Honoring, and feeling, Heaney’s presence

first_img Unlocking the Heaney suite Pictures of the Irish countryside offer visitors a look at the evocative landscape that inspired the sense of place reflected in much of Seamus Heaney’s work. A picture of the late Seamus Heaney graces one of the walls in the Adams House suite that was recently dedicated in his honor. Greeting visitors at the suite’s entrance is a bronze bust of Heaney by sculptor Carolyn Mulholland, donated by American diplomat and former United States ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith and Harvard Law School graduate Joseph Hassett and his wife, Carol Melton. When Seamus Heaney won the 1995 Nobel Prize for literature he was traveling in Greece, but that didn’t stop him from dialing his extended Harvard family thousands of miles away.Soon after hearing the news Heaney called his friends at Adams House, his home during his stints as a visiting professor at Harvard beginning in 1979, as the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory from 1984 to 1995, and as the Ralph Waldo Emerson Poet in Residence, a position he held until 2006.“He phoned to say he couldn’t keep the astonishing news to himself,” Bob Kiely, Adams House master from 1973 to 1999, said during a moving tribute to Heaney at Memorial Church in November 2013, three months after the poet’s death. “It was during a tea, so I announced to the assembled crowd of students, who cheered so lustily he could hear them in Athens.”Heaney’s spirit lives on in his suite in Adams House, dedicated in a ceremony on Saturday that brought together family, friends, and poetry lovers to remember the artist and the man.“He just touched everybody,” said Adams House Master Sean Palfrey in an interview before the service. “He was both a poetic and a gentle person … engaged in all parts of life.”“The idea came to me that we should celebrate the kind of person he was, not just his poetry, but the humanity and the warmth and the humor of the man,” Palfrey added, “and just put the suite aside.”Palfrey, who had the blessing of Heaney’s widow, Marie, envisioned a quiet space where students could work and “write creatively,” free from interruptions or the pull of the Web.That vision matched Heaney’s own. When he began traveling to Harvard 1979, the poet wanted a simple place to live and work, one that was close to his classrooms and Harvard Square. He found it on Plympton Street in suite I-12 at the top of a winding flight of stairs.“The arts and bohemia were well-represented” at Adams House, Heaney told the Gazette in 2012. “It was a desired address.” In his time at the House, Heaney penned two Harvard-inspired works: “Villanelle for an Anniversary,” which he composed in honor of the University’s 350th year, and “Alphabets,” written for the Phi Beta Kappa Literary Exercises in 1984. “Traditionally the Phi Beta Kappa poem is about learning,” Heaney said in 2012. “So mine was [about] making the first letters at primary school.”For Heaney, composing in Cambridge sometimes came second to teaching, reading, and connecting with students and colleagues. He was “always open to sitting with the students and reading poetry,” recalled Palfrey. He was also a regular at the House dining hall, often with Marie, when she was in town, by his side. They attended Adams House teas; he read poetry, she sang and told stories.The suite, a modest two-bedroom, came with a welcoming view of the courtyard and a tree Heaney liked to climb, a fireplace, and a quirky door that doubled as a desk. According to Palfrey, one of the suite’s doors had come loose from its hinges and Heaney took to using it as a writing space. Palfrey contacted an alumnus who works with reclaimed wood and asked him him to fashion the table in the shape of a door that now sits before the suite’s courtyard-facing windows. According to some, Seamus Heaney used an unhinged door from the suite as a desk. To keep the tradition alive, Adams House Master Sean Palfrey had a table made to look like a door for the refurbished suite. Framed broadsides of Seamus Heaney’s poems cover the walls of the suite in Adams House. Work on the walls in the Seamus Heaney suite includes these several lines of the poet’s translation of “Beowulf” that were printed at the Adams House Bow & Arrow Press. A shot of Northern Ireland by the photographer Rachel Brown hangs above the fireplace in the Seamus Heaney suite. Brown collaborated with the poet on the book “Sweeney’s Flight,” which matches her vivid photos with extracts and quotations from “Sweeney Astray” — Heaney’s translation of the medieval Irish work “Buile Suibhne.” Photos by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer Works by the Irish poet and many others fill the Seamus Heaney suite in Adams House. A close-up of the mantle in Adams House’s Seamus Heaney suite, which administrators, faculty, and students helped transform into a quiet, reflective space in honor of the late poet. Framed broadsides of several of Seamus Heaney’s poems hang on the walls of the newly dedicated suite, including this one, “Had I not been awake,” which was signed by the poet. Seamus Heaney’s widow, Marie, sits in the Adams House suite where she used to visit him during his stints at Harvard. A view of Apthorp House from the windows of the Seamus Heaney suite in Adams House. Two sconces cast a gentle glow in the main room, a request from students who asked that the overhead light be removed to make it look “less like a dorm room.” Fittingly, the walls are covered with several illustrated broadsides of Heaney’s work, including the Harvard villanelle and the last stanza of “Poet’s Chair,” which is topped by a linoleum block print by Heaney’s friend, the Harvard professor and artist Dimitri Hadzi (1921-2006).The poem’s final section conjures up themes familiar in Heaney’s work: his youth in Northern Ireland, his family, his turning to and returning to language, and his hope. Its last lines read: “Of the poem as a ploughshare that turns time / Up and over. / Of the chair in leaf / The fairy thorn is entering for the future./ Of being here for good in every sense.”The piece was named after a chair by the Northern Ireland sculptor Carolyn Mulholland. Nearby, Mulholland’s bronze bust of Heaney greets visitors as they enter.Other flourishes in the space include a CD player and a box set of Heaney reading his collected poems, shelves of books by Heaney and other authors, and a smiling photo of the poet, arms crossed, opposite a mirror image of Marie, both taken by Palfrey. One of the suite’s small bedrooms has been transformed into a meditation space with two chairs.“He would have loved it,” Marie Heaney said of the suite. “It’s exactly the sort of thing he would have loved. I know that.”The reworked space, she said, is “a place for withdrawal, which of course it was for Seamus. He could go and lock himself in there, which he would do from time to time, possibly not often enough, because he gave a lot to everybody. He was incredibly generous-spirited.”The suite was opened months before the official dedication, and has already hosted talks and poetry readings, along with countless students in search of quiet. Santiago Pardo ’16 has visited several times in recent weeks to prep for papers and exams.“Here at Harvard we have a lot of workspaces, we have a lot of places to write your papers, to read, and sometimes the atmosphere of those places is terrible; just the constant tapping, you almost feel the stress as you hear a phone buzz or the keyboard click,” said Pardo. “This is a different kind of work space … I think we’ve summed it up quite nicely in saying it’s not high tech, but high touch.”A sign on a shelf near the door discourages cellphone use. Computers are allowed, but Palfrey and others hope visitors will unplug as much as possible, and opt instead for paper and pen, Heaney’s preferred tools when drafting a poem.Helen Vendler, the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor, helped select various items for the refurbished suite. She said the rooms give students a chance to delve into Heaney’s work, and their own, uninterrupted “by the din of sound systems, laptops, cellphones, roommates, and conversation.”Vendler’s memory of her first encounter Heaney vividly captures his spirit. She was lecturing at the Yeats International Summer School in County Sligo in August 1975 when she heard a young Irish poet read a selection of “electrifying poems.” When she approached him with questions, Heaney happily offered to discuss his work with her the following day, handing over his galleys from a new volume, “North,” to review before they met.“It was typical of his generosity to all that he’d give over his galleys and explain things to this unknown woman,” Vendler recalled in an email. “I went home and wrote for The New York Times about ‘North’­ — one of the 20th-century volumes able to stand with such landmarks as Lowell’s ‘Life Studies’ and Stevens’ ‘Harmonium’ as marking out new inventive moves for lyric, as well as urgent subject matter. Seamus and I remained friends until he died.”Marie Heaney and her three children traveled to Cambridge after her husband’s death for the service at the Memorial Church, but ,“We were numb,” she recalled, still overwhelmed by the loss. The dedicated suite has “brought Cambridge back to us in a positive way,” she added, “retrieved it in some way, and I am very grateful for that.”last_img read more

