Oscar winner, ‘Sound of Music’ star Christopher Plummer dies

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Christopher Plummer, the dashing award-winning actor who played Captain von Trapp in the film “The Sound of Music” and at 82 became the oldest Academy Award winner in history, has died. He was 91. Plummer enjoyed varied roles ranging from the film “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” to the voice of the villain in 2009′s “Up” and as a canny lawyer in Broadway’s “Inherit the Wind.” But it was opposite Julie Andrews as von Trapp that made him a star. He was given Canada’s highest civilian honor when he was invested as Companion of the Order of Canada in 1968.last_img

Beautiful Weekend Ahead

first_imgJAMESTOWN – A cool air mass over Western New York is slated to bring a quiet weekend. Although it will be cooler with temperatures running well below the average of 76. For your Saturday, plenty of sunshine with a few clouds around. Highs only in the lower-60’s.Tonight it will remain clear but temperatures bottom out into the upper-30’s to lower-40’s. Patchy frost is possible inland away from the lakes. If you have plants outside, it may be a good idea to cover them for the night. Sunday will feature more sunshine and a bit more warmth as highs will reach to near 70.A blocking high pressure system will remain parked in place for most of the upcoming week. This will provide for plenty of sunshine everyday through the week. With the next best chance of rain not being until near the end of the week. Temperatures will begin a gradual warming pattern over this period. Highs in the mid-70’s on Monday, reaching the lower-80’s by mid week.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dealer.com Ranked #150 fastest growing company in North America on Deloitte’s 2010 Technology Fast 500

first_imgDealer.com,Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external)), the global leader in online marketing solutions for auto dealers, today announced that it ranked number 150 on the 2010 Technology Fast 500(TM), Deloitte’s ranking of 500 of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Rankings are based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth during the period from 2005-2009. Dealer.com grew 678 percent during this period.Dealer.com’s CEO, Mark Bonfigli, credits innovative technology and a unique culture with the company’s rapid growth over the past five years. He said:”We are pleased to again be ranked highly in this prestigious competition – and to have improved our ranking in each of the last three years. To a large extent, this success reflects our technical expertise and ability to provide dealers, OEMs and digital media companies with innovative solutions that help them sell more cars and increase their efficiency and profitability. But just as important is our unique culture emphasizing responsibility for the health, well-being and career development of our employees, which attracts highly motivated people who want to work hard and make a difference in the industry and the world around them.””Dealer.com and the other 2010 Technology Fast 500(TM) winners forged ahead in a challenging economic environment to realize exceptional growth,” said Phil Asmundson, vice chairman and Deloitte’s U.S. technology, media and telecommunications leader. “Deloitte commends Dealer.com for this impressive accomplishment.””Dealer.com has proved itself to be one of the fastest growing tech companies in North America, and we are proud to honor them as one of the 2010 Technology Fast 500(TM),” said Mark Jensen, managing partner, venture capital services, Deloitte & Touche LLP.Dealer.com previously ranked number 214 as a Technology Fast 500(TM) award winner for 2009, and was ranked number 236 in 2008.For additional detail on the Technology Fast 500(TM) including selection and qualifying criteria, visit www.fast500.com(link is external).About Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external))Dealer.com is the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, providing award winning e-marketing solutions to OEMs, auto dealers and media companies. The company’s innovative websites and integrated online tools significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability. More dealerships use the Dealer.com platform than any other platform in the world.Recent national and international accolades include: Inc. magazine’s 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces and Inc. 5000, The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, top ranking in The Net Promoterà ® Score Survey of customer satisfaction, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and the Web Marketing Association’s Automobile Standard of Excellence. In addition, Dealer.com was the 2009 Top Rated Website Provider on DrivingSales.com, and won the 2010 Dealers’ Choice Diamond Award for Best Website Solution and the 2009 Most Comprehensive Search Marketing Platform Award from the Automotive Search Marketing Association. For more information visit: http://www.dealer.com/promo/look-inside.htm(link is external).About DeloitteAs used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about(link is external) for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries.Source: dealer.com. BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Midwest utilities ‘surprised’ by customer interest in solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:As Midwest utilities offer solar subscription plans, customers are sending a clear message: They want more.On May 4, the Omaha Public Power District sold the last available share for a utility-owned solar project under construction on a piece of degraded land a few miles from the utility’s shuttered nuclear plant. “We knew the demand was there, but I can say we were overwhelmingly surprised it sold out so quickly,” said Tricia McKnight, a product specialist with the Omaha Public Power District. “I think customers are a lot more environmentally sensitive than we expected.”The utility is among several in the region that is offering or preparing to offer subscription programs marketed as community solar. Critics say the offerings stretch the definition of community solar, but customers appear eager.The Omaha Public Power District had initially planned to make the program exclusive to residential customers for 90 days before opening it up to all customers, including commercial and industrial. That won’t happen anymore because of the strong demand from residential customers. In about five weeks, approximately 870 customers committed to all the power that the 5-megawatt array is expected to produce. Subscribers bought enough generation to offset, on average, about 90% of their electricity use. They will pay a premium of 79 cents per block of 100 kilowatt-hours. For a typical residential customer, that will be about $7 extra per month.And if the cost of solar energy falls — as McKnight expects it will — they could receive a credit on their bills. More than 100 customers have indicated they’d like a piece of a second array. Generation on the first one is likely to begin in August. Massive flooding in Nebraska in March delayed construction, McKnight said.Ameren Missouri also got a warm reception from customers when it opened up its first solar project for subscription last fall. Within 55 days, on Dec. 10, customers had spoken for all 1 MW of generation. Customers are continuing to queue up for solar power. Ameren’s project is “78% oversubscribed,” according to a company spokesman Brad Brown.More: Midwest utilities ‘overwhelmingly surprised’ by solar subscription demand Midwest utilities ‘surprised’ by customer interest in solarlast_img read more

