Alumna connects passion and career

first_imgKristin Boyd, director of Credit Suisse and member of the Notre Dame class of 2005, delivered a keynote address that focused on the importance of finding fulfillment, friendship and passion when developing a career. Her presentation was the culmination of the seventh annual Undergraduate Women in Business (UWIB) Professional Development Conference.During the keynote, which explored her experiences leading up to her career at Credit Suisse, Boyd explained how her time at Notre Dame provided her with a foundation in business focused on ethics and flexibility that allowed her to succeed in the business world.“Notre Dame gave me the moral foundation that I needed to navigate my career,” she said. “Some of the things that I learned here are the importance of ethics above all else … while Notre Dame didn’t explicitly prepare me to sell complex equity derivatives, it did prepare me for a career on Wall Street during a period of crisis and rapid change.”Boyd said her experiences with peers and mentors both strengthened her connections in her career and provided her with invaluable support during the transition from college to the workforce. She said her experience as an intern with several fellow undergraduate women allowed her to overcome insecurities related to her abilities and capacities in the workplace.“I encourage you as you’re thinking about jobs and career paths [that] this group of peer friends is really important,” she said. “They’re different from mentors and sponsors in that these are people who can really make the difference during those tough times.”Finding fulfillment in her career was a journey, Boyd said, and certain periods in her career forced her to question how she could find longterm fulfillment in her chosen path.Boyd said the encouragement she received from her boss allowed her to gain a new perspective on ways to find fulfillment in her career and led her to become more heavily involved in philanthropic efforts, which included work on the junior committee of New York City’s Inner-City Scholarship Fund. Boyd said pursuits in these areas, as well as photography, motivated her to stay in her career.“While most people don’t describe sales and trading as personally rewarding or fulfilling, for me it’s taken some time to figure out what a fulfilling career path means to me, and the answer to that is something more difficult than what I expected,” she said. “I thought I had to quit my job and become a travel photographer or work at an education non-profit in order to find fulfillment in my career.”Boyd said she encourages women to reflect on the direction they hope their careers will take, spend time developing a list of goals they hope to achieve during their lives and evaluate whether their career paths can make these goals possible.“Whether you stay at the same job or move to a new job or new firm, as many of you will at some point, you’ll find your focus may need to shift to a seven-year plan, which encompasses not only the job you’re doing now but the life you want to lead and that needs to be in harmony with your job,” she said.Tags: Credit Suisse, Kristin Boyd, UWIB Conferencelast_img read more

Long Island Immigration Advocates Fast for Reform Bill

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Immigration reform proponent Janette Farfan helped organize a fast in Bay Shore to support a bill in Congress over the weekend.Thirty Long Islanders fasted at the Masjid Darul Qur’an mosque in Bay Shore over the weekend to show solidarity with protestors nationwide that have been urging Congress to pass immigration reform legislation.The group was supporting activists called Fast for Families who are entering their fourth week of fasting at the National Mall outside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., where the immigration bill languishes in the House of Representatives.“The American people understand that immigration reform is a positive step for our country,” said Janette Farfan, an organizer with Latino-issues advocacy group Make The Road New York. “We also already have the votes to pass a bill. The inaction of our political system is inexcusable while our families suffer.”A comprehensive immigration reform bill that would create a path to citizenship for more than 11 million immigrants has passed the U.S. Senate and supporters say there are enough votes for it to pass the lower chamber, but House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has not brought it up for a vote there.“It’s not just a physical fast,” Farfan explained, “but also a symbolic fast. It is the hunger of my community for a life of respect and dignity.”The group also shared their families’ experiences as immigrants—sometimes becoming one of the estimated 1,100 immigrants deported daily. Farfan recalled how her mother, an immigrant from Ecuador, had been detained when the factory where she worked was raided by federal agents the day before she was due for a major surgery. After two days, Farfan’s mother was able to return home and eventually became a US citizen—despite how increasingly difficult that has become after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.“This has been a struggle for our family for the last 35 years,” she said as her voice filled with emotion. “I bear witness while immigrants like my sister-in-law are exploited and live day in and day out with anxiety about their immigration status.”President Obama has said he would sign immigration reform into law if it passes. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), the lone GOP member of the LI congressional delegation, has also expressed support for the bill.“As far as if we do have security—and I feel that it’s never going to be 100 percent—but as close to full security as possible for the future, then I believe we should legalize those that are here,” King said in June.Farfan is confident that immigration reform will inevitably pass.“Reform is alive and well,” she said. “I know this because we are united. It’s only a matter of time.”last_img read more

