Paddington Bear 50p coin released to celebrate his 60th anniversary

first_imgSilver and Gold proof versions of the coins are also available. The silver proof coins feature Paddington in colour, and are priced at £60 each, while the gold proof coins are priced at £780 each.Available today: The BRAND NEW limited edition Paddington™ Silver Proof 50p.This is the first time this beloved character has featured on a UK 50p.Find out more here: https://t.co/AB25LR7rUq #PaddingtonBear #paddington pic.twitter.com/FOI5vmBGfP— Westminster Intl. (@WestminsterIntl) June 18, 2018 The Royal Mint has put Paddington Bear on the 50 pence coin to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his first adventure.Royal Mint designer David Knapton won a competition to design two Paddington coins, which show the bear sitting on his suitcase in front of a train at Paddington Station, and in front of Buckingham Palace. Paddington Bear 50p coin released to celebrate his 60th anniversary Tagged with: Finance Royal Mint  The Queen had requested that Paddington feature on the coins to celebrate the 60th anniversary and they were officially released on 18 June. One coin accidentally made it out of The Royal Mint early however, to be found by a student in her change. It attracted £16,000 in bids on eBay. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8center_img  231 total views,  3 views today Melanie May | 25 June 2018 | News  232 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Ukraine arrests second journalist on Interpol red notice

first_img Receive email alerts October 18, 2017 Ukraine arrests second journalist on Interpol red notice Fikret Huseynli, a journalist of Azerbaijani origin living in exile in the Netherlands, this week became the second foreign journalist to be arrested at a Kiev airport on the basis of an Interpol red notice in the past month. He follows Uzbek journalist Narzullo Akhunzhonov, who was arrested on arrival from Turkey on 20 September. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Ukrainian authorities to free Huseynli at once and calls for an urgent reform of Interpol, whose red notice system is often abused by repressive governments in order to pursue dissidents after they have fled abroad. Huseynli was about to board a flight to Düsseldorf at Boryspil International Airport on 14 October when he was arrested under a red notice issued by Interpol at the Azerbaijani government’s request. It accused him of “crossing a border illegally” and “fraud.” Following his arrest, a Kiev court ordered him held for 18 days pending examination of his appeal. The fact that Huseynli was arrested when he left, and not when he arrived, would seem to reflect the political reasons behind the red notice’s accusations. His arrest appears to have been encouraged by Azerbaijani officials who were at the airport as he was about to leave and who wanted to take advantage of his visit to Ukraine to detain him. “Ukraine must not abet the attempts of regimes such as Azerbaijan’s to extend their persecution beyond their borders,” RSF said. “We call for Fikret Huseynli’s immediate release, as he would face politically-motivated charges. This latest case underlines the urgent need to reform Interpol’s red notice system in order to quickly end the pursuit of dissidents after they flee into exile.” Huseynli fled Azerbaijan in 2008 after being persecuted in various ways. He was badly injured in an attack by masked men in 2006, when he worked for the opposition newspaper Azadlig. After fleeing the country, he obtained political asylum in the Netherlands and now works for Turan TV, an Azerbaijani opposition TV channel based outside the country. The number of Interpol red notices has grown almost five-fold in the past decade, from 2,804 in 2006 to 12,878 in 2016, prompting criticism from civil society groups that has finally received some attention. Interpol began reinforcing its appeal mechanism in 2015 but much remains to be done, both as regards putting the reforms into practice and providing better filtering of requests from repressive states. This was stressed in an April 2017 resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which called on Interpol “to continue improving its red notice procedure in order to prevent and redress abuses even more effectively.” Azerbaijan is ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. After eliminating the last vestiges of an independent press in the past three years, its authorities are now trying to extend their reach beyond its borders. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia RSF_en Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says to go further News UkraineAzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentExiled mediaPredatorsViolenceImprisoned Organisation “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayscenter_img UkraineAzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentExiled mediaPredatorsViolenceImprisoned RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 8, 2021 Find out more June 4, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News News June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Flood’s a comin’

