Understanding Antarctic Peninsula precipitation distribution and variability using a numerical weather prediction model

first_imgDaily precipitation fields and annual means from the European Centrefor Medium-range Weather Forecasts re-analysis exercise are used to examine the distributionand variability of precipitation across the Antarctic Peninsula. The annual meanprecipitation field from the model agrees well with the available ice-core data and suggeststhat the maximum accumulation for the area is on the western side of the barrierat about the 200 m level where the annual total is close to 1.3 m w.e. The Peninsula is shownto be a very effective barrier to the zonal movement of precipitati ng weather systems,which results in quite different atmospheric flow regimes being responsible [or significantprecipitation events on either side of the divide. Frontal depressions are the primarysource of large daily snowfall totals on both sides of the Peninsula. On the southern coastof the Bellingshausen Sea, major snowfall events are often linked to strong northerly flowwhen the atmospheric circulation is blocked. Predominantly northerly flow is also responsiblefor significant snowfall on the Ronne Ice Shelf, which often occurs in associationwith lee cyclogenesis events to the east of the Peninsula.last_img read more

Bennett donates manuscripts to Bod

first_imgAuthor and playwright Alan Bennett has generously bestowed his entire life’s work to the Bodleian Library for free. He said the gift was “a kind of recompense” for the free education he received at Oxford, which he contrasted with the “burden of debt” that today’s graduates face.Bennett told Cherwell that when he attended Exeter College in the 1950s there was “no question of ending up with a massive debt. You never even had to consider the question of money. If you got in, that was the only thing you had to think about.”His remarks come as implicit criticism of Oxford Chancellor Lord Patten’s recent remarks, which called for a complete removal of the cap on tuition fees, as well as government policy on tuition fees. He added, “It should be possible. It should be the state’s job to fund and organise state education. It ought to be possible.”Speaking of his own experience, he said, “It’s not fashionable to thank the state but I’m very grateful the system was in place.” He added that such a situation would be a dream to today’s students.In recognition of this, Bennett has donated his entire archive to the Bod, a stark contrast to many other writers or their heirs who chose to make a fortune selling the papers. Bennett’s bequest follows news of the £500,000 purchase of Ted Hughes’ manuscripts by the British Library in mid-October.Bennett said, “There’s so much I’m quite glad to see the back of. I just pity the poor research student who may have to make sense of it all.” Among the collection are original manuscripts, typescripts, drafts and handwritten notes for all of Bennett’s stage and television plays, his memoirs and various novellas and short stories.Dr Sarah Thomas, Librarian and Director of the Bodleian, called Bennett’s generosity “a model and inspiration for others.” She added, “it’s marvellous to have the papers of such a gifted writer, but absolutely extraordinary for them to be given, not sold, to the Bodleian. In a time in which many people are worrying about material success, he points the way to a different value system.”Richard Ovenden, the Bodleian’s assistant director, spoke of the library’s “great joy” at receiving the work of “one of the greatest writers to have written in the English language.” Gaining the papers, he said, was the first great acquisition of the 21st century.At a reception held to mark the gift on Monday, Bennett was presented with the Bodleian medal, awarded in recognition of his services to the Bod. David Vaisey, ex-librarian of the Bodleian and long-standing friend of Bennett, presented the award.Vaisey called the medal, which uses copper taken from the library roof “the greatest honour the Bodleian can bestow upon anyone”, and a fitting gift for the “the most admired and most loved contemporary English playwright.”last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Andy Mientus is Back in Les Miz & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Side Show Wasn’t Live in Times Square Turns out that the live broadcast in Times Square of Side Show ‘s Act One finale on the revival’s opening night wasn’t so live after all. The New York Times reports that the “Who Will Love Me as I Am?,” number had been recorded at a previous performance. Whatever the case, Erin Davie and Emily Padgett are the real deal who sing the tuner live eight shows a week at the St. James Theatre, and we love them as they are. View Comments Andy Mientus is Back in Les Miz Our hearts are full of love at this news. Andy Mientus returns to his starring role of Marius in Les Miz on November 19. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner had been on hiatus while he filmed his two-episode arc on The Flash. Understudies Chris McCarrell and Matt Rosell had been stepping in, in his absence. Welcome back, Andy! Own a Piece of Hairy Hedwig History Hedwig fan? You can own Neil Patrick Harris’ original Miss Beehive 1963 wig that was used in the first portion of his Tony-winning run as the internationally ignored song stylist. Designed by Mike Potter and styled by legendary N.Y. drag queen Perfidia, the wig is being auctioned off to benefit New York Stage and Film.last_img read more