NCUA bans six internal fraudsters

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA in June banned six people convicted of various crimes—including a former employee of a Kentucky credit union whose actions led to the institution’s insolvency—from participating in the affairs of any federally insured institution.Debra C. Pyfrom, a former employee of I.B.E.W. Local 816 Federal Credit Union in Paducah, Ky., pleaded guilty to bank fraud and was sentenced to 78 months in prison, two years’ supervised release and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $600,250. continue reading »last_img read more

What’s your problem? Solve mine and you have my loyalty

first_imgWheels on luggage. Why did that take so long? Roughly 6,000 years ago the wheel was invented (supposedly by the Mesopotamians) A mere 125 years ago the first proper “suitcase” was first used quite literally to hold suits. The rolling suitcase was invented in 1970 by Bernard Sadow who received a patent in 1972 for “rolling luggage” that consisted of four-wheeled suitcase being pulled by a strap. The leashed Samsonite. That was later replaced with the roller board. And that’s what really gets me. The roller board was a rolling suitcase, that you had to take apart and put back together in the aisle on the plane. That’s a problem. Why did it take so long to fix it?Last week I saw an article about a piece of luggage in development that you can RIDE! I can’t tell you how many times I wished I could have had one of those airport golf carts waiting for me when I deplaned in Chicago O’Hare at Gate B-1 (and of course United was delayed) and I have 10 minutes to get to my flight at gate F-180 – a mere two-mile jog away.  Now I can jump on my suitcase, and “beep beep” get out of my way – I’m flying United! Problem solved.Innovation often ignites out of identifying and solving a problem. Look at Uber creating the ultimate taxi experience. Solved the problems of calling to dispatch, waiting and wondering if and when they would show up, having to pay with cash, dealing with a dirty, rude, reckless driver and having little recourse. And one of my personal favorites. iTunes. As a 1980’s passionate “mix tape” maker they solved so many problems for me. Buying only the song I want. Dragging and dropping files to create multi-mood-mixes, permanently deleting the songs on albums that I hated, buying bookcases to house my CD collection, and so on.CUSOs are the credit union problem solvers. I have been researching and writing about CUSOs for almost a year now and have discovered some very innovative, passionate people with amazing stories of problem solving.Here are just a few of my favorites:In 1989, 15 of the largest credit unions in California recognized that coming together to build a shared branch network was a smart way to compete with the convenience of multiple bank branches. In 1990, FSCC was created with the original design to build 35 stand alone branches in California. By 1994, under the leadership of Bonnie Kramer, the model changed to covert and sell the stand alone branches and focus on being a true network and in just 2 more years they turned a profit. In 1998, they began expanding to other states and the following year Sarah Canepa Bang became CEO. Fast forward to 2012. FSCC merged with CO-OP shared branching to bring all of the major pieces of the shared branching initiative together. Today the CO-OP network has nearly 30,000 ATMs (more than Bank of America) and over 5,000 branches in 24 countries.In 1991, Information Now Incorporated (INI) filed for bankruptcy, which was the core processor for a few innovative and collaborative credit unions. Instead of surrendering to a new core conversion, these credit unions banded together to buy the software and started their own CUSO. Which today is CUProdigy, a 25 year-old start-up and is both a Core and Cloud CUSO.In 1994 credit unions were losing auto loans at the point-of-sale. Back in those days at the dealership you would see a dumb terminal directly connected to Wells Fargo, another one to Bank of America, a separate one for Chase – you get the idea. There is only so much real estate in a dealership. Diana Dykstra and the team at Golden 1 CU figured out how to put several credit unions on one terminal. This was the birth of CUDL – Credit Union Direct Lending – which today has over 12,000 dealers and funds $2.5 billion in loans monthly for credit union members in over 1,000 credit unions.In 1996, Valorie Seyfert had been working with CUs in her legal practice and uncovered an amazing opportunity. The broker dealer (b/d) industry where Amy Beattie and she grew up did not offer a full service solution to the CU industry that protected the CU. Credit unions didn’t own their member book of business. The b/d and advisors continually wanted higher payouts and asked the CU to cover more expenses. Today CUSO Financial Services, LP, (CFS) provides investment and insurance services to members of 185 credit unions around the country.In 2012, three mid-sized New Jersey credit union CEOs identified a big problem they all shared. They needed to create scale without merging. They created the Member Support Services CUSO. The technology platforms of the three credit unions in terms of member services have all been aligned and all operate under master contracts that are held under the CUSO. In October of last year, they hired William Arnold as the CUSO CEO. Now they are slowly bringing other back office functions (like collections) into the CUSO. Their model represents a highly cooperative arrangement while allowing the credit unions to retain their own culture and brand. It represents the best chance that we have, as a movement, to save smaller credit unions that want to be saved.There are lots of problems left to be solved. Why is it so hard to move a checking account? How can we get a member’s mortgage approved in seconds? How can we lower the average age of a credit union member? Why are the Kardashians still so popular? What can we learn from them?There’s a Credit Union Service Organization out there waiting to be started to solve the next big problem and continue to keep credit unions relevant. So, what’s your problem? 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Denise Wymore Denise started her credit union career over 30 years ago as a Teller for Pacific NW Federal Credit Union in Portland, Oregon. She moved up and around the org. chart … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Keeping credit union compliance teams soaring toward the cloud

