Prince Adds Newest Stop To Spontaneous ‘Piano & A Microphone’ Tour

first_imgR&B superstar Prince will continue his solo musical conquest next Thursday, April 7th, when he makes back-to-back appearances at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA for a Piano & A Microphone performance. The Purple One has been performing solo at venues nationwide, announcing shows one-at-a-time to increase anticipation. He’ll be performing two shows, one at 7 pm and the other at 10 pm.The newest stop will be the first after Prince’s exciting performance in Toronto last Friday, March 25th, where he performed a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” among many staples from his prolific career. Who knows what Prince will have in store for Atlanta?!Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, March 30th at noon PM Eastern, and can be found via the venue’s website. All ticket holders will also receive a copy of Prince’s new album, HITNRUN – Phase II. You can see the setlist from his most recent show, below:Edit this setlist | More Prince setlistslast_img read more

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The South faces an urgent threat to its clean water

first_imgIf you’re reading Blue Ridge Outdoors, then you’re already familiar with our region’s breathtaking natural beauty and unparalleled outdoor recreation. Few things are more fun than whitewater rafting on the Chattooga or paddling the French Broad. Yet, these rivers are so much more than relaxing diversions. Our rivers sustain life for everyone in the South. For instance, the James River supports one-third of Virginia’s population.Photo: GettyImagesThat’s why an expected proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to gut the longstanding Clean Water Act is so concerning. There’s no denying that we live in polarizing times, but clean water has never been controversial before.Photo: GettyImagesThe Clean Water Act was passed in 1972 during a period that some might say was filled with more political strife than what we’re experiencing now. Riots rocked America’s cities. Assassinations stunned the nation. A president was on his way to resigning in disgrace. But amidst all that turmoil, spurred by an American public outraged by polluted water and air, Congress enacted this landmark environmental legislation with strong bipartisan support.Photo: Justin MitchellSince then, the Clean Water Act has protected America’s families, businesses, and communities by preventing unchecked and unlimited pollution. Prior to the act’s passage, the French Broad was known as a heavily polluted river. Now, its banks are lined with breweries, outfitters, and other industries. This didn’t happen by accident. The Clean Water Act helped make the French Broad enjoyable and its shores inhabitable. There’s a similar story about most of the rivers in the South.Photo: GettyImagesYet the law’s unprecedented success hasn’t deterred the EPA from trying to roll back protections for 50 to 60 percent of the nation’s stream miles and up to 90 percent of our wetlands to protect big polluters instead of our communities and families. These are waterways that feed drinking water sources for tens of millions of Americans.Photo: Amy BenoitThe Clean Water Act is one of the most enduringly popular pieces of legislation in recent history, and it’s supported by broad swaths of the American public on both sides of the aisle. Word of these threats to its future should galvanize the same type of public outrage that prompted the Clean Water Act’s passage in 1972 in the first place.Photo: Coosa RiverkeeperIt took a concerted effort by Americans united by their distress over the state of this nation’s waters to convince Congress to act. That same effort is required now to save the water protections we all depend on.Americans should educate themselves about the EPA’s proposal and rise up to voice their opposition. Clean water is under attack by polluting industries, compliant politicians, and complicit regulators. The American public needs to make clear who their government works for.Head to ProtectSouthernWaters.org to sign our petition and take action to protect clean water today.last_img read more

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Help your members avoid these mistakes

first_imgI read an excellent article on the online version of the Housing Wire about the 8 common mistakes that first time home buyers make and how to avoid them. It gave some practical advice to home buyers about what to do and more importantly not to do. There’s something to glean from this in terms of being memberlicious. Learn more by reading on….The first two mistakes are the ones I think Credit Unions are best positioned to help members avoid when buying their first home.#1. They don’t watch their finances before buying a home.and# 2. They don’t take the time to get pre-approved before house hunting.How do you help with this? Well think about what a borrower needs to know and remember that you do mortgage loans every day and that a first time home buyer is just that “it’s the first time they’ve done this.”A good way to think about this from the member’s point of view would be to consider how you train rookie originators. What do you train them on? You train them on how to get members qualified for a home loan and what the underwriting requirements are. Turn that training into tips for members. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Brookville Town Council considers replacing pool