Sierra Boggess Returns to School of Rock After Ankle Injury

first_img View Comments Sierra Boggess School of Rock – The Musical Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 The show must go on! Three-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner and Olivier nominee Sierra Boggess lived by the classic theater adage and is back in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock—The Musical as Rosalie after recently suffering an ankle injury on a sidewalk. “Sierra returned to the show last night (Monday) after her brief absence and everyone was thrilled to have her back,” said the composer in a statement. The production is currently in preview at the Main Stem’s Winter Garden Theatre, with opening night scheduled for December 6.”I am so glad to be back in the show I love so much,” stage fave Boggess told Broadway.com. “I have the most incredible support system with this company of people and as Tyne Daly always says ‘showbiz is a team sport’ and that is what enables us to be onstage after an injury!”Boggess is a long-time Lloyd Webber collaborator, having played Christine in The Phantom of the Opera multiple times and receiving an Olivier nod for originating the role in the long-running tuner’s sequel Love Never Dies. Boggess has also appeared on Broadway in The Little Mermaid, Master Class and It Shoulda Been You; her West End credits additionally include Les Miserables.School of Rock features music from the hit 2003 movie, as well as new music written by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes. The film was penned by Mike White, directed by Richard Linklater and starred Jack Black as wannabe rock star Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.Directed by Les Miz’s Laurence Connor, the Broadway company also currently includes Alex Brightman as Dewey, Mamie Parris as Patty (who stepped in for Boggess as Rosalie), Spencer Moses as Ned, along with Evie Dolan, Carly Gendell, Ethan Khusidman, Bobbi MacKenzie, Dante Melucci, Brandon Niederauer, Luca Padovan, Jared Parker and Isabella Russo. Related Showslast_img read more

Termite myths busted

first_imgWood not their only food sourceForschler’s research also contradicts the amount of wood termiteseat. “People say they can eat 15 pounds of wood in a minute and that’sjust absurd,” he said. “An average colony of termites only eats a4-inch section of 2×4 a year.” Termites eat more during the summer and less during the winter,he said. Their peak swarming time, March, is just around thecorner.”I’ve recorded field populations eating anywhere from 350milligrams per day in March to less than 2 (milligrams),” hesaid.Forschler has uncovered some strange termite menu items, too.”If they’re hungry enough, they will eat some surprising sourcesof cellulose,” he said. “I’ve seen them eat apples, redwoodlumber and even underwear.” Not hunters or gatherersTermites don’t seem to have an overall plan for seeking out food,he said.”They swim through the soil in groups, waiting for a piece ofwood to fall into their area,” he said. “And when we change awooded lot into a subdivision, they think they’ve died and goneto termite heaven.”Unlike ants, termites don’t take their food back to a permanentnest-site. They find food, taste test it, and send back informationfor other termites to come and join in on the feast, Forschlersaid. “Basically, they are sitting on their food while they eat it,” hesaid. “As they eat, they create a potential new nest-site wherethe ever-mobile queen can rest and lay eggs.”Having studied them for over a decade, Forschler labels termitesas “cryptic little creatures.””As individuals, termites are little wimpy creatures that weshould easily be able to control,” he said. “The problem is theyare hidden from our view and they live in groups where they findstrength in numbers.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaBrian Forschler wasn’t hired to be a myth buster. But as anentomologist focusing on termites, he’s constantly disprovingmyths that surround the tiny destroyers.As a researcher with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences, Forschler has spent thepast 15 years studying termites and their biology. Time and timeagain his research uncovers facts that dissolve long-standingtermite myths.center_img They’re not ‘white ants'”The first scientific publication on termites in the UnitedStates (1876) called them ‘white ants’ and said they lived innests,” he said. “It took 50 years to prove they don’t live innests and you still find people who believe they do.”Forshler focuses his research on termite biology because he saysit’s the “key” to controlling them. “It’s very important to understand the biology of the creatureyou are trying to control,” he said. “If you don’t, it’d be liketreating a restaurant for German cockroaches the same way you’dtreat for houseflies.”By studying small groups of termites in wood-filled plasticboxes, Forschler has developed a population model. A termitequeen lays roughly 150 eggs per day and the average termite livestwo years. “If you multiply that by 365 days in a year, it comes to about100,000 which is far less than the millions of insects found bysome estimates of termite population size,” he said. last_img read more