Mobilizing young voters — to mobilize their peers

first_imgMaking Caring Common — a project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that supports young people’s moral and civic development — has launched a new, nonpartisan voter mobilization and civic education initiative for young voters from across the country. The initiative, called Get Out the Vote, aims to encourage young adults (ages 18–25) to effectively mobilize their peers, as well as to provide them with civic knowledge and organizing skills that they can draw on now and throughout their lives.The three-week program, with 74 participants from 26 states, runs through August 14, 2020. It will offer trainings in voter registration, voter turnout, and community organizing, as well as public seminars and small-group sessions on topics including the history of voter disenfranchisement, the challenge and promise of civic education, vote suppression, the electoral college, and key issues for Democrats and Republicans in the 2020 election. Participants who complete the program will earn a certificate from Making Caring Common.“Only 40 percent of college students turned out in the 2018 midterm election — a dramatic jump from the 19 percent student turnout in the 2014 midterm elections, but a disappointing percentage for any healthy democracy,” says Senior Lecturer Richard Weissbourd, faculty director of Making Caring Common, noting that non-college students were even less likely to vote. “Research has found that the most effective strategy for motivating young people to register and to vote is thoughtful prompting from their peers. We hope this initiative will give young adults the tools they need to do that. We have wonderful young people participating in the program from all over the country who understand the importance of strengthening our democracy and civic life.”Get Out The Vote: A public seminar seriesThe initiative will host a series of seminars on Zoom and Facebook that are open to the general public. Seminars will feature a range of speakers and leaders grounded in the history of voting rights, representation, and current action to expand access and engagement.The first two of the public seminars are coming this week:On July 28, at 5 p.m. Black Voters Matter Fund co-founder Cliff Albright will join members of Making Caring Common’s Youth Advisory Board for a conversation about building community and organizational capacity to foster and amplify Black voting power. Register here.On July 30 at 5 p.m., HGSE Professor Meira Levinson will join Sean A. Floyd, a nonprofit and public-sector leader who now runs the Washington, D.C., consulting firm Nomadic Solutions, to discuss the civic empowerment gap and how to eliminate it. They’ll discuss insider politics and outsider activism, and why and how youth, people of color, first generation college students, and new Americans can upend traditional power disparities in U.S. politics. Register here.For more public seminars, check this page.last_img read more