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. — The Brookville Town Council announced that a committee has been working on a solution for the town pool after it had to be closed due to a leak.The committee has narrowed the options, and currently, a feasibility study recommends a complete replacement of the pool rather than repairing it.Different funding options are being researched, and a decision may be made at a board meeting on April 25.last_img

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Malik Jabir lauds Super Eagles after 0-1 defeat

first_imgBlack Meteor Coach, Malik Jabir, has lauded the home-based Super Eagles’ 1-0 victory over his U-23 national team, the Black Meteors of Ghana on Friday in Uyo.The two teams had tackled each other in an International friendly to mark the official opening of the 30,000 capacity Uyo Stadium built by Akwa Ibom Government.The match, which took place shortly after President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the stadium, was watched by Ghanaian President, John Mahama and his Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Quattara.Jabir said that the Super Eagles played excellently well, saying “Nigeria paraded a formidable team”.“[The] Nigerian team is a formidable team; they have been playing ,together but I just assembled my team for only two weeks.“My team was not as good as Super Eagles’ team. “The game is a nice one; it has graced the occasion and this is expected and it has happened that way, so we all thank God,” he said. He expressed the hope that his boys had learned from the Super Eagles and would improve when they got home.“I am very happy for what I saw’; when I go home I will know where to touch and where not to touch.“My team’s failure is not an excuse at all; I just began, maybe next year if I am to come back here, it will be a much better game,” Jabir said.He described the Akwa Ibom stadium as an “exceptional stadium,” saying it was different in the whole of Africa. Also speaking, the Super Eagles’ Coach, Daniel Amokachi, thanked Gov. Akpabio of Akwa Ibom for building a world class facility for the state and Nigeria.“Though this is a friendly game, anytime we play Ghana it is never a friendly game; national pride comes in,” he said.Amokachi, however, added, “It is not about the friendly game but is about the world class facility that is here for Akwa Ibom and for Nigeria”.He said that his captain, Emem Eduok, had made history to be the first ever player to score in Akwa Ibom International Stadium.“The most important thing for me today is that the son of the soil scored the opening goal in this stadium. “The man has gone into history, being the first player ever to score in this stadium for his state,” Amokachi said. The Ghanaian Captain, Isaac Osai, commended Super Eagles for their victory, saying that his team played well but Nigeria team played better.“The team just prepared for two weeks before coming to play in Nigeria; we played a very good football but the better team won today.“If a team is just two weeks old and play against Super Eagles of Nigeria like this, I think is a good account for us and we need to continue from there,” Osai said.Super Eagles’ Captain, Emem Eduok,  also expressed appreciation to God for making him to score the first ever goal at Akwa Ibom International Stadium. “I am so happy to make my fans, friends and my family happy; I thank God I played well.“I am very happy to score a goal in front of Mr President, other presidents and my governor; I am privileged, I am happy I have made history today,” Eduok said.He said that the friendly was his first International goal, adding that the match meant a lot to his football career.NAN reports that at the end of the match, Ghanaian President, John Mahama, presented Gold medals to the Super Eagles for winning what is tagged Transformation Cup.Ivorian President, Mr Alassane Ouattara, presented the Silver medals to Ghanaian team while President Goodluck Jonathan handed over the trophy to the Eagles.last_img read more

