Umphrey’s McGee Releases Immersive 360° Virtual Reality Live Footage Of “Puppet String” [Watch]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee have always embraced technology. From their S2 sets, to their UM Bowl events, and their Headphones and Snowcones program, the band is constantly looking for new ways to engage with their technology-forward fans. With that in mind, Umphrey’s McGee have just released incredible 360° Virtual Reality footage of “Puppet String” from the band’s 4/20/16 show at the House of Blues in Houston, TX.The band’s manager, Kevin Browning, confirmed that the band had recorded in VR after they played the show, but this is the first time we’ve been able to see any of the results of that experiment. It seems that the test was a success, as the footage of “Puppet String” that they’ve delivered is absolutely gorgeous. There are several camera angles, ranging from the front of the stage, to the front of house (where you can see lighting designer Jefferson Waful working), and another angle at the front of the venue’s balcony.The band worked with Reel FX to create the unique visual experience, and the hard work by them and the band have truly played off. The song clocks in at twelve minutes and thirty seconds long, showcasing Umphrey’s in fine form as they tear through the high-octane number.Check out the awesome footage below. Let’s hope there’s a whole bunch more VR footage coming from Reel FX and Umphrey’s McGee.last_img read more

Signed, Sealed, Delivered! Clifton Oliver & Allison Semmes Will Star in the National Tour of Motown The Musical

first_img Motown The Musical features choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Tony nominee ESosa, lighting design by Tony winner Natasha Katz, sound design by Tony nominee Peter Hylenski, projection design by Daniel Brodie and hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Oliver (Berry Gordy) has performed in the Broadway productions of The Lion King, In The Heights and Wicked. His other stage credits include national tours of The Lion King, Rent and Ragtime. Semmes (Diana Ross) has appeared on Broadway in Motown The Musical and The Book of Mormon. Her other stage credits include the natioanl tour of The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz and Candide. Featuring more than 50 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Motown The Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.center_img We heard it through the grapevine! Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes have been cast as Berry Gordy and Diana Ross, respectively, in the first national tour of Motown The Musical. The foot-tapping and finger-snapping show is set to begin performances April 22 at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago before continuing to cities across the country. Additional casting will be announced soon. View Commentslast_img read more

