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Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather Set for Encore West End Run

first_img The production has been adapted from Wilson’s children’s book by Emma Reeves and features design by Katie Sykes, original music and score by Benji Bower with additional composition by Seamas H Carey and Luke Potter, aerial direction by Gwen Hales, lighting design by Aideen Malone and sound design by Leigh Davies. Hetty Feather tells the story of a foster child in Victorian London searching to find her real mother and a true family of her own. The play features live music and aerial and circus acts. View Commentscenter_img Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather is returning to the West End this summer! Phoebe Thomas will reprise her performance in the titular role at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre from August 6 through September 6. Directed by Sally Cookson, the West End run will form part of a U.K. national tour. The show will officially open on August 7.last_img read more

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Court rules suspect in Appalachian Trail murder cannot stand trial

first_imgJames L. Jordan, who is suspected of killing 43-year-old Ronald Sanchez and attacking and wounding a female hiker on the Appalachian Trail in May, has been declared mentally unfit to stand trial. According to the Boston Globe, a federal judge has ruled that Jordan be taken to a federal facility “to be restored to competency.”  After the horrifying attack in May, Jordan was detained for evaluation to determine if he suffered from “mental disease or defect.” It is unclear how long it will take for Jordan to be restored to competency or if he will appear in court again.last_img

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Kennedy: Our judiciary is the envy of the world

first_imgKennedy: Our judiciary is the envy of the world July 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Kennedy: Our judiciary is the envy of the world Jan Pudlow Senior Editor As the first American judge to meet with 28 senior judges of Iraq at the Hague, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy witnessed their broken faces beaten by the former ruling tyranny that threw them off the bench and made them all the more dedicated to the rule of law.“I was able to tell the president that the Iraqi judiciary is a small island of integrity. I asked them what they wanted me to say when I got back. And they said, ‘Tell the president thank you for letting us, after 35 years, be judges again. You tell the American people thank you after 35 years for letting us attempt to establish the rule of law. Thank you for giving us our freedom.’”When Justice Kennedy delivered the keynote address at The Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting General Assembly on June 24, his strong message was that while in America the judiciary suffers attacks from partisan politics and special-interest groups, and even individual judges are singled out for criticism, our system of justice is the envy of the world.He called upon members of the bar to protect judicial independence by explaining the judicial process when judges’ opinions come under attack, and to make sure the most talented lawyers aspire to the bench.“It would be a tragedy if the American people ignored or neglected the idea of judicial independence, just when the rest of the world is on the threshold of gaining it for themselves,” Kennedy said.Kennedy — described by the New York Times as “a genial apostle of tolerance and consensus” and by his good friend 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Gerald Tjoflat as “a goodwill ambassador for the legal profession of this country” — knows firsthand what it is like to be a judge under attack.Some notable conservatives are calling for his impeachment. He has riled the right with his decisions that struck down the death penalty for juveniles and prayer at public schools, and upheld abortion rights and gave constitutional protection to pornography.During his speech, Kennedy spoke of the loneliness of a justice trying to make the right decision.“Judges have the special capacity and sometimes the awful duty in deciding a case, and we cannot decline to decide the case. The lease is going to be terminated. The tenant is going to be evicted. The executioner’s switch is going to be pulled. And the judge has the loneliness and the difficulty and the awful power to make the decision and to make it, with the help of the bar, in the right way,” Justice Kennedy said.The term “judicial independence” is so overused in the legal profession, Kennedy said, that “people think of it as a guild protectionism idea, and the connotation sometimes comes out as judicial independence so the judge can do what he wants. It is just the opposite. Judicial independence exists so that a judge can do what he has to do or what she must do.”Even after 30 years as a judge, said Kennedy, who was appointed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Gerald Ford in 1975, he still often asks himself, “Why am I doing this?”“There is nothing wrong with having an instinct of judgment,” Kennedy said. “This is the way you get through your day. Say this is right, this is wrong. But the art of the law, the art of judging, is that you ask yourself, ‘Why am I doing this? Why am I thinking this?’ And you formulate a semantic phrase of verbal formulation and then you test it. You ask, ‘Is it logical? Does it make common sense? Is it fair? Does it accord with the law? Does it accord with the Constitution? Does it accord with my own sense of decency and ethics and morality?’ And if, at any point along the way, you think you might be wrong, you have to begin all over again.”That’s the way judges work, but they also need the understanding and support of both the bar and the public, he said.“If judicial independence is. . . subject to disengagement by the bar, disinterest on the part of the people, scorn on the part of the critics, then this valuable cornerstone of our constitutional system is at risk. You should not put constitutional structures at risk. History shows that, if they are destroyed, they won’t easily come back.”That is not to say that criticism of judicial decisions is bad, Kennedy said, “because the law thrives on criticism.”“The law lives in a universe of ideas. And ideas can’t survive unless they are tested, debated, and questioned,” Kennedy said. “There is nothing wrong with questioning what a court did or wrote or said or held. And remember, the law and the Constitution don’t belong to a bunch of judges and lawyers. It is the people’s.. . . The law lives in the consciousness of the people. And it cannot take root there unless there is understanding and acceptance.”The “strange irony,” Kennedy said, is that the judge who issued the decision or wrote an opinion is one of the few people who can’t talk about it to further that understanding and acceptance.But the bar can act, he said.“You are an intermediary. You are a translator. You build the bridge between the formality of the law and the more free and open discourse of an open society. That is your function. And if you, as lawyers, think the decision is wrong on its merits, you have the right, perhaps even the duty, to say so. There is nothing wrong with that. Judges aren’t immune from criticism and neither are their decisions.”But what about when criticism is directed not at the decision but at individual judges?Justice Kennedy said he doesn’t think it is proper for the bar “to have some rapid response team” issuing counter statements like in political campaigns, because “the law has a different time line. We want our society to reflect, to weigh, to consider, to think before they make their judgment. And it is of utmost importance that, when they do that, they recognize that the judicial process has been fair and honest and open, and they don’t criticize the process.”Lawyers “must defend the process in the right way,” Kennedy said.“You must encourage talented lawyers to go on the bench. . . . We cannot have a mediocre judiciary and sustain this magnificent rule of law that is a basic resource in this country and that is still the envy of the rest of the world.” The complete transcript of Justice Kennedy’s speech is available on The Florida Bar’s Web site at by going to the Online Media Center and looking under News Releases.last_img read more