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Sen. Beck Keeping Watch on the Economy

first_imgBy Jody CalendarEATONTOWN – Monmouth County’s economy is recovering at a faster pace than the state average and Fort Monmouth is considered the best recovery from a closing in the nation.But byzantine regulations have slowed homeowners from recovering from Super Storm Sandy, residents are flocking to Florida to avoid the state’s draconian estate tax laws and the casinos are blocking the economic recovery of Monmouth Park and “gaming” the state, Sen. Jennifer Beck, R-16th, said in a wide-ranging discussion with businessmen this week.Beck promised the gathering of the Eastern Chamber of Commerce Business Network Breakfast meeting yesterday at the Sheraton Hotel, here, “I’m on it” but recognized that she may face fierce opposing opinions and interests.She urged those in her district who are still having trouble with Sandy recovery of their home or business to call her office.She said she had a team of “incredibly smart young people” who will help expedite solutions.Beck is angry that casinos are moving operations 9 miles from the New Jersey border but want to be subsidized in Atlantic City “and are crying poverty when they are making a mint. And those are your tax dollars.”Beck said the casino industry’s insistence that Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands not be allowed gaming licenses was frankly absurd and self-serving.Admitting that she went head to head with Gov. Chris Christie when he wanted to close Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands, said, “He and I went at it.“Thirty two gaming casinos are amassing on New Jersey’s borders, she said. “The casinos are playing us. They are savvy, savvy businessmen. The sad thing is those 10,000 people out of work from the closing of the four casinos and another is possibly closing which will mean a loss of another 3,000 jobs.”That affects Monmouth Park as well as Monmouth County businesses, she stressed.Beck said she also opposes raising the gas tax to fund the Transportation Trust Fund. Her calculations suggest the tax would have to be raised 22 cents a gallon, which, she said, is not viable.“Anyone who drives Rt. 66 knows it needs work, which is money,” she said. “Should (the Trust Fund) be funding sound walls? We have to look at what we’re funding.”She’s also concerned that “droves” of residents “which are tracked by data” are moving to Florida to avoid tax on retirement funds, inheritance tax and estate tax.“There’s a serious debate because some people believe that persons of means, who have more than $675,000 don’t care about those taxes but it’s clear they are going to other states for 183 days – it’s happening so we don’t benefit from the taxes at all,” said Beck, who is on the budget committee.The good news is that Fort Monmouth is developing well and transitioning into private ownership. Paterson Hospital was privatized, the marine facility has been privatized, the golf course will be, the state police took over the firing range and there are many other negotiations.What Beck is most excited about is her meeting with Sen. Joseph Kryillos, and Sen. Tom H. Kean Jr. with a Princeton-based concern to discuss the development of a technical center that would partner with a car marker to develop driverless cars and the facility would encompass 83 acres.“High paying, high-tech business,” Beck said. “Subaru is moving its headquarters to Camden and we hope to approach them.”She also stressed that the state’s economy has improved with the state dropping from 10 percent unemployment to 6.6 percent and Monmouth County at 5.5 percent.Beck is urging towns to consolidate to save tax dollars and said merging sewer authorities won’t lose a town’s identity.She said among her many priorities some at the top of the list are estate tax repeal, pension reform because of the “robust outstanding liability,” gaming licenses for Monmouth Park and stopping the casino drain, regionalization and growing the economy.She urged residents in her district to engage the issues and voice their opinions.“We need your help,” she said. “These are complicated issues.”last_img read more

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LA CANADA STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY JANUARY 14, 2017

first_imgNOTES: The winning owner is Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, a United Arab Emirati politician and royalty of Dubai. BOB BAFFERT, VALE DORI, WINNER: “I’m impressed by her because she took on some really nice fillies.“Wild At Heart is a good mare. She took her on early and didn’t give it to her. When Mike made that move at the three-eighths pole…I saw him make that adios move and was hoping he didn’t move her too early. She had something left at the end. When they’re that heavily favored, you just hope they run to their odds.“They sent her to me to get a Grade I into her and have some fun with her so I’m just glad that they kept her in training. They were thinking of breeding her so this is good to have. These good fillies are hard to get. She’s improving.“She’s come a long way. It was tough to get a bridle on her before. She was tough. She’s improving and we see it. I’m just glad she’s doing well. We’ll get her ready for the big guns. I wonder if Mike will stay on her (laughs.)“Well, eventually she’ll have to run against that caliber of horse (regarding Songbird) but I think she’s improved since she ran against her and we’ll just continue moving forward. If not, we can always put her on a plane and go somewhere else. We have a lot of options with her.” MIKE SMITH, VALE DORI, WINNER: “She’s just gotten so good. They’ve done such a good job of getting her to relax. She’s really come around. I got on her when she first got here and she was nothing like this. She was very rank and very aggressive. To see her now, it’s a complete turnaround. She’s so calm, so cool. She went out there with a lot of confidence, a lot of class. She’s doing well right now and climbing the ladder.“It’s important to have her versatility. I think she’s gotten to the point where she’s not a one dimensional horse and I think she’d even sit off of someone now if they wanted to get crazy. I look for her to do some great things. She’s got a long year ahead of her and hopefully she won’t run into my other big mare and I get to ride them both.”TRAINER QUOTEScenter_img JOCKEY QUOTESlast_img read more

