Lin-Manuel Miranda to Host PBS Arts Festival

first_imgLin-Manuel Miranda(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) The story of tonight (in the fall): we have an update on the forthcoming PBS Hamilton documentary. Turns out, that the tuner’s creator and former star Lin-Manuel Miranda will host the entire PBS Arts Fall Festival, which is set to return Friday nights from October 21. The first new program to be featured in the series, as we previously reported, will be the much-anticipated Hamilton’s America.“I’m such a huge fan of PBS. For my entire life it’s been our window into a world of the arts that isn’t available anywhere else on TV,” said Miranda in a statement. “This year’s PBS Arts Fall Festival lineup is incredible, and I am excited to not only host the festival, but have Hamilton’s America kick it off.”In a recent panel, Tony winner Daveed Diggs revealed that he and the cast got teary in the documentary when Broadway’s George Washington, Christopher Jackson, played the role in front of a portrait of the man himself, in the presence of President Obama. And of about his departure from the Tony-winning musical? “It was time to go. At some point you have to make a decision about what you are going to do…I felt like I did what I could do with it.” Deadline reports that Diggs believes that it’s time “for someone else to make it brand new.”Other new programs set for the arts festival include the award-winning West End revival of Gypsy, led by Imelda Staunton and Shakespeare Live! From the Royal Shakespeare Company, which will feature appearances by Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch and many more. from $149.00 View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton Star Files Daveed Diggs Related Showslast_img read more

Green Mountain Power Named a Finalist for Edison Electric Institute’s Award

first_imgNoting significant changes in corporate culture and work processes that ultimately helped lead the company to meet or exceed all customer service standards, the Edison Electric Institute today named Green Mountain Power Corporation as a finalist for the power sector’s highest honor, the Edison Award.Given annually by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the prestigious award honors the U.S. shareholder-owned and international members for outstanding contributions and advancement of the industry. A committee of national industry trade publication editors and a panel of past and current EEI chairmen select the finalists and ultimate winners. This year’s award, the 45th, will be announced June 8 at EEI’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla.”These companies embody the spirit of innovation that forms the cornerstone of our industry,” said EEI President Thomas R. Kuhn in announcing the finalists. “The strong, bold leadership they exhibit today, coupled with the ability to chart a course into tomorrow, are what set them apart. In Green Mountain Power’s case, it was the transformation of the corporate culture and work processes that resulted in it being named a finalist.”Green Mountain set out on a mission to transform itself into a company characterized by financial strength, zealous concentration on customer service, and investor and regulatory confidence. Over the past several years, the company analyzed each position and its benefit to customers. This effort resulted in a radically modified workforce and work processes, with the company now serving 460 customers per employee compared with the national average of 337.This major shift in the company’ s corporate culture included a new work environment that facilitates communication and teamwork, and pushes down responsibility and decision-making. Private offices are non-existent, and all employees—including senior executives—work in cubicles or open spaces of the same size.In addition, Green Mountain Power awarded all permanent employees stock options, which has increased employee interest in the financial health of the company. The financial performance of the company has improved to where Business Week ranked them 25th among The Small-Cap Top 50 in its national index of small-cap companies.Perhaps most important, Green Mountain Power meets or exceeds all customer service standards, has reduced outages to below the national median, and offers a money-back service guarantee.The other U.S. finalists for the 2004 Edison Award are MidAmerican Energy, Public Service Enterprise Group and We Energies.last_img read more

Digital banking transformation: Where should you start?

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Bank and credit union executives are getting bombarded daily with messages warning of the demise of the banking industry as we know it if major actions aren’t taken immediately. From replacing legacy operations systems to implementing artificial intelligence solutions, there are more priorities than any organization can handle at once. As a result, many organizations end up doing nothing or focusing on initiatives that don’t move the revenue, cost containment, customer experience or market value needle.The question, “Where should we start?” has never been more important, because there are mounting pressures from the consumer, the government, new competition and shareholders to do something meaningful … TODAY. While there could be significant debate around which priorities are the most important for any specific bank or credit union, below are some ‘low hanging fruit’ ideas that should be considered. Most are relatively easy to implement, providing a foundation for broader strategies going forward.Improve Your Mobile Banking ExperienceConsumers are increasingly selecting bank and credit union providers based on digital banking functionality. It is no longer enough to just provide account balances and a list of recent transactions on a smartphone. Consumers want advanced functionalities that not every financial institution provides today. Some of the ‘must have’ capabilities include: continue reading »last_img read more

What are the benefits of tracking recurring payments?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Tracking spending, especially recurring spending, can influence people to better manage their finances. Banks and credit unions have the unique opportunity in this arena to help their customers achieve financial health.And they should.We’ll cover why people should track their recurring payments. Then, we’ll discuss why your financial institution should help them.Recurring Payments Add UpThe state of the American economy isn’t as rosy for blue collar workers as it is for the investing class. In fact, most Americans have less than $1,000 in savings.last_img read more

Murray hopes to be fit enough by next year to play Federer, Nadal

first_imgRelatedPosts Nadal stunned by Schwartzman in Italian Open quarter-finals, Djokovic survives Koepfer Federer pays surprise visit to rooftop tennis girls Murray says players need assurance on quarantine issues before US Open Former world number one, Andy Murray, said he still needs four or five months to play top-level tennis, so that he can again take on old rivals Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal after career-saving hip surgery earlier this year. The 32-year-old is regaining his fitness after a hip resurfacing procedure in January, and late last month recorded the first two victories of his singles comeback at the Rafa Nadal Open Challenger tournament in Mallorca before making a third-round exit. Briton Murray, who has dropped to 415 in the world rankings, will next compete in Zhuhai, Beijing and Shanghai in the Asian swing of the ATP tour this year. But the three-time major winner thinks that it will be 2020 before he is “maybe” able to face the challenge of playing Federer or Nadal. “For years… I competed against them, although I haven’t won every time. I’ve lost more than I’ve won, but I always went out onto court feeling I could win,” Murray told Sky Sports. He added: “I don’t know if I’d enjoy going out on court against them knowing I’m going to lose or feeling like I had no chance. That would probably be psychologically challenging… I need to be patient and not expect too much too soon. “But maybe in four or five months, I can get there. In terms of how I’m hitting the ball in practice… the skill is still there. I physically need to get a little better and hopefully over time I get a little bit faster… I think I will.” Murray is hopeful of being picked in Britain’s Davis Cup team for the November 18-24 Finals in Madrid, adding he would be happy playing only doubles if necessary. “If I’m selected I’ll play. I don’t want to play or be selected just because four years ago I played really well,” Murray, who guided Britain to the title in 2015, added. He added: “I’d like to help and be in the team and play singles, but if I was asked to play doubles I’d probably do that.”Tags: Andy MurrayRafa NadalRoger Federerlast_img read more