El Niño dominates

first_imgDaily rainfall records were set in Atlanta Jan. 24 with 2.75 inches, Columbus Jan. 16 with 1.02 inches and Macon Jan. 21 with 1.41 inches. The highest monthly totals from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations were 9.65 inches in Clay County in southwest Georgia and 9.56 inches in Rabun County in far northeast Georgia. The highest one-day amount occurred in Statesboro Jan. 17, when 4.40 inches were observed north of town. Albany received 4 inches Jan. 21. La Grange reported 3.98 inches Jan. 25. An El Niño winter continued to dominate Georgia in January, bringing cold, rainy weather to much of the state.In El Niño winters, the subtropical jet stream is frequently located over south Georgia, leading to cool, cloudy conditions and enhanced rainfall, particularly in south Georgia.Temperatures across the state were significantly cooler than normal. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 38.5 degrees F (4.2 degrees below normal), in Athens 39.7 degrees (2.5 degrees below normal), in Columbus 41.6 degrees (5.2 degrees below normal), in Macon 42.2 degrees (3.3 degrees below normal), in Savannah 45.5 degrees (3.7 degrees below normal), in Brunswick 47 degrees (4.7 degrees below normal), in Alma 45.6 degrees (6.1 degrees below normal), in Valdosta 47.9 degrees (2 degrees below normal) and in Augusta 41.7 degrees (3.1 degrees below normal). Low temperature records were set in Brunswick (26 degrees) Jan. 4 and in Alma (22 degrees) Jan. 7.Rainfall in south Georgia was well above normal, according to radar estimates. Many areas south of the fall line from Columbus to Augusta and in the northeast mountains received more than 5 inches of rain. The highest monthly total from National Weather Service reporting stations was 6.74 inches in Valdosta (.37 inches above normal). The lowest was in Brunswick at 4.33 inches (.47 inches above normal). Atlanta received 5.38 inches (.35 inches above normal), Macon 5.50 inches (.50 inches above normal), Athens 6.20 inches (1.51 inches above normal), Augusta 5.39 inches (.89 inches above normal), Columbus 5.35 inches (.57 inches above normal), Savannah 6.28 inches (2.33 inches above normal) and Alma 4.74 inches (.47 inches above normal). Georgians experienced one day of severe weather. Jan. 6, a weak tornado hit Chattooga County southeast of Chattoogaville and left a spotty track 2 miles long, including roof damage to several buildings. Trees were reported downed in several locations around the state. Tornado warnings were issued in late January in some areas but no tornadoes, hail or high winds were reported to the NOAA Storm Prediction Center. However, a CoCoRaHS observer in Loganville reported quarter-sized hail on Jan. 21.Sleet, ice and snow in northern Georgia caused numerous accidents on highways and scattered power outages. Part of I-20 was closed due to ice on the roads Jan. 29 near Atlanta.The cold weather caused greatly increased heating demands. Power companies estimated that heating costs were 30 percent above normal for this time of year and 60 percent above last winter. The Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring site at Dawson in Terrell County reported 10.94 inches for the month. In Plains, they received 9.33 inches.center_img Heavy rains in southern Georgia continued to cause problems for farmers trying to work in fields. Cool temperatures slowed or stopped growth of forage. Farmers used hay and supplemental feed heavily, particularly during the coldest spells. Rivers in Georgia reported minor to moderate flooding on several dates throughout the month. The moderate flooding was mainly confined to the larger rivers below the fall line in central Georgia.last_img read more