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Gogobeans: Digital Locker and Sharing Solution for iPhone & Android

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web There’s new application launching here at the CTIA Wireless 2011 conference in Orlando, Florida: Gogobeans. The app is a digital locker of sorts for all your phone’s content – photos, videos, contacts, bookmarks, files, apps and more. So in one sense, it’s like a cloud-based backup of everything on your phone. But Gogobeans isn’t just a backup tool – it’s a platform where content can be shared with anyone just by shaking your phone.“Shake to Bounce”This sharing feature, which Gogobeans calls “Shake to Bounce,” works by using the phone’s accelerometer. The company’s servers register that you shook your phone, but it does not access your location. When another user then shakes his or her phone, the action causes their name appear in a list of people to share with.This type of sharing may remind you a lot of how the Bump app works, but instead of tapping phones to share content, users are shaking their phones. However, there’s a practical purpose to this feature – you don’t have to be in close proximity to the other user in order to share items this way.That means you can send photos to mom and dad across town, files to a remotely located office colleague or videos to a far-away friend, all with just a shake. The app supports sharing of applications too. But instead of simply recommending the app, a placeholder is downloaded to the device. The other user then can complete the app download process and/or purchase from the appropriate application store.And in addition to one-to-one sharing, you can use the app to share from your phone to Twitter and Facebook.I’m not convinced that we’ll all be shaking our phones to share apps in the future, but it’s interesting to see the various solutions developers have come up with to the app discovery problem. There are too many apps in the app store – even when apps are “curated” like Apple is doing. We know that personal recommendations work best, but how do you access them? Bumping phones? Sharing on Facebook? Reading blogs? App search engines?Shaking?Of course, app sharing isn’t Gogobeans’ only feature, but it’s the one that addresses the biggest pain point for me: finding good apps.Googbeans is available on iPhone and Android. Anyone want to share apps?last_img read more

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How to Turn Your Buyers Into Brand Believers

