from the leaked e-mails, raunchy texts and tell-tale tweets that brought down politicians Mark (“Appalachian Trail”) Sanford, Larry (“Wide Stance”) Craig, Anthony (“I Was Hacked”) Weiner, and Mark (“Underage Page”) Foley. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more

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The cutting edge of mobile payments isn’t where you think

first_img“If you want to live in a cashless society, where most consumers and merchants are using their mobile phones for payments and other financial services, pack your bags and head to Somaliland or a few other destinations that are as long on mobile payments as they are short on 3 star Michelin restaurants.”– Dr. David Evans, Why Apple Pay Is FizzlingIf you ask the man on the street what they think of when they hear the phrase “mobile payments,” many would say Apple Pay, some might say Silicon Valley, while others might reference something about paying with their phone. It’s unlikely, however, that “Sub-Saharan Africa” would make most people’s Top 5 — or even their Top 3.Which demonstrates, if nothing else, a major hole in the standard coverage the mainstream media offers Africa – which tends to be more focused on disease, terrorism and civil wars. The real story to be told, however, is mobile payments, which is changing how people pay locally, but actually how they live in Sub-Saharan Africa. For example, in Kenya, the wife of a local cow herder recently switched on her home’s first ever electric light, care-of mobile payments, albeit indirectly.The Wall Street Journal reports that Rokoine Tipanoi, in late 2014, used her mobile phone to place a small down payment on a solar panel that provides her family home access to electricity for the first time, and for a lower cost than what it once cost to fill her kerosene lantern. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Big banking regulations choking small time credit unions

first_imgby: Jim NussleCredit unions are thriving. More than 100 million Americans are members — an all-time high. Credit unions are making more loans and holding more savings than ever before. And by competing aggressively with banks, credit unions are saving consumers $10 billion a year on fees, interest rates and the like. That may not be the case for much longer.Regulations aimed at reining in Wall Street are instead walloping credit unions. Meanwhile, 40 percent of the rules prescribed by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law have yet to be finalized. So the regulatory choke hold on credit unions will only grow tighter.Federal officials must ensure that their efforts to ward off another financial crisis do not prevent credit unions from fulfilling their mission of providing affordable financing to Main Street businesses and middle-class families. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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4 steps for a solid retail experience

first_img Members don’t want service, they want an experience, says Bryn Conway, principal at BC Consulting and a former credit union marketer.Service, she says, is transactional and reactive—and often involves complaints, she says.“Service is about reacting to members’ ask, while an experience is engaged, proactive, personal, and memorable,” Conway says.It also provides value. Customers who have a great experience are nine times more likely to recommend a company, eight times more likely to trust it, and seven times more likely to forgive a misstep, she says.Conway outlines four ways to deliver a solid retail delivery experience: continue reading » Bryn Conwaycenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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ETC Cuts Ribbon on Gigabit Internet

first_imgEnhanced Telecommunications Corporation held a ribbon cutting and open house at their Greensburg office Friday morning, celebrating their efforts to become a “Gig-capable” provider.  ETC’s Dustin Tarter (shown above cutting the ribbon) explains what that means…Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/GameChanger.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Tarter says ETC has laid its improved gigabit-capable network to about half of The Tree City thus far, with plans to expand eventually.last_img read more

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COVID-19: Nwakali allays fear over stint with Huesca

first_img Nwakali who joined Spanish Segunda Division side SD Huesca on a three-year deal from FC Porto B as a loanee from Arsenal last, has been heavily criticised for lack of consistency. But the Golden Ball winner at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile said he has started enjoying a new lease of life in Spain. “Most of things people write about me are not even true,” the 21-year-old Nwakali told NationSport. “I only had difficulties with work permit and it has not been easy not playing for Huesca even after signing for them over six months ago. “Unfortunately, people just speculated because they don’t know anything about my career but I’m fine and okay with Huesca.” Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson12 Stars You Would Never Recognize Without Their Signature Look7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianXi Ding Created Caricature Version Of Marvel CharactersTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World Erstwhile Golden Eaglets’ captain, Kelechi Nwakali, has said his career with Portuguese side Huesca is still on track despite some outrageous claims as he enthused about what lies ahead on football return following the Coronavirus pandemic. Loading… Signed by Arsenal soon after his exploits in Chile, Nwakali was farmed to clutches of clubs in the Dutch league and was warming up to a fresh start with Huesca until the outbreak of COVID-19 that necessitated the suspension of all football activities. “I actually joined and started training with the team just three weeks before the outbreak of COVID-19; I was at the point of getting into the team,” explained Nwakali. “ The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult period to the world and also for football but all the same, I have been doing my own part to keep fit by following the club program and I’m preparing well waiting for the resumption because I have missed doing what I love doing.” Nwakali said he remains focussed on his dreams “My immediate goal now is to start playing again regularly then the long term goal is to be one of the greatest player in the world of football,” he said. read also:Amuneke charges Nwakali to revive his career “Well for the Super Eagle and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, I believe only the players that are working hard in their clubs with consistent form that will represent Nigeria and it’s my dream to be part of it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Man Utd yet to agree on new Ighalo deal