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Why analytics is a credit union industry opportunity

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Analytics has been a prevalent topic for many years but never more prevalent in the credit union industry than it is today.  Just a few years ago, the topic hardly came up, but in 2017, it’s hard to find a credit union not talking about, or planning and budgeting for a proper analytics solution.  This excitement about analytics has gathered widespread attention, involving industries, companies, and individuals new to the field of analytics.Now that there is a lot of buzz around the topic, it is important to understand whose challenge, but more importantly, whose opportunity analytics is.  Analytics is the credit unions’ opportunity.  Not just one individual credit union, but all credit unions – the industry or movement.Credit unions need to understand the value of their data, not just as one credit union’s data, but the value of all credit union data.  Alone, as a single credit union, how do we compete with U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and Citi Group, not to mention the FinTechs like SoFi?  We can’t.  The answer to our biggest challenges is something that is inherent to the credit union industry – collaboration.  While we might not be able to fully execute on analytics alone, we can do it together – as ONE. continue reading »last_img read more

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Just in time for football season: Does your credit union have a marketing quarterback?

first_imgCrunching leaves, pumpkin spice and football on a crisp day. Fall is here! It also is time to start your marketing game plan for 2019.Competition from other CUs, banks and disruptors are making it tough to gain 10 yards, let alone score a touchdown. How can you focus to stay on top of your game? Let’s get down to the key elements that will maximize your growth potential. Get a quarterback. It is not uncommon that the CU’s Marketing team is busy and working insilos. The quarterback ensures that the data insights, campaigns, product promotion, media and community programs are in sync and contemplated holistically. A good quarterback is the offensive leader who calls the right marketing plays. 2. Know the game stats. What does the data look like? What are the gaps or anomalies? Spendtime with the tech team to ensure the data you need is delivered and usable. Understand what is going on within your member base by drawing meaningful insights from the key performance indicators. 3. View the game from the stands. We all get focused on deadlines or other emergent priorities.Periodically, step back and be a consumer. What other products or experiences are your members engaged with every day? How are the disruptors positioned? What are the expectations consumers have in the rapidly-changing digital world? 4. Don’t be afraid to fumble. Calculated risk will help your CU stand out while discovering new strategies and campaigns to drive growth and engagement. Use test and learn tactics to maximize ROI and mitigate risk. 5. Always remember the fans. Your members will be loyal if they feel you appreciate them. Go beyond the community outreach, reduce friction on the front lines, and be sure to clearly communicate it in your marketing and branding efforts.Be a champion in 2019! Learn more about planning at FINspiration’s Oct 3, 2018 conference. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Helen Lawler Helen Lawler, president of FINspiration, has more than 20 years of leadership in marketing financial services. FINspiration is a strategic Marketing firm focused on financial services and specializing in the … Web: Detailslast_img read more