Mexico nabs 4 accused of slaying federal police

first_imgBy Dialogo July 24, 2009 MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police have captured four men accused of slaying 12 federal agents and dumping their bloodied bodies along a highway in President Felipe Calderon’s home state of Michoacan, federal authorities said Wednesday. The head of the Federal Police’s anti-drug unit, Ramon Pequeno, said the suspects belong to the La Familia drug cartel. The federal officers were killed the weekend of July 12, when the gang retaliated for the arrest of an alleged gang leader by launching more than a dozen attacks on federal forces in one of the boldest offensives against the government. At least 18 federal agents died in the attacks, in which gunmen threw grenades and fired at federal police stations. Pequeno said one of the suspects, Jose Lopez, was caught Tuesday carrying a gun of one of the slain agents in the town of Arteaga, where the officers had been gathering intelligence. The three other suspects were stopped by police while riding in a taxi Tuesday in Michoacan state, Pequeno said. He did not give further details. Pequeno said Lopez told authorities the government’s actions have left La Familia in a critical situation. The suspect also told police about some of the inner workings of the cartel, which emerged in 2006 after breaking off from the Gulf Cartel, according to a transcript of his statements released by the Federal Police. Lopez, who said he was paid 3,000 pesos ($226) a week, said La Familia regularly lectures its members on how to conduct themselves, forbidding them from driving over the speed limit, getting drunk or dealing methamphetamines within Michoacan. He said the cartel only allows methamphetamines to be smuggled abroad. La Familia, which is notorious of beheading its rivals, has long released messages trying to portray itself as the defender of the security of ordinary citizens. The government increased the presence of federal forces by 5,500 soldiers and police after the attacks. Federal police were told the top priority was arresting those who killed the agents. Interior Secretary Fernando Gomez Mont said La Familia is acting out of desperation and he challenged the cartel to take on federal forces. “Sirs, we are waiting for you,” Gomez Mont said. “Mess with authorities, not with citizens. That’s the invitation we’re making you.” Michoacan has been at the center of Calderon’s drug war. Calderon first sent troops to the state after taking office in December 2006 to launch his organized crime crackdown. During an unprecedented sweep against politicians in May, federal authorities arrested more than two dozen mayors and state officials in Michoacan for allegedly protecting La Familia. Cartels have responded to the nationwide crackdown with a vengeance. More than 11,000 people have been killed by drug violence since 2006. The government says most of the victims are drug traffickers fighting rivals for lucrative drug routes to the United States.last_img read more

