Oxford buskers will be forced to face the music if a council code of conduct restricting their performance is ratified this week. A 13-point code of conduct governing all buskers working in Oxford is expected to come into force next month. The code was born out of wide-ranging consultations with both residents and businesses, and aims to ensure that musicians perform only in areas where they are least likely to cause disruption. Other measures include plans to limit the amount of time a musician may play for, as well as the issue of special ‘Busker’s permits’ which will only be given to those who agree to comply with the code of conduct. This is in response to what the council sees as the growing problem of buskers performing in areas where they are causing annoyance, such as in front of offices and in academic buildings. Classicist Laura Green welcomes the move if it prevents busking from disturbing library study, which she claims is “really inconsiderate.” The response amongst the busking community has been decidedly lukewarm. Phil Freizinger, a popular street musician, welcomes what he sees as an “official recognition of the value of street music” but wonders why the council needed to create the new regulations.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003
Football award winners celebratedClose to 500 kids participated in the township’s in-house and traveling football teams and cheerleading teams last season, and they were honored at a series of events at the Recreation Center on Feb. 10.The afternoon started with about 300 kids ages 7 to 9 packing the big gym for the in-house awards, with the Cowboys celebrated as the winners. Joining the three cheerleading teams were the Pom-Poms, ages 5 and 6.Then it was time for the traveling teams, who filled the Pop Warner Building and the small gym. Of the three participating teams representing ages 10 to 14, the Eagles won the division and the championship, while the Red Raiders won the league.Everyone who participated received a meal and an award, plus photos with Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Hugo Cabrera.Annual Dr. Seuss celebration coming to both libraries in MarchIt’s time for the North Bergen Public Library’s annual Dr. Seuss Celebration. Enjoy “Storytime with Mayor Sacco” and a fun-filled magic show, and receive goodie bags and more.The Dr. Seuss Celebration takes place at both the uptown and the Kennedy Branch libraries to ensure everyone can participate. The first event will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2 at the main library, 84-11 Bergenline Ave. This will be followed on Tuesday, March 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Branch, 21-23 Kennedy Blvd. For more information, you can contact the library at (201) 869-4715 or visit www.nbpl.org. Library to hold African Clay Mask Workshop on Feb. 23Singing, dancing, the use of maps and role-play are all tools of the African Clay Mask Workshop, which provides genuine insight into African culture and culminates with each child designing, creating, and decorating his or her very own clay mask.Ivy Omere is a classically-trained actor of Nigerian descent from the UK, who teaches creative discovery workshops. She is a member of the world-famous Actors Studio of New York and Los Angeles.Children ages 5 to 10 are invited to join the workshop on Friday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. at the main library, 84-11 Bergenline Ave. Register at the children’s desk. For more information call (201) 869-4715 or visit www.nbpl.org. ×North Bergen honored its in-house and traveling football and cheerleading teams at the Recreation Center on Feb. 10. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) Deadline to file for North Bergen school board election is Feb. 26The deadline to file for this year’s North Bergen Board of Education elections is Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. Those interested must file with the North Bergen Board of Education’s board secretary. Candidates will run for three open seats on the nine person board, with each term lasting three years. The election will be held on April 17, from 2 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact the Board at 201- 868-1000. North Bergen honored its in-house and traveling football and cheerleading teams at the Recreation Center on Feb. 10. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz)