first_img Sponsored Content “For some, this will be their first time to see an opera,” Hix said. “For others, it will be their first time to be in an opera.”“Noah’s Flood” is 50 minutes in length, a time, which is perfect for children, Hix said.“Admission is free, so we encourage everyone to come early to find a seat on the boat,” Hix said.“Noah’s Flood” is sponsored through a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, a partner with the National Endowment for the Arts. Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Noah’s Flood will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13, at First Baptist Church of Troy by the students in the Troy University John Long School of Music, children from the Troy Elementary School choir and members of First Baptist Church.Dr. Catherine Allard will be the Voice of God.“‘Noah’s Flood’ is for all ages and Benjamin Britten wrote the play to include children,” Hix said. “In this production, we have between 70 and 80 kids and a large number of people from First Baptist, including the Hand Bell Choir.” Email the author Published 10:12 pm Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Skip Book Nook to reopen The story of Noah and the Flood is one of the most well known of all Bible stories. It’s the story of how God sends a great flood to destroy the earth because of man’s wickedness. God tells Noah, the righteous man of his generation, to build an ark and save his family and two of all the animals on earth.Noah obeyed God.Benjamin Britten’s new-old miracle play, “Noah’s Flood” tells the story of Noah’s faithfulness coupled with a comical element. Britten’s opera is one that people of all ages will enjoy and appreciate, said Michael Hix, producer. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Flood’s a comin’ The opera will feature a professional orchestra and a secondary student orchestra.“Benjamin Britten’s ‘Noah’s Flood’ tells the story in a humorous way,” Hix said. “Noah’s wife is stubborn and won’t leave her home. Her friends, the gossips, want to get on the ark so they tie her up and forcefully take her onto the boat.“A unique feature of the ‘Noah’s Flood’ is that the audience is featured in the role of the opera chorus. That’s why it’s performed in the church rather than a theater.”The audience — the congregation — sings a hymn at the beginning of the play, in the middle and when the rainbow appears. You Might Like Brundidge Street project moving along The Troy City Council took a step Tuesday that brings the construction of a Brundidge Street renovation one step closer… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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CENTCOM releases video of US Navy BAMS-D shoot down

first_img View post tag: Iran View post tag: US Navy The US Central Command (CENTCOM) has confirmed that a US Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (or BAMS-D) ISR unmanned aircraft was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile system. It has released a video of the shoot down.The command said the aircraft was operating in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz at approximately 11:35 p.m. GMT on June 19, 2019.CENTCOM refuted Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran.According to a New York Times report, preparations for a retaliatory attack by the US had been well underway when they were abruptly called off. The strike was to take place in the early morning hours of June 21 to minimize risk to the Iranian military and civilians. Other reports said US Navy assets in the region had been put on a 72-hour standby for a potential strike.The BAMS-D is a RQ-4A Global Hawk high-altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and is a predecessor to the MQ-4C Triton, which had initially been suspected to have been shot down in the attack’s immediate aftermath.The video below, released by CENTCOM, shows the purported drone shoot-down.Iran has also released footage of the event in a video which allegedly shows the launch of a surface-to-air missile on June 19.#Breaking Iran releases video of shooting down US RQ-4 drone, also flight path of the drone. pic.twitter.com/oOqExLvq5X— Amirhosein (@Amirh_91) June 20, 2019 View post tag: strait of hormuz View post tag: RQ-4A Global Hawkcenter_img View post tag: MQ-4C Triton Photo: File photo of an RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle conducting tests over Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Share this articlelast_img read more