How credit unions can build an innovation culture

first_imgOrganizations frequently name “innovation” as a key ingredient in their secret sauce for success. In fact, research studying CEOs across the world found 64 percent of those surveyed believe innovation and operational effectiveness are equally important to a company’s success. This seems to indicate an increasing strategic interest in developing innovation cultures.In its truest sense, an innovation culture is a work environment fostering unorthodox thinking and application. Establishing such a culture requires time, effort and, above all, leadership that supports it. Beyond that, there are a few other important elements for credit unions to consider.Challenging the norm. Credit unions sticking to the status quo quickly stifle any possibility of innovation. They should instead embrace change and challenge processes, even those that are working. Asking questions such as, “How could this be better than it is today?” can have the power to spark creativity. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PSCU’s KnockOut gathers credit unions from across the country to compete in annual innovation marathon

first_img continue reading » PSCU is bringing together credit union thought leaders and their leading-edge ideas to compete in its seventh annual innovation marathon, KnockOut. The 24-hour competition will take place May 14-16, 2019, at our headquarters in St. Petersburg, Fla. Fourteen teams from 11 different Owner credit unions – from Washington, D.C., to Hawaii – will compete to design the brightest, freshest solutions for the credit unions of tomorrow.The theme for this year’s competition, “Discover Your Possibilities,” aligns with the event’s goal to help PSCU Owner credit unions effectively compete, win and prosper in the payments industry. KnockOut features four- to five-person teams that have 24 hours to ideate, design and present their breakthrough prototype and marketing ideas to a panel of judges. Each team must explain its product’s function, feasibility, industry impact, time to market, cost and ROI. The idea must also fall into one of three categories: member experience, credit union experience or growth.Each team will select one presenter to sell its idea in seven minutes to the judging panel. Semi-finalists will then be selected to proceed to the Spotlight Round. Finalists will present and be videoed, and the winner will be voted on by PSCU employees and our Owner credit unions to determine first, second and third places. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Why credit unions need to emphasize digital convenience and utility

first_imgIn our weekly newsletter, we shared a short PR blurb about how Sound Credit Union recently completed a Zelle® integration. Sound Credit Union is well over $1b in assets, which raised several questions:Are other leading credit unions also late to the peer-to-peer (P2P) payments game?Is P2P capability on the 2021 roadmap for smaller credit unions?How is this even newsworthy?Well, we know the answer to the last question. Difficult cores, cantankerous online banking providers, and integration woes make P2P technology a real pain. But convenient utilities like Zelle® are increasingly necessary for credit unions…Unless you like losing market share to fintechs and big banks! continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Norway founds pension panel to gauge success of 2011 reform