Ishida Europe has introduced a new range of ’Screw Feed’ multi-head weighers, which enable the automatic handling of fresh ’sticky’ products such as seafood and meat. The design incorporates rotating corkscrews with the familiar circular multi-head layout, replacing traditionally used radial feed troughs.The weighers are specifically designed for products that cannot be moved by feeder vibration. The first model features three-litre stepper motor-driven anti-stick metal hoppers and has a top speed of 80wpm. The second version incorporates 1.5-litre pneumatic-driven plastic scrapper hoppers and has a top speed of 60wpm. Both feature a remote control unit.[http://www.ishidaeurope.com]
(Photo supplied/ABC 57) There will soon be one less place for BMX and skateboard enthusiasts to ride.According to a Facebook post, The Kitchen B-M-X and Skatepark in South Bend is closing its doors due to losses from the pandemic.To celebrate it’s eight years in operation, The Kitchen plans to host one last weekend of riding, May 29 – 31. The Kitchen BMX and Skatepark to close Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Pinterest Previous articleCountless acts of courage and compassion during the pandemicNext articleShoplifting call to Goshen Menards results in drug bust Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. IndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest By Jon Zimney – May 18, 2020 0 297 Google+
The 7th annual Domefest, presented by up-and-coming funk outfit Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, released their initial lineup in January with three nights of Pigeons, plus performances by BIG Something, Splintered Sunlight (Grateful Dead tribute), Aqueous (x2), ELM (x2) and many more.Taking place on Fort Royale Farm in Bedford, PA on May 19-21, the festival has added several more exciting performers, including Consider the Source, The Mantras, McLovins, The Hornitz, Scrambled Greg, and many other rising stars.Tickets and more information can be found via the official Domefest website, and the full lineup can be seen below:Domefest 2016 Full LineupPigeons Playing Ping Pong (x3), Consider the Source, BIG Something, The Mantras, Splintered Sunlight (Grateful Dead tribute), Aqueous (x2), ELM (x2), Broccoli Samurai, McLovins, lespecial, The Hornitz, Mister F, ShwizZ, Vibe & Direct, LITZ, Deaf Scene, Out of the Beardspace, The Jauntee, Strange Machines, Sweet Earth, Puremotion, Mateo Monk, Scrambled Greg, Star City Disco
‘Our voices needed to be heard today’: Students gather in support of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation
Maria Luisa Paul | The Observer Students in support of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination march toward Library Lawn during their Thursday demonstration.Reminiscent of the contentiousness that surrounded the replacement of former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the two groups participating in Thursday’s events — one in support of Coney Barrett and the other in opposition — clashed at Library Lawn.The cluster of pro-Coney Barrett students initially lined up behind the platform facing the protesters. They were asked to back off to the other side of the reflective pool by Notre Dame Police Department officials because they lacked permission to gather at that space, Sergeant Derrick Chambliss said.Freshman Aiden Robertson, who participated in the congratulatory gathering, said the encounter between both groups was nevertheless peaceful.“As much as I didn’t really appreciate the fact that we were led away even though we were still on the other side of the metal fence, I think that it’s still really respectable that they have some show of force to make sure that everything stayed safe,” he said.Robertson said he disagreed with the scorn Coney Barrett had received from some members of the Notre Dame community, as her confirmation deserved recognition.“I think people definitely have a very valid reason to not want something like that based on their own political leanings, but to show such disrespect for someone, especially someone that’s really their own,” Robertson said. “We should just respect the fact that even if you don’t like what she stands for, this is a really respectable position that she’s now been promoted to.”Second-year law student Bridget Bush echoed Robertson in stating that Coney Barrett’s confirmation represented an achievement for the university.“It’s a huge honor for the University of Notre Dame, especially the law school, and I’m here to express my support for her and for the conservative values that she represents — the rule of law, originalism textualism and Notre Dame spirit,” Bush said.Even though many have expressed concerns over the new Justice’s conservative values, especially in regards to women’s rights and reproductive health, Bush said there was “no better model of feminism” than Coney Barrett.