The National Announces Intimate Shows in Paris, New York, London, More

first_imgThe National has announced a run of intimate performances in select cities ranging from New York to Paris scheduled for this April. The brief run of concerts is being billed under, “A Special Evening With The National,” and will begin with a performance a France’s Paris at Olympia on April 16th.Following the opening night in Paris, the band will head to London for a show at the Royal Festival Hall on April 18th, followed by scheduled stops at the Beacon Theatre in New York, NY (4/22); Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, ON (4/24); and the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA (4/26).Related: Eaux Claires Music Festival Announces Hiatus For 2019The upcoming performances mark the first shows for the band in 2019. The alternative rock band toured heavily in 2018 following the 2017 release of their seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast. They also celebrated the 10-year anniversary reissue of 2007’s Boxer in 2017 as well. The band also marked an end to their busy 2018 this past fall when they hosted a mix of performers ranging from Jason Isbell and Phoebe Bridgers for their two-day, “There’s No Leaving New York” weekend event at New York City’s Forest Hills Stadium this past September.Other performances on the band’s upcoming 2019 concert schedule include appearances throughout the summer months at Bonnaroo, Spain’s Mad Cool Festival, and Italy’s Ypsigrock Festival, just to name a few. They’re also scheduled to team up with Florence + The Machine for a performance in London’s Hyde Park on July 13th.Tickets for New York, Toronto, and Los Angeles concerts will begin general on-sale this Saturday, March 2nd at 10 a.m. Local. The Paris and London concerts will go on sale starting the following Monday, March 4th at 10 a.m. Local. Fans can click here for tickets and information.last_img read more

Your 2025 strategy: Seven key success drivers

first_imgWe are in the service business, the financial service business. We help consumers solve or resolve the money conundrum by providing a safe place to store their money, a place to grow their money, a place to borrow, a convenient and safe way to transact, and a place to come for sound advice that can help add value. Financial institutions are dream makers. We help consumers with their financial journeys.Yet we face some significant challenges as the number of consumers visiting branches and interacting with our people channels continues to go down and it is becoming harder to attract consumers to join us. We are losing out on everyday transactions to FinTech and emerging financial services providers…Two young entrepreneurs, 10 and 12 started a personalized skincare business. Their “regular” financial institution cannot accept many of their ecommerce and in-person transactions. The two young ladies have an account with a digital financial institution that can seamlessly accept all kinds of payments.11 tenants residing close to a college pay their landlord via a digital wallet. Six of those tenants are under 21, the other five are senior citizens. The senior citizens prefer using digital to transact. They say it is easier than writing checks and that they have easy instant access to information.When you use a rideshare app there is absolute ease, pinpoint accuracy, and complete transparency. A push of a button (ease) summons the vehicle to where you are (pinpoint accuracy), and you know exactly where you are going and what you are paying (complete transparency).The way we transact is being redefined. No cash changed hands in any of the above scenarios. The owner of the transaction has an opportunity to engage with their consumer. What role does a traditional financial institution get to play in this evolving world? The consumer we seek desires instant access to information, is empowered by choices, and is still demanding even more. What can we do to stay relevant?Seven critical elements are going to define our foundation for success beyond 2020:The Branch Experience Has to Change: We need to draw members in for advisory versus transactional services, encourage them to transact online, and provide intuitive, consistent experiences across channel.We Can Lead and Win with Payments – By getting the consumer to transact with our payment instruments we have the opportunity to earn income, and leverage this relationship to do much more. We also need to develop a strategy on cryptocurrency and mitigate fraud.Create a Foundational Digital Strategy – Digital will continue to change and evolve. Most digital initiatives have focused on the front-end user experience. Significant enhancements need to be made to digitize our internal processes. Security: Authentication, Transactions, Information – Information needs to be protected, transactions completely secured, and financial institutions need to invest in speeding up authentication. Biometrics needs to be leveraged with a hint of personalization. Smarter Employees & Channels – The channels that serve our consumers need to provide information that is consistent, correct, and do so quickly. Our people channel needs to be more effective. AI should be leveraged to assist all channels. ( Data, Decision Science, & the Cognitive Cloud – We need to leverage the information we are collecting to personalize transactions and even predict events to provide “wow” service. Data collection is not going to slow down, our data strategy needs to be accelerated.Banking Delivered in Your Pocket – We are moving towards a mobile first, perhaps a mobile only environment. Our future branch will sit in the palm of our hand. We have to enable a smooth migration to this mobility driven environment.(I have authored a five-page whitepaper on this subject. If you would like a copy of this, please send an email to [email protected]) 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sundeep Kapur Sundeep has been assisting financial institutions with their omni-channel strategies – a more effective branch, a better online experience, & great consumer engagement. He is the author of an online … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Lance Armstrong to pay $5M settlement in US fraud case – lawyer

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC The Washington Post reported Armstrong would also pay $1.65 million to cover the legal costs of former team-mate and whistleblower Landis.“I am glad to resolve this case and move forward with my life,” Armstrong, 46, said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to devoting myself to the many great things in my life – my five kids, my wife, my podcast, several exciting writing and film projects, my work as a cancer survivor, and my passion for sports and competition. There is a lot to look forward to.”‘Full responsibility’Although Armstrong maintained he believed the US Postal case was “without merit and unfair” he said he was pleased to have settled.“I have since 2013 tried to take full responsibility for my mistakes, and make amends wherever possible,” he said, reflecting with pride on his performances in a US Postal jersey. “I rode my heart out for the Postal cycling team, and was always especially proud to wear the red, white and blue eagle on my chest when competing in the Tour de France. Those memories are very real and mean a lot to me.”ADVERTISEMENT Lance Armstrong (AP FILE PHOTO)Lance Armstrong has agreed to pay $5 million in order to settle the looming federal fraud case stemming from his drug-fueled reign as king of the Tour de France, it was confirmed on Thursday.The former cycling superstar was due to face a trial next month over claims he defrauded the United States government when he doped while racing for his US Postal Service-sponsored team.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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The Postal Service and former team-mate Floyd Landis had sought around $100 million in damages from Armstrong in the case, which was due to get underway on May 7.However the prospect of a ruinous judgment going against the cancer survivor was averted after Armstrong’s lawyers and the US Justice Department brokered a settlement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“No one is above the law,” US Justice Department lawyer Chad Readler said in a statement announcing the deal. “This settlement demonstrates that those who cheat the government will be held accountable.”Armstrong’s attorney Elliot Peters said in a statement the settlement “ends all litigation against Armstrong related to his 2013 admission that during his career as a professional cyclist he had used performance enhancing substances.” ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES Armstrong’s personal fortune had been estimated at around $125 million in 2012. But since his dramatic fall, he has lost lucrative sponsorship deals and in 2015 was ordered to pay back $10 million in bonus payments given to him by Dallas-based SCA Promotions relating to his Tour wins in 2002, 2003, and 2004.The Washington Post reported he had recently listed his home in Austin, Texas for sale at $7.5 million. The fallen US cycling star had battled back from cancer to win cycling’s most prestigious race, the Tour de France, a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005. Although rumors of drug use swirled around Armstrong throughout his career, he never failed a test.However, his reputation imploded when the US Anti-Doping Agency wrapped up an investigation, which concluded he had been at the heart of a sophisticated doping program throughout his career.Armstrong later confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs, and was banned from all competitions for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.                         /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Perennial Palaro champ NCR pulls away with 38 golds Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more