With his latest record, The Lights From The Chemical Plant, singer/songwriter Robert Ellis takes his listeners on a game of sonic hopscotch.While there is just enough pedal steel to make you want to declare this a country record, you can’t. Ellis certainly draws on vintage country sounds on his third release, he also dabbles in bluegrass, jazz, 70s easy listening, and even bossa nova in creating this collection of songs that, at first listen, comes across as entirely too mature, too deep, for a songwriter just 25 years old.Listen a bit more, though, and dig deeper into Ellis’ catalog – just spin 2011’s Photographs a few times – and you realize that Robert Ellis has been a talent in the making, and this latest record establishes Ellis as a leading voice in contemporary Americana.The stories Ellis weaves on this record are just delicious. “TV Song,” the opening track, marvels at the escape offered by television, while “Chemical Plant,” the track from which the record got its name, has a swelling chorus that sounds almost jubilant while spinning the all too familiar tale of American industrial decay.And who couldn’t relate to “Houston,” a tale of getting out of town and starting over?Ellis also takes a spin around Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” and the results are fantastic.Robert Ellis shares a songwriting credit with Taylor Goldsmith, of Dawes, on “Steady As The Rising Son” and has Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale as a back up vocalist. Apparently, songwriters in the know already know what type of talent Robert Ellis is.Get your hands on The Lights From The Chemical Plant and you will to.In the meantime, if you want a little taste, take a listen to “Only Lies” on this month’s Trail Mix. You can also surf over to www.robertellismusic.com for more information on the new record and when Robert Ellis will be swinging through your town.Speaking of, our Asheville friends are in for a treat this weekend. Robert Ellis, along with special guest T. Hardy Morris, will be dropping by The Grey Eagle on Friday, February 28th, and Trail Mix would like to give you the opportunity to go check out the show for free.This week’s contest is simple – just shoot me an email at [email protected] and put ROBERT ELLIS in the subject line. I will pick a winner (or maybe even two!!) from all the folks that email by noon on Thursday.
Don’t forget your members when choosing where to invest your budget dollarsAs 2014 comes to a close and technology budgets are finalized for the coming year, many credit unions are considering key technology investments for 2015. The obvious upgrades to core processors, online banking, loan origination systems, in-branch technology, and the like are, of course, at the top of the list. But there are also frequently overlooked options that credit unions should consider as key to improving their members’ banking experience. Some are small, some are big, but all three of these recommendations will be noticed and appreciated by your members.Go native with your mobile bankingMobile banking is the single biggest vulnerability facing most credit unions today and is the most likely entry point for competitors — both traditional and non-traditional financial institutions — to poach credit unions’ members. (Click here for a free report that examines the potential sources of disruption facing credit unions in the next year.) A quick search of the 20 largest banks and credit unions shows they all offer native apps for both Apple iOS and Google Android. Still, many credit unions are still not dedicating enough resources to this critical channel. In a recent report from Accenture, 67% of Millennials said they feel the traditional and digital experience they receive from their bank is “somewhat or not at all seamless.”Bridge the gap between in-app and in-branch experience by focusing on your mobile banking offering and adding all the functionality your members want — mobile deposit, PFM, p2p payments, etc. Then, make sure that the services available in both channels are connected and the service they provide from your employees in a branch is consistent with what is available within your mobile banking apps.Upgrade your website with responsive web designThe number of screen sizes being used grows on a daily basis: desktops, laptops, iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone (now in 3 sizes), Kindle Fire, Surface, Galaxy — the list goes on. How your credit union is represented on all of these devices, no matter what the screen size, is important to maintaining a uniform image. With 47% of members using the Internet or mobile devices as their primary method of banking, your image needs to be consistent in the same way that each of your branches are. The right image can attract members and encourage existing members to expand their relationship with your credit union; the wrong image can be offputting. Your most important branch is probably your website, not any single, physical location.Put simply, responsive websites improve how your content is presented, enhance readability, result in faster page rendering, and are SEO-optimized. Josh Rubin, renown interaction designer and co-founder of Cool Hunting, adds, “Responsive web design isn’t just about adapting the interface to screen size; it’s about understanding the situation people are in when they’re using different devices.” Responsive design isn’t a new concept, but it is more important now than it has been in the past as device types and sizes for both tablets and smartphones are rapidly multiplying. To check if your site is responsive, open your credit union’s homepage and slowly resize the screen using your mouse. If the layout doesn’t change and instead scroll bars appear on the bottom of the browser window, you don’t have a responsive website.Add social