Eggplant Production

first_imgEggplant producers should consider decreasing their current irrigation usage, according to University of Georgia research horticulturist Juan Carlos Díaz-Pérez. Doing so saves water and money. On the UGA campus in Tifton, Georgia, Díaz-Pérez is researching how farmers can use water more efficiently. “We have relatively plenty of water in Georgia, but we still need to be careful that we use those water resources appropriately. We don’t want to waste them,” he said. Díaz-Pérez has conducted irrigation-based studies with other vegetables, like watermelon and bell pepper. He found similar results in those crops: Water usage can be decreased without hurting the crop’s potential yields.“Certainly, applying more than what’s perceived to be optimal is not necessary. The studies show that we can apply less, up to 30 percent less than crop evapotranspiration, and plants are still able to satisfactorily produce,” he said.Reducing water usage can also improve the plant’s use of essential nutrients in the soil, such as nitrogen. If too much water is applied, farmers risk leeching out the nitrogen already in the soil.“Nitrogen (nitrate) is very soluble in water. You want your irrigation moisture to stay in the root zone. If you apply too much water, the moisture will not be held by the soil. Moisture is going to move downward, and as it moves downward, it’s going to bring the nitrates down deeper into the soil level, which could also present an environmental issue,” Díaz-Pérez said.While cautioning growers against applying too much water, he still insists eggplants require an adequate amount of moisture to produce substantial yields. UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong estimates that eggplants require between 1 and 1.5 inches of moisture per week on average.“Eggplants and other vegetable plants can survive with little irrigation water. In our conditions, however, rainfall distribution during the year is irregular; thus, if you don’t provide sufficient moisture to satisfy the crop water requirements, the quality and the yield will go down,” Díaz-Pérez said. The amount of water needed by some crops is very high, sometimes as high as 95 percent, as in watermelon, he said. High water concentrations in the produce mean that farmers need to supply the crop with a lot of water. “If you don’t have sufficient water, plants immediately show a response with reduced yields and quality,” he said.Though smaller in scale compared to other vegetable crops like tomato and bell pepper, eggplants still generate a lot of interest among Georgia producers every year. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the 2014 Georgia eggplant crop was worth $30.2 million.last_img read more

Lack of Resources for Women in Latin America, Says UNIFEM Director

first_imgBy Dialogo June 24, 2009 The regional program director for the Andean region of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Moni Pizani, considers that one of Latin America’s fundamental problems has been that “women have always been at a distance from money.” Pizani, who participated in the International Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Madrid, explained in an interview with EFE that “in Latin America there is legislation that respects human rights, but resources are not devoted to guaranteeing those rights.” “There are countries in Latin America that have good laws, second-generation laws adjusted to the human-rights framework, but the facilities for getting services to women do not exist; there are no working systems of protection because there are no resources,” she said. Despite the fact that Latin America is the only region of the world in which there exists an international convention on gender-based violence, Pizani pointed out that “out of a hundred cases reported there, only ten make it to the courts.” This is the case, according to the UNIFEM representative, because the judicial system has also collapsed in this area, as a result of which there may be police reports filled, but in end the offenders are not punished. “If you don’t assign sufficient resources to keeping women from dying during pregnancy, what difference does it make having a law guaranteeing women’s lives?” she reflected. “Health-care workers have to be trained, and there also has to be a budget for the education of boys and girls from infancy.” Pizani explained that UNIFEM tries to influence national budgets so that they specifically cover women’s needs. In Latin America, she said, rates of maternal mortality are in the second rank behind the developed countries, but there are many differences between countries, given that Cuba, Argentina, or Chile have very low rates, but rates rise up in Bolivia or Ecuador. She also emphasized the need “to get men involved with the problem in order to combat gender-based violence.” “Last year there was a campaign in Venezuela specifically directed at men. Afterwards, an impact study was done, and the results were very encouraging,” she indicated. “For this reason the role of the communications media is also fundamental.” The UNIFEM representative insisted that the hard part is “changing cultural patterns, and these are not changed by decree, but rather by working to reconstruct them.” “Unfortunately, there is not a great deal of difference between the developed and the developing countries when it comes to the problem of violence against women,” she said. “What happens is that laws are introduced or modified, and you see a rise in cases because the violence becomes more visible.” “Gender-based violence is more visible and more penalized today, but there is not more of it than before,” she specified.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events July 16 – 22

