Go USA! Five All-American Shows to See on the Fourth

first_img Rocky If there’s anyone who fought from the heart, it’s the Founding Fathers of the United States. That’s why if these guys were all hanging out in New York City and decided to see a musical together, we’re pretty sure they’d choose Rocky. It’s also got gorgeous sets, and plenty of muscley, shirtless dudes hitting each other. And besides, there’s only one song more emotionally stirring than “The Star Spangled Banner,” and that’s “Eye of the Tiger.” The Book of Mormon Hello! The boys from The Book of Mormon are as American as apple pie, so why not head to Utah (followed immediately by a thrilling missionary trip to Uganda) to hang out with Elder Price, Elder Cunningham and the rest of their pals this Fourth of July weekend? It’s a great opportunity to catch a usually-sold-out fan favorite while the rest of the East Coast is trying to claim a square of sand at the Jersey shore. Newsies Last we checked, America is the land of the free and the home of the brave—and nobody on Broadway exercises their first-amendment rights quite like the boys of Newsies. Based on the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899, the Disney hit is only running on Broadway through August 24, so it’s time to get your hunks-doing-pirouettes fix now, before it’s too late. Grab your sparklers and your American flags, because it’s time to celebrate the only holiday that makes it socially acceptable to sport these bad boys all weekend. After chowing down on delicious barbecued treats and watching fireworks (accompanied by the song stylings of If/Then star Idina Menzel) on the Fourth of July, here’s some great news—you’ve got the whole rest of the weekend to catch a Broadway show! Check out our picks for the best shows to see on Independence Day weekend. View Comments Jersey Boys Wait, did someone say Jersey? After seeing the Four Seasons bring their signature tunes to the silver screen in the new Jersey Boys movie, we’ve been dying to go back to catch Frankie Valli and the boys live on Broadway. Featuring Four Seasons hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “December 1963,” Jersey Boys is a must-see for the whole family. Motown the Musical Instead of sitting in traffic on the BQE, take a trip to Hitsville, U.S.A.! Where else can you relax inside an air-conditioned theater and hear 40 Motown songs performed live by a cast of stellar triple threats? Featuring a book by legendary record producer Berry Gordy, this jukebox musical might even teach you something about the history of American music. (No, not Frances Scott Key—Stevie Wonder!)last_img read more

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5 powerful ways to visualize your data’s story

first_imgPlottingFor data that is easily plotted on a chart, D3-js fee software that can manipulate the data in many beautiful ways. D3-js a JavaScript library for creating data-driven documents. It is exceptional at to help visualize data using HTML, SVG, and CSS. Heat mapsOne of the cleanest ways to show behavior is via heat maps. These maps convert data points into color densities where red is the most dense aka “Hot“ and blue being the lest dense aka ”Cold”. These are widely used in retail to identify the traffic patterns and in website to see where visitors frequent the most. Below is a web page from the Guardian website (www.guardian.com)        5.  Infographics The most commonly used tool to tell a data’s story is via an infographic. When creating successful infographics keep in mind three things. 1. Make it visually attractive. Use complementary colors, graphics and icons. 2. Present useful content. Illustrate time frames, stats and references. 3. Share the story/findings of the data. Display relationships, facts, findings and deductions.Data storytelling is increasingly important, as businesses become more and more data rich. Finding the best way to share the insights from data is equally as important as findings from the data. Word cloudsWord clouds are a fantastic way to illustrate sentiment or weighted opinion that is gathered from surveys, social media or texts. Being able to clearly see what this data tells you is incredibly insightful. For example, the word cloud below is of the most commonly used passwords as gathered from a recent security breech data. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anne Legg Anne Legg, founder and principal of THRIVETM Strategic Services THRIVE works with credit unions to develop transformational business strategies from their business insights to grow in a competitive, highly regulated … Web: https://www.anneleggthrive.com Details Data is all around us. Some of it is big and some of it small, regardless the size, the biggest challenge is not necessarily analyzing it, but sharing our findings. With 65% of the population identified as visual learners, it makes sense to display the data’s findings or story in a visual way. To help identify the best way to accomplish this, are following 5 powerful ways to share your data’s story visually.Visual MappingVisual mapping is an excellent method to display complex data sets. The visual map below visualizes the density of crime in Oakland, California. (www.polymaps.org) A suggested use for credit unions is visually mapping physical branch locations layered with member data with census data. Mapping this data can show branch usage by current and prospective member in terms of proximity, usage, demographic and income.last_img read more