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Don’t let cloud compliance missteps fail your credit union. Below are four steps to take in order to stay in front of cloud compliance challenges:1.  Education: The biggest challenge for credit unions is understanding how the cloud operates. Newer security practices, despite being different, can be more protective as well as cost-effective.2.  Awareness: No one can know everything. Understanding what security solutions are out there, the actual compliance regulations, and how organizations can meet them with evolving technology, will help your credit union become a thought leader and an industry innovator.3.  Auditing: When it comes to compliance challenges, setting an automated compliance process can help credit unions handle reviews preemptively. The cloud empowers credit unions to automate compliance and configuration reports through products such as AWS Config, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail, and AWS CloudFormation. Organizations set up continuous checks against their environment based on compliance requirements to automatically generate reports that can be shared with third-party auditors and internal compliance teams. continue reading »last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events July 28–August 3

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Heart / Joan Jett & the Black Hearts / Cheap TrickThis insane combo of rock and roll legends is one of the strongest lineups out there this summer, and a gig that’s just simply not to be missed. Dubbed the “Roll Hall Three For All!” tour, expect timeless rock hit after hit, with a hefty dose of several absolutely unforgettable anthems sprinkled throughout: “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock and Roll,” “I Want You To Want Me” and “Barracuda” surely among them. Will local hellraiser Jett break out fan favorite “Crimson & Clover” so we can all raise our smartphones up, our collective “Flashlight” apps glowing and swaying along to the timeless tunes of these salvationary rock gods, the moonlit ocean, the raging, healing sea? Only one way to find out! [Read: “Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Rock Eisenhower Park” “Cheap Trick Slays The Paramount” Concert Reviews] Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. $31-$175. 7 p.m. July 28. Twist of LemmonJust back from his triumphant London West End debut, Chris Lemmon becomes his legendary father Jack Lemmon in his acclaimed multimedia play featuring live piano and an irresistible re-creation of their complex-but-loving relationship, all couched in the lore of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Includes post-show Q&A with Chris Lemmon, plus reception with Jazz guitarist Mike Soloway. Not to be missed. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $38 members, $46 public. 7 p.m. July 28.Summer Southern JamGet ready to get out on that dance floor, raise that cup of beverage high into the air, and shout “Long live rock and roll!” Yes, this night is going to be that electric, that special. These mesmerizing tributes to Southern rock legends The Allman Bros. and Lynyrd Skynyrd, featuring The Allmost Brothers Band and Freebird, have that type of effect on audiences. Expect to hear “Whipping Post,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” and all those classic tunes that made these guitar-heavy heroes so beloved! Wow. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $10-$30. 8 p.m. July 28.Concert Against Long Island Heroin EpidemicHeroin has been tightening its lethal grip on our youth in neighborhoods and communities across the country, and nowhere else is this deadly, life-shattering drug’s wrath felt worse than right here on Long Island. It’s been claiming the lives of our children and destroying families at a horrifying rate, and no matter how many resources we’ve been pouring into fighting its scourge, one thing is horrifyingly apparent: We need to amplify the battle. [Read: “How Long Island Is Losing Its War On Heroin“] This concert signifies that special power of music and self-expression, to unite, and to translate our emotions and determination into a just cause that possesses the fire to make significant impacts, and most importantly, save lives. Proceeds from this concert will help fund Suffolk County Crime Stoppers fight the Long Island heroin epidemic. Performers include Led Zeppelin tribute band Zofolk and Big Shot, the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, The Piano Man himself. Come on out to support music’s extraordinary gift of instilling hope and change. Come on out to support the countless victims of this dastardly drug, and their families. Come on out to make a difference. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $35. 8 p.m. July 28.Sugar Hill GangThe Sugar Hill Gang is considered to be hip-hop royalty. Their first hit, “Rappers Delight,” was the first hip-hop track to be a top 40 hit on the Billboard top 100. The Englewood natives never had another hit after their 1979 single, but the group is credited with paving the way for future hip-hop artists and helping bring the genre to mainstream audiences. This is your chance to experience these living legends, live, in an intimate setting, and experience for yourself the birth of this transcendental musical genre. Hip hop in tha house! Not to be missed. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. $10. 8:30 p.m. July 28.Long Island Puppet Theatre Grand ReopeningLong Island’s only puppet theatre was recently closed for renovations, but now it’s back. This celebration will include magician and balloon artist John Reid, party clown Rich Fober, music from children’s musician Keri Wirth, award-winning picture books and gifts from Diane Bauman and Kidz Entertainment, raffles, a chinese auction, food & refreshments from Tocolo Cantina and Texas Taco food truck, and more! Puppets, food, and song?! Yes, yes, yes! Long Island Puppet Theatre, 10 Heitz Pl., Hicksville. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 29.Linda FairsteinThis author will be speaking and signing copies of her new thriller Killer Look (An Alexandra Cooper Novel). Meet this gifted storyteller and tell her exactly how much you appreciate her prose, appreciate her craft, and just how petrified you were when you first read those opening chapters! Yikes! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. July 29.Rodney AtkinsDo you like country like we like country? Of course you do! So strap on them cowgirl boots and that 10-gallon hat and strut on out onto that dance floor, because this is going to be one epic country fest. Atkins clinched won the Top New Male Vocalist Award from the Academy of Country Music in 2006, and since then has been nominated for seven other awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. Head on down and see what makes audiences swoon for this guy. (Hint: He sure knows how to move up there on that there stage!) Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. $32-$36. 8 p.m. July 29.DionRock and Roll Hall of Fame member Dion will be making his way to Long Island this week. Originally a member of Dion and The Belmonts (named after Belmont Street in the Bronx), Dion has been taking his act solo for the last 40 years across the country. His more famous songs include “Runaround Sue,” which was voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002, and “Lonely Teenager.” Dion, an ageless wonder who made most of his bread performing rock tunes, has his talents span across multiple genres of music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and brings his timeless tunes to this very special evening of rock! Get ready to have a fantastic time! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury $54.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. July 29.Grateful OverkillJerry Garcia might be up there in the heavens singing along with Pigpen, Janis, Jimi and the Lizard King himself, but his spirit and music are being kept very much alive down here among us Dead Heads as well. This rockin’ gig includes Grateful Dead tribute band Half-Step and The Rumble, a band known for fusing rip-out-my-heart blues and get-up-out-the-chair-and-sing-sing-sing soul. Half-Step consists of dedicated students and fans of the Grateful Dead, attempting to capture the spirit and emulate the original band’s music, while The Rumble plays gritty, infectious original songs. Scarlet Begonias indeed! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $10-$30. 8 p.m. July 29.The DriftersThese doo-wop blues legends have been around since the ’50s, and helped to form soul music with their infectiously inspiring gospel-style vocals. Each group of The Drifters varies in members, but all reflect the same passionate R&B music we know and love. Beginning with the classic drifter Clyde McPhatter, all the way up to the current Damien Charles, the group has had more than 60 different musicians join its ranks. According to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the dramatic changes of The Drifters managed to set music trends, in addition to giving the public 13 chart-topping hits. Opening the show is Shirley Alston Reeves, the orig lead singer of Shirelles. Oh hells yes. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. $49-$60. 8 p.m. July 29.Meek MillThis Philly raised hip-hop artist has worked with artists including Akon, Waka Flocka Flame, Rick Ross, and others, released his second studio album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, in June 2015, and cracked the Billboard Top 200. His “All Eyes On You,” which features Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj, reached #21 on the Billboard Hot list with the album’s release. Mill, who has been dating rap queen Minaj since 2015, sticks to lyrics that target poverty, racism, and religion. Though he is frequently compared to Drake, Mill stands out uniquely through his serious lyrics and emotionally-intense sound.  His new album, DC4, is rumored to drop later this year. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $40-$50. 10 p.m. July 29.Laced Up – The Long Island Sneaker ConventionWe’ve all been there: Jazzin’ home-slice style in our dapper new kicks, struttin’ em out to the par-tee, jivin’ and groovin’ and bumpin’ out those smooth soles with our friends and loved ones and holdin’ our heads high. This is the local gathering for sneaker enthusiasts to buy, sell, restore, trade and customize kicks, plus much more! Exclusive raffles for rare sneakers will be held, along with auctions for sneakers, battles and the best custom sneaker competition, all to the sounds of DJ Scoota! Experience the sneaker culture at its finest! Wow. Cradle of Aviation, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. $12-$20. 5 p.m. July 30.Disturbed / Breaking Benjamin / Alter Bridge / Saint AsoniaThe latest album from Disturbed, Immortalized, was an automatic fan favorite, but the heavy metal monsters have been wowing audiences with their raw voices and aggressive nature since ’94, when they were originally called “Brawl.” Breaking Benjamin co-headlines this tour, whose new record, Dark Before Dawn, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 charts. This is an amazing chance to experience all their crushingly fantastic tunes live, with opening acts Alter Bridge and Saint Asonia, as the sea rages in the background and the moon melts the waves. Yeah. Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. $29.95-$79.95. 6:30 p.m. July 30.ParachuteThis trio, most recognizable for their singles “She Is Love” and “Can’t Help,” just dropped their fourth studio release, Wide Awake, this past March. Their soulful, passionate sound combined with romantic and swingy lyrics, is perfect for the summer season, and they’ve been wowing crowds alongside Kelly Clarkson as well as Gavin DeGraw, and selling out three headlining tours around the country. Wide Awake’s opening track, “Without You,” hints at what the group is all about, cheerful, peppy, and soaring to popularity, with more than 50,000 views on YouTube since its June release. With supporting act Brynn Elliott, this gig is not to be missed. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $25-$35. 7:30 p.m. July 30.Film Festival ShortsThis is a film lover’s dream: Eight short documentaries made by local filmmakers will be screened at this one-night-only event. To kick off the evening, Direct Cinema pioneer D.A. Pennebaker will be presenting his debut short, Daybreak Express. The film festival will focus on telling fascinating stories while giving the audience an opportunity to get a feel for the different styles these local filmmakers have to offer. Action! Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, 200 Main St., Sag Harbor. 7:30 p.m. July 30.French Cookin’ Blues BandThese New York-based bluesmen meld renditions of timeless classics and original songs into a wide variety of soul-soothing treats, all with a solid bedrock in the blues. Guitarists Doc French and Josh Goldberg set the tone with their skills on the chords, while Bassist Bobby Day brings the deep, heavy blues with his bass. Glen “Bob” Allen weaves it all together on the skins for a gig you won’t soon forget. These four have been teaming up across the region for years to deliver a deep-South feel blues show. Whether you’re a lifelong fan of the blues or not, you won’t want to miss this one! Hot damn! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. $10. 8 p.m. July 30.Vic DiBitettoWhenever there’s a blizzard, you’ve heard his now-infamous expression. Hell, whenever there’s even a hint of a snowflake even remotely predicted to fall, you’ve heard it. Why? Because it’s so hilariously true! This is the “Bread and Milk” guy! His oft-quoted rant has more than 14 million views on YouTube, and you won’t believe how funny he is live. Bring some bread and milk for the fella, we’re sure he’ll get a kick out of it, and we’re pretty positive you won’t be the only one! This guy is hilarious! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39-$69. 8 p.m. July 30.Colin JostFrom staff writer on Saturday Night Live to co-anchor on the late-night show’s Weekend Update, Colin Jost has moved his way up the comedic latter. Now he’s bringing his humor to Long Island for a night of hilarious, seam-splitting stand-up. Jost is from Staten Island and attended Harvard University, where he was president of the Ivy League’s humor publication, the Harvard Lampoon. He began his career in comedy as a staff writer at SNL in 2005 and served as co-head writer from 2012 to 2015. He is currently bringing viewers the night’s top stories with co-anchor, Michael Ché, for the wildly popular Weekend Update. Jost has garnered five Emmy Award nominations, two Writers’ Guild Awards, and a Peabody Award, which shows his genius doesn’t go unrecognized. His delivery, punchlines, and boyish charm all mashed together into a monstrous, glowing orb of hilarity will leave the audience laughing the whole night through, and into the following weeks, we’re sure. Yowzler, indeed. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. $45-$65. 8 p.m. July 30.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Release PartyBased on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, and a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first to be presented onstage. Its world premiere is in London’s West End on the same day that the script book will be released. Hogwarts! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Free with purchase of book. 9 p.m. July 30.Automat, by Berenice Abbott, 1936A Feast for the EyesThis sweeping, two-floor exhibition focused on food and dining in art, features works by an array of artists, including Audrey Flack, Red Grooms, George Grosz, Henri Matisse, Claes Oldenberg, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol, among many others. Drawn from a wide variety of media, the exhibition offers viewers eclectic portrayals of feasts, eateries, restaurants, cafés, groceries, and table settings. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Nassau County Museum of Art will also be offering public programs for adults and family groups. Well now we’re hungry. And cultured, perhaps, somehow. Wow. Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $ students and kids ages 4-12. July 30-Nov. 6.Counting Crows / Rob ThomasIf you can sing every lyric to “Accidentally In Love,” or even if you just enjoy a talented classic rock band, don’t miss out on seeing Counting Crows and Rob Thomas perform live. Rob Thomas is not only famous for his prior role as the lead singer of Matchbox 20, but he also worked with Santana on one of the most recognizable rock songs to date, “Smooth.” Check out our recent interview with Adam Duritz, lead singer of Counting Crows, and get ready to sing your heart out to all those infectious hits! Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh.  $26-$80.50. 6:45 p.m. July 31. Paul AnkaHe’s done it his way, thank you very much, and he’s even got a book, My Way, An Autobiography, to prove it. He tells stories about his personal encounters with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Dodi Fayed, Michael Jackson, Little Richard and Tom Jones, to name a few. His new album features duets with Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Michael Buble, Celine Dion and more. Anka’s been doing it “his way” for five decades and counting. Hard to believe this pop music legend started in Ottawa with his own vocal group, the Bobbysoxers, when he was only 13. Soon enough he had his first number one hit, “Diana,” and then he was on the road with Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry. This singer-songwriter once popped up in Sinatra’s Rat Pack and more recently as a co-writer of Michael Jackson’s posthumous worldwide hit, “This Is it,” cementing Anka’s stature as one of the most prolific and versatile songwriters of his generation. This is your chance to experience this living legend in an intimate setting, close to home. Magical. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. $165-$225. 8 p.m. July 31.Punjabi American NightSongs! Dances! Joy! Part of the Nassau County International Music Nights Concert Series dedicated to music and culture, this free night of mesmerizing music is bound to satisfy the soul and inspire those dancin’ feet! Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Free. 8 p.m. July 31.Irish American NightDo you like to eat bangers and mash? Enjoy drinking ale? Love to prance ’round the room with your friends and do the jig!? Of course you do. Part of the Nassau County International Music Nights Concert Series dedicated to music and culture, this free night of mesmerizing music and exuberant dance is guaranteed to leave you and all those in attendance with huge smiles on their faces and a whole lotta laughs. Oh, what an amazin’ celebration! Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Free. 8 p.m. Aug. 1.Donavon FrankenreiterTo create his fifth full-length album Start Livin’, Hawaii-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter holed up in a southern California studio for seven days with his longtime bassist Matt Grundy—and no one else. Just a dedicated duo doing what they do best. The follow-up to 2010′s Glow, Start Livin’ is a nine-track selection of folk-infused songs that sweetly reflect the simplicity of their recording. With its smooth showcasing of Frankenreiter’s rich, honey-thick vocals and masterful guitar work, Start Livin’ bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter. Don’t miss this gig. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansset. $50. 6:30, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 1.Alice In WonderlandDon’t be late for this very important date! Lewis Carroll’s magical tale is being brought to life by Long Island’s youngest actors. This timeless children’s story follows Alice down the rabbit hole into her journey through a mysterious and unfamiliar realm. Along the way, she encounters a very special rabbit, the Mad Hatter, a Cheshire cat, twins named Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb, and a Queen of Hearts. Join the adventure, remain curiouser and curiouser, and all along the way, be sure to remember Carroll’s immortal words: “Imagination is the only weapon in a war against reality.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury $19.50. 11 a.m. Aug. 2.Gemini SyndromeThese L.A.-bred alt-metal hellraisers dropped their debut, Lux, in 2013, and since then have been compared to fellow archangels Five Finger Death Punch, Tool, and Mudvayne. Their second firebomb, Memento Mori, will be unleashed August 19th. Opening the show is Stitched Up Heart, 9 Electric, Brand Of Julez, In Dead Silence and Symfinity. Don’t miss this insane lineup, or the chaos that is sure to ensue! Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $16, 18 DOS. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2.ChevelleThis trio’s stage chemistry is something that’s drawn praise from audiences the world over. “Where did this special rock and roll magic originate?” you might ask. It happened a long time ago, as each of the three original band members are brothers. Pete Loeffler is the lead singer and guitarist, Sam is on the skins, and Joe played bass until he left the band in 2005 and was replaced by Dean Bernardini, the brothers’ brother-in-law! Ha! Say that three time fast! Talk about a family affair! They hail from Chicago, where they first started hammering out their aggressive 21st century rock tunes (think Tool, just louder), and now invade The Mountler for a night of sonic fury not soon to be forgotten. Opening the show is Black Map. Damn. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $25-$60. 8 p.m. Aug. 2.Seaton SmithAlthough this funnyman hasn’t been in the business for too long, S-Squared (See what we did there?) is already becoming familiar. Smith’s energetic presence and crude humor leaves crowds roaring with laughter and splitting the seams of their pants. Hailing from Washington, D.C., Smith’s interest in comedy was sparked when he was just 10 years old. Later, he attended Howard University to study film, where he dreamed of producing a action-comedy. In 2011, he moved to Brooklyn, and three years later, his career skyrocketed. He landed the role of “Motif” on fellow comedian, John Mulaney’s, television show Mulaney. In 2015, he appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Inside Amy Schumer, and the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. He also appeared in HBO’s Girls and Hulu’s Difficult People. Now, he is touring and performing stand-up in New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Iowa. RSVP and get your tickets now, you don’t want to miss this hilarious night. Damn this guy is funny! Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. $20-$50. 8 p.m. Aug. 3.Long Beach International Film FestivalCelebrating its fifth anniversary, this year’s lineup boasts more than 30 feature films, shorts and documentaries, including independent and studio films, as well as American and international movies—even animated flicks. The festival will feature a ton of special events, such as red carpet premieres, celebrations, filmmaker receptions, awards and musical performances. The special programs planned for this year include: Shorts On The Beach series, Taste On The Beach, and the Joan Jett Music film series. Don’t miss this amazing celebration of cinematic nirvana! Long Beach Cinema 4, 179 E. Park Ave., Long Beach. Aug. 3-5.–Compiled by Kate Nalepinski, Ana Borruto & Timothy Bolger (With Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