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Boundary LinesBilled as a “Pop Punk Will Never Die” extravaganza, this diverse lineup of local power poppers will have all those in attendance a-hoppin’ a-boppin and a-movin’ along to the music, raising their arms in the air and, together belting out a harmonious, cathartic “Hell! Yeahhh!” Joining Boundary Lines in this sonic assault on the heart, mind and senses is Part Time Bear, Five Corners, Lost to the Light and Christian Matteo. Wow. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com 6:30 p.m. July 16.Night of the NerdsYep, the nerdos will be out in full force at this very special celebration of all that is logical and complex. (And comic-book superhero-related)! Expect suspenders, eyeglasses and “Big Bang Theory” T-shirts. Expect attire completely inappropriate for the weather. (Guessing some turtlenecks, worn-out sweatshirts and hoodies, and Toxic Avenger lunchboxes.. Expect references to the Periodic Table of Elements, the Bretton Woods system of finance and currency, and, with all of the current global financial instability, long, in-depth ruminations concerning the situation in Greece. Wait, you don’t have a clue about what this blurb is talking about? Educate yourselves, people! Besides all the educated conversations, they’ll be a cosplay contest, an Amiibos-Only Video Game Tournament and music, of course, glorious music, from local acts such as Mr. Oblivion, Felix, Geeks and Guitars, L.G. Thirlwell, skankers Crisis Crayons, as well as a performance from NYC hellraisers Fortress of Attitude. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $10. 7 p.m. July 16.Kimberly GuilfoyleThe co-host of Fox News Channel’s The Five puts on her author hat with Making the Case: How to Be Your Own Best Advocate. As an attorney, Kimberly Guilfoyle knows just how crucial formulating an argument is for success in life. She shares personal stories and tips on how she was able to achieve her goals without apologizing for it. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 8 p.m. July 16.Toad The Wet SprocketYou know several of their songs even if you’re not aware of it. These California alt-rockers topped the charts in the early ’90s with such inescapable and addictive nuggets of ear candy such as “Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want,” “Something’s Always Wrong,” and “Fall Down,” and they’re gigging behind their latest release, 2013’s New Constellation. C’mon down and dance, dance, dance! C’mon, you know you want to. You know you will! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$60. 8 p.m. July 16. MatisyahuSince 2004, the Brooklyn singer turned from traditional genres and styles and blended reggae, rock and hip hop into his own, Hebrew-influenced art. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $30. 8 p.m. July 16.Chris YoungA leading country star, this 29-year-old Tennessee charmer has six No. 1 singles in his collection of heart-melting tunes. His fifth studio album will debut later this year, and here, on this most special night, this talented, charismatic crooner is all yours. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50. 8 p.m. July 16.AmyThis powerful, intimate glimpse inside the too-short life and career of the gifted, tortured British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse has critics and fans alike raving. Moving, sobering and tragically enlightening, filmmaker Asif Kapadia resurrects the five-time Grammy Award winner in all her imperfect perfection. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Public $12; Seniors & Students $9; Children 12 & Under $5. Show times vary. July 16.Enjoy countless grape leaves, bowls of fresh Feta, mounds of Chicken Souvlaki and so much more Grecian specialties at the Hamptons Greek Festival! (Photos of the luscious cuisine at It’s Greek To Me in Syosset, by Chris Cooke)Hamptons Greek FestivalClose your eyes and think of the most gorgeous thing in the universe. “Grape leaf,” you whisper. “Chicken souvlaki,” you murmur. “Feta!” your gut swoons. Yes, yes and yes! This annual collision of all that is good and Greek in the world will feature all of these beautific apparitions and so much more! Let’s talk lamb, all hot and juicy and smokin’ atop a flaming grill. Let’s talk vats upon vats of soothing, healing Tzatziki, alongside mounds upon mounds of slathering, inviting hummus! Let’s talk amongst ourselves, secretly, of that rare, ever-so-precious Halloumi, that luscious, gorgeous mess of sacred cheese that, yes, grills–yet does not melt! Oh, this is a culinary celebration of the highest order! Yes, yes, yes, bring your friends, your family, your loved ones! [Read all about Press food critic Chris Cook’s magical foray into the Grecian realm of Syosset’s It’s Greek To Me HERE] 111 St. Andrew’s Road, Southampton. hamptonsgreekfestival.com Free. Times vary, July 16-19.Great South Bay Music FestivalLotus, 311 and Electric Hot Tuna are among the headliners in the insane lineup of 55 music acts that include a melting pot of genres from classic rock, jazz, jam-band, country, folk, zydeco and funk. Other big names include Christina Perri, Colbie Caillat, Lou Gramm and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Dancing along won’t be the only activity in store–a beer garden, arts and crafts, as well as kids’ entertainment, will be onsite. Shorefront Park, 99 Smith Street, Patchogue. greatsouthbayfestival.com $39.50 online, $45 box office. Times vary, July 16-19.Stony Brook Film FestivalThe 20th anniversary of this independent film festival includes screenings of features and shorts from across the globe and all genres imaginable. Many of the directors, cast and crew will attend the Q&As following the films. Stony Brook University, Staller Center For the Arts, room 2030A, Stony Brook. stonybrookfilmfestival.com $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students, $85 10-day pass. Times vary, July 16-25.Soldier RideThe annual Wounded Warriors Project tour hits the road eastbound, making several fundraiser pit stops along the way. Come out and support our troops, people. They are out there defending our way of life and the liberties and freedoms we all know and love yet sometimes take for granted. They fought for us, now it’s time to help these hero-veterans in their time of need. Babylon Town Hall, 200 East Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst. woundedwarriorproject.org $60. 9 a.m., July 17.Wake The SunCiting Rage Against The Machine, Cage The Elephant and Foo Fighters as influences, these local hellraisers deliver straight-up, no-frills, no-holds-barred rock, from the depths of their very souls. Experience all the power, all the glory, all the sheer, unrefined joy that is this band and their music, all up-close-and-personal, in-your-face, and in-your-blood-and-bones. Hell, yeah! Opening the show are Eyes Eat Suns, Sir Cadian Rhythm, Steal reserve, Robot Love and Pollen. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Bway, Amityville. amityvillemusichall.com $10. 6:30 p.m. July 17.Rock The BoatFour crazy hours rock ‘n’ rollin’, boozin’ and cruisin’ around the Great South Bay with The Eggplant Queens, Rico & The Rebels and Schism, a Tool tribute band. All you can drink and all you can eat for this four-hour booze cruise. Free giveaways all night. Captain Lou’s Fleet, 28A Woodcleft Ave., Freeport. Clubloaded.com $50. 7 p.m. July 17.Joe DeGuardia’s STAR Boxing Presents “Rockin’ Fights 20” Featuring – Joe Smith, Jr.***THIS EVENT POSTPONED TO FRIDAY, SEPT. 11 DUE TO AN INJURY SUSTAINED BY JOE SMITH, JR.