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Compliance Corner: When doing the right thing is also the easiest thing

first_img continue reading » “Doing the right thing” has become synonymous with “doing the hard thing.” After all, eating healthy, saving money and exercising regularly are all things that most people would agree are the “right” thing to do—but they’re often not so easy. For banks and credit unions, doing the right thing—following compliance regulations to a “T”—can often seem like a time-consuming burden; however, it’s actually much easier than the alternative.Don’t believe me? Imagine the hassle and costs that could come from increased compliance scrutiny and lawsuits related to a non-compliant overdraft program, not to mention the bad public relations and loss of accounts that could occur. Wouldn’t it have just been easier to make sure you were “doing the right thing” from the beginning?“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.When I talk to banks and credit unions about why they’re not using a third-party expert to manage their overdraft program, I usually get one of two responses. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Viber community as an informative crisis tourism headquarters for foreign tourists

first_imgAs additional support to the whole initiative, Mediacor has made 13 special Viber stickers / stickers that are targeted at foreign tourists and performed in English. Croatia Last Minute Deals As a kind of crisis information headquarters for tourism with all the epidemiological information in Croatia, where from day to day they answer all foreign tourists to inquiries about entering Croatia. Currently, there are over 5.000 members in the Viber group, who post 300 to 500 messages / queries per day, and each query is answered on the same day. “Internally, the agency has created a simple and fun package of 13 stickers that are content-oriented towards foreign tourists and performed in English. So we have a sticker with glasses in the reflection of which you can see the beach Zlatni rat, the most famous Adriatic heart – the island of Galešnjak, and sailing as a Croatian state of mind. This sticker package was designed and made in just a few days.”They point out from Mediacor and add that user-generated sticker packages will become more and more popular because they are easy to make and – anyone who has Viber installed on Android can launch them, and they will soon be available on IOS. After that, the idea was born, that after helping tourists with useful information, to help our tourist accommodation facilities, through the new Viber community Croatia Last Minute Deals , which publishes last minute offers both hotel and private accommodation. Croatia also got its Viber stickers As the entire public tourism sector failed and was late in communication, especially outside of Lijepa naša with key information towards tourists, Paul Bradbury and Krešimir Macan, our leading PR expert with the help of several volunteers, first launched the Viber community Total Croatia Travel INFO, which transmitted all relevant epidemiological information on a daily basis, and answers all inquiries from tourists. center_img You can agree with him or not, but Paul Bradbury is one of the people who makes an extremely large contribution to our tourism, both before and now during the covida pandemic19 when communication is extremely important, if not crucial. Good job Paul & Krešimir. Join the Viber community Total Croatia Travel INFO i Croatia Last Minute Deals. “Another great community started by the same users and promoted by Total Croatia Travel INFO is Croatia Last Minute Deals – community, with just over 3.000 members and currently with 40.000 views. In it, foreign tourists can find holiday offers offered directly – by the users themselves.”Conclude Mediacor. The group is a kind of SOS to save this year’s “crown of the tourist season” because it is an opportunity for renters and tourist entities to advertise their accommodation for free and fill holes in terms of even a few days, and for tourists this group is an opportunity to spend a great year and find the best price for a dream vacation. Definitely a win / win situation for everyone.  “The Total Croatia Travel INFO community has over 5.000 members who have either found the community organically or added an acquaintance to it, and currently has over 150.000 views on a monthly basis with a high growth trend. The value of the community is that these are people who really plan to visit Croatia and are informed about the procedure in a simple and fast way. Community managers do a really intensive job because they need to regularly follow the latest news and recommendations to stay informed and provide accurate information to community members. Depending on the day, between 300 and 500 messages change on a daily basis in the community”Point out Mediacor, Viber’s business development agency for Croatia.last_img read more