media channels to your member service programsSocial media channels — Twitter and Facebook in particular — are important for reaching members and protecting and building your credit union’s reputation. Brandwatch hit the nail on the head when it said, “Every meaningful social conversation can be nurtured into a real relationship that can eventually become a direct revenue opportunity, positive word-of-mouth, or direct referral.”Social media is the ultimate level playing field. The upside is that it’s as easy way for you to inject your brand into social media conversations as it is for much-bigger competitors. The downside is that it takes a dedicated team member who is adept at handling communications across different technology platforms and is committed to providing real-time responses in the spirit of your credit union’s member service ethos. Look for a digital native with social savvy — probably a Millennial — to run your social media programs with the goal to inform and educate the public, respond to your members in real time with general information about products or promotions, and move conversations to a secure channel when they become confidential and require privacy.Native apps, responsive websites, and social media connected member service are just a few areas that credit unions should look to substantially improve the service they provide their members. Don’t overlook these areas when creating your budgets or roadmaps for 2015. 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andrew Tilbury Andrew Tilbury is the Chief Marketing Officer of Bluepoint and oversees Bluepoint’s integrated marketing strategy and product management including brand management, media relations, interactive marketing, and product management. Tilbury … Web: www.bluepointsolutions.com Details
Leonardo Ulloa gave Leicester their first Barclays Premier League victory for 10 years at Stoke. Press Association Two minutes later Crouch was yellow-carded for a lunging foul on David Nugent seconds after the striker was denied his own free-kick. Crouch responded in the right manner, though, and almost added another to his collection of spectacular goals with an acrobatic volley from Glenn Whelan’s cross that flew just over the bar. The former England man was in the mood and had Hamer scrambling in the 38th minute with a shot that just missed the far post. Leicester had been outplayed in the first half, even if the score did not reflect that, and boss Nigel Pearson made two changes for the second half. Esteban Cambiasso, who last season made 32 appearances for Inter Milan, replaced King while Danny Drinkwater came on for Riyad Mahrez. Cambiasso and Bojan found themselves on opposite sides again having met twice in Milan derbies in the 2012/13 Serie A season. Bojan had been neat and tidy without making too much impact, but he showed good feet in the 52nd minute to create a shooting opportunity, only to direct his effort straight at Hamer. Cambiasso’s presence certainly seemed to help Leicester take more control of the game, and they got their reward in the 64th minute. Ulloa and Drinkwater combined to tee up Paul Konchesky on the left, whose cross was guided home by the Argentinian striker. It was a decent finish from Ulloa, who had to pull the ball back from behind him. Stoke responded immediately and Bojan appealed after appearing to be tripped from behind right on the edge of the area, but referee Michael Oliver waved play on. The Potters continued to create plenty of half-chances but the ball just would not fall for them, while Leicester defended manfully. Diouf made his entrance in the 74th minute in place of Bojan while Jamie Vardy replaced Schlupp. Stoke were beginning to leave gaps at the back and, after Drinkwater was denied by a combination of Begovic and two defenders, Dean Hammond saw his fierce effort fly just past the post. Oussama Assiaid made his second Stoke debut on loan from Liverpool with eight minutes remaining but the Potters could not find a leveller. Hamer came to his side’s rescue in the 90th minute with crucial saves first from Diouf and then Moses. The Foxes had made an encouraging start to life back in the top flight with draws against Everton and Arsenal, and record signing Ulloa’s third of the season in the 64th minute earned them a 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke bossed the first half but were left to rue the lack of a cutting edge, while debutant goalkeeper Ben Hamer denied them a point with two great saves late on. Hamer was making his Premier League bow after Kasper Schmeichel suffered a knee injury on international duty, bringing to an end the Dane’s run of 141 consecutive league starts. Stoke’s match-winner against Manchester City, Mame Biram Diouf, was on the bench after his lengthy international trip with Senegal, so Bojan Krkic came into the starting line-up. The game had barely got started when there was a lengthy stoppage after Ryan Shawcross and Jeff Schlupp accidentally clashed heads. The Stoke skipper came off worse, sustaining a cut above his right eye, but he played on with a bandage wrapped around his forehead. After a quiet opening, the hosts began to exert more pressure on Hamer’s goal, with Steven Nzonzi the first to try his luck, but the midfielder’s impressive run was not matched by his finish. Probably the best chance of the half fell to Peter Crouch in the 18th minute, when he was picked out by Victor Moses from a corner but headed wide from eight yards. Hamer was handling most things well, although the 26-year-old summer signing from Charlton was slightly fortunate to get away with fumbling a Jonathan Walters cross. Leicester did not manage their first meaningful effort until the 27th minute, when Andy King let fly from 20 yards. Asmir Begovic dived but the ball was always going wide of the far post.