***Imagine a never-ending barrage of lightning-fast, furious fists, headed, as if fueled by rockets, to the chin, nose, and face of a fighter, already bloodied, glazed in sweat, yet determined not to go down, not to hit the ground, not to relent in his superhuman quest to remain standing, knock out his opponent, and raise his muscular arms in a glorious, triumphant stance toward the heavens. This action-packed evening will deliver all the action, all the intensity, all the ironclad jubilation expected when two men forged of pure steel square off in close proximity to each other, fighting for their right to wear the belt. Long Island native Joe Smith, Jr., hailing from Mastic, is a true champion, and this match will be the stuff of legends. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$200. 7:30 p.m. July 17.Idina MenzelThis hometown hero and Broadway goddess is best known for voicing Elsa in the lovable film Frozen, but has also won Tony Awards for roles in Rent and Wicked. Her voice will amaze the entire audience to such a degree that they seriously won’t be able to “let it go.” The worldwide tour will feature favorites from her career, along with so much more. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $27 General Admission. 8 p.m. July 17.Rock The Yacht 2015Take a trip down memory lane with bands originating from all over the world as they rock this summer show! Australian rock group Little River Band perform hits such as “It’s a Long Way There,” “Reminiscing,” “The Night Owls” and “Take It Easy On Me.” California group Ambrosia will be rocking the show with songs from their ‘70s and ‘80s hit records, and Player will be doing a set of their classics as well. Stephen Bishop, made famous by his songs “On and On,” and “It Might Be You,” will be performing, as well as Brooklyn native Robbie Dupree, who is most known for his 1980 top hit, “Steal Away.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50. 8 p.m. July 17.Steve Forbert TrioWith 15 studio albums and a slew of compilations under his belt, this soulful singer/songwriter refuses to slow down. This evening offers a rare chance to catch this talented musician in an intimate setting while he serenades all those in attendance with song after song from his powerful, moving arsenal. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 8 p.m. July 17.DMXTop-selling, award-winning rapper Dark Man X, also known as DMX, is most well-known for chart-topping songs such as “Party Up,” “Ruff Ryder’s Anthem” and “How It’s Going Down.” Get ready to be thrilled, Long Island! DMX is going to pull out all the stops, and dish it, dish it, dish it till late in the morn! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30, DOS $40 10 p.m. July 17.Mary PoppinsA spoonful of sugar really does make the medicine go down, that is, if one prepares for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious night with Mary Poppins. When the wealthy but broken Banks family hire Mary as a nanny, things get fun and whimsical! With a pop of imagination, Mary is able to bring the family together to an understanding of each other’s feelings. Chim-Chim Cher-ee away! This timeless tale is sure to amaze and inspire! C M Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale. cmpac.com $22 Student, $27 Senior, $29 Adult. 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. July 17-19.River Craft Beverage FestivalThirsty for fun? This outdoor festival might be able to help. The annual outdoor festival along the Peconic River will be overflowing with stations from 30-plus NY craft beverage makers. Sample craft beer, wine and hard cider to your heart’s desire. Eat the delicious food, play the games and listen to the live music that will all be available at your fingertips. East Ends Arts Lawn, 133 E. Main St., Riverhead. libeerevents.com $45. 12:30-4 p.m. July 18.Taylor Dayne/Alisha ConcertTaylor Dayne, an actress, songwriter and pop/freestyle singer, joins Alisha, a dance-pop and freestyle singer from Brooklyn, to put on a show that will be a great time for the whole family! Performing Alisha’s hit songs “Do You Dream About Me” and “Too Turned On,” plus Dayne’s chart-topping tunes like “Tell It To My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and “I’ll Always Love You,” this concert is sure to be one of the highlights of the summer! Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov Free. 7 p.m. July 18.Kacey MusgravesKacey Musgraves is celebrating the release of her new album Pageant Material by bringing her summer tour to Long Island. A winner of numerous Grammys, CMT Music Awards, ACM Awards and American Music Awards, this bright and talented singer, songwriter, and performer is best known for her many hit songs, including “Follow Your Arrow,” “Merry Go ‘Round,” “See You Again” and “Keep It to Yourself.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$55. 8 p.m. July 18.FailureRevived in 2014 after disbanding in 1997, the Los Angeles rock band returns with their flashy stage effects. Their latest drop, The Heart Is a Monster, debuted just last month. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury thespaceatwestbury.com $30-$40. 8 p.m. July 18.Broadway ShowstoppersTheater lovers won’t want to miss this musical revue that salutes the most popular hits from the Great White Way. Produced by Joanne Fried and Helene Tiger, the performances feature top-flight talent, backed by an orchestra. Second show scheduled for Aug. 8. Sands Point Preserve 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. thesandspointpreserve.com $50. 8 p.m. July 18.Kevin Downey Jr.With an unconventional style and memorable character, Kevin Downey Jr. commands the stage, delivering unique material through dramatic pauses between every word. With an ever-growing audience, this is one bizarre comedian worth the laughs. Governor’s Comedy Club 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $17. 9 p.m. July 18. Summer Art & Craft FestivalMore than 100 artisans will be featured under elegant white Camelot tents along the pristine pine trees. This much-anticipated event is well regarded in this historical community and a serene escape from our busy lives. Deepwells Farms, 497 Rt. 25A, St. James. preferredpromotions.com $5, kids under 12 free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 18, 19.Sweet Corn FestivalCorn-eating contests, potato-sack races, corn-hole competitions and live music are just some of the many fun things to do besides taking a hayride tour of this 100-acre farm. Try their homemade corn custard ice cream, the gourmet roasted corn and visit their vineyard tasting room! Dee-lish! Harbes Farm & Vineyard, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck. harbesfamilyfarm.com $5.95-$12.95. 11 a.m. July 18, 19.Neil Simon’s Barefoot In The ParkA free-spirited bride and her buttoned-down groom settled down to some rocky happily-ever-aftering in a Greenwich Village walk up, occasionally invaded by the bride’s easily winded mother and the quirky bohemian who lives in the attic. You definitely don’t want to miss this divine and hilarious production. Merrick Theatre and Center for the Arts, 2222 Hewlett Ave., Merrick. merricktheatreandcenterforthearts.com $21 adults, $18 seniors and students on Fridays and Sundays. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. July 18-Aug. 16.Oldham Youth Orchestra, Brass and Wind Bands from Oldham, EnglandTo harness the invisible power of the wind, caught and molded by the human lungs and kissed by the mouths of its creators–well, it’s just something that exemplifies the spiritual core of our existence, and most definitely an experience that you won’t soon forget. Come and celebrate all that is mortal and divine. Come listen, and sing, of life! Morgan Memorial Park, Germaine Street, Glen Cove. glencove-li.us Free. 7:30 p.m. July 19.Wynonna & the Big NoiseGet ready to bop your head along to the rock-tinged country blues of Wyonna Judd and her new band. The five-time Grammy winner and New York Times best-selling author is a one of kind. In 1993, the sassy singer won the American Country Music Female Artist of the Year award. It’s been 22 years, but the star hasn’t lost her edge. Performing her biggest hits and most beautiful renditions, she promises to make the lively atmosphere unprecedented with delights! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $95-$175. 8 p.m. July 19. Jarrod Spector: A Little Help From My FriendsThis Philly actor played Gavorche in Les Misérable and Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys on Broadway, but it was his 2014 portrayal as Barry Mann in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical that earned him a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. This show is bound to be nothing short of absolutely spectacular, and you should be here, with all your friends and family and loved ones, to witness it. You’re welcome. Truly, you’re welcome. Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. guildhall.org $23-$53. 8 p.m. July 19.George Clinton & Parliament FunkadelicSince the `70s, George Clinton has been revolutionizing R&B music, adding his own funky twist in the mix, hence “P-Funk.” Taking influence from `60s legends Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Sly Stone, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic have recorded three platinum albums, along with 40 R&B hit singles. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have made funk music what it is today and continue to inspire with hit songs “Atomic Dog,” “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Give Up The Funk” and much, much more. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $18-$45. 9 p.m. July 19.Amateur Radio Celebrates the 44th Anniversary of the Apollo 11“Houston, come in Houston.” Celebrate the the 44th anniversary of the Apollo II Lunar Landing with amateur radio enthusiasts from across Long Island, and learn more about the all-important symbiotic relationship between man, radio and space, and so much more! Wow! You don’t have to be a “lunatic” to enjoy this. Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City. cradleofaviation.org Free. 9 a.m-4 p.m. July 20.Vincent Price: He Made Horror FunThe gothic chillers starring Missouri-born Vincent Price still draw a strong, adoring fan base. His fright films entertained, thrilled; they didn’t just “gross out.” Film historian Glenn Andreiev returns to the cinema with an evening class covering the various films, not just horror, of the multi-talented Mr. Price. This talk covers his 1940s gothic/noir films such as Laura and Leave Her To Heaven, his famous horror gems, such as the Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, his later outlandish revenge comedy/thrillers of the 1970s, and more. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. July 20.Paul ReiserThe star of Mad About You shares his tales of love, life and the funny things people do in relationships while he tours the comedy circuit between movie roles. Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor. baystreet.org $69.50. 8 p.m. July 20.Sleeping BeautyThere won’t be anyone falling asleep, snoring, or snoozing when watching the classic fairytale of Sleeping Beauty. Become transfixed after the wicked Maleficent sets a curse on Princess Aurora that condemns her to an ageless sleep. That doesn’t sound too bad, except for the part where you’re not able to wake up. Only a true love’s kiss can break the spell. What will prevail? Love or evil? Expect an enchanting and mesmerizing performance! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $14.50. 11 a.m. July 21.Neil Young Rock out with the “Godfather of Grunge” and his trusty, enigmatic “Old Black.” The singer-activist will be performing a smorgasbord of acoustic and electric songs from his legendary, decades-long career, as well as new gems from his latest album The Monsanto Years, in an effort to publicize a campaign against genetically modified foods. Supporting acts include Promise Of The Real, Puss ‘N Boots and Norah Jones. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $40 General Admission. 6:30 p.m. July 21.The Long Island SoundA screening of rare concert clips and footage of musicians from Nassau and Suffolk counties that were part of the Baby Boomer Generation. Celebrate many of Rock’s greatest bands and musicians, including: The Shangri-Las (“Leader of the Pack”), Harry Chapin (“Cat’s in the Cradle”), Billy Joel (“New York State of Mind”), The Young Rascals (“Good Lovin’”), Vanilla Fudge (“You Keep Me Hanging On”), Iron Butterfly (“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”), The Loving Spoonful (“Summer in the City”), Pat Benatar (“Hit Me With Your Best Shot”), Commander Cody (“Hot Rod Lincoln”), Lou Reed (“Walk on the Wild Side”), Blue Oyster Cult (“Don’t Fear the Reaper”), and many more! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. July 21.The Gaslight AnthemSince their formation in New Jersey nearly a decade ago, this punk band has collaborated with Hot Water Music, The Mighty Mighty Bostones and Eddie Vedder. They have since toured with the likes Bruce Springsteen, Against Me! and many more. Known for their hit song, 45, the band has even paid tribute to legends Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer. Opening acts include Matthew Ryan & The Northern Wires. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$65. 8 p.m. July 21.Dr. Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco BandThis five-piece crew features top NYC musicians, along with accordion and rubboard. Originating from Brooklyn, the band features a diverse array of influences, while paying tribute to their love of the Louisiana Creole and Cajun traditional style. With four vocalists and a variety of instruments, their live act ensures a good time. Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury. oldwestburygardens.org $10. 7 p.m. July 22Billy Elliot the MusicalQuick, grab a box of tissues! You’ll need them. Witty, sentimental, touching and inspiring are just some of the adjectives that can be used to describe this ultimate masterpiece of a show. Watch Billy, a boy from a family of coal miners who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, even though his father wants him to box. The classic elements of dream-chasing and dream-denying are bound to tug at your heartstrings. The Patchogue Theatre, 71 East Main St, Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com $54-$89. 8 p.m. July 22.Raekown & Ghostface KillahBefore Kanye West could declare himself King Of Rap, the original greats were sitting on the throne. Raekwon and Ghostface Killah are members of the Wu Tang Clan, a group that sought to make rap an art form of expression. Rugged and raw with hood-centric origins and gritty slang, the group inspired a genre of rap to flourish and prosper. With their hardcore metaphor-loaded verses, minimalistic style, and stream of consciousness storytelling, the Wu Tang Clan is a group to be remembered for the ages. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$45. 8 p.m. July 22.—Compiled by Daniela Weinstein, Chuck Cannini, Kaitlin Gallagher, Nicholas Semelak, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img