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Arsenal offered Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz in bargain deal

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal offered Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz in bargain deal Comment Diaz scored four goals for Real Madrid last season (Picture: UEFA via Getty Images)Diaz first made his Real Madrid debut in 2016, in Zidane’s first spell in charge, but was sold to Lyon a year later for around £7m.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Dominican Republic international impressed in France, scoring 18 goals in 37 Ligue 1 appearances and was re-signed by Real last August for around £20m (a fee reduced due to a deal Real had originally done over Diaz’s rights).However, the 25-year-old made just 19 appearances in all competitions for Real last year, scoring just four goals in the process.He now appears to be surplus to requirements and Zidane is happy to move him on for less than the club paid for him a year ago.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 CityWhether Arsenal will make a bid for the player or not is yet to be seen as they have other transfer targets and a limited budget of around £45m to spend this summer.Emery has already submitted a bid of around £30m for Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez, but could be tempted to take the cheaper option of Diaz to boost his forward line.The Gunners remain in talks for a number of players, including Wilfried Zaha, Kieran Tierney, William Saliba and Malcom.MORE: Why Arsene Wenger blocked move for Arsenal transfer target Mario LeminaMORE: Why new Technical Director Edu will be the most important signing Arsenal make this summer Mariano Diaz is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz for just £18m this summer as the Spanish side look to balance the books.Real have already spent over £270m during the transfer window on Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo and a deal for Paul Pogba is still being chased.Zinedine Zidane is trying to recoup whatever transfer funds he can, with the likes of Gareth Bale and Isco being put up for sale at the Santiago Bernabeu.Diaz is another that the club have made available, and the forward has been offered to the Gunners for just £18m.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 10 Jul 2019 7:56 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 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Buyers are going bonkers for big family homes on big blocks

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoHigh ceilings adorn the home at 36 Kensington Way, Sunnybank Hills.There’s also an inground pool.The property was sold by Ben Leong of LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills.According to CoreLogic, more homes are taken to auction in Sunnybank Hills than anywhere else in Brisbane.The suburb, which is 14km from Brisbane’s CBD, has a median house price of $665,000. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE This palace of a home at 36 Kensington Way, Sunnybank Hills, has sold.HIGH-END buyers are still flocking to Sunnybank Hills for big family homes on big blocks as the recent sale of a private manor house in the suburb proves.A palatial five-bedroom, three-bathroom house at 36 Kensington Way has sold for $1.67 million, in one of the top sales of the past week according to property analytics company CoreLogic. The pool around the home at 36 Kensington Way, Sunnybank Hills.Records show the property last sold for $1.15 million a decade ago.The grand home is perched on a 1078 sqm corner block and features wrought-iron gates and manicured gardens.Inside, the spacious house has an opulent formal reception room, a formal dining room, an alfresco entertainment space, a huge study and a media room.center_img The open plan kitchen and living area at 36 Kensington Way, Sunnybank Hills.Another big family home on a quarter acre block in Brisbane has just sold for $1.5 million.The five-bedroom, two-bathroom property on 1555 sqm at 259 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket has undergone a full scale renovation and features a large, children’s retreat, wine cellar swimming pool and fire pit.It sold through Brisbane Real Estate Indooroopilly. 30 BIDDERS WANTED THIS HOUSE AGEING HOMES DRIVE RENO BOOM HOUSE THAT HUNT BUILT UP FOR AUCTIONlast_img read more

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Interview with DNV GL: Digitalization in Oil & Gas