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Amazon’s impending invasion of banking

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Fears of an Amazon “invasion” in financial services have reached a fever pitch. One Financial Brand article reported that banks and credit unions are “bracing for the Amazon doomsday.”Does Amazon–and other big tech companies, for that matter–really have that much of an advantage coming into the banking market? A new report, titled Big Tech in Finance: Opportunities and Risks, from the Bank for International Settlements, addresses that very question.Why Would Big Tech Get Into Banking?The report points out that the business model of “big techs” (i.e., Alibaba, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Tencent) rest on attracting a large number of providers and consumers and that:last_img read more

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Your credit union needs to get into gaming

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bolun Li Bolun Li is a Junior at Duke University majoring in Economics. He is a serial entrepreneur and was awarded AACYF 30 under 30 in 2018 for his previous startup. Today, … Web: Details Publisher’s Note: CUInsight is hosting a free webinar Wednesday, September 2 titled, “3 Ways to Use Gamification to Attract Younger Members”. We hope you’ll join us! Register here.Admit it! No matter your age or demographic, you have probably played a game or two in the past couple of weeks.You order a coffee through an app on your phone, and earn “stars” toward a free drink. You go on your daily jog and track it on an app that shows your progress towards your goals.No matter what your day looks like, there’s a good chance it was at least a little gamified.Have you ever wondered: WHY do games make you excited?A lot of people will tell you that it’s because of the point system, or the flashy animations and interactive interfaces. However, behind all of that, the game design principles are actually very much centered around human nature:The player is given a clear goalThe player knows exactly step-by-step how to reach the goalThe player is guaranteed a reward when they reach the goalIt turns out that hitting goals is one of the most satisfying experiences for humans — and we don’t get enough of that in real life. That’s why so many people spend hours solving a computer puzzle, winning a digital basketball game or conquering a virtual village — to hit their goals!So now imagine if we can create games with goals of learning about finance, making a budget, opening a checking account or repaying debts?In this upcoming webinar, I and my team at Zogo will break down the fundamental principles of gamification backed by proprietary research developed at Duke University, and provide CUs with 3 practical ways of applying them to engage and attract the new generation of members.Register today — and let’s play some games!Don’t forget to join CUInsight and Zogo for our free webinar titled “3 Ways to Use Gamification to Attract Younger Members”, on Wednesday, September 2. Register yourself and a colleague here.last_img read more

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​Newcastle boss set to stay after takeover

first_img However, the Daily Mail suggests there is no appetite to immediately sack Bruce to hire a high profile manager. read also:Newcastle boss Bruce doesn’t expect busy January window The Premier League still has to sign off on the takeover, and it is likely the new owners would make significant money available for signings. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 A Saudi-backed consortium is likely to complete the deal in the coming days and weeks. There is some talk about the likes of Rafa Benitez or Massimilano Allegri taking over.Advertisement Loading… Newcastle United manager, Steve Bruce, is likely to stay at the club even if their takeover goes through. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top 10 Must-Know Facts About Ivanka TrumpYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

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Injury blow for Carrick

first_img Van Gaal mentioned at his unveiling press conference that Carrick had suffered an injury and would be out for “a long time, too long”. And the club later confirmed on Twitter: “Michael Carrick has had surgery this morning on his left ankle ligaments and will be out for 10-12 weeks.” Carrick will also miss United’s pre-season tour of the United States, where they will play friendlies against the Los Angeles Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. News of his absence emerged when Van Gaal, unprompted, announced: “Michael Carrick was injured a day or two ago so that’s a big blow, because he is an experienced player.” The midfielder was left out of England’s World Cup squad this summer, but appears to be a key part of Van Gaal’s plans, with the Holland World Cup coach’s comments on the nature of “experience” painting him as an admirer of Carrick’s mindset as well as his technical skills. “You have to know that I’m not always convinced of the experience of players,” he said. “For example, a boy like Clarence Seedorf – he was 16 years old when I let him make his debut for Ajax, but he was sometimes more experienced than a player of 30 years old. “It’s very important that we have experienced players, but not only in age, not only in football, but also experience as human beings. “My philosophy is not only the football player but also in total – and then there are not so many ‘experienced’ players.” Carrick later Tweeted: “Well I’ve had better days….very frustrating but my race to get fit has started.” Press Associationcenter_img Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will miss up to the first three months of manager Louis van Gaal’s reign with an ankle injury.last_img read more