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Face mask order in St. Joseph County extended through end of 2020

first_img Google+ Pinterest Face mask order in St. Joseph County extended through end of 2020 By Jon Zimney – September 5, 2020 0 465 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Facebook (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) The face mask order in St. Joseph County that was set to expire on Monday has been extended through the end of the year.The St. Joseph County Health amended the order to specifically calling for face masks to fit over one’s nose and mouth and snugly against the sides of one’s face.They’ve also now just suggested face masks for children ages 2 through 5, instead of requiring them to wear masks. WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Twitter Previous articleLaPorte County police looking for woman with 11 active warrantsNext article$1,000 reward offered for the arrest shooting suspect connected to child’s death 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. Pinterest Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

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Listen To Phil Lesh Discuss Every Year Of The Grateful Dead’s History

first_imgGrateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh just finished a two-year-long series of performances at Terrapin Crossroads, each honoring a specific year in the Dead’s history. From 1965 through 1995, Phil Lesh recruited his Family Band and recreated a show during each year, taking fans on a journey down through memory lane.Each show also started with a discussion of that year in the Dead’s history, where Lesh would sit down with acclaimed Grateful Dead photographer Jay Blakesberg and talk about the band, the culture, and so much more. With interesting tidbits and trivia, these chats became an endearing tradition to accompany Lesh’s reworking of classic Grateful Dead shows.With the series now complete, a new playlist compiled by Osty Gale chronicles each of these intimate yearly chats. Listen to the full playlist, or pick and choose your favorite years, below.Talking Grateful Dead History With Phil Lesh1965 (Date of TXR Performance: 01/02/2015 Recreated Show: Early Repertoire)1966 (Date of TXR Performance: 01/03/2015) Recreated Show: 12/01/66 (mostly)1967 (Date of TXR Performance: 01/16/2015) Recreated Show: 03/18/67)1968 (Date Of TXR Performance: 01/29/2015) Recreated Show: 02/14/68)1969 (Date of TXR Performance: 02/06/2015) Recreated Show: 02/22/691970 (Date of TXR Performance: 02/07/2015) Recreated Show: 5/24/70 (electric portion only)1971 (Date of TXR Performance: 03/01/2015) Recreated Show: 12/14/71)1972 (Night 1) (Date of TXR Performance: 03/28/2015) Recreated Show: 03/26/72)1972 (Night 2) (Date of TXR Performance: 03/29/2015) Recreated Show: 12/10/72)1973 (Date of TXR Performance: 04/27/2015) Recreated Show: 02/28/73)1974 (Date of TXR Performance: 04/28/2015) Recreated Show: 05/14/74)1975 (Date of TXR Performance: 05/04/2015) Recreated Show: 08/13/75)1976 (Date of TXR Performance: 05/27/2015) Recreated Show: 06/04/76)1977 (Date of TXR Performance: 06/13/2015) Recreated Show: 06/09/77)1978 (Date of TXR Performance: 07/16/2015) Recreated Show: 07/08/78)1979 (Date of TXR Performance: 07/19/2015) Recreated Show: 09/02/79)1980 (Date of TXR Performance: 08/27/2015) Recreated Show: 06/21/80)1981 (Date of TXR Performance: 08/30/2015) Recreated Show: 09/12/81)1982 (Date of TXR Performance: 01/19/2016) Recreated Show: 02/17/1982)1983 (Date of TXR Performance: 02/11/2016) Recreated Show: 05/13/83)1984 (Date of TXR Performance: 02/22/2016) Recreated Show: 10/12/84)1985 (Date of TXR Performance: 03/25/2016) Recreated Show: 6/30/85)1986 (Date of TXR Performance: 04/12/2016) Recreated Show: 12/31/86)1987 (Date of TXR Performance: 05/24/2016) Recreated Show: 09/18/87)1988 (Date of TXR Performance: 06/07/2016) Recreated Show: 07/31/88)1989 (Date of TXR Performance: 06/28/2016) Recreated Show: 10/09/89)1990 (Date of TXR Performance: 07/20/2016) Recreated Show: 03/29/90)1991 (Date of TXR Performance: 07/21/2016) Recreated Show: 09/14/91)1992 (Date of TXR Performance: 08/16/2016) Recreated Show: 12/16/92)1993 Talk (Date of TXR Performance: 09/20/2016) Recreated Show: 09/28/93)1994 show (Date of TXR Performance: 10/17/2016) Recreated Show: 10/13/94)1995 (Date of TXR Performance: 11/07/2016) Recreated Show: 06/24/95)*Note: The 1992 & 1993 talks are included on the 1994 talk, as Blakesberg had other commitments upon those scheduled shows, so they had the 1992/1993/1994 talks together.last_img read more