first_imgKristin Skogen Lund, CEO of media company Schibsted, has been named as the committee’s leader.“The main point of the committee’s work is that we want a pension system that is economically and socially sustainable and one that emphasises the value of being able to keep working,” Solberg said.The government said the committee had been given extensive duties – to evaluate whether the long-term goals of the reform had been able to be achieved, and to assess the need for adjustments that could ensure the financial and social sustainability of the pension system.The system should provide good pension levels, it said, while ensuring reasonable burden sharing both within each generation and between generations.“It is therefore important to stick to the main principles of the pension reform,” the government said in its announcement.The reform a decade ago was broadly aimed at increasing pensions flexibility while at the same time encouraging people to work longer.The new committee comprises representatives appointed by Norway’s political parties as well as professionals with specialist knowledge of pensions and public finances, the government said.Labour market interests would be involved via a council which would be established to follow the committee’s work and provide input, it said.Representatives of youth parties would also be invited to provide ideas, in order to make sure the younger generations were involved in shaping the pension system of the future, it added.Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, the labour and social affairs minister, said a pension system had to be predictable and long term, and it could take decades for changes to have full effect.“For this very reason, it is important to facilitate broad political settlements in pension policy,” he said.Besides politicians, the 12-strong committee includes four professors –  Ola Grytten of NHH Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen; Axel West Pedersen of the Institute for Social Research in Oslo; Ragnar Torvik of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and Kjell Vaage, professor at the University of Bergen.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The Norwegian government has announced it is setting up a panel of politicial representatives and pension experts from various sectors, to investigate how successful the last pension reform was – and pinpoint new work that now needs to be done.Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said: “The pension reform is perhaps the most important welfare reform of recent times.”It was therefore crucial, she said, to evaluate whether the legislative overhaul was working as intended and consider whether any adjustments were now needed.The government has given the new pensions committee nearly two years to do its work, setting a deadline for its final report of March 2022.last_img read more

Is your suburb at risk of a bushfire this year?

first_imgUnderstanding your risk of bushfire is crucial for your safety and, on the extreme end, your survival. You should know both how bushfires will affect you, and what preparations you’ll need to make in advance of bushfire season.The first place for people to start is either the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website says Superintendent James Haig of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.“I’d recommend you hop online and take advantage of the tools we’ve created to assist,” says Haig.“Most important is to create your own Bushfire Survival Plan so you can make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for a bushfire if it does happen,” he says.“The plan includes useful information to help you understand your risk and what you can do to manage it, as well as simple processes to prepare a plan that is right for your situation.”“We also have a map system where people can enter their suburb or postcode and see the bushfire potential in their area.”What else can increase the risk of bushfires? Supt Haig suggested a few locality and property factors which are important to understand.Your property area’s population“Many people think it’s only rural areas that are at risk, but the reality is different,” he says. “People who live near the bush in city suburbs also have an element of risk from bushfires.“This includes some of the more populated areas that have bushland nearby, which creates a pleasant environment for recreation but also has a bushfire risk.”Even those living in outer-city suburbs are at risk of bushfires. Picture: Kate HunterIf you’re living in one of those areas, Haig says it’s important to take some steps to prepare your property, such as clearing gutters of debris, cleaning up your garden and ensuring there’s clear access to your property should emergency services need to visit.Your property’s proximity to bushland“In most cases we’d suggest people living within a few kilometres of bushland definitely have a Bushfire Survival Plan and take these preparations,” says Supt Haig.“Other areas further from the bush may be less at risk, but we still urge people to learn about bushfire and prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan. This is because they may travel to or through higher bushfire risk areas for work, school or on holidays. Also, the smoke from bushfires can travel long distances and can affect people even in very urban areas, especially if they have any respiratory conditions.”The type of land your property is onTake note of the type of land your property sits on when assessing its vulnerability. Picture: Kate Hunter“Generally speaking, people who live on sloping land with vegetation below need to take particular care because fires tend to increase in speed and intensity as they run uphill,” says Supt Haig.“Slope is a risk factor that people need to take into consideration when preparing their plans.”The current weather conditionsWeather conditions will play a big role in determining how at-risk you are. Bushfire season in Queensland usually runs from late August to the end of the year but can start earlier and finish later in difficult seasons.“The reason we call it bushfire season is that the bush tends to be drier and the weather patterns that create strong winds with dry air are more common than other times,” says Haig.“Those factors come together to increase bushfire risks on some days making bushfires easier to start, more intense and harder to control.last_img read more