What does that mean in practice? It means that my performance depends on my mood and on how I’m feeling. Sometimes he’s a more aggressive Phantom and sometimes more melancholic—and sometimes I cry like a baby! I have to ask about your fabulous name: it sounds like something out of an adventure movie. [Laughs] It’s real, I can tell you that, and not made up! When I was a kid I hated it because it was so strange and unique and I didn’t want to be unique. No kid does. But now I love it. It’s very theatrical. Would you like to play Broadway? Absolutely, though I am the first to realize that I am a bit limited there and in London because of my accent, so I cannot dream high. I would need to find someone who could ignore the fact that I’m not fully British or American but I hope that happens because I would really love to create a role or do a revival that I start. What about Hal Prince’s time with you was especially helpful? He really helped me understand the Phantom’s movements, which themselves are so iconic. Before I met him, I found myself not being sure why I was doing this or that movement, but of course [Prince] has a reason for everything that’s on that stage—which in turn frees you up as a performer so that you’re not just copying someone or doing something you’ve been asked to do. You now seem pretty settled in London. I am! My wife had a business in Spain, where she is from and where we met doing Jesus Christ Superstar, but now we have fully moved to the U.K. and our son, Gael, was born here. He’s now two. What else did you see on that trip? Oh, all my favorite musicals: Les Miserables and Jekyll and Hyde, which I would love to do, and Miss Saigon, Rent, Contact, the original Aida with Heather Headley—that was incredible. They have certain themes in common. They share one topic, which is love. The Phantom of the Opera is, of course, a love story about a person who’s rejected and how Christine makes him who he is, and Les Miserables is all about love and redemption. Love is what makes Jean Valjean change his life. You’ve only been resident in London a few years and already you have played two of the defining roles in musical theater. It still amazes me when I look at the journey I have been through. I came here to do Les Miz and ideally they wanted me to stay another year as Jean Valjean, but I was interested in auditioning for the Phantom. Thank God they gave me the chance. I’ve got the best job in the world! Jean Valjean is a far larger role, though, in terms of actual stage time. Valjean is just incredible and you need to be completely trained and prepared; the role challenges you in every way. But with the Phantom, I feel as though I never stop even though I may not be on stage. Waiting for my appearance or getting ready to go on is a lot of work and you need to be in the zone, so it’s not like you can be backstage hiding or reading the newspaper [laughs]. The last half hour of the Phantom is like doing three of Jean Valjean’s “Soliloquy.” It’s exhausting and demands all your attention. Do the two r make similar demands on you as a performer, or do they feel quite different? They’re completely different. I can speak mainly about my characters but the challenges are completely opposite: Valjean reflects more of my own personality, even as far as the vocal range and how it’s written, whereas the Phantom is a total challenge because I’m playing a murderer, so I’ve got to go to that place every night. There seem to be quite a few prime musical opportunities for Latino performers from whatever their background—one thinks of Nine and Kiss of the Spider Woman, just for starters. Yes, I could do those. And the funny thing is that I visited New York before I ever came to London. My first and only trip to New York was in 2000 when I was 21 or 22 and it was there that I first saw the legendary Phantom of the Opera, though I couldn’t imagine myself playing the Phantom at that point—just maybe Raoul. View Comments Geronimo Rauch not only has one of the best names on the West End, but the Argentinian actor has also had two of the best jobs. He first played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre before shifting British mega-musicals to take on the equally iconic part of the lovesick anti-hero of the title in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, where he is signed through August 2015. Broadway.com caught up with the charming recruit to the ranks of London leading men to talk musical mainstays, wearing a mask and his dream of originating a major role one day. When you exit the stage door at Phantom, do people sometimes not recognize you without your mask? Yes, that happens many times! I say to them, “Hello, I was the Phantom; did you enjoy the show?” In fact, it feels like a complete freedom for me to play a part where you don’t see yourself reflected back at you because it means you can do anything you want. Is it frustrating coming into long-running shows and perhaps not encountering the original creative team? Except that I have! I had the privilege on Les Miz to work with [co-director] John Caird, and we had [Phantom director] Hal Prince over for the tech run, which was just amazing.