first_imgManchester United have failed to agree on a loan extension for striker Odion Ighalo. The Nigerian made a personal plea to Shanghai Shenhua to let him finish the season at Old Trafford, before returning to China. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear he wants Ighalo to stick around until the end of the delayed season but that now seems as if it will not happen. Ighalo looked relaxed as he arrived at Carrington training on Friday as he tries to get back to match fitness after lockdown. Shanghai were said to be open to allowing the 30-year-old to extend his stay at the club he supported as a boy – if he puts pen to paper on a two-year contract extension with them first. read also:Aneke reveals ‘extended’ Ighalo deal close between Man Utd, Chinese club He is currently tied down at Hongkou Stadium until December 2022. Ighalo has been offered a £400,000-a-week deal to stay in the Chinese Super League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The agreement with his parent club Shanghai Shenhua officially expired on Sunday night. And SunSport understands that a deal to extend his stay at Old Trafford has not yet been agreed. United had doubts over the cost to keep the 30-year-old striker beyond the current terms. Ighalo swapped the Chinese Super League for the Premier League in a shock deadline day loan deal back in January. The former Watford man had scored four goals in eight games since returning to English football.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

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Independence Motor Speedway set to open Saturday

first_imgBy Jerry Mackey  The season opener for 2020 will be very different as the track will open under the Iowa Governor’s restriction due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which means the grandstand will be closed. Each race car entering the pit area will be allowed to be accompanied by 10 persons, the social distancing guidelines will be in effect and cars will be pitted a minimum of six feet apart.   IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods will all be in action with hot laps scheduled to take to the track at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.   INDEPENDENCE, Iowa  – The 2020 racing season will see its first green flag of the season this Saturday, May 23. The sweet sounds of race cars flying around the 3/8-mile dirt track located on the Buchanan County Fairgrounds will be heard as five IMCA divisions will be in competition. center_img Fans will have the opportunity to watch the night’s racing action by logging on to Done Right TV. The live streaming service will carry a one-time charge and will not require a membership to watch from the comfort of your living room.   More information regarding Saturday night’s season opener at the Independence Motor Speedway can be found at jjamracing.net.last_img read more

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IHOC : Syracuse allows 3 goals in 2 minutes to seal loss on Senior Day

first_imgTwo minutes made all the difference. The short on-ice span that separated Syracuse from a season-defining win on senior day and another bitter loss left the Orange wondering when bounces were eventually going to go its way.With Syracuse up by a goal, the Orange was playing with energy and had the momentum. But in a two-minute window, it dropped off and disappeared. Robert Morris scored three times in 99 seconds and from there Syracuse struggled to get back in the game.‘For us to try to get back into it, it just makes it tough,’ SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. ‘It’s just mentally defeating. It’s tiring.’And though Flanagan liked how his team didn’t pack it in, the Orange (9-18-3, 0-5-3 CHA) didn’t see the result it wanted, losing 5-2 to Robert Morris (16-8-2, 5-2-1) in the final home game of the season at Tennity Ice Pavilion in front of 341 fans Saturday. SU lost 4-3 to the Colonials on Friday night in the series opener. A few mental lapses and costly mistakes manifested into easy opportunities for the Colonials to sweep the Orange in the conference matchup.Four-year seniors — Megan Skelly, Taylor Metcalfe, Lisa Mullan and Stephanie Jones — were honored before the game in an emotional ceremony. Those heavy emotions carried onto the ice and gave Syracuse an additional boost on the ice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHolly Carrie-Mattimoe put SU out in front with a quick strike in the first period. Slipping by a lethargic Robert Morris defense, Mattimoe glided from the near side of the ice and went top shelf on Colonials goaltender Kristen DiCiocco, who was slow to react.With what Mattimoe called a little bit of luck, the Orange showed that bundled energy from the ceremony translated into its early play and lead.‘We were all excited, all pumped for the seniors, and we really wanted to get that win for them,’ Carrie-Mattimoe said.But that desire couldn’t outweigh the mistakes Syracuse made following its early edge.After Jacquie Greco was sent to the penalty box for interference, Robert Morris capitalized.Robert Morris began to send a flurry of shots on the cage on the power-play opportunity. The Colonials then finally broke through when Rebecca Vint redirected a long pass from teammate Brianna Delaney into the back of the net with 48 seconds left in the first period.Then things began to unravel for Syracuse. Just 28 seconds later, the Colonials’ Dayna Newsom fired a shot through Kallie Billadeau’s legs to give Robert Morris a one-goal lead.‘It’s very deflating, the one goal all right,’ Flanagan said. ‘But the second goal was tough.’If the second goal was tough, the third goal was devastating.And it came 51 seconds into the second period when Robert Morris executed a two-on-one to perfection. Kelsey Thomas sent a centering feed to Thea Imbrogno, who deked out Billadeau out for a two-goal edge.By that point, all the energy Syracuse had displayed at the start of game had left the building, and by the third goal the only noise was coming from the Colonials’ bench.And once again, for the most part, the Orange could only point to itself for the breakdown on ice.‘Once one happened we just kind, were kind of scrambling out there, and they just got the other two,’ freshman Nicole Ferrara said. ‘We just need to keep our cool next time.’Ferrara and the SU squad eventually regained their composure and made things interesting when Ferrara collected a loose puck in front of the cage and shot it into an exposed net to make it 3-2.The goal gave Syracuse some life, and Metcalfe said she thought an Orange comeback was within the realm of possibility. But it ultimately wasn’t meant to be.Robert Morris netted two goals late for additional insurance. On a day the Orange wanted to send the seniors out with a win, it instead left SU players searching for answers to its ongoing problems, especially how to avoid critical letdowns.‘I don’t know. I think it’s been happening a lot this season,’ Ferrara said. ‘We still really haven’t figured it out.’dgproppe@syr.edu Published on February 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Nancy Pelosi visits USC, talks political gridlock

