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The Fans Have Spoken! Who Topped Your List of Favorite Performances in The Wiz Live!?

Ne-Yo as Tin Man Shanice Williams as Dorothy Mary J. Blige as Evillene Uzo Aduba as Glinda Queen Latifah as The Wiz Elijah Kelley as Scarecrow View Comments Scooter as Toto If you’re like us, you’re still singing “Ease on Down the Road” on the subway every morning. Yes, we are still all hopped up from the smashing The Wiz Live!, which aired on NBC on December 3. It looks like you are too, because many of you had a ball choosing your favorite performances from the night on ranking site Culturalist. The results are in! Take a look below. Amber Riley as Addaperle Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em David Alan Grier as Cowardly Lion

The Tragedy Of The Yukpa People Fleeing Venezuela

first_imgBy Jaime Moreno / Voice of America January 10, 2020 The economic crisis in Venezuela has endangered the survival of the Yukpa people, an ancestral indigenous community that has been forced to emigrate looking for food.For centuries, the Yukpa people have lived in the Perijá mountains, Zulia state, but for the past three years at least 350 of its members live in an improvised camp near the Táchira River, in Cúcuta, Colombia.The tribe lives in poor conditions, but its members don’t believe that going back to Venezuela is an option. “We are doing some work here, looking for scrap metal. Children eat only once a day,” Dionisio Finol, one of the chiefs at the Cúcuta camp, told Venezuela 360.“Today I went to collect some scrap metal, and that’s how I support my children,” he added, as he described one of the most serious problems affecting the tribe: hunger.In Venezuela, the Yukpa people were devoted to agriculture, and part of what they produced was sold to buy basic foods, like rice or pasta. Due to inflation, these foods have now become luxury products.“You can’t buy [anything] with Venezuelan money, it’s too expensive, and you can’t find medicine and food. That’s not a problem here in Colombia, because you work and you eat,” says José, the other chief at the camp.“We struggle to eat and to prepare at least some soup,” says Noremi Romero, as she cooks for her eight children.The levels of malnutrition are threatening the future livelihood of the tribe, with children being the most vulnerable group due to the lack of food and nutrients to support their normal growth process.Limited helpTraditionally, the Yukpa people were split in two groups: those living in the Perijá mountains, on the Colombian side, and those in Venezuelan territory.Government assistance for the Venezuelan Yukpa is limited, because they are not legally recognized as binational indigenous people in Colombia. Consequently, they don’t have the same access to social programs as the Yukpa members who lived in the Perijá mountains on the Colombian side, who are protected under special indigenous jurisdiction.By the end of the 16th century, the Yukpa people sought refuge in the Perijá mountains to survive the violence of Spanish conquistadors. Today, starvation threatens the existence of a community that has been forced to leave their ancestral refuge in the quest for food.last_img read more

How to create organic member growth, even with a small budget

first_img 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall is a consultant in the credit union industry, and can be reached for partnership and speaking opportunities through Your Credit Union Partner. Her background in community development includes … Web: https://yourcupartner.org Details Organic labelling – it’s a development that has evolved slowly and quietly across the nation, and has caught mainstream attention in the past few years.  Consumers want organic produce and meats, farmed nearby and without pesticides.  ‘Locally sourced’ is now a notable label and upscale restaurants boast about farm-to-table menus.  Organic implies healthy and natural, and in the credit union world, organic growth indicates you are doing something right.  Credit unions want organic growth because it means people become members because a real market need is being met. In a world where competition grows fiercer and larger every day, organic member growth can seem difficult, if not impossible to achieve.  It is not impossible.  Marketing dollars help, but even with small marketing dollars growth is possible.  Here are some strategies that have worked for our $9 million credit union in Chicago. In the last nine months these strategies have helped us completely reverse a three year decline in membership.Be relevant and community based, even if you aren’t a community charter:  Credit unions are by definition, cooperative organizations founded on the principles of people working together. It doesn’t matter whether your charter is SEG or employer based, mutual common bond, or community chartered. Anywhere there is a group of people there is a community.  All communities have unique needs. Identify where your credit union can meet needs of your community, even those that extend beyond financial products and services. Don’t pass up the simple solutions that promote good will toward the credit union. Some employees at our office noticed many female members walk in with young kids, and opened up a space in the credit union lobby for a Little Free Library book exchange stocked with children’s books. Another employee noticed traffic flow was not member –friendly and reorganized office space to make the area more conducive to relationship building. Over time, long-time members noticed the changes, and new members get a positive first impression when they walk through the door. That is the type of place members will refer their friends and family, and word of mouth growth is the best type of growth to attract. People now join because they learn about your service, not your low rates or the most up to date technology. They join based on your reputation for caring about their needs personally, and that is a community a credit union can help.Everyone is in member services:  Rare do you find a credit union that doesn’t adopt this philosophy. The member comes first, and every employee’s job is to help the member.  Whether that means picking up the phone to help a member with an account question or going above and beyond in service, credit unions have that down.  However, and just as importantly, some of your best strategies may not come from the top of the organization. Listen to the ideas your employees have about member services, and be willing to implement. Have conversations with people at every level of the organization about member service. Not every idea will hit a 100% home run, but each employee touches a different aspect of the member experience.  Having a wide angle view of the organization is a huge advantage, and never discount an idea just because it originated from a new hire or a back office employee. When employees believe their ideas make a difference, employee engagement goes up as well.Reassess your products:  A crucial question to consider, particularly if you are running a small or medium size credit union, is whether you and your employees are utilizing your institution as their primary financial institution or to access loans or both.  If not, it is time to assess the barriers to accessibility. It is a reality that many credit unions can’t compete with larger financial institutions on rate or technology or convenience, but rarely does that mean there is nothing to compete on. Sometimes one or two small adjustments can be an investment in long term growth.  Loan growth and member growth go hand in hand.  Review your policies to see whether your rates or credit criteria can be adjusted to serve more people while managing risk. Look at your technology and see whether a simple change in a process or a product might make a big difference.  You may not be able to add every technological advance that becomes available, but automating one or two manual processes may free up time to focus on bigger picture projects.  There is significant insight in your own internal utilization, and employee access is a great place to start your organization’s self-assessment.Get creative! People everywhere still want community and personal service and will come a long way to use your credit union if they recognize you truly want to make your products affordable and accessible.last_img read more