first_imgBartolomej Tomić, OET Editor (Left); Rob van der Spek, Digital lead Continental Europe, Middle-East and India, DNV GL Oil & Gas (right)Digitalization in the oil and gas industry was one of the most interesting topics on Wednesday during the Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference.While people tend to think that fossil fuel companies have a lot of catching up to do, it’s worth mentioning that digitalization and technological advancements have been with the industry for years, be it using the remotely operated vehicles, sensors, deepwater drilling, or something else.However, there is always more to be done as digitalization is a broad term covering various segments of the industry. This was one of the messages one could take away from the interview with Rob van der Spek, Digital lead Continental Europe, Middle-East and India, DNV GL Oil & Gas, at Community Square of Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference in the Amsterdam RAI.Interviewed by Offshore Energy Today, Rob van der Spek said the digitalization was not something new in the industry.Speaking ahead of the Deep Dive into Digitalization talk-show held at Community Square, Van der Spek said: “We’ve been using computers and algorithms for decades in the sector, but i think there are a couple of drivers which are really accelerating the use of computers and algorithms in the sector.”“The first one is that we see that computer capacity is abundant and against low cost, in the cloud, and is growing exponentially.”“The second driver is that we’re now loading our assets with sensors which allow us to get near real time data streams from our assets with regard to integrity and operations.”“The third driver is going mobile. We’re giving our workforce a whole set of mobile devices which allow them to be very flexible within operations.”Highlighted the importance of sharing of the available data, allowing for a better collaboration across the oil and gas sector.Things have accelerated Apart from the AI, the DNV GL director touched upon Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.DNV GL is thinking of using the augmented reality on its own workforce to understand how we can apply it for inspection, for surveys, and other activities.“We will first ensure that our own services are being digitalized and to ensure that we provide our services in an innovative way.”“Ideally, you would like to have people on the assets really provided with a [augmented] “reality” which allows them to take all the data and information into account when they make decisions or perform the activities,” he said.VR and AR are also good for training purposes, and Van der Spek expects they will be a major driver for a much more cost efficient and effective training. It’s also a way to attract the young forces – the gaming generation – to the industry.“We have to attract new talents to the industry which might be in a kind of bad reputation and digitalization could also make it more interesting for new talents,” he said. Way in for the gaming generation Talking about how things have changed, Van Der Spek who graduated in Artificial Intelligence in 1998 – “way back” as he puts it – said: “AI has always been there. We had very expensive computers then. It took 24 hours to do a machine learning algorithm. So, it could happen that 24 hours later you had a result which was wrong and then we had to start all over again.“Basically, a whole set of techniques has been here for decades, the issue is that it’s now much more easier to apply them. They have been improving, and i think AI will be a major part of digitalization.”Van der Spek acknowledged the importance of the digital initiatives, but he also said the companies should be wary of splashing cash into it just because of the hype.Change management is also a thing to look at. Van der Spek feels this should not be overlooked, as it is important to ensure the relevant people understand the power and the added value of digitalization, and no only go with a hype.Talking about the benefits, he mentioned an example where with the help of digital technology, one of DNV GL’s clients managed to predict equipment failures on a drillship, thus cutting costs.And we all know that cost cuts, of course apart from safety, are of the utmost importance for offshore drillers these days, with some of them being forced to work below the breakeven dayrates, just to keep busy.“It’s all about the business case. The business case is uptime of our assets ensuring that they’re working 24/7. One of the main elements of the business case is how to be there just in time in terms of our inspection regimes, maintenance regimes and so on…,” Van der Spek said.Another example highlighted by Van der Spek was the use of mobile devices and drones for inspections of offshore assets, thus removing the need to send offshore workers to hazardous areas, leading to improved safety, as well as to reducing costs.center_img Big Data has been a buzzword in the past few years. However, it’s been said that there’s not a lack of big data, quite the contrary, there’s too much data and not enough capacity to analyze it. During the conference, one could hear that the oil companies don’t want just raw data, but knowledge on what to do with it and how to look at it.Asked to comment on this, Rob van der Spek acknowledged that there is an enormous amount of data coming from the operations and there’s a big hype about Big Data.“We need to use the sophisticated algorithms coming from eg. artificial intelligence to explore our data. However, we will never be able to really be creating added value without the experienced people in our industry to ensure data quality, but also to ensure that we’re not trying to find the golden nugget in the data without understanding the operations.”“We strongly believe in the power of combining the experts in our industry with the power of algorithms and machine learning,” he added. Big Hype on big data – People still importantlast_img read more