“She’s a mother of seven. She’s a wife. She was first in her class at the University of Notre Dame law school,” Bush said. “She was in private practice. She’s been an exceptional judge on the federal court. And I don’t know how much more successful but women you can find the Justice Barrett.”Similarly to Bush, freshman Marlot Shorey cited Coney Barrett as a role model for women.“There’s a lot of talk in this day and age that having a baby is something that takes away from what your life can be, which is ridiculous, because as ACB shows, being a mother is one of the most like impressive things you can do, and that’s what we were made for,” Shorey said.Though most of the participants said they were Republican, third year law student, Allie Howell, said she did not consider herself conservative. Rather, her motivation to attend the event was to support her former professor, Howell said.“I had the privilege of having now Justice Barrett in class for half of the semester, and I just had a wonderful time in the class and can’t speak highly enough of her as a professor,” Howell said. “She taught everyone the importance of respectful dialogue in classes, and I learned a lot from just having really good conversations with people that thought about statutory interpretation differently than I did.”Despite holding different views than Barrett, Howell said that the Notre Dame professor would not allow her political beliefs to encumber her practice.“I do not think the judiciary is inherently political,” Howell said. “I think it’s been politicized, but I think Justice Barrett will faithfully apply the law as is the duty of a judge, and she’s not a political appointee.”In the midst of a time marked by political polarization, as shown throughout Thursday’s events, Shorey said both sides of the political spectrum had to learn to both respect and listen to one another.“I think people need to take a step back and think about the perspective that they have, and where they come from, and really think about listening rather than just fighting,” Shorey said. “All we want to do is scream back at each other rather than listening to the other side and thinking about how everyone has different beliefs and values. That’s something that Notre Dame used to stand for, and we’re kind of failing in that front right now.”With differences across the political spectrum becoming more salient, to achieve a democratic future, freshman Taylor Batilo had a plea for the Notre Dame community: “Vote.”“I hope no matter what political ideology that you align yourself with, I hope you go out and vote,” Batilo said. “I hope you support American democracy and American ideals, and I hope we show support for whatever candidate you think is the best for our nation.”Tags: Amy Coney Barrett, Notre Dame Police Department, US Supreme Court Carrying posters emblazoned with phrases like “ND for ACB” and “The Notorious ACB,” and waving the Vatican, Gadsden and American flags, a group of students congregated to celebrate Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court on Thursday evening.Sophomore Michael Barrett, secretary of College Republicans, said the gathering was planned by a group of conservative students who promoted the event via Instagram on Wednesday as a means to “show support for a member of our community,” he said.“Justice Barrett was appointed properly through the legislative process,” Barrett said. “She was nominated by the president and appointed by the Senate, and she represents an extensive background on originalist interpretation of the Constitution, which seems to be supported by a large portion of the student body. And we felt that our voices needed to be heard today.”With an event opposing Coney Barrett’s nomination scheduled during the same time at Library Lawn, the College Republicans’ secretary said the congratulatory gathering also served as a way to give a voice to all students, despite of their political beliefs.“While this is not a very vocal portion of campus, since normally [conservative] people are silenced and shunned in social media, we thought if we could come together in presence, we could actually stand and represent our political views,” Barrett said. “We have both sides represented on this campus, not just one side. We’re here to show that there’s balance on this campus. We are here for bipartisanship.”The group of almost 60 people assembled by the Law School’s archway at 5:30 p.m. and then made their way towards Hesburgh Library, chanting “ACB, USA!” as they walked. The event finished at 6:15 p.m. with a prayer at the Grotto.