first_imgBrad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Simple Branding Is Key for Complex Tech, Says R… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Buyers always have the last say. Even when faced with limited choices, many would rather opt out than choose a brand they distrust. To successfully break through barriers of consumer hesitation and skepticism to achieve customer loyalty, companies must incorporate true value into their product and service offerings. Otherwise, shoppers won’t show an ounce of genuine loyalty.The Value of LoyaltyBig value doesn’t mean bargain prices. Actually, the more value you offer customers, the more money they might be willing to spend on your products and services. Plenty of relatively expensive or high-end brands have raving fans who could easily save dollars on competing items. However, these fans feel connected to their preferred companies and vote with their wallets. Rosetta Consulting statistics indicate that steadfast shoppers are five times more likely to buy from favored brands compared to less engaged buyers. Plus, they shell out 60 percent more each time they make a purchase.Businesses get not just a financial lift, but also a marketing boost, when they achieve this type of emotional response. It transcends a detached purchasing arrangement. According to a national survey from commerce marketing cloud Yotpo, more than half of brand believers will join loyalty programs. Sixty percent will talk positively about their favorite companies. In other words, they become an extension of the sales team and smooth the way for future transactions.Make no mistake: These aren’t directly compensated advocates, a la social media influencers or paid-to-promote celebs. Yet they demand a high degree of value as compensation for their ongoing zeal.If your company could use a boost from superfans, take these steps to give customers a reason to cheer.1. Mirror target customers’ beliefs.Buyers respond more reliably and earnestly when they feel a brand aligns with their beliefs. Take the beauty industry, for example. Emily Weiss, founder of Glossier and one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, used her experience in fashion and wellness to create a line of products focused on minimalism and natural beauty rather than glam. Despite early naysayers, she forged ahead with her plan to prove that beauty is a “conduit for connection.” She built a business now worth nearly $400 million.Writer Victoria Sands explains why companies like Glossier drive intense fanaticism and feverish loyalty: “These brands identify as a safe port in an otherwise unfriendly storm of consumerism.” Likewise, your company’s messaging and purpose must echo the values of your top buyers before you can count on blind promotion.2. Give the above-and-beyond value you hope to get.When you make a sale, you shouldn’t simply swap a product or service for currency. Instead, the exchange should always include a balanced value trade. Your customers are giving you the value of their disposable income and (hopefully) voices of approval, and you’re giving them value unique to your brand.How do you know if this value interchange is happening? Shelley Washburn, president of GSM, an automotive marketing company, likes to provide supporters with a reason to stand behind her brand. “Businesses need to be sure to give things to their casual supporters — whether it’s content, consultation, or to listen to what their needs are — in order to expect casual supporters to turn into brand ambassadors,” she says. For example, GSM recognizes its clients by promoting them on its blog, offering amplified exposure to those companies. Consider additional ways your brand can offer value, such as through educating your followers through content or contributing to charitable causes your customers support.3. Mobilize advocates to action with perks.Maybe you’ve noticed organic ambassadors popping up on social media. Rather than pat yourself on the back for generating brand-consumer kinship, go a step further and request a little link and word-of-mouth love. After all, video company One Productions estimates that traditional advertising leaves 33 percent of consumers unmoved, whereas Nielsen’s data has shown that 83 percent of buyers trust plugs that come from family and friends.Rather than rely on luck, formalize a system that incentivizes and rewards loyalty. Looking for an example? Think about Harry’s pre-launch email address-gathering campaign. Using social media, razor brand Harry’s invited people to sign up for information. The more friends someone signed up, the more free stuff the advocate received. And the best part: Harry’s drove excitement and loyalty before its razors ever touched a dollop of shaving cream.Sit down this week with team members to ask the tough questions: Does our brand offer value beyond the suggested retail price? If not, how can we improve our relationships with customers? Honest answers will help you figure out how to win the followers you need to achieve your most far-reaching goals. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#branding#buyer relationship#company branding#customer loyalty#customer relationship#marketing#retail#value proposition How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

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Village to be named after Trump, says Sulabh chief

first_imgA village in Rajasthan’s Mewat region will be named after U.S. President Donald Trump, a top Indian sociologist and social worker has said, prompting the State government to rule out any such plan.“I announce to name one village in India as Trump Village,” Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak said at a community event organised on the suburbs of Washington DC. This, he said, was part of his efforts to enhance India-U.S. relationship. However, Rajasthan government officials said there was no such proposal to rename any village after the U.S. president.“It is the government which renames a village and there is laid down procedures for that. As of now, there is no such proposal with the department to name a village after the U.S. president. I have nothing to comment on what Mr. Pathak has said,” Alok, Rajasthan government’s Principal Secretary of the Revenue department, told PTI in Jaipur.The Mewat region falls under Alwar district and Alwar District Collector Rajan Vishal also said there was no such proposal.“The competence of renaming a village lies with the government and no private man can do that. We have no such proposal or request in this regard,” Mr. Vishal said.Giving a presentation to local community and political leaders in the U.S., Mr. Pathak said he was working to provide affordable sanitation and toilets to the masses and end the practice of manual scavenging.last_img read more

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