As customer interactions become fragmented across more channels than ever before, a CRM system may be your best tool to help provide seamless, insightful customer experience. To get that all-important single view of the customers, you’ll need a CRM system that serves as a hub for data coming in from all channels, so you can capture all the bits and pieces of information that make up a modern banking relationship, and use them to engage customers, convert more leads, and create life-long loyalty.Is your current CRM solution up to the task? If not, it may be time to plan for the successful future and build for the growth you seek.Here are some of the steps you need to take to make sure the process goes smoothly. Remember, enterprise-wide CRM adoption is a cultural shift, so steps involving people are just as important as steps involving tech implementation.1. Choose the right solution. The CRM marketplace is full of vendors offering “vanilla CRM” solutions, which claim to work for any industry and for any need of the staff. But these often don’t meet the complex needs of credit unions, who contend with complex legacy back office systems, geographically dispersed locations, and the need to keep business processes in compliance with rigorous legislation across all channels.If you pick a purpose-built solution for financial services from a partner with industry experience, you’ll have access to features and functions designed to meet these unique needs. Plus, you can rely on your vendor to share best practices and real-world experience to make the implementation a success.2. Select the right champions to lead change. Executive champions bring leadership and vision to your CRM project. But because CRM touches many departments and groups across your credit union, you’ll also need CRM supporters in every branch and location, at every level. And you’ll need to make sure that all champions have a singular vision of how the CRM implementation will benefit your organization.3. Build and maintain a roadmap. Bring your stakeholders together to create a roadmap for your CRM project. Start by evaluating the gaps between the creditunion’s current state and its desired future state. Then consider how CRM capabilities can help you bridge the gaps. Identify key building blocks, from data migration to process documentation, and assign responsibilities for each. 4. Create a comprehensive messaging plan. You’ll need to communicate how the new CRM solution can help everybody do their jobs better without reorganizing their workflow, and listen to what everybody wants out of it. Be prepared for resistance – old habit die hard, and change makes people nervous, so you’ll need to be proactive about reassuring staff members that the CRM solution will help them meet their KPIs and make their daily lives easier. Make sure you have a mechanism in place for employees to share feedback with your CRM team throughout the planning, implementation, and rollout of the solution.5. Plan to make training an evergreen activity. Peer-to-peer, role based training is essential if you want your staff to adopt CRM and use it correctly. You also need to recognize that ingraining new habits takes time, allocate resources to offer intensive training up front, then reinforce it later, and make inspection and coaching a perennial task as well. And don’t be afraid to incentivize CRM adoption, or use gamification and scoreboards to encourage CRM uptake at individual branches or locations.6. Run through your CRM readiness checklist. At this stage in the game, your credit union is ready to go, with a roster of CRM champions in place, training, and communications plans ready to go, and key building blocks and KPIs mapped out. A final systems check can help you identify any last issues before you begin implementation. Your readiness checklist should include questions like these:Does everyone have a clear and common understanding of the CRM project?Do they understand their specific roles during roll-out?Is the feedback process clear for everyone? Are cross-functional teams poised to troubleshoot?Are all data sources identified? Is there a plan for their integration?Plan for SuccessAs the saying goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail”. When a CRM project fails, it is often because the organization hasn’t’ done the groundwork to ensure adoption of the system. If you don’t create and monitor CRM KPIs, you may not even notice when adoption rate and usage drop and the project stagnates. Conversely, if you take the time to select the right vendor, make a comprehensive implementation plan, build buy-in and rally the organization, you are well on the way to experiencing the enterprise-wide benefits of CRM. Why is this process so worthwhile? Well, because significant organization-wide benefits of CRM include (but aren’t limited to), a better understanding of members, stronger member relationships, increased loyalty, and the opportunity to leverage member data to market more effectively.Want more strategies to ensure CRM implementation success? We’ve drawn on over a decade of experience helping credit unions plan CRM projects to offer you some straightforward advice on important steps to follow. Read our eBook to learn more. 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Olga Zakharenkava Olga Zakharenkava is the VP, Demand Marketing at Doxim, a leading provider of cloud-based customer engagement solutions for credit unions and wealth management firms. Find out more at www.doxim.com Web: www.doxim.com Details
Submit StumbleUpon BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile August 20, 2020 Related Articles BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 Share Share BtoBet has announced a reshaping of its internal structure, becoming a redesigned, and larger, group in the process.Two companies, ITS (I-Trading Solution) and IGS (I-Gaming Solutions), have been embraced, allowing the launch of two new divisions, BtoBet Sports and BtoBet Games.Alessandro Fried, BtoBet’s chairman, explained about the sports division: “BtoBet Sports is focused on bookmakers’ needs and sportsbook players’ preferences. “A dedicated team ensures the sports-betting brand provides the ultimate betting experience to the bettors. Based on BtoBet’s sports platform Neuron Sport, BtoBet Sports provides a highly customizable frontend for each operator, giving all the tools needed for risk management across all pre-match, live betting and virtual Jackpot betting products.”Adding on the games division: “This new department is aimed at providing the perfect set of products and services needed for today’s iGaming business. “A pull of skilled and dedicated experts assists and satisfies any of operator’s iGaming needs and requirements. “The Neuron Casino omni-channel platform, based on Artificial Intelligence technology ensures tailored offers to maximize the effort of delivering the perfect Games offer.”Both ITS, a risk management and trading specialist, and IGS, an experienced games aggregator, are to operate under the same roof and adopt the same technology, BtoBet also detail that working under the new structure allows the firm to offer “an even more comprehensive suite of products; Sportsbook platform and services for bookmakers and IGaming Platform and services devoted to the gaming industry.”Concluding, Fried explained: “BtoBet’s new structure offers a bigger trusted team always available to support our Clients in their technical needs by providing advice when needed, flexibility to expand their business and a range of clear and simple products and services.“We are able to allow the operators to manage their business autonomously, setting up their own strategies, all without the handicap of technology constraints or the limits of engaging fully- managed platforms. In addition, Btobet is able to supply them all the necessary services to make their own product and offer unique.”
Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony has found himself in the middle of another controversy after a photo showing him posing next to two topless women has surfaced online.The photo in question, was posted by the political blog Red Broward and shows Tony posing next to the women at what was said to be a private event for bi-sexual women and couples in 2015.It is unclear how the website retrieved the photo, however, it comes on the heels of Tony’s juvenile self-defense shooting controversy which has many questioning whether he should have gotten the sheriffs position.Sheriff Tony was appointed to the position by Governor Ron DeSantis in 2019 after former Sheriff Scott Israel was ousted.During Monday’s coronavirus briefing, Gov. DeSantis spoke about his decision to appoint Tony saying he did not have a personal relationship with Tony nor did the shooting come up in his background check:“It’s not like he was a political ally of mine. I wasn’t trying to do that. I was just trying to [appoint] someone that had done a good job,” DeSantis said. ” and I liked the fact that he had come from a real tough upbringing, Florida State football and had been a great law enforcement officer, so he’s gone through a lot of background investigations up until this point as well, and it seemed like he had the leadership.”“It seems like he was in a rough neighborhood and was trying to defend his family, so because it was self-defense, I don’t think it would have made a difference,” “but it did not come up in the background check because he had never been charged.”Former Coral Springs Police Chief Duncan Foster who hired Tony said on the other hand, that even though the incident was self-defense and Tony was a juvenile at the time, knowing about the shooting would have likely altered the election:” The fact remains even though he was a juvenile, we have a lot of applicants to choose from, and all things being equal, looking at people’s past job performances, what school they went to, etc., all things being equal, we would have moved onto a better qualified candidate that didn’t have the background that Greg Tony turns out that he had,” Foster said. ” It would have been something that really needed to be put down on the application. The fact remains that you’re a juvenile, you’ve still been detained by detained by law enforcement.”Speaking about the shooting Tony reported that:” The courts and judge said, ‘No, this was self-defense. This young man had every right to protect himself and his family,” Tony said.” In all that time, every background [check] I went through, through FDLE, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, or the FBI clearances that I’ve had to acquire to attain this position, and many others, it’s never come up,” he said. “It never was something that was part of an application process, and I don’t want to be examined- I don’t think anyone would – as a 14-year-old victim when you’re interviewing related to an employment process and you’re trying to display your very best. I didn’t want anybody to feel sorry for me.”He went on to tell the story saying that he and his brother got into an argument with a man named Hector Rodriguez and that Rodriguez then pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot them:“He basically lost it and pulled a gun out and stated he had no problem with shooting us,” he said. “I was 14. I was frightened. I’ve seen my friend shot and killed in front of me. I was brutally beaten and had my sneakers taken off at gunpoint.”Tony said Rodriguez chased him and his brother into their home, and that’s when Tony grabbed his father’s gun and opened fire on Rodriguez.“I had an individual armed with a gun in our home, trying to kill me and my brother,” he said, “and fortunately, I had to respond and stop him by shooting him before he was able to kill me and my brother, and that great response, as horrific as it was, as frightening as it was, allowed me to be here today.”In regards to the timing of the self-defense shooting, the Sheriff says he believes it is part of a smear campaign to prevent him from keeping his position ahead of the 2020 Election.The development came a week after Tony lost a no-confidence vote for not being able to provide enough PPE to staff members.