Get more leads through your credit union website by using lead magnets

first_imgAs a credit union marketer, your job is to increase deposits and loans. But did you know that only three percent of your audience wants to sign up for one of your products right now? According to Chet Holmes in his book The Ultimate Sales Machine, only about three percent of any organization’s audience is “buying now.” The other 97% are in various stages of the Buying Decision Process. Therefore, the supermajority of people don’t want to sign up today.The fact that 97% of your audience is not “buying now” means they need to be nurtured. In digital marketing, nurturing is a process of patiently educating and building relationships with prospects until they are ready to sign up. Nurturing begins by giving someone a reason to share their contact info with you. All you need is a first name and email address to start building a relationship. And in the beginning, it’s usually best to not ask for much because many studies show that the more info you ask for, the fewer leads you will generate. What is a lead magnet?How can you convince people to share their names and email addresses with you? One effective method is to use lead magnets, which are things you can offer in exchange for contact information. Ideally, you want a magnet to be valuable for the prospect, but inexpensive for you. That’s why information (such as research insights or educational content) is often used for lead magnets: info can be very valuable, yet cost little to share.Examples of lead magnetsAt BloomCU, we’ve had a lot of success using lead magnets to give credit union marketers reasons to share their names and email addresses with us. Then, once we begin a relationship, we continue to share valuable insights until they are ready for a new credit union website design. Granted, BloomCU’s audience is not the same as credit unions’. We are a Business-to-Business company (B2B) and credit unions serve consumers. Still, the principles that work for B2Bs also work for Business-to-Consumer organizations all over the world. Here’s an example of a lead magnet on the homepage of every credit union marketer is a potential client for BloomCU because every credit union needs a website design at some point. Accordingly, we don’t try to sell you a website the moment you visit Instead, we play the long game. Initially, we just want to make a connection and gain your trust until you’re ready for a new digital branch. On our homepage, we essentially say, “We’re really good at credit union website design. In fact, we won more CUNA Diamond Awards for website designs this year than anyone else.” Then, we have a call to action that says, “Get Winning Insights.” When you click the button, you see this:We list several juicy resources we have to offer, many of which are very appealing to credit union marketers. Then, when you scroll down, you encounter the lead form:By this point, we’ve tried to build up the value of our insights so giving your first name and email address is a no-brainer. After you submit your contact information, we email you a link to all the resources we promised. And, going forward, we continue to share valuable insights and resources, which often come in the form of publications and articles about credit union website design. Here are few other examples of landing pages we’ve built for lead magnets:Personalization Increases Engagement by 31%Case Study with HFSFCU.orgA Guide to Stock Photo Sites for Credit UnionsA breakdown of the best stock photo sites, both free and premium5 Laws of Credit Union Website DesignFollow proven laws of user experience to design a world-class websiteUsability Testing WorksheetComplete This Simple Worksheet & Start Usability TestingA Guide to ADA Services for Credit Union WebsitesA side-by-side comparison of six popular ADA compliance solutionsWhat lead magnets could you create?What lead magnets could you create to start nurturing visitors to your credit union’s website? Here are a few ideas:3 negotiating tips to get the best price on a car (for people who visit your auto loan page)The ultimate guide to debt consolidation (for visitors who show interest in a secured loan)The 5 factors of a credit score (for people on your “Credit Builder Loan” page)Of course, you’ll need more than just good headlines for your lead magnets. Once a subscriber gets access to the content, it has to be truly valuable if it’s going to build the prospect’s trust in your credit union. So, put in some work to create a truly valuable piece of content to share. Your hard work will pay off because a good lead magnet will continue to work for you passively once it’s all set up, generating lead for you even while you sleep. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. 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3 questions to ask before tapping home equity

first_imgIt’s been a good summer for home values, and it may spark dreams of how you can put the equity in your home to good use.What is home equity? It’s the difference between the current market value of your home and how much you still owe on your mortgage loan. As the value of your home increases, you gain equity in your home.Because the value of your home as collateral is based on its current market value, a home equity loan allows you to borrow against that equity. You can choose between a home equity loan or home equity line of credit (HELOC).With a home equity loan you borrow a lump sum amount, usually at a fixed interest rate. A HELOC functions as a line of credit, and like a credit card, you can draw funds as needed up to your available maximum. Your interest rate is typically linked to the prime rate, so when the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, you can expect your HELOC rate to be adjusted accordingly.A survey asked why homeowners would tap into their home’s value. Seventy-five percent of respondents said they wanted to use the funds to make home improvements or repairs. Other reasons included consolidating debt (44%), paying tuition/educational expenses (31%), covering household expenses (15%) and funding investments (12%).Survey respondents said while those were “good reasons” to cash in, they were still a bit hesitant to do so.According to, plastic surgery topped the list of worst reasons to tap home equity (45%), with buying a boat (21%) and taking a vacation (18%) rounding out the top three.Here are a few questions to ask before borrowing against your home.How much will this cost? Do your research. Compare interest rates and make sure you understand exactly what is involved. What are the fees? Are there minimum withdrawal requirements? Is the interest rate just an introductory rate? If so, how high could it rise? What are the pros and cons of getting a HELOC or a home equity loan?Will it improve your financial standing? A home equity loan is not “free” money. If you are already struggling to pay your bills, adding to your debt by using your home as collateral could lead to disaster. If you can’t make the payments, you could lose your home. Know what you are working with and calculate if this is the right move for you.What’s my plan? How do you plan to use your home equity? How can you maximize your return on investment? How will you manage your payments? How long will it take to pay down? With the new tax law, if you are borrowing to make home improvements, you can deduct the interest. If you are trying to pay down your debt with your home, then have a plan on how you will manage your spending moving forward so you don’t dig yourself into a deeper hole. 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Mission impossible for disabled Hong Kongers hunting face masks