Rebecca Trehearn & Gina Beck in ‘Show Boat'(Photo: Johan Persson) Gina Beck has taken over leading roles in Wicked (as Glinda in the West End and also the U.S. tour) and The Phantom of the Opera (as Christine), but at long last the performer is opening a London production with the arrival in town of Daniel Evans’s Sheffield Theatre production of the 1927 Broadway landmark Show Boat at the New London Theatre. Beck chatted amiably one recent lunchtime about playing innocent, traveling America, and—in her words—being “set free.”How do feel playing Magnolia in Show Boat, which is widely regarded as the mother of all musicals?Can you imagine what it must have been like to see this show when it first opened? They’d have seen the follies and big social numbers and a political story and black and white people on a stage together. But they obviously adored it at the time and it did very well.How well did you know Show Boat before the Sheffield production late last year?I didn’t really. I’d never seen any of the films, and I didn’t really know the storyline. All I knew going in was that it was often done by opera companies and can be more about having a big ensemble and big numbers and singing the songs beautifully, whereas what we’re working on is acting the piece through song – which is how it was written to be performed.What about the score?“Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” were certainly among the standards that I’d heard growing up but, weirdly, I didn’t even know it came with this great opportunity for a soprano. So when I was given “You Are Love,” I just thought it was the most amazingly romantic song for a soprano to sing.How does it feel to open a production in the West End after years of takeovers?I think potentially the only reason I hadn’t done it before is that there aren’t actually any soprano roles that people are writing, and I had kind of exhausted all the big ones in the long-runners. And because I trained solely in acting [at the Central School of Speech and Drama] and never had that desire to be a song-and-dance actress, those parts that also required a dancer—like in Top Hat or Singin’ in the Rain—weren’t on offer to me.Do you regret not having added dance to your skill set?I do slightly now. I would love to be able to dance. I look at our Ellie Mae and Frank in Show Boat and they are just unbelievable.What do you make of Magnolia as a character, given that innocence can be hard to portray onstage?I just think she has had the most amazing childhood—an upbringing led by her father [Captain Andy] without barriers or boundaries or racial prejudice who has lived in this world of the show hanging around people much older than her. She’s become sort of the mascot of the boat and they all adore her; she’s having a lovely time.She goes on quite a journey.She does! I enjoy playing the first act, which is all about love and freedom and dancing with all the black folk in the kitchen, and Magnolia’s sense of innocence comes across in her love of life. The second act is quite a stark contrast: she gets taken away from the boat and everything falls apart.How do you retain the intimacy of such an epic piece?We’re actually doing the Goodspeed Opera version, which has a cast of 24 so it’s quite concise and some numbers have been cut while others like “Hey, Feller!” have been put back in. And because the Sheffield Crucible is an intimate space with a thrust stage, we’ve kept that for London. So in fact, we can see the audience’s faces, which can be quite disturbing when you spot someone you know.What do you think some of your previous stage heroines would make of Magnolia—Glinda, for instance?Glinda would like Magnolia, partly because Glinda has that loyalty thing and I think she would respect Magnolia for the kind of courage in adversity that Glinda thinks she has by the end of her show.And Christine Daae?Christine has the vulnerability that Magnolia has, as well, but weirdly it’s Cosette [in Les Miserables] who I played before all of these who is the one most like Magnolia, in my view, in terms of the innocence and the whole falling in love thing. When I began to rehearse Magnolia, I thought, “I’ve been here before when it comes to that awakening to a romantic feeling.” And they all have really long curly wigs.Is it hard in these takeovers making the role your own?You do have some flexibility, and you can’t ever try and copy. What happens is that basically you have to walk to the right position but within that, you can do your own performance. That’s especially true with Wicked, and especially in America where we were a lot more free in terms, say, of [the song] “Popular,” where they would encourage you to do what you wanted with that big number. They were keen for you to go a bit wild.How do the Phantom and Wicked fans compare?The Wicked fans are a whole different ballgame. The Phantom ones are nice but there seem only to be about four or five regulars whereas with Wicked there are, like, hundreds, and they start to become friends with each other and travel together and visit together and it all becomes very social for them as they follow you from show to show.What about a Sondheim show?Would you believe that I have never auditioned for a Sondheim show? I basically just trapped myself in long runs over the last 10 years and now it’s as if I have been set free. That was good for the bank balance, and I loved it, but now I can afford maybe to be more artistic. View Comments
A wildfire was reported around 4 p.m. Thursday by hikers in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area of the Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina.Firefighters are responding to the blaze, which is burning on the southern end of the Linville Gorge near Shortoff Mountain, and the United States Forest Service (USFS) has closed the Mountains to Sea Trail from Old Highway 105 at Pinnacle to the Table Rock Picnic Area along with the Shortoff Trail (Trail #235).USFS is currently investigating the source of the incident, which they are calling the White Creek Fire, but no burn ban is currently in effect for the Linville Gorge Wilderness.According to a press release issued by the USFS at noon today, the fire has spread to 75 acres with a containment percentage of zero.At present, there are 100 firefighters on the scene. USFS is leading the response, with support from the North Carolina Forest Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Burke County Emergency Management, and North Carolina Emergency Management.Thanks to significant and widespread drought, coupled at times with deliberate arson, the mountains of Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians as a whole have seen more than their fair share of wildfires during the fall and winter of 2016-17.Related:
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The coveted “target demo” of 25-54 year old females continues to grow more elusive to reach. For credit unions with a minimal marketing budget, there’s some good news from an article in Fast Company this month: Female Shoppers No Longer Trust Ads or Celebrity Endorsements.While it’s the topic of this recently published article, it’s been known for awhile that paid ads are losing steam with consumers. “Before buying a product for themselves or their families, women want to hear from everyday people with whom they can relate: 86% of the 1,470 women surveyed said they put the most trust in real peoples’ product and service recommendations” the article states. While that’s good news for credit unions with small budgets, it’s bad news for credit unions who have not adopted a culture of excellent member service. continue reading »
42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jack Lynch Jack Lynch oversees PSCU’s operations service delivery to credit unions including implementations, project management and CU Learning. Jack has over 25 years of leadership experience in delivering operational services, … Web: pscu.com Details “We provide great customer service.” From advertisements and website mission statements, to sales presentations and trade shows, we’ve heard this message from companies in every industry more times than we can count. But what does service really mean to consumers today?It’s a standard for those of us in the credit union industry to say service to our members is our No. 1 focus. After all, it is, and it should be. But what does that really mean? Specifically, how does your vision of service translate into results for current and potential future members? Will your service message result in an increase in membership?Great service is no longer just about saying ‘hello’ and smiling when someone walks into your branch. (We’ve been doing that for years!) Many of our competitors in the financial services industry have already recognized the importance of friendly in-branch customer service and are making improvements. And even if you have your competitors beat with a great branch experience, are you really winning the service battle for members? Maybe not, as your member’s definition of service has likely changed.The New Meaning of ‘Service’Service has moved to being defined by consumers as 24/7 access across all channels. They want what they want, when they want it via mobile, web, branch or phone. When your members reach out for help, they need to experience your commitment to service across all of those channels.For example, you may have the latest and greatest mobile application out there, but an important metric of success is what users encounter if they run into an issue. What do they think if they call you at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening only to receive an automated voicemail response that no one will be available to provide assistance until 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning? And it’s not as helpful as you may think to direct them to your website in the interim. In today’s service environment, your member probably visited your site to do their own troubleshooting before ever calling you. Would this translate into a great service experience in their mind? Probably not.The Credit Union AdvantageThe advantage for credit unions is our long history of service to members. This gives us a built-in advantage over other financial institutions. It’s our job to not only meet evolving consumer expectations of service, but also to help educate the millions of people out there about just what makes credit unions so unique. And one of those differentiators should be that we are available to our members when they need us, in the channel in which they want to engage with us.The question all of us in the credit union industry must continually ask ourselves is, “Are we aligned with the member’s definition of service expectations?” This means ongoing assessments across all your channels, as well as considering how you measure up against the competition. Identify where the gaps are and create a roadmap for improvement. In what areas do you need to invest to create the service current members demand and for which future members are looking? It’s easy to say but hard to execute when you are confronted with day-to-day business challenges. The gap may seem insurmountable when some of your competitors are the largest financial institutions in the country and have the resources to make huge investments in service delivery.The Power of PartnershipsService is an area where you should leverage your partners across all channels to develop an overall plan to address the new definition of service.In addition to handling inquiries on a variety of financial services, PSCU’s Total Member Care™ call centers help credit unions communicate effectively with their members about conversions, mergers, EMV upgrades, home banking conversions and regulatory changes. All services are available 24/7/365 to ensure maximum satisfaction and loyalty. PSCU partners with its Member-Owner credit unions to provide an exceptional level of service to their members.Just as the landscape in payments is rapidly changing, the definition of what it means to serve is also evolving. When a member engages with you across all channels, can you confidently say your service is superior to what they would receive from another financial institution? As you plan for the future, make service a part of every strategic discussion. This is an opportunity to differentiate yourself from the competition and not only retain current members but also expand your membership as you help them meet – and exceed – their new definition of service.