Lancashire have the English County Championship back in their grasp after a dramatic final day at Minchinhampton when they not only needed to win their match but to accumulate as many points in doing so.They did just that, overcoming Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands 6½ – 2½ while Devon beat Leicestershire and Rutland 5½ – 3½ to finish second place.In the end both counties had two match wins so the verdict went to game points with Lancashire gaining 15½ to Devon’s 14.It is Lancashire’s 11th County Championship overall and their third in the past six years and their captain Paul Williams, in his first year as captain, was naturally delighted with his side’s success.“It has been a fantastic experience being involved with a team that’s friendly and full of spirit,” he said. “We knew what we had to do and after a tie in the foursomes so I loaded by experienced players at the back in the singles and all produced.“I wanted Haydn McCullen to show he was No.1 and he has made it a hat-trick. He won the Lancashire county and boys championships and now the English County title.“Also, Sean Towndrow holed a six foot clutch putt on the final green this morning to earn us a half. Without that we could have lost momentum so I’m really pleased for him.“But it’s been a good year for me. We‘ve won the Northern League and now this but everyone has pulled together.”After being held 1½ – 1½ in the morning foursomes, the North Region champions knew they needed as many game points as they could get from the six singles. There was little to separate the players in any of the games in the early stages but as the afternoon wore on so Lancashire gradually assumed control.Haydn McCullen gave them a great start with a 3 and 2 win over Hampshire’s Harry Ellis, who found himself 5-down after 12 holes but strung together three successive birdies to reduce the damage.Mark Young found himself behind early on to Ryan Henley but battled back to lead 2-up at the turn before taking advantage of the Hampshire man’s errors to win 5 and 3.Paul Howard and John Carroll both came through 3 and 2 over Elliot Groves and Gavin O’Neill respectively which meant that Sean Towndrow’s 4 and 2 defeat by Tom Robson hurt little.Devon made a great bid for the title. After taking the foursomes 2-1 against Leicestershire, they took command of the top singles and soon had three points on the board which assured them of victory in the match. But they needed also every point they could get.After leading early, Jimmy Mullen went 1-down to Colin Mitchell at the turn. But he pressed the accelerator on the back nine, regaining the lead with a birdie at the 12th then winning the 14th and 15th on his way to a 3 and 2 victory.Sam Edwards had two front nine birdies to Jonathan Herbert’s three but the Leicestershire man added a couple of bogeys to be out in level par to Edwards’ two under 33 for a 1-up lead. Herbert fell 2-down with a double-bogey at ten while Edwards went further in front with a birdie at 13 before closing out a 2 and 1 success.David Blick also went out in 33 to be 3-up against Leicester’s Ashley Mason on his way to a 5 and 3 win, which ended when Mason lost his ball on the 15th and conceded. But they could only reap a half from the bottom three games, thanks to Dan Rosevear against Martin Anderson.The two bottom games went Leicestershire’s way through their long-serving campaigners, Steve Sansome, who won 4 and 3 against Dave Ashley, and David Gibson by 5 and 3 over Adam Bridgewater.Photo copyright Leaderboard Photography. 29 Sep 2013 Lancashire win the County Championship again – on points
Facebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeYesterday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced the temporary closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas, and water access areas for at least two weeks starting Wednesday, March 25. The closure is in response to Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued yesterday.Entrance gates and facilities will be closed, and on-site public services will be suspended. Essential staff will be present to preserve and protect resources.Camping and other overnight accommodations on state-managed recreation lands will remain closed through April 30.The public can find the latest information about State Parks and WDFW operations at:Parks: parks.state.wa.us/COVID19.WDFW: wdfw.wa.gov/about/covid-19-updatesState land officials and staff appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation in this unprecedented time.