The two biases that keep people from saving money

first_imgThat Americans don’t save enough money is a truism. But why don’t they? The answer is a complex mix of macroeconomics (incomes have stagnated for many workers over the last few decades), culture (Americans are notoriously conspicuous spenders), and policies (two-thirds of workers are at companies without retirement plans).But another variable is the challenge of giving up the gratification of immediate spending for the security of future savings.A new paper finds that two biases prop up many people’s disinclination to save: “present bias” and “exponential-growth bias.”Present bias is a straightforward idea. People claim they’re willing to embrace all manners of self-control—saving money, working out, cleaning their room—provided that they don’t have to do so immediately. It is like the regularly scheduled conversation I have with my dentist. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Mother found not guilty in death of children in Otsego County Court

first_imgCOOPERSTOWN (WKTV/WBNG)- On Monday, a jury in Otsego County Court found the mother accused of killing her babies by falling asleep on them, not guilty. Kimberly Steeley of Decatur had been charged with two counts of manslaughter in the deaths of her twin infants, Bonde and Liam. Prosecutors alleged Steeley smothered her children by falling asleep on top of them. The defense claimed their was no explanation for the babies deaths. Police say Bonde, a girl, was found unconscious on June 5, 2018 at their home around 4:30 a.m. and later died at an Albany hospital. Eleven days later, Liam was also found unconscious in the same home, also early in the morning, and later died.center_img Steeley’s defense attorney Andrew Van Buren said, the autopsies of both children both said the cause and manner of death was undetermined and the mechanism of death was probable asphyxiation. Steeley had admitted she fell asleep while in bed with both children. She testified in her own defense on Friday.last_img read more

Arsenal chief Josh Kroenke reveals meeting with Unai Emery and Raul Sanllehi

first_imgArsenal chief Josh Kroenke reveals meeting with Unai Emery and Raul Sanllehi Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Feb 2019 10:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Unai Emery hosted a dinner to discuss Arsenal’s long-term strategy (Getty Images)Arsenal boss Unai Emery hosted a dinner to discuss Arsenal’s future with the club’s director Josh Kroenke, director of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham.Emery’s task is to get Arsenal back into the Champions League and the Gunners look set to battle Chelsea and Manchester United for a top-four finish in the Premier League.The Spaniard, who replaced Arsene Wenger in the summer, could also deliver some silverware in his first season as Arsenal remain in the Europa League.And Kroenke, who is the son of Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan, has revealed he held lengthy discussions with Emery about the club’s long-term strategy during a dinner before Christmas.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We had a wonderful meal and talked about the journey we are on,’ says Kroenke told the Daily Telegraph. Advertisement Josh Kroenke is buoyed by Arsenal’s future under Emery (Getty Images)‘It felt good to look into people’s eyes and know you are on the same page. As a group we are unified. We talked about climbing the mountain together.‘We have obviously been through a period of change following a manager leaving after 22 years.‘A lot of things come along with a transition of that magnitude. We knew this would be a process and, overall, I think we are pleased with our progress.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think if you look at where we were 12 months ago, you can see we were probably transitioning towards a North American or continental European model where there is a lot of support around the head coach. That job is so massive.‘You can see the organisational structure we are trying to implement and we are still in the process of filling out those positions.’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 Advertisement Commentlast_img read more