Netherlands 2, Canada 1 South Africa 0, Germany 4 South Korea 1, Norway 2 June 28USA 2, France 1 SATURDAY, JUNE 29Italy 0, Netherlands 2 France 2, Norway 1 SATURDAY, JUNE 8Germany 1, China 0 MORE: Watch the Women’s World Cup live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)USWNT scores, TV schedule at Women’s World Cup 2019All USA games will air on either Fox or Fox Sports 1 with Spanish broadcast available on Telemundo and NBC Universo.Group stageDateMatchupJune 11USA 13, Thailand 0June 16USA 3, Chile 0June 20USA 2, Sweden 0Knockout stageDateMatchup Germany 1, Spain 0 TUESDAY, JUNE 18Jamaica 1, Australia 4 United States 13, Thailand 0 Italy 0, Brazil 1 England 2, Scotland 1 Jamaica 0, Italy 5 SUNDAY, JUNE 16Sweden 5, Thailand 1 THURSDAY, JUNE 20Cameroon 2, New Zealand 1 Chile 0, Sweden 2 TUESDAY, JUNE 11New Zealand 0, Netherlands 1 Spain 3, South Africa 1 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12Nigeria 2, South Korea 0 SUNDAY, JUNE 23R16: England 3, Cameroon 0 TUESDAY, JULY 2USA 2, England 1 July 2USA 2, England 1 TUESDAY, JUNE 25R16: Italy 2, China 0 THURSDAY, JUNE 27England 3, Norway 0 Germany 1, Sweden 2 TeamWDLPointsEngland3009Scotland0121Argentina1114Japan1114GROUP E – bolded advancedTeamWDLPointsCanada2016Cameroon1023New Zealand0030Netherlands3009GROUP F – bolded advancedTeamWDLPointsUnited States3009Thailand0030Chile1023Sweden2016Win = 3 pointsDraw = 1 pointLoss = 0 pointsFull 2019 Women’s World Cup scheduleFRIDAY, JUNE 7France 4, South Korea 0 Brazil 3, Jamaica 0 Canada 1, Cameroon 0 The United States women’s national team has booked its spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup final, looking for back-to-back championships for the first time in history.Here’s everything to know about the USWNT at the Women’s World Cup, including how to watch USA matches on TV and stream online, plus a full schedule and updated standings. Canada 2, New Zealand 0 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19Japan 0, England 2 MONDAY, JUNE 17China 0, Spain 0 MONDAY, JUNE 10Argentina 0, Japan 0 Scotland 3, Argentina 3 SATURDAY, JULY 6England vs. Sweden11 a.m. ETFoxSUNDAY, JULY 7USA vs. Netherlands11 a.m. ETFox SUNDAY, JUNE 9Australia 1, Italy 2 Norway 3, Nigeria 0 FRIDAY, JUNE 14Japan 2, Scotland 1 Nigeria 0, France 1 Sweden 0, United States 2 R16: Norway 1, Australia 1; Norway adv. on PKs SATURDAY, JUNE 22R16: Germany 3, Nigeria 0 Thailand 0, Chile 2 England 1, Argentina 0 R16: France 2, Brazil 1 MONDAY, JUNE 24R16: USA 2, Spain 1 R16: Sweden 1, Canada 0 South Africa 0, China 1 R16: Netherlands 2, Japan 1 FinalDateResultTime (Channel)July 7USA vs. Netherlands11 a.m. ET (Fox)How to watch USA World Cup games live onlineAll of the USWNT’s matches will be streamed on FoxSports.com, the Fox Sports app or by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.USA’s Women’s World Cup 2019 rosterThe 23-player roster for the USWNT is headlined by veteran leadership and young talent. Forward Carli Lloyd leads the team, making her fourth World Cup roster. Following close behind Lloyd with three tournaments are six World Cup winners: Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara and Ali Krieger.Eleven of the 23 players are heading to their first World Cup tournament.PlayerPositionClub TeamAdrianna FranchGoalkeeperPortland Thorns FCAshlyn HarrisGoalkeeperOrlando PrideAlyssa NaeherGoalkeeperChicago Red StarsAbby