State government auditing city of Binghamton over sewage plant

first_imgThe city of Binghamton did not respond to a request for comment. The New York State Comptroller’s Office Confirmed to 12 News an audit began last week. They say the report may take up to a year to be finalized. (WBNG) — The city of Binghamton is being audited over the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Plant. Construction at the sewage treatment plant is still ongoing. According to the state’s website, the goal of the comptroller’s audit is to improve performance, reduce cost and contribute to public accountability.last_img read more

Web platform for the development of cycling tourism in Croatia presented

first_imgAt the end of last year, as of December 28, a new website of the Coordination Body for the Development of Croatian Cyclotourism was registered on the domain , and the development of this website was one of the tasks from the Action Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism and the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020.The Coordination Body for the Development of Croatian Cyclotourism deals with directing and implementing activities on the development of Croatian cycling tourism, and was established on March 16, 2016. Lidija Mišćin from the Rural Tandem Association was elected president, while Dajana Marin from the Ministry of Tourism was elected vice president. The Coordinating Body has ten member institutions / organizations, and each member has appointed its representatives in the Coordinating Body, and you can see the list of all coordinators, ie county representatives here.The Coordination Body for the Development of Croatian Cyclotourism is working on the implementation of the main tasks and priority activities from the Croatian Cyclotourism Development Action Plan, namely: infrastructure, legislation, education, cycling tourism offer, and information and marketing. Implementation activities from the Action Plan are divided into five development measures: infrastructure, legislation, education, cycling offer, information and marketing.On the new website you will be able to follow the work of the Coordination Body and the activities of its members, information on EuroVelo and international cycling routes in Croatia will be available, implemented, current and future projects that contribute to the development of cycling tourism, information on events related to cycling and cycling tourism, public calls on the possibilities of financing projects intended for the development of cycling and cycling tourism infrastructure and offer, and various other topics. “With the new website we want to provide access to all interested users throughout Croatia and abroad and enable and invite them to active communication and cooperation with the Coordination Body and county representatives in it by sending specific proposals and information from the field, as well as exchanging experiences in the field of cycling in Croatian destinations”Point out the Ministry of Tourism.The establishment of the Coordination Body for the Development of Croatian Cyclotourism enabled the accession to the ECF (European Cycling Federation), which is the holder of the EuroVelo project, a network of European cycling routes connecting the countries of the European Union. By signing the Agreement with the ECF – European Cycling Federation, the Coordinating Body took over the rights and obligations regarding the management of EuroVelo routes. Given that four EuroVelo routes pass through Croatia, EV6 – Danube route, EV8 – Mediterranean route, EV9 – Baltic-Adriatic and EV13 – Iron Curtain Trail, one of the main tasks of the Coordination Body is, in addition to defining the national network of cycling routes based on existing local routes, integration into the European network of bicycle routes and work on their improvement.Photo: Kvarner.hrThe form is there, and the content and success of the whole story depends only on ourselves.Establishment of the Coordination Body for the Development of Croatian Cyclotourism as well as a web platform is certainly great news, in order for cyclotourism to develop as quickly and efficiently as possible, but again it is not the form but the content that is important. In Croatia, we are witnessing the establishment of various committees and working groups, while their efficiency is no or very poor. Also, the most important thing is the synergy and open dialogue of everyone from institutions, associations to people who are actively involved in the development of cycling tourism, who have the most experience and know the situation on the ground, both in Croatia and in Europe. Efficiency and speed of decision-making is a big problem in Croatia, we are too slow to accept new trends. While we only talk for years, the competition does not sleep, but makes much faster decisions, and thus moves us away by setting more and more standards. Also, in addition to the above, we lack more profession and people from the private sector who live cycling tourism every day, and the State is there to implement all activities as an extended arm so that cycling tourism can develop well.The success of the Coordination Body for the Development of Croatian Cyclotourism will be measured precisely by the efficiency and speed of decision-making. I sincerely hope that in a year of work of the Coordination Body for the development of Croatian cycling tourism we will have concrete positive changes because time flies fast, and time is our biggest “enemy” in today’s fast-growing tourist market.Side dish: Action plan for the development of Croatian cycling tourismRelated news:MARTIN ČOTAR: “THE POTENTIAL OF CYCLOTURISM IS GREAT, WE JUST NEED TO PACK AND SELL IT WELL” KREŠIMIR HERCEG, BICYCADEMY: THE POTENTIAL OF CYCLOTURISM IN SLAVONIA IS HUGElast_img read more