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ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 2, 2010June 20, 2017By: Faatimaa Ahmadi, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Faatimaa Ahmadi, one of the sixteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.September 28, 2010“Welcome Faatimaa! This is our office and our workplace! I am sure that we can learn many things from each other.”That is my mentor’s voice in my ear. Ashoka Fellow Rita Sembuya tries to speak word by word to introduce Joyce Fertility Support Centre to me. “It started as a patient support organization for childless couples at 2001 and from 2007 it also concentrated on supporting women through education.”I am thinking to myself, how is it possible to work in a place made of just a balcony and an old garage, (although I cannot ignore its wonderful garden)! Oh my God!! Where am I!! I am surprised and trying to hide it. I remember the advice of my professor, Golnar Mehran, when she said goodbye to me. She said, “Wash your eyes and look in another way; in this way you will learn many things from Uganda.”Now it has been one month since coming to Uganda and starting work at the Joyce Fertility Support Centre. I see how this very small office with rare facilities is capable of doing big jobs and I am happy to be here.When I arrived my big problem was not being fluent in English, such a disturbing problem it is! Joyce group helped me to improve my language and to be familiar with the environment I am in, to know the context more and more. I know that if we are going to educate women according to our project there is need to connect the educational content to their context.During this time we had many meetings in this office to make clear what are we going to do. I recognized that Rita is perfect at brainstorming. She is doing this job so great that after finishing the meeting I feel pain in all of my neurons!!There are many similarities between my mentor’s philosophy in education and mine. Sometimes I ask myself how it is possible for two people studying different majors and living in two different continents, far from each other and have never met but have many similarities. I applaud all the decision makers for this match.During these days I have been able to see how the knowledge I learned during my masters course turns to practice, such a sweet time it is! Rita paved the way for me to visit some organizations and evaluate their work according to how they educate women in maternal health field. These visits helped me to improve my evaluation skills and to see with my eyes how the traditional model of education is dominant in maternal health field unfortunately. That model is one in which people must focus on convincing others to adopt a desired behavior, and provide information, repetition of messages or imitation of behavior (http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/67/1/59.full).I wish to bring change in the way of education in maternal health during this project.Share this:
The Victorian Women’s 27s team has created history by securing Victoria its first ever National Touch League championship.The dynamic outfit overcame a gutsy Hunter Hornets side 6-4 in the final to etch their place in the record books.This is the first time that the Women’s 27s category has been included as part of the NTL. The Victorians were rank outsiders coming into the new division but gained confidence and momentum with strong wins over Sydney Rebels and Sydney Scorpions on the opening day of play. Captain Suzy Barrett said the harmony amongst her teammates was a contributing factor to the triumph. “We’re really stoked, the girls have worked very, very hard and it’s a good reward,” Barrett said. “We did a lot of fitness and we did a lot of basic teamwork and it paid off. We didn’t have any moves, we just went with intensity and teamwork and that was our motto the whole time.”Barrett made note of the difficult challenge her team had to meet to claim the title. “The Hornets are an awesome team,” she said. “They were the best team that we played all tournament. They moved us around hard, our middles were stuffed, and they were a nice bunch of girls too.”Rangy speedster Jennifer Galea was the standout for Victoria in the final, scoring four of her teams six touchdowns. Galea credited the win to “Ticker, dedication, fitness and fantastic teamwork”. Galea also had plenty of praised captain Suzy Barrett, coach Shauna Hammond and assistant coach Michael Carter for their leadership and dedication to the squad. “I could single out every single person in our team for something different,” she said. “I could name 101 things that each of them do spectacularly.” Touch Football Victoria State Operations Manager Nick Mooney said the Vic women’s victory was the culmination of a lot of work from Victorian Touch. “The players have done brilliantly as have the coaching staff,” Mooney said. “And a special mention goes out to Michael Lovett. Whilst he wasn’t directly involved in the team this year he has done a lot of work with that squad over the years so it’s a great day for Touch Football in Victoria and a great effort from the ladies.” Touch Football Victoria will now look to use their first success at national level as leverage to boost the game from grassroots level all the way through to Victoria’s newly created elite competition, the VT League. “I think it will give some people the impetus to play so numbers will increase,” Mooney said. “Also I think it will give the up-and-coming 19, 20 and 21-year-olds a bit belief that they can come to an NTL and win a championship.”In years to come teams from around the country will know to keep an eye on the Victorians. Galea said her team was confident of defending their championship.“We hope to come back next year and take it out again next year.” For further news and results see the NTL website
Noida: Gautam Buddh Nagar police on Thursday seized around Rs 1.37 crore in cash from a van in police station Phase 3 area of Noida. Cops said that the occupants of the van failed to provide a reason for which they were carrying such a large amount of cash.According to police, two persons travelling in a van were stopped by police during routine checking near Bahlolpur village in phase-III area of Noida on Thursday morning. Cops added that while searching the vehicle, police recovered two boxes which contained cash in denominations of large currency notes. “During routine checking, police team intercepted a van and upon searching the vehicle found large quantity of cash. Upon questioning the occupants of car about where they have been taking the cash, no satisfactory answer was received. However, they neither had any documents related to the cash. Police have seized the cash while Income Tax Authorities have been informed and we are ascertaining the source and destination of the money,” said Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar. Meanwhile it is said that the van belonged to a logistics agency while the cash recovered was supposed to get filled into the ATM machines. “It has also come to light that the van belonged to a logistics agency but they were not following any guidelines issued by RBI and didn’t provide any related documents. We are investigating the matter covering all the possibilities,” added Krishna.