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Unique Group Boosts Diving and Life Support Division in India

first_imgA multi-million rupee investment to enhance its Diving and Life Support division in western India will see Unique Group company Unique Hydra strengthen its infrastructure and increase customer accessibility in the region.The 10,000 sq. ft facility in Vadodara, Gujarat, will offer assembly and manufacturing services along with a dedicated engineering and design team to support customers’ diving requirements.The manufacturing facility will be equipped to build integrated saturation and air diving solutions, HBOT systems, diver launch and recovery systems (LARS), and decompression chambers – as well as containerised air and mixed gas diving systems.Complying with international standards including IMCA, Lloyds Register, ABS and DNV, the facility will also manufacture Unique Group’s Oceanwide S.a.S brand of Self-Propelled Hyperbaric Lifeboats (SPHL).The new and upgraded facility in Gujarat is a valuable addition to the Group’s “Make in India” initiatives and will provide a base from which to support contractors and the Indian defense sector’s diving equipment and support needs. Products and services from Unique Group’s partner companies, Kirby Morgan and Cortland Fibron, will also be delivered from the new location with a dedicated service team to provide after sales support to clients.Rodney McKechnie, managing director of Unique Hydra (South Africa), explained: “We have been supporting various diving clients across India for several years now. As a part of our expansion plans in the region, we are very excited to be able to offer enhanced manufacturing services and sales support locally in Vadodara, Gujarat, thus building on our commitment to being fully accessible to our clients.”Dr. Sharad Kumar, director of Sales at Unique Hydra (India), said: “Unique Group has established a strong presence in India across our various divisions: survey equipment, on-site engineering, marine and subsea and buoyancy and ballast. Through this new facility in Gujarat, we aim to service our strong customer base while also empowering the local economy and workforce. We have already received an order for a mini-saturation diving system from a reputable client in India, which is an excellent start to 2020.”last_img read more

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Christian to Muslim: A change of faith

first_img Share Share FaithLifestyle Christian to Muslim: A change of faith by: – March 25, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! 34 Views   no discussions By Elizabeth M. Nunez, CNNThe actual conversion was brief. It only involved one sentence: “I bear witness that there is no God worthy of worship but God, I bear witness that Mohammed is the messenger of God.”For 30-year-old Mathew Miller, those words represented the culmination of a long religious transformation from Christianity to Islam.Miller is a digital media communications major at Middle Tennessee University and works part-time at a golf course. He was raised Christian in California, surfing and dreaming of being a radio DJ.“My first interaction with Islam was this movie called ‘Not Without my Daughter’. That was my first glimpse into what Western society believed was really going on in Islam,” he said.“Not Without My Daughter” is a 1991 film in which Sally Field portrays an America woman who flees from Iran with her daughter. The movie, based on true story detailed in a book by the same title, was faulted by critics for portraying a stereotypical view of Iranians and Islam.But in questioning his own beliefs, and after a conversation with a Muslim friend, Miller’s interest in Islam was piqued.“I think for the most part I was afraid, don’t really know of what,” he said.Later, attending Friday prayers at a small Mosque in Murfreesboro, he began to learn more.“When I put my head on the ground with them, it felt like I could say anything to God, and what I was asking for at the time was guidance. I wanted to know whether what I was doing was the right thing to do.”His mother had long expected his change of religious faith. “I told my mother I was Muslim in Disneyland. She said ‘I don’t necessarily know if I feel good about it, but if it makes you happy and it’s what you feel is the right way, then there’s nothing I can do.’”Now he regularly worships at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro mosque.Miller, a white convert in a diverse congregation, has heard comments about his faith – and the controversy surrounding his mosque. Once, an Iraqi war veteran told him that the new controversial Islamic Center of Murfreesboro should not be built because it could potentially harbor terrorists.“I addressed his questions formally and it was funny because at the end of the conversation, he kind of started admitting, ‘Well you know, I don’t know anything about Islam.”Source: CNN Newslast_img read more

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Trump plans Indiana stop in support of Braun

first_img(Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)Evansville, In. — President Donald Trump has announced a visit to Evansville on August 30.The campaign website says the event will be held at the Ford Center located at 1 SE Martin Luther King Blvd at 7 p.m. cst, the doors open at 4 p.m. cst.The visit is in support of Republican candidate for Senate Mike Braun.Register for tickets here.last_img

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