Riau Police arrest members of crime ring implicated in tiger organ trade

first_imgHe said the recent boom in the illegal tiger skin and organ trade could be attributed to the growing demand for such items in the black market. According to the police’s investigation, a single tiger hide could sell for between Rp 30 million and Rp 80 million, while tiger bones could sell for Rp 2 million per kilogram and fangs for Rp 500,000 to Rp 1 million each, Sunarto said.“The surge in black market prices was likely the main reason why these smugglers dared to commit such crimes. As a member of a larger international community, Indonesia has committed to putting an end to illegal tiger organ trade, given that the animals are facing extinction,” he said, adding that the Riau Police would keep tracing the movements of the larger crime syndicate involved in the illicit business.The government has recently stepped up its efforts to crack down on groups involved in the illegal trade of tiger organs across Riau.A joint team comprising personnel from the Environment and Forestry Ministry and the National Police tracked down and subsequently arrested suspected poachers and traders targeting Sumatran tigers and confiscated four fetuses of the endangered species as well as tiger hides in the province last December.According to an official estimate from the Environment and Forestry Ministry, as of last December, the Sumatran tiger population stands at no more than 600 because of a loss of habitat and poaching.Meanwhile, a report in Nature Communications estimated there were 618 adults in 2012, a 20 percent drop from 742 in 2000. (rfa)Topics : Police have apprehended three members of a crime ring allegedly involved in the illegal trade of Sumatran tiger organs in Pasir Penyu district, Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau.Riau Police chief Insp. Gen. Agung Setya Imam Effendi said the police had named three suspects – a 45-year-old Jambi local, 57-year-old North Sumatra native and and 43-year-old Ingragiri Hulu resident.“The three of them acted as couriers who transported tiger organs from Jambi to Indragiri Hulu,” Agung said in a statement on Sunday. The investigators had tracked down and monitored the suspects’ activities since Friday to follow up on a report regarding tiger organ trafficking from Muara Tebo in Jambi to Riau, he said.“Our investigation found that [the suspects] had been transporting the tiger organs in a minibus. We arrested the three suspects and seized several pieces of evidence including one dried tiger hide, four fangs and one sack of bones on Jl. Arjuna, Candi Rejo subdistrict, on Saturday at around 11 a.m.,” Agung said, adding that the suspects were detained at the Riau Police headquarters along with the evidence.Riau Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Sunarto said that, during the questioning, the suspects said that they had been paid by an individual identified only as AT to transport the animal body parts to another individual identified as HN in Air Molek subdistrict.“[The suspects] were paid Rp 2 million [US$164.14] each. HN and AT have been added to Riau Police’s most-wanted list,” Sunarto said.last_img read more

Man Utd legend Paul Scholes names the two Premier League opponents he hated facing

first_imgVieira now manages Nice in France (Picture: Getty Images)‘There’s one more that people won’t think of, when I played against Portsmouth, do you remember Papa Bouba Diop? He played for Fulham as well.‘Big, massive, they used to call him the wardrobe. Get involved with him physically, you’re absolutely wasting your time.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I always found him awkward to play against.‘Look, he wasn’t a Patrick Vieira, of course he wasn’t, but he still had talent. As far as players being awkward to play against, I always found him a nuisance.’MORE: Paul Scholes names the Manchester United legends who ‘loved’ arguing with Sir Alex FergusonMORE: Manchester United still intend to sign Jude Bellingham, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish in next transfer windowFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 May 2020 7:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link287Shares Advertisement Man Utd legend Paul Scholes names the two Premier League opponents he hated facing Scholes often got the better of his midfield opponents (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has revealed he despised coming up against ex-Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira and former Fulham hardman Papa Bouba Diop as they were so ‘awkward’ to deal with.As well as being known for his exceptional passing range, the tough-tackling midfield general amassed the fifth-most yellow cards of any player in Premier League history over his 20-year career at Old Trafford.Scholes won an impressive 11 league titles under Sir Alex Ferguson and earned 66 caps for England, but despite his many accolades, he hated the physical challenge posed by Vieira and Bouba Diop.He told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘As a midfield player, especially the way I played, I didn’t really have to beat people, I didn’t have to be stronger than the other person, I didn’t have to be quicker than the other person, it was more my passing that beat them.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I suppose the awkward ones… obviously Patrick Vieira, he’s so long, he’s so big. You think you’ve got the ball, next minute he nicks the ball over your head.‘He was a clever player as well, he could play one-twos around you, he could score goals, he could make goals.last_img read more