Back to the Track: 70 Year Old Runner Beats World Records

first_imgGene Dykes finishing Rotterdam Marathon He beat the record fair and square. He just can’t hold it.Seventy-year-old Pennsylvania resident Gene Dykes beat the world record for his age group when he crossed the finish line of the Jacksonville marathon in 2:54:23 (averaging a 6:39 pace) on December 15, but due to a technicality, it doesn’t count.The Jacksonville marathon course where he set the record was certified by USA Track and Field (USATF) but not sanctioned by it. According to USATF, only races that are certified and sanctioned qualify for national and age group records. The previous record set in 2004 of 2:54:48 by 25 seconds.Dykes has a strong yet friendly competition going with himself.His competitiveness has driven him to excel in various activities, like bowling and golf, where you’re constantly trying to beat the score of your past self.Feeling that he has gotten all that he could from those sports, he moved on to discover his talent for running and is now a frequent racer, competing in marathons and ultra marathons.“My ability to recover is my superpower,” he says.This week, BRO talked to Dykes about running, inspiration, goals, and the pain cave.Q&A WITH GENE DYKESBRO:  How did you start running?Dykes: I’ve had two running careers, so to speak.  The first one started when, on a whim, I decided to run to some girl’s house about two and a half miles away.  I was probably 12 at the time.  That would be about 1960.Nobody ran then.  I’m pretty sure I never saw another jogger.  On that first run, I distinctly remember needing to stop and walk after about a mile, and I was totally disgusted with myself, vowing never to stop for rest during a run ever again.   I pretty much kept that promise.  I repeated that run, with some variations, many, many times over the years.  Though, I don’t think the girl was ever impressed.I ran track in high school, running the 2-mile event my senior year – the first year it became an event.  I thought I was pretty hot stuff, winning just about every dual meet and the county meet.  It was probably because all the good runners ran the mile and 880, though.When I got to college, I was totally outclassed – competitors and teammates alike left me way behind.  This firmly impressed upon me the deep-seated notion that I was just an ordinary runner. So, after college, I continued to jog whenever I felt like it, but I never raced, and my main sports were golf and bowling, which I got pretty good at.My first running career came to an end when I sprinted in at the end of a run, tearing my hamstring at the insertion point.  It was six years before I could run again.It’s now 2004, and I’m 56 years old.I needed a new outlet for my competitive instincts.  In a golf outing, I was paired with a fellow who said he had a running group and that I should think about running with them.  Later that year I tried my annual shakeout jog and discovered that my injury was at long last healed.I ran a little more and then joined the group for weekend runs.  They talked about all the races they did every year, so of course, I had to give racing a try.  My first two races in 2006 were instrumental in determining the trajectory of my second career in running.The first was a 7-mile trail race, and it was a total hoot.  That kicked off my love of trails.  The second race was a road half marathon.  Although I didn’t place in my age group, my time was good enough to bypass the New York City Marathon lottery, and since all my friends were running it, I had to try it, too.  At NYC, I qualified for Boston, so my marathon career was kick-started.BRO: What is your journey with running? Dykes: After those first two races, I made either a conscious or unconscious decision that each year I would try to run ever longer trail races and to keep lowering my times at road races.  Obviously, I was never a terrible runner, but I sure wasn’t turning any heads.  Over seven years I lowered my marathon time from that first 3:43 at NYC to a 3:16 at the Steamtown Marathon.I was good enough to win my age group at smaller marathons when nobody better showed up.  I was pretty sure that I would never beat that 3:16, but, of course, I kept trying.  It was the Toronto Marathon in 2013 that set the stage for my elevation to elite running.  Instead of beating my 3:16 target, I struggled in with a 3:29.  I figured age was finally catching up to me, and that if I wanted to find out if there was a better runner inside, time was running out and I needed a coach.John Goldthorp came to the rescue. (see Goldthorp’s website here: https://www.fixyourrun.com/ )What a coach!In just five months of training under Goldthorp’s guidance, I ran a 3:09 at Boston, finishing 3rd in my age group.  And I’ve improved every year since then, running new PRs at all distances at the age of 70.On the trail running side, I started increasing my distances by running adventure runs with my daughter and then entering ever longer stage races and endurance runs.  I told my wife once that I would never be one of those crazy ultra runners, but here I am sometimes running more than a dozen ultramarathons a year, with some of those races being as long as 240 miles.Conventional wisdom says that you can’t run lots of ultras and be a good marathoner, but both my coach and I have come around to the belief that doing ultramarathons gives me a huge base that can be leveraged into marathon speed with targeted training.We’ll find out at Boston this year!  