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5 Key Behaviors for a Successful Digital Transformation

first_imgFor the senior IT manager looking to stay ahead of digital transformation trends, the scope of responsibilities have dramatically changed from just a few years ago. For a successful digital transformation, this means taking on new responsibilities in addition to managing traditional roles. In the whitepaper, “The Modern CIO: Digitally Delivering Business Transformation,” I’ve laid out five key areas that contrast the CIO’s traditional responsibilities with corresponding new behaviors that can help you drive effective business transformation.1) Manage total cost of ownership (TCO) AND create value and revenueDecades ago, early digitization projects focused on implementing financial software in order to streamline costs. Lower TCO ever since has been one of the key measurements for IT project success. Flash forward several decades and IT spend in many organizations has now moved outside of the official IT organization. Leading analysts have seen at least 29% of IT spend now taking place outside the IT organization on initiatives that have direct revenue impact.The trend to digitalization has caused IT to change from a cost center to a profit generating business driver. 63% of CIOs today see their key focus now is to make money as opposed to mainly saving money for the company.2)  Manage business processes AND deliver business decisionsBig data and data analytics are key cornerstones to many digital transformation projects. Mobility, Internet of Things, and social media are resulting in an explosion of data. All of this data provides an enormous opportunity for you to gain business insights that can produce greater revenue and profitability through efficient, data driven decision making.Sensus, an energy and utilities business, is an excellent example of this. By creating a data lake they were able to use the Dell EMC PowerEdge 730xd to manage the huge amounts of data they were gathering to make faster decisions on devices they have in the field. They took a process analyzing over 200 terabytes of real-time data, and shortened analysis time to less than a minute. Using IT as a business driver enabled them “to provide faster and more accurate results to the business so that we make really good decisions with real data.”3) Maintain internal IT focus AND increase customer focusSenior IT management still is the point of contact for the internal IT infrastructure, but in this new era you also need timely insights into what your customers care about. In a recent survey, CIOs stated that better engagement with customers was a key priority with 40% of CIOs spending at least one day out of their week outside of IT.Following this trend, Anana, a contact-center organization, used IT to gain closer customer interaction by deploying a cloud solution with a strong social media platform using the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX architecture. Anana offers an excellent example of how to convert customer contact away from telephony and toward social media, web chat, and mobile apps. This can enable you to reduce costs and directly improve your customer’s experience.4) Block external security threats AND internal security exploits As the physical and virtual infrastructures of businesses have blurred, the potential increase for cyber-security breaches has grown exponentially. There was a time when having a strong firewall and updated anti-virus software was considered sufficient to secure valuable business data. This was an outside in approach. With the growth of mobility and IoT, the list of “insiders” for you to worry about has expanded. Once security exploits gain entry, malware can rapidly spread through east/west data center traffic throughout your IT environment.Modern security requires proactive security features built directly into the IT infrastructure. The Dell EMC integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) brings security right into the hardware. It offers an inside out approach from deployment, to repurposing, monitoring, upgrading, and decommissioning. It’s a lifecycle of security built directly into the DNA of the IT infrastructure.5) Utilize customization AND automation An inadequate skillset has been cited as one of the top barriers to digital transformation. Many organizations find it difficult to hire employees with the skills needed, delaying their business transformation goals. As a result, they often turn to expensive third parties to provide time-intensive customization work required for the transformation.Automation offers a key solution to the skills shortage. By deploying automation tools, your skills shortages can be alleviated and time to transformation can be accelerated. Liaocheng University is an example of an organization that completed a digital transformation product by creating a “smart city” solution based on the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX2. They were able to manage their skill shortage by automating application deployment and in the process decreasing deployment time by 85%!Check out the whitepaper for other great examples of how to do big things for your business with digital transformation and Dell EMC PowerEdge server technology.last_img read more