first_imgHong Kong’s disabled residents and their carers say they feel increasingly trapped in their apartments and abandoned by authorities as the coronavirus-struck city is engulfed with panic-buying and face mask shortages.For the last fortnight, queues have sprung up across the densely-packed business hub as Hong Kongers jostle for the latest delivery of face masks, toilet rolls and cleaning products.It is a free-for-all that Steven Yan dreads. Public hospitals have stopped supplying masks to visiting patients to save vital equipment for staff in a city where more than 60 people have been diagnosed with the coronavrius. “I have to wear a mask in hospital but we can’t afford that now,” Yan said, lamenting that prices for face masks have soared in recent weeks as the government has resisted implementing price controls or rationing.Entrenched inequalityDespite being one of the richest cities in the world, Hong Kong has a profound wealth gap and a limited safety net for society’s most vulnerable.Of the some 600,000 disabled people in the city, a third live below the poverty line according to government data. Some 200,000 people also act as carers.Lam Chun, 64, looks after her 19-year-old nephew full time. He has Pradar-Willis syndrome — a genetic disorder that makes the person feel constantly hungry and often leads to diabetes and obesity.When she goes out to get groceries, she relies on a makeshift cloth mask to cover her face, even though it offers limited protection.”I always miss the information about masks because I don’t really know how to get online,” Lam said, noting how many Hong Kongers find out about restocked pharmacies through Facebook or family Whatsapp groups.Both Yan and Lam said they had received little help from local authorities in securing masks.”It turned out that the government did not do anything to protect people like us and I am deeply disappointed,” Lam said.The Social Welfare Department did not respond to requests for comment on what measures it was taking to ensure disabled and other vulnerable residents received masks. Responsibility has largely fallen to volunteers and the charity sector. Frayed nerves Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam recently said 1.6 million masks would be given to local charities to hand out to vulnerable people.And Joshua Wong, a pro-democracy activist who was previously jailed for leading protests, said his party had secured 1.2 million masks from Honduras and would distribute them through their network of local councilors. There have been growing calls in some sectors for the government to implement price caps or to ration face masks in a bid to curb shortages and spiraling prices.After a brief bout of panic buying in nearby Taiwan, authorities introduced new rules limiting each person to buying just two masks a week through a system connected to their national healthcard.But in Hong Kong, which revels in its freemarket status, authorities have so far resisted market intervention.Yan said he felt constantly anxious in recent weeks.”People like me are more vulnerable in face of diseases,” he said. “Maybe you are hearing my voice today and seeing my corpse tomorrow.”   Diagnosed with muscular atrophy 14 years ago, Yan uses a wheelchair to get around. He has tried to find face masks near his apartment but has only succeeded once in the last month, queuing for six hours to get his hands on five free masks.”It exhausted me,” Yan told AFP. “I dared not move, fearing that I might lose my spot.”With just 40 masks at home to share among him, his wife and teenage son, Yan has started cutting back on going out in public, including to his regular medical check-ups.center_img Topics :last_img read more

St. Louis School Installs “Buddy Bench”

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — St. Louis school recently added a Buddy Bench.The Buddy Bench is designed for students during recess.If a student is sitting on the Buddy Bench it means they want to join and play with another group, or it can be a signal that the child is feeling sad or alone and wants someone to sit next to him or her and strike up a conversation.Other students will notice and then go ask them to play.last_img