To kick off the training cycle for Boston, I’m doing two 50-mile races in January and a 100-mile and 218-mile race in February.  Then I’ll have six weeks to get ready for Boston.BRO: You are an inspiration to many. Is there anyone who inspires you?Dykes: The people who inspire me are the back-of-the-pack folks in stage races and ultramarathons.  We sometimes run in awful conditions where I’m totally done in at the day’s finish, but then there are these runners who have absolutely no chance of winning anything ever and who are suffering just as much as I am, except that they are out there for hours and hours longer.  They do it for the love of running, and I want to make sure I never lose the spirit I see in those folks.BRO: What has been your favorite experience with running?Dykes (right) running in the 2018 Fusion RaceDykes: You might think it would be when I first broke three hours in a marathon to set a single age world record or one of my three Boston Marathon age group wins, but actually, it was in a race when I finished third in my age group.I imagine most runners have these daydreams about nipping an opponent at the finish line by giving 100% effort.  But the opportunity to see if you can live up to that dream rarely presents itself.I was in a 10K USATF Club Championship Cross Country race, and I had about a mile and a half to go.  The demons were whispering in my ear that I had run a good race and that I should save some for the next race.  I was all set to cruise to the finish when I was passed by a runner in my age group.  I immediately picked up the pace to stay even with him, and then with a mile to go, I picked up the pace yet again to attempt to pull away.  I’m probably already at the max effort I’ve ever been at in a race, but I just knew that it wasn’t enough.  Picking up the pace more, and then picked it up yet again.I was deeper in the pain cave than I could have ever imagined. Though I did beat him by a few yards to finish 3rd, and ever since then, I’ve had the confidence that if it ever came down to digging deep or failing that I would have the strength to prevail.I had a chance to test that last year.  At the USATF Masters Outdoor Track Championships in Spokane, in addition to the 5K and 10K races, I entered the 1500 meters. Never had I raced that short a distance before, and I was up against the American record holder for that event.  I have never, ever run so hard in my life, and I’m pretty sure I’ll never do that short a distance again!  I was dying out there.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOyi5K5n97U)BRO: What are your thoughts about being recognized as not only an advanced runner but also a 70year old advanced runner?Dykes: Gee, I don’t feel old!I sure hope, however, that a lot of people have rethought how much enjoyment can be had running after retirement.  I’m having a blast.  It would be a tough decision for someone to make, but the best advice I can give to someone younger who wants to run like I do when they are old is to stop running hard!  Stay in shape, but don’t destroy your legs with years of abuse.  You’ll have more time to race when you are older and if you save yourself a bit, you’ll be able to enjoy all that time more.BRO: What are your feelings towards the technicality that makes your recent record not count?Dykes: Embarrassment, mainly.  There’s no reason I shouldn’t have known what the requirements were and whether or not the race I selected met those requirements.  I’ve also said many times in the past that Ed Whitlock’s records were what motivated my training.  My goals were to match them, and achieving my goals that were most important. Actually holding the record didn’t mean nearly so much. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I won’t be giving it a go sometime in the future!BRO: Why do you run? Dykes: It’s fun to be outdoors, and trail running lets you see some of the best of it.  I’m competitive, and running has competition for older runners with age groups and age-graded scores.  It’s a very sociable sport that seems to bring the best out in people.  Either that or it attracts the best people!BRO: Do you have any advice for runners of all ages?Dykes: If you are competitive, make your primary competitor that runner in the mirror. Always try to outdo what that runner did the year before.  Go a little further, or a little faster, or a little more often, and pretty soon you’ll be doing things once thought to be impossible.BRO: What are some goals/plans for the future?Dykes: Most years I pick a few destination ultramarathons that I can really look forward to and then do competitive races in between.  Last year, since I had just turned 70, I reversed that and put a priority on races where I could win championships or set records, and I filled in between with ultramarathons.  This year, however, I am fully back into ultramarathon mode, with 13 ultramarathons scheduled.  I’ll also run five marathons, four of them all out, but as far as that elusive world record is concerned, that will probably have to wait until 2020.Looking further out, I keep track of my “Oldest Known Finisher” races.  It’s nothing official, of course, but I’ll use it to keep myself motivated to keep doing big ultramarathons.  Wouldn’t it be neat if I could complete the Triple Crown of 200s again, but at a much older age?I’ve often said that my ultimate marathon goal is to win the 120-124 age group at Boston.last_img read more