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Trail Mix – Steep Canyon Rangers Chat & Ticket Giveaway!

first_imgMany years ago, while still living in Charlottesville, a buddy of mine buzzed me and made a simple query . . . . Want to go see this bluegrass band at the Prism Coffeehouse tonight?I did, we went, and I have been a fan of that band that neither of us had ever heard of before – Steep Canyon Rangers – for nearly twenty years now.Two decades later, the Rangers have established themselves as a bluegrass force, playing to appreciative crowds across the country, touring and recording with legendary comedian Steve Martin, and garnering multiple awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association and a Grammy for their 2012 release Nobody Knows You.This week, the band celebrates the release of its brand new record, Out In The Open, with a special hometown show in Asheville.Trail Mix caught up with banjo player Graham Sharp to chat about the new record, band changes, and their record release show this weekend.BRO – You guys are well into your second decade as a band. Is there any way to explain how what began as a hobby, and now includes a Grammy, turned into a career?GS – When you really enjoy something, putting in the hours, the months, the years doesn’t feel like work. This career is a blessing, and has its own challenges, but being there with this group of guys, I can’t help but remember how far we’ve come and still have to go.BRO – With Charlie leaving, the band experienced its first significant personnel shake up in a long time. What does your new bassist, Barrett Smith, bring to the group?GS – Barrett has been part of the Steep Canyon Ranger extended family since the band was founded, so it’s kind of like our favorite uncle just moved in with us and brought a suitcase full of musical brilliance and personal warmth.BRO – You will feature members of the Asheville Symphony at your release show. How big is the jump from bluegrass to symphonic arrangements?GS – We’ve been working with an arrange named Jonathan Sacks, who has worked on the Toy Story movies and with Metallica, to really integrate the symphony sound with ours. It basically feels like normal, except with a freight train of sound at your back.BRO – We are featuring “Going Midwest” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?GS – I wrote “Going Midwest” a year or two ago, and it is loosely based on Nick from The Great Gatsby. We had been playing it all sorts of ways, but one day Mike Ashworth and Woody were playing it, just the two of them in this large, tiled locker room backstage somewhere. The sound was big and beautiful and it’s how we’ve done it ever since.BRO – Got anything special in store for the hometown crowd this weekend?GS – We’re going to put on a high energy show, and we’ve got a couple new tricks up our sleeves. We’ll get everybody dancing and warmed up this weekend. River Whyless, an amazing young band from Western North Carolina, is opening the show, so get there early!Steep Canyon Rangers take to this stage of the Explore Asheville.com Arena this Saturday, January 27th, and you can snag a pair of tickets right here! Take a shot at the trivia question down below. Send your answer to [email protected] A winner of two tickets to the show will be chosen from all correct answers received by 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 25th!Trivia Question . . . . I dug way back for this one. From the song “Call The Captain,” off the band’s 2008 release Lovin’ Pretty Women, where does the narrator say he won’t be going?For more information on Steep Canyon Rangers, the new record, and where near you their tour might be bringing them, surf on over to the band’s website.Be sure to check out “Going Midwest,” along with tracks from Luthi, Ben Miller Band, David Myles, and Heather Maloney on this month’s Trail Mix.Photo by Jimmy Warshamlast_img read more

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Destroy your credit union marketing plan and re-build it!