Poyet still believes in survival

first_imgGus Poyet admits he would not still be Sunderland’s head coach if he did not think the club could preserve its Barclays Premier League status. He said: “If you said to me on October 8 when I walked in here at 11.45pm for the first time that I was going to be in this situation with 12 games to go, I would have taken it, I would have. “I would have for sure because it was looking impossible, so now I am here, I am not going to complain and moan. “I am taking it and making sure we maintain the level of performance that we have had in the last three months and if we maintain that, I think we have got a great chance to stay up.” Whatever happens over the next two months or so, there will be work to be done during the summer, and much of it will come under the remit of newly-appointed sporting director Lee Congerton. Poyet said: “I am convinced the most important part in football nowadays is recruitment. “If you recruit well, a big, big part of the manager’s job is much easier; when you recruit averagely, you have got a massive job and if you recruit badly, all the best. “That relationship between manager or head coach and sporting director or head of football operations, whatever you want to call him, is a key part, massive. “It needs to be clear and honest and straightforward. It’s not like one is working for the other. “It’s simple: He needs to bring the best players for me to be able to play the football that I want and to be successful.” That, coupled with runs to the Capital One Cup final and the last eight in the FA Cup, has increased his conviction that salvation remains in their own hands. Poyet said: “That’s why I am here. If not, I would be gone, I can promise you that. I wouldn’t stay here if I was not convinced it was possible. “I am not that type of person that would just lie to myself and lie to people, ‘Yes, yes, yes, it’s possible’. “Maybe I am making a mistake, who knows? But again, I believe it’s possible because these 19 games I have been in charge have proved to me – we have taken 23 points – it’s possible. “If we take 13, 14 points [from the remaining 12 games], it’s going to be close to that 40, 37, 38, 39 – who knows?” Poyet has set his players a target of five victories to ensure their continued presence in the top flight, although the fact that they have managed only six so far is a measure of the problem that could present. There have, of course, been high points during a difficult campaign with a derby double over Newcastle, a league victory over Manchester City and cup successes against Chelsea and Manchester United providing evidence that the Uruguayan’s methods are working. However, there have been bad days too, and the 46-year-old knows his team cannot afford too many more of those. Press Association The Black Cats return to league action against fellow strugglers Crystal Palace on Saturday sitting inside the bottom three with 12 games remaining and knowing the survival fight in which they have been engaged almost from the start of the season is likely to continue until its death throes. Poyet inherited a side which had claimed just a single point from the first 21 it had contested by October and has managed to boost the total to a more respectable, but still insufficient 24 over the 19 league fixtures to date of which he has taken charge. last_img read more

Golden Jaguars, Indigenous XI excited to play Charity match on Sunday

first_imgTHE Indigenous XI and the Golden Jaguars, Guyana’s National football team, are anxious to face each other in a Charity game, organised by the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) to aid in the support their Caribbean counterparts, who are victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which emaciated parts of the Region earlier this month.The Everest ground will host the first-of-its-kind match, which will kick off at 20:00hrs. The opening game, a female encounter starting at 18:00hrs will bring together the National Under-17 squad against an All-Star team.“It’s a great idea to have the game,” said Jeremey Garrett, who will be turning out for the President’s XI. He also noted, “The whole idea of the game is to give charity to the countries that were affected by the hurricanes. I know we’re one of the luckiest countries in the world because we don’t experience these things; if we did I know for a fact that we would have wanted help from other countries. So for the country to come up with an idea like this I must commend those who really thought of the idea to have a game to lend help to the other countries that were affected.”National player Delano Mentore, who will be featuring for the Indigenous All-Star XI, said it is a great opportunity for the players from the hinterland to play against the national set-up.“We’re looking forward for the support from the fans. We hope you come out in numbers and we’re here to give the Golden Jaguars – it’s not a walkover like they said, but we’re here to put our best foot forward and enjoy the match,” Mentore stated.Funds garnered from the two games will go to victims of hurricane-ravaged Caribbean islands. Admission to the venue is $500, and persons can make donations at a desk that will be set up at the venue.last_img read more