Colombian Government Launches Campaign to Encourage Militia Demobilization

first_imgBy Dialogo July 05, 2011 The Colombian government launched a campaign under the slogan of ‘Audacity and Will,’ a new demobilization strategy promoted by the Defense Ministry, and which will use the locations where troops of the Armed Forces are carrying out counterinsurgency and anti-terrorist operations as entry points for raising awareness. The term “Audacity” is derived from the Defense Ministry’s intention to reach the most remote areas where outlaw groups commit crimes and have a presence, chiefly in the jungle areas of the country’s south and southwest. “Will” represents the intention needed by everyone who plans and wishes to demobilize. This strategy will be accompanied by an intense communications campaign delivered through radio messages and leaflets. One of the noteworthy aspects is that locations named “points of contact” will be chosen and identified by a national flag, where individuals who wish to demobilize can reach. ‘Audacity and Will’ was launched in the department of Caquetá, in southern Colombia, by the Defense Ministry and the military high command during the last week of June. This campaign is badly oriented, guerrillas should be attracted with amnesty offers to reintegrate them into society, offers of land to colonize along with tools, bonds, a caw, and some birds. That is what attracts the guerrillas. Not an empty offer that reintegrates them into society just to join the ranks of the unemployed or just to become part of criminal groups to survive, with all that, a good result cannot be reached. The answer is only to carry out some politics from the Ministry of Defense.last_img read more

Marty Greenstein: Let Stress be Springboard to Success

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Marty Greenstein and his wife Dianna opened their first restaurant, the Hungry Haven, inside long-gone Baron’s Department Store in Smithtown, but in 1980 the couple got out of the restaurant business and continued doing catering and special events under the name Uncle Marty’s. As their clientele grew more corporate, the Greensteins renamed their business Event Pros Group and expanded to a larger building in Ronkonkoma a decade later. Today, Event Pros Group handles a select list of event clients, while Mr. Greenstein concentrates on public speaking, sales training, and his book published in 2015, How to Sell the Brooklyn Bridge… And Other Stuff. He continues to perform as a strolling magician, using tricks he learned watching the magicians he hired work the crowds. We caught up with “Uncle Marty” at Watermill Caterers in Smithtown.Long Island Press: Were your parents role models as entrepreneurs?Marty Greenstein: My father was named Aaron. Everybody called him Archie. He was born in a small village in Russia. Never knew his father. Left school after third grade. My dad was a tough guy. He worked for years as a salesman for the Restful Mattress Company. He’d go to customers’ homes who called him to have their old mattresses fixed. My dad would take a knife and slice their mattresses open. He’d show they didn’t have the original horsehair stuffing. Then they’d have to hire him to repair it. They loved him anyway. He was a bit of a bandit.LIP: Did your mother work as a homemaker or in business?MG: My mother’s name was Phyllis. She was a hard worker too. She was always working at her mother’s corset shop in East Flatbush near where we lived. In later years, she worked at the restaurant my father eventually opened in Borough Park.LIP: How did your career begin?MG: I didn’t finish school. After working at my dad’s restaurant, I bought a taxi medallion and drove a cab in the city. WPIX used to call me when they did stories about cab drivers. Then a guy who cast commercials hailed my cab. After that I got work doing movies and commercials. I still get calls. About four years ago I was the Aleve Santa Claus.LIP: How did the catering and eventing get started?MG: Customers’ kids used to call me Uncle Marty. One day a little girl asked .me, “Uncle Marty, can I have my birthday party in your restaurant?” What do you think I said, No? I said, “Of course, sweetheart. What day is your birthday?” I asked Dianna how to create a kid’s birthday party. Then an adult asked me if I’d cater his company’s picnic. I said, “Of course.” I had never been to a corporate picnic myself. So I learned.LIP: How did your business grow?MG: In the early ’80s I started creating events around team-building. It offered a solid business reason to get out of the office. We needed tons of costumes for the exercises. At one point we had over 800 costumes.LIP: Are all your events successful?MG: Yes, of course. Well, maybe one in a million isn’t. Do you know I keep a mouse in my pocket for magic? We were working a wedding, I took out the mouse and said very quietly, “Eek.” Maybe not so quietly. The mother of the bride sees it and starts screaming at us to leave. So we left. Another time we filled a 6,500-foot tunnel in Grand Central Station with several thousand balloons. Later everyone started popping them – Pop! Pop Pop! The cops ran in thinking someone had a machine gun. God forbid.LIP: Do you have an eventing philosophy?MG: I do. I believe eventing is all about passion. It can be stressful, but I believe in letting the stress become a springboard for success. I grew up watching my parents work hard but not letting themselves grow. So I say: Never stagnate. Let your imagination lift you to where you can see far into the distance. Rather than letting your restrictions hold you back, let what you see guide you.last_img read more