How are you managing your members’ overdraft experience?

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Roe Prior to joining JMFA, Mark was a sales manager in the Texas market for a major bank with headquarters on the West coast. His experience also includes managing the accounting, … Web: www.jmfa.com Details Consumers expect the products and services they receive from their financial institution to be based on processes and procedures that safeguard their best interests. This is especially important when they are faced with an emergency expense that exceeds their account balance or when they inadvertently make an error in balancing their account that leads to an overdraft. When it comes to providing your members with the tools and the support they need to effectively maintain their finances when emergencies or errors occur, are you directing your time and resources toward strategies that provide successful results—for your members and your credit union? Transparency opens the way for trust and long-term security “A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” — the Dalai LamaA little over 10 years ago, regulators made significant changes to overdraft rules to increase transparency and protect consumers from unclear disclosures and discriminatory practices. However, overdraft programs with variable limits, based on data members can’t see, often lead to confusion. Especially for program users who are in the dark about why their overdraft limit changes irregularly or why a transaction is returned.A fully transparent service—with established limits that are explained upfront at the time of account opening and reviewed periodically—provides members with consistent and reliable financial security that can help them to better deal with an occasional shortfall. There is no guesswork involved as to if they have overdraft coverage and there are no surprise fees to throw them off their game. With a complete understanding of the program’s terms, members are more confident they can trust their financial institution to provide the security they need to cover important expenses and emergencies that would otherwise lead to an overdrawn account. Highest levels of service depend on building relationships“The greatest technology in the world has not replaced the ultimate relationship building tool between a customer and a business―the human touch.” ― Shep HykenThere is no question that new and improved technologies have increased the capability to track account activity, increase process efficiencies and generate measurably better performance results. But providing members with a level of service which builds trust and leads to long-term relationships involves much more than determining where they plot on a data matrix.Overdraft programs based solely on analytics and data lack personalized service and value. Utilizing parameters that limit access to a safety net for some—based solely on undisclosed account information—doesn’t take into consideration other important aspects of a person’s overall financial health or ability to repay. Overlooking this fact can result in a breach of trust and threaten overall member satisfaction and retention. On the other hand, a member-focused overdraft strategy provides clear disclosures and ongoing guidance to help members solve their financial challenges. This includes regular communication regarding overdraft limits, counseling and information on how to keep track of an account balance, as well as practical advice regarding alternative solutions to provide a better fit for their individual circumstances. The added support of in-depth employee education opportunities ensures that your staff fully understand how the program works and how to explain it effectively. With strong program knowledge and increased confidence, your important frontline representatives are empowered to build relationships with members. They are better equipped to understand member needs and able to confidently provide information regarding the options you offer, and much more.Compliance guarantee protects members and your institution“A well-executed user experience builds trust.” ― Tom CreightonJust as consumers shy away from financial products and services that are unclear and confusing, credit unions interested in avoiding the risks of compliance or legal uncertainty should avoid non-disclosed overdraft solutions and strategies that open them up for possible examiner or class action scrutiny. If an overdraft provider doesn’t offer a written 100% compliance guarantee and access to ongoing regulatory expertise and advice on compliance issues that you might not identify on your own, they likely won’t be standing by your side if an examiner questions your practices. An overdraft partner that makes full compliance a top priority is one that has the expertise and proper resources to keep track of the latest regulatory expectations to identify potential areas of concern before they hit your radar. What’s more, they put those resources to work to help you incorporate the necessary process and procedural changes to address any issues that might be concerning. There’s a lot more involved in a successful overdraft strategy than limits“In the successful organization, no detail is too small to escape close attention.” — Lou Holtz An overdraft strategy should be based on doing the most good for consumers. If your solution fails to provide all of your members with the information they need to understand how your service works and how to use it effectively, you’re putting your institution at risk from a compliance standpoint. From a service and performance perspective, you’re  missing out on a great opportunity to strengthen your results.With the right combination of best-in-class software, compliance resources, comprehensive employee training, and ongoing evaluation and effective recommendations, you’ll have the tools you need to manage a more responsible solution through: greater program automation and efficiency;more in-depth account tracking, analysis and reporting, including tools to identify greater opportunities to strengthen and protect revenue;compliance-tested messaging to simplify the member communications process; and on-going guidance and advice to help you effectively address issues that are key to meeting consumer, regulatory and performance expectations.Make the best choice for your members and your credit union“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” – William A FosterThere are myriad options for consumers to consider when choosing financial products and services. Some sound especially attractive when they are heavy on technology and convenience. Likewise, credit unions have options when it comes to offering overdraft protection to members.Don’t be fooled by so-called “plug and play” solutions that rely on complex data matrices to assign undisclosed limits to members and deny the service when balances may temporarily fall below a pre-determined threshold—unbeknownst to the individual—at a time when they might need it most. Not only will this choice lessen financial security and weaken member trust, it can lead to greater risk for potential compliance-related issues, given the level of transparency that regulators have come to expect.Remember, no amount of automation or AI-driven technology will bring back members if they have lost trust in your institution to do the right thing for their financial well-being, or they no longer see value in your service offerings. Make sure that you are managing your overdraft solution in a manner that truly provides a reliable safety net your members can depend on when they have occasional short-term needs. In the long-term, this strategy will also protect your institution from regulatory and legal risk; and provide sustainable service and revenue opportunities, as well.last_img read more