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USC twirler makes her dream come true

first_imgIt’s halftime at a USC football game at the Coliseum, and some students are heading up the aisle to get some snacks.They stop when a fire erupts.Looking back toward the field, they see flames tossed high into the sky, standing out against the backdrop of the night. The Olympic torch that rests at the top of the Coliseum is not lit yet, so the flames must have another source. The spinning flames reach the arc of their flight and start to fall.Underneath the flames, Emily Clapper impatiently waits. She seems oblivious to the flame dancing just dozens of feet above her head and falling fast. She does a few graceful twists and looks up just in time to catch the baton with a ball of fire at either end. She smiles to the 80,000 people watching as she twists the baton in her hands a few times and tosses it back up in the air.Clapper, a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, is a baton twirler in the Trojan Marching Band. Although most kids who go to a USC football game in the Coliseum idolize the football players and Song Girls, Clapper had her eyes elsewhere.Ever since she was little, she dreamt of hearing her name announced at the Coliseum as a USC twirler by legendary announcer Dennis Packer. She set a goal in second grade to turn her dream into a reality, which is something we all can learn from.Too many times, kids dream about becoming a firefighter, astronaut or ball player, and though sometimes people’s interests change, most of the time society decides that making those dreams a reality is impossible and discourages it. Although twirling won’t be Clapper’s profession, she nevertheless sought out her passion and pursued what she loved — even though she had no idea where it might take her.“It was a goal. I never knew it was actually going to happen,” Clapper said. “That’s what I wanted to do and I was going to do everything I can to make it happen and twirl at USC.”Clapper’s dad, a USC alumnus, has been taking her to Trojan football games for as long as she can remember, where she was immediately attracted to the twirlers.“They were highly visible,” she said. “I thought they were beautiful and really cool and their names were announced.”Clapper started twirling in second grade at St. Theresa Catholic School in Palm Springs, Calif. She joined an after-school program and performed at malls, in parades and during assemblies. Three years later, she got her first big break when Lynn Mallotto, a former twirling national champion who had a son one year older than Clapper, partnered up with Clapper’s after-school coach. Mallotto is still Clapper’s coach to this day.As more kids dropped out of twirling in middle school and high school to pursue sports or music, Clapper stuck with it. By her sophomore year in high school, she was the only student left that Mallotto took under her wing. Even though Clapper found success at nationals in the summer between high school and college, her goal hadn’t changed.“I didn’t want to be the best twirler in the world or whatever; I just wanted to twirl at USC,” Clapper said. “So that was my goal in my twirling life and I knew that twirling at USC meant that I had to have the grades and everything to get into USC before I could even be a twirler here. Everything I did in high school was to prepare for my career at USC.”When it came time to choose what college she would attend, Clapper picked USC before twirling tryouts.However, twirling tryouts came in April of her senior year of high school. She only had one other person to compete against, but there was a twist that she wasn’t prepared for. She had to try out in front of the entire marching band.Twirlers try out at the same time as the drum majors, the person who dresses up as Tommy Trojan, and because the band votes on the new drum major, they also vote on the new twirler. But many band members don’t know much about the intricacies of twirling.“Oh my gosh, it was so scary,” Clapper said. “The band is literally there judging you and deciding if you’re going to fit in with the band and if they’re going to like you. So all the band really knows is if you look the part and you don’t drop [the baton].“Fortunately, band director Arthur C. Bartner has the final say of who gets the twirling gig, and Clapper found out it was her that night. She hasn’t looked back and she’s been twirling at USC football and basketball games ever since. Clapper has also performed at two Rose Bowls and the many exotic places the band travels to, including Hawaii and Brazil.“It’s seriously the experience of a lifetime,” Clapper said. “I felt like it was so special for me.”Clapper, who can twirl as many as three batons at a time, says USC will be the final stop of her twirling career. She starts her master’s program in public health in the spring and doesn’t want to compete individually because she feels burned out after exhaustively competing in high school.But for the rest of her life, she won’t forget the experience of twirling at the Coliseum and hearing her name announced over the speakers of the Coliseum. Announcer Packer approached Clapper at the Stanford game a few weeks ago and complimented her on her fire-twirling abilities.For Clapper, that perfected her dream that came true.“Spittin’ Sports” runs every Thursday. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail Kenny at read more

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