DahlkemperDefenderNC CourageTierna DavidsonDefenderChicago Red StarsCrystal DunnDefenderNC CourageAli KriegerDefenderOrlando PrideKelley O’HaraDefenderUtah Royals FCBecky SauerbrunnDefenderUtah Royals FCEmily SonnettDefenderPortland Thorns FCMorgan BrianMidfielderChicago Red StarsJulie ErtzMidfielderChicago Red StarsLindsey HoranMidfielderPortland Thorns FCRose LavelleMidfielderWashington SpiritAllie LongMidfielderReign FCSamantha MewisMidfielderNC CourageTobin HeathForwardPortland Thorns FCCarli LloydForwardSky Blue FCJessica McDonaldForwardNC CourageAlex MorganForwardOrlando PrideChristen PressForwardUtah Royals FCMallory PughForwardWashington SpiritMegan RapinoeForwardReign FCMORE: A complete guide to the 2019 Women’s World CupFIFA Women’s World Cup standingsThe 24 competing teams are divided into six groups. The four teams in each group play each other once in the group stage of the tournament. The two teams finishing first and second in each group automatically advance to the knockout rounds. The top four best third placed teams also advance to the knockouts.From there, with 16 remaining teams, the competition is single elimination: survive and advance. GROUP A – bolded advancedTeamWDLPointsFrance3009South Korea0030Norway2016Nigeria1023GROUP B – bolded advancedTeamWDLPointsGermany3009China1114Spain1114South Africa0030GROUP C – bolded advancedTeamWDLPointsAustralia2016Italy2016Brazil3016Jamaica0020GROUP D – bolded advanced FRIDAY, JUNE 28USA 2, France 1 United States 3, Chile 0 WEDNESDAY, JULY 3Netherlands 1, Sweden 0 THURSDAY, JUNE 13Australia 3, Brazil 2 June 24USA 2, Spain 1 SATURDAY, JUNE 15Netherlands 3, Cameroon 1
Matthysse will have ‘no respect’ as he aims to beat Pacquiao A red-hot Edgar Charcos, a squandered lead, and a collapsed offense became the narrative of the Knights’ opening game loss to Perpetual Help in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament.But instead of sulk, Napa and the Knights are using the setback as a learning experience.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Time to move on, we’ll just focus on our next game so we can’t allow the same mistakes from happening again,” said Napa in Filipino Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.READ: NCAA: Perpetual rallies to close out Letran in thriller ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team “I didn’t question my players’ decisions, I have a lot of trust in them,” said Napa. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It wasn’t the start Jeff Napa wanted for the Letran Knights.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Charcos finished with 27 points in the Altas’ win, dropping 22 points in the first half, but the Knights still went into the break trailing by just one, 45-44.After a seesaw affair for much of the game, Letran was able to take the lead early in the fourth, 73-65.That, however, was the Knights’ final stand as they allowed the Altas to mount a 12-2 run and take a 77-73 lead off of Kim Aruin’s step back jumper with 1:35 left in the game.“It’s hard to make excuses for this game, there were many lapses like Charcos getting too comfortable,” said Napa. “We got a lead, we relaxed, and we lacked the finishing ability.”The Knights had a couple of chances in the last minute but Prince Eze denied both of those with blocks on Bong Quinto and JP Calvo.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ View comments