Kenya shock Ghana, Comoros Hold Cameroon

first_imgTen-man Kenya held on to beat Ghana 1-0 in Nairobi Saturday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. In other results yesterday, next year’s Nations Cup hosts Cameroon were held to a 1-1 draw away to Comoros.Both South Africa and Uganda had to succumb to 0-0 draws at home to Libya and Tanzania respectively while the 2012 African champions Zambia drew 0-0 away to Namibia.The 12 group winners and runners-up secure places at the 2019 Nations Cup finals, except for Group B, where hosts Cameroon and the highest-placed other team both qualify. Having lost their opening Group F qualifier to Sierra Leone, Kenya – coached by Frenchman Sebastien Migne – pulled off a stunning result against Ghana’s Black Stars to kickstart their campaign.The Harambee Stars scored the only goal of the game after 40 minutes when Ghana’s Nicholas Opoku struck into his own net. Ghana pressed for an equaliser and the pressure told as Kenya’s Joash Onyango was sent off shortly after the hour mark.The hosts held on to pull off a shock result and go level on points in Group F with both Ghana and Sierra Leone.Sierra Leone can take an outright lead in the group if they can avoid defeat in Ethiopia today.Cameroon, who have already qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as hosts, came from behind to draw 1-1 away to Comoros in Clarence Seedorf’s first match in charge of the Indomitable Lions.Comoros stunned the reigning African champions with a 15th minute strike from El-Fardou Ben Mohamed to take the lead in the Group B fixture. Stephane Bahoken spared Cameroon’s blushes with an equaliser 10 minutes from time.Morocco – who lost to Cameroon in their opening Group B qualifier – were set to host Malawi in the late match yesterday. Points won by Cameroon’s opponents in qualifying count towards their final totals in the group.Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit a vital equaliser for Gabon in their 1-1 draw against Group C leaders Burundi in Libreville. Stoke City forward Saido Berahino had put Burundi ahead after 40 minutes on his international debut for the country. South Sudan host Mali in Group C today.In other results yesterday, there was a dramatic climax to the Group K encounter between Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau as they drew 2-2 in Maputo.The match was level at 1-1 until stoppage time when Mozambique appeared to have taken all three points with a late winner, only for Guinea-Bissau to equalise with virtually the last kick of the game. In the same group, the 2012 African champions Zambia hit a last-minute equaliser to draw 1-1 away to Namibia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dodgers World Series tickets will cost big bucks in secondary market

first_imgDemand at Dodger Stadium has long been high. The Dodgers led the majors in attendance for the fifth consecutive season in 2017, averaging 46,492 fans per game. More than 3.7 million people came through the turnstiles. Capacity at Chavez Ravine is listed at 56,000.Yankees fans searching the marketplace will have it only marginally better should their team beat the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series to advance to the World Series.Tickets for a possible first home game of the World Series at Yankee Stadium ranged from $417 to $15,927 Thursday night on The high-end ticket will gain the holder entrance to the plush Legends Suite which, according to the team’s web site, offers “first-class accommodations, with seating options so close to the action you could make the call at home plate” and “the finest dining experience in all of sports.”Bon appetit. In the market for tickets to the World Series? Prepare yourself for some sticker shock.The secondary market appears to be the way to go for those who are determined to see the Dodgers play a World Series game for the first time since 1988. And some of the prices will make your head spin, or your credit card max out.As of Thursday night, tickets for a possible World Series Game 1 at Dodger Stadium started at $925 on, up nearly $200 since the same time on Wednesday. Most of the seats in that price range were in the upper deck.  Among the tickets listed under “best value” were Field Box seats between home plate and the first-base dugout, listed at $2,800 range.Related Articles Dodgers slam Cubs, reach first World Series since 1988 NLCS Game 5 Dodgers highlights: Kiké Hernandez slams Cubs center_img For the money-is-no-object crowd,  there were Dugout Club seats listed at $21,500. Each. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more