What credit unions can learn from Ron Burgundy

first_imgSan Diego or bust! I woke up smiling to my alarm – even though it was Monday morning – jumped out of bed and drove to the airport. I was smiling because I was heading to two significant conferences taking the city by storm: D+H Connections and the Symitar Educational Conference & Technology Conference.Who can complain about visiting San Diego? No one! It is well known for its year-round mild climate, and gorgeous coastline.It’s also the infamous setting for the silly, yet popular, Anchorman movies starring Will Ferrell.Since direct flights from Cleveland to San Diego no longer exist – and countless flight delays resulting in a missed connection – I had plenty of time to watch Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy again on my iPad. About 30,000 feet above Oklahoma, I started thinking that behind the ridiculousness of this movie, we can all learn something from Ron and his posse – never count the competition out.Friendly competitionSet in the ‘70s, Will Ferrell plays Ron Burgundy, an award-winning journalist and the main anchorman for the fictional KVWN Channel 4 News Team in San Diego. Ron welcomes newcomer reporter Veronica Corningstone, played by Christina Applegate, into the male-dominated world of 1970s broadcast news.That is, until she begins to upstage Ron.The ugly side of oppositionRon and his news team find themselves in state of flux and even doubt themselves as their once male-dominated news world starts changing. Recognizing their vulnerability, a rival news team physically attacks Ron and his colleagues.A full-on melee ensues.Competition at its worstLater, the largest news story of the year is upon the city, as the San Diego Zoo’s beloved panda is about to give birth. All the rival local networks head to the zoo to cover the story. In an attempt to sabotage her, a competing news anchor pushes Veronica into a Kodiak bear enclosure. Ron jumps in the bear pen to save Veronica.The news team, aided by Ron’s dog, then jumps in to save them both just as a bear is about to attack, as the public watches helplessly.Using technology to vault over the competitionNow, as bizarre as this storyline is, it sends a valid message – never count the competition out. And with today’s growing non-traditional banking options, the stakes are high. Technology is often the answer to achieving a competitive edge and providing that superior member service your members expect.Today’s leading credit unions are finding the agility and flexibility they need to stay profitable, competitive and efficient with enterprise content management (ECM) technology. The right ECM solution easily integrates with all your crucial technology solutions to improve processes across the institution and surpass the competition.By giving the systems you rely on every day the ability to communicate, you:Improve response timesSpeed wire transfersInnovate, like offering members the ability to digitally sign loans from their homesSo, until my next credit union business trip out west, and as only Ron Burgundy can truly pull off, “Stay classy, San Diego!”And keep your eye on the competition. 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: www.onbase.com Detailslast_img read more