first_imgU.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to nearly 200 USC students, faculty and guests Monday morning, discussing her rise to political office and the feasibility of bipartisanship in a Republican-dominated Congress.The event was a part of the political science department’s Political Conversations series, a string of discussions that seeks to engage contemporary political leaders on trending issues from Washington. Pelosi has been the most prolific guest to date.“Thank you so much for the invitation to be here,” Pelosi said during the event’s opening. “USC is a beacon of light in the world of education and research.”Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics Robert Shrum, a longtime friend of the congresswoman, hosted the conversation. Pelosi, who affectionately referred to Shrum as “Shrummy” throughout the event, spoke candidly on her initial hesitations regarding entering political leadership when she was a member of the Democratic National Committee in the 1980s.“We [all] have to take responsibility for the direction of our country,” Pelosi said. “[But] I had absolutely no intention of running for office … I was more behind-the-scenes.”The aversion to campaigning, however, did not last long. Pelosi would go on to be elected as the representative of California’s 5th Congressional District in 1987 (now she represents the 12th) and later as the first woman speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011. She described her political escalation as “going from housewife to House speaker” and from “kitchen to Congress.”The discussion quickly shifted to the current political landscape, where Pelosi currently serves as the House Democratic leader and the Republicans hold the majority in both the House and the Senate.The topic revolved heavily around the possibility of bipartisanship, and Pelosi described her stance as hopeful, but was critical of the opposing party’s current behavior. She described the Republican Congress as being more concerned with “obstructing” rather than “legislating,” and described its nature as “anti-governance.”Pelosi stressed, however, that there is recent precedence for the two parties to work together in some capacity, something she witnessed when the Democratic Party held a majority in both houses under President George W. Bush from 2006 to 2008.“For two years, we worked with President Bush and got a great deal,” Pelosi said, specifically mentioning the raising of emission standards and amendments to the Voting Rights Act, among other pieces of legislation.Not unconscious of her audience, the congresswoman also stressed the need for proper education funding, speaking disparagingly of Republican-recommended cuts.“[Cutting education] is one of the dumbest things you could do,” Pelosi said, citing a Republican desire for reductions in Pell grants (need-based money for undergraduate education) to lower the national deficit. “Nothing brings more money to the treasury than the education of the American people.”Pelosi’s frustration with the Republican Party was evident during the discussion, and the conversation wasn’t without subtle jabs at the GOP. She described the Republicans in Congress as being anti-governance, anti-science and anti-Barack Obama.“They have a trifecta of justification for shutting down government [and] not lifting the debt ceiling,” she said. “That’s what we’re contending with.”Shrum, who was a Democratic political consultant before coming to USC, was also not without choice words for the opposing party.“There is a visceral hate of Barack Obama and a belief in the Republican Party that he is not a legitimate president,” he said. Pelosi advised those in the audience who were members of the GOP to change their party from within.In the second portion of the discussion, Pelosi took questions from the students and faculty in the audience. A student questioned the congresswoman on whether Congress’ current state of gridlock is a modern phenomenon or indicative of age-old political tensions.“There’s always been a healthy difference of opinion … [but] I have never seen it this bad,” Pelosi said.She elaborated that today’s Congress is worse than the political divide that existed in the 1990s, or what she referred to as the politics of “personal destruction,” during which the Republican-led House in 1998 impeached former President Bill Clinton.In an interview with the Daily Trojan following the event, Pelosi discussed matters pertinent to students at USC, such as the escalating cost of college and how her party’s focus is on eliminating hindrances to the access of federal aid money.“We have to recognize that the United States has to invest in our future by investing in our young people and your education,” she said. “From my experience now, most young people don’t really care about [political] parties so much, and that’s okay, as long as we have shared values we’re fighting for.”The congresswoman concluded by reflecting on the desire for increased participation among college-aged students in the political area, and that the turnout at Monday’s event was indicative of a demographic willing to get involved.“The fact that this many people showed up for a discussion of the political stuff and how to be involved and how to be effective, it gave me hope and I hope it gave them hope.”last_img read more

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