NAFCU Annual Conference canceled

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Vancouver, Canada continue reading »center_img As cases of coronavirus continue to rise and uncertainty remains, NAFCU has canceled its 53rd Annual Conference and Solutions Expo, scheduled to take place June 23-26 in Vancouver, Canada. NAFCU’s executives meet daily to discuss the pandemic and are taking steps to ensure credit unions remain safe, operational, and informed of developments.Registered attendees have been notified of the cancellation via email, which contains additional information on how to transfer conference registrations or obtain a refund, and how to proceed with canceling hotel and flight reservations.Please contact [email protected] with any questions.Although the conference has been canceled, NAFCU’s Annual Business Meeting will still take place in June at the association’s headquarters in Arlington, Va., and via a virtual format. More details will be sent to members soon.last_img read more

Which teams can Arsenal get in the Europa League group stage draw?

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 30 Aug 2019 9:33 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 Arsenal lost in the Europa League final last season (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal will discover who they will play in the Europa League group stages this season when the draw is made on Friday afternoon.The Gunners reached the final of the competition last season, only to be beaten by fellow Premier League side Chelsea in the showpiece in Baku.They will be looking to go better this time round and are in the favourable position of being in Pot One of the draw.This sees them avoid the likes of Sevilla, Porto, Roma and Sporting, while they also cannot draw the other English clubs involved – Manchester United and Wolves.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal will be drawn against one side from each of the following three groups…AdvertisementAdvertisementPot 2PSV Eindhoven (NED)Krasnodar (RUS)Celtic (SCO)Copenhagen (DEN)Braga (POR)Gent (BEL)Borussia Monchengladbach (GER)Young Boys (SUI)Astana (KAZ)Ludogorets (BUL)APOEL (CYP)Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)Pot 3St-Etienne (FRA)Qarabag (AZE)Feyenoord (NED)Getafe (ESP)Espanyol (ESP)Malmo (SWE)Partizan (SRB)Standard Liege (BEL)Rennes (FRA)Rosenborg (NOR)Istanbul Basaksehir (TUR)Pot 4AZ Alkmaar (NED)Vitoria SC (POR)Trabzonspor (TUR)Olexandriya (UKR)Dudelange (LUX)LASK (AUT)Wolfsberg (AUT)Slovan Bratislava (SVK)Lugano (SUI)Rangers (SCO)CFR Cluj (ROU)Ferencváros (HUN)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 CityWhen is the Europa League group stage draw?The draw is on Friday 30 August at 1pm UK time at the Griamaldi Forum, Monaco.How to watch the Europa League drawYou can watch the draw live on BT Sport 2 with coverage starting at 12pm (BST) or stream it on UEFA.com.When are the group stage games played?The group stage games run from 19 September to 12 December, with the round of 32 beginning in February.MORE: Arsenal provide positive injury updates on Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob HoldingMORE: Carabao Cup third round draw: Manchester City travel to Preston North End and Arsenal host Nottingham Forestcenter_img Comment Which teams can Arsenal get in the Europa League group stage draw?last_img read more

Arsenal fans blast Granit Xhaka for laughing with Eintracht Frankfurt players after Europa League defeat

first_imgMORE: Unai Emery facing sack as Arsenal suffer miserable defeat to Frankfurt Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Emery’s side were booed off at the Emirates and a number of Arsenal fans noticed Xhaka ‘laughing and joking’ with the Frankfurt players after the defeat.The 2-1 loss means Arsenal missed the chance to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League with a game to spare.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 CityFeel bad for Unai. Least Xhaka was having a laugh at the end.— R (@King_R_) November 28, 2019 Top articles by Metro 1/1 Arsenal fans have slammed Granit Xhaka for laughing with the Eintracht Frankfurt players (Picture: BT Sport)Arsenal fans have blasted Granit Xhaka after he was seen laughing with the Eintracht Frankfurt players after the dismal Europa League defeat.The Gunners’ season hit a new low on Thursday evening as Unai Emery’s struggling side were beaten 2-1 by German club Frankfurt at a half-empty Emirates.Xhaka made his first start for Arsenal since he was stripped of the captaincy following a clash with his own supporters but could not prevent the Premier League club from slipping to another deflating defeat. SPONSORED / PLAY About Connatix V67539 Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Nov 2019 10:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.8kShares Skip Full Screen 1 min. story Read More Read More Read More Coming Next Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Arsenal fans blast Granit Xhaka for laughing with Eintracht Frankfurt players after Europa League defeat Xhaka was making his first Arsenal star since being stripped of the captaincy (Picture: Getty)Arsenal took the lead through new captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but a second-half brace from Japan star Daichi Kamada turned the game on its head and helped Frankfurt seal a famous victory in north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Skip Ad Advertisement Read More Xhaka all happy… you all wanted him there. Absolute mug of a player.— THE SAINT (@ZeGooner4real) November 28, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

December 26, 2018 Police Blotter

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