first_img 95SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Kassing Jay Kassing is President of MARQUIS, a Texas based provider of marketing analytics solutions including MCIF/CRM software, MCIF services, profitability, compliance, consulting and direct mail creative/fulfillment. Jay has … Web: www.gomarquis.com Details Jack Welch once said, “If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.” Is your financial institution changing how you spend money to acquire clients – is it changing as fast as the market is changing around you? If not, then pay close attention to the following 600 words or so. And take heed – now is the time to destroy your credit union marketing plan and rebuild it!The Financial Brand recently outlined the breakdown of marketing spending at financial institutions. In this research, they found that most marketers still plan to allocate and spend over 50% of their budgets on traditional media (Radio, TV, Billboard and such) even through 2017. Does your marketing fit this profile?The rate of change is faster at other institutions. Marketers elsewhere have embraced data analytics and action, and leveraging the digital world. Are you the problem for your institution’s lack of change? Is your management holding your marketing back? Maybe your institution is still living with the notion that nothing has really changed. Change is everywhere. Marketing is centered on the digital world today. And this change requires a constant and substantive understanding of client data.The pace of spending growth in the digital world is without comparison. Further, the growth of data analytics and proven results via these digital methods is rendering traditional marketing virtually obsolete. As a marketer, you must understand how you will gather the right information, leverage predictive analytics and automate action, so that you can leverage digital one-to-one marketing ASAP and rebuild your marketing budget to match.Scared? Good. Fear is often the most direct catalyst for change.As a marketer, are you comfortable collecting and analyzing data? Can you discern the relevance of the information and identify trends, patterns and meaning from client information in the context of the market(s) you serve? Even if you can do this, a better question might be, is data analytics where you find your joy? There is zero shame in saying “no.” Of course, all of this even presumes you have the time…Data scientists/analysts are unique creatures. They have the uncommon skill of understanding not just the data, but the marketing context and value held in the data. These folks are very left-brain/right-brain co-dominant species, and very hard to find. In August 2014 The Wall Street Journal described people with this skill set as “unicorns.” Clearly this implies that effective data analysts are as hard to find as the mythical unicorn. It would also stand to reason that if you don’t have the talent for data analytics; it is neither surprising nor even unusual. Very few marketers are built this way, which is why the “unicorns” among us are so unique.It’s important to note that you don’t have to do data analytics yourself. And you don’t even have to add a unicorn to your staff. You can outsource this skill set to get all the value and benefits from data analytics and action, without the life sucking responsibility of doing it yourself. Great, right!?!There are outside experts who can do this for you. Hire a unicorn that will work for you on an outsourced basis. They will collect your data, analyze it, refine it, and make extremely specific recommendations that will enable them to take targeted action on your behalf…every day. Doing this isn’t hard. Mutual communication about your goals and objectives – and proof that action taken from the information is working – is required. It is all about results. Nothing else matters. (Yes, full disclosure – our OnTrax product is perfect for this unicorn need.)You can embrace OnTrax (or another firm’s version) and see how quickly the pace of change in your organization’s marketing efforts will exceed what others are doing… better yet, provable revenue and profit growth will inspire your senior management to give you even more budget to invest.But you will likely have to destroy your marketing plan, and rebuild it!last_img read more

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CUNA following appropriations bills, DOL overtime hearing

first_imgCUNA will be watching two appropriations bills this week for amendments that may affect financial services. The U.S Senate is expected to resume consideration of the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016 (H.R. 2028), while the House may consider the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (H.R. 4909).Also this week, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship will conduct a hearing examining the U.S Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, starting at 10 a.m. (ET).The DOL proposed changes in overtime pay in 2015–changes that would increase the threshold of overtime pay eligibility by more than twice the current rate. CUNA, in its comment letter, said the proposal would make it extremely difficult for credit unions to comply with the rule.CUNA has backed House and Senate bills, the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707/H.R. 4773), that would require the DOL to fully analyze the impact of the proposal. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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