first_imgFor attendees of this year’s Meadows Festival who couldn’t get enough, there were plenty of after-shows happening around town. On the middle Saturday of the three-day event, concertgoers willing to make their way from Citifield in Queens to Brooklyn Bowl were treated to a midnight set by St. Paul and the Broken Bones. While some fans in the house had crossed boroughs after a full day of music in Flushing Meadows, most of those who turned out were there to see St. Paul and the Broken Bones, period. Since the 2014 release of Half the City and the breakout hit “Call Me,” the Alabama powerhouse has been steadily attracting a loyal following for their high-energy R&B that recalls the best of the Stax tradition.Frontman Paul Janeway is equal parts soul singer and gospel preacher. His over-the-top stage presence—from the fire-red suit to his shiny gold shoes—is exceeded only by a voice as big as a hurricane. Shimmying his large frame between powerful vocal blasts, Janeway had everyone at Brooklyn Bowl feeling the spirit. Kicking things off with “Crumbling Light Posts” from the band’s 2016 follow-up album, Sea of Noise, Janeway and the Bones touched all the bases in terms of original material and wisely chosen covers. Mixing “Like a Mighty River” and “Grass is Greener” from Half the City with Van Morrison’s “I’ve Been Working” and the Beatles’ “I Want You/She’s So Heavy”, the ensemble created an old-and-new, borrowed-and-blue vibe. At various point, Janeway reached into the audience and walked the outer ledges of the Brooklyn Bowl stage to get up close and personal with fans.Not to be overlooked are the rock-solid musicians supporting Janeway’s showmanship. Bassist Jesse Phillips is a long-time collaborator and founding member of the band. Guitarist Browan Lollar, drummer Andrew Lew, and keyboardist Al Gamble are all top players, complemented by a three-piece horn section to deliver a rich and soulful sound. Closing things down with their original ballad “Burning Rome,” St. Paul and the Broken Bones sent their fans out into the cool September air happy and sated. It was after 2 am, and another full day of music lay ahead.Check out a full gallery of St. Paul and The Broken Bones’ show at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night below, courtesy of Lou Montesano.Setlist: St. Paul & The Broken Bones | Brooklyn Bowl | New York City, NY | 9/16/17Crumbling Light Posts Pt. 1, Flow With It (You Got Me Feeling Like), Like a Mighty River, I’ll Be Your Woman, Tears in the Diamond, All I Ever Wonder, Grass Is Greener, Band Instrumental, Eventually (Tame Impala), Midnight on the Earth, I’ve Been Working (Van Morrison), Broken Bones & Pocket Change, Call MeE: I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (The Beatles), Half the City, Burning Rome Load remaining images St. Paul & The Broken Bones | Brooklyn Bowl | 9/16/17 | Photos by Lou Montesanolast_img read more

first_img 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Basri Mr. Basri has been designing and implementing software and process improvement for financial institutions for over 35 years. He has worked with, and gained experience from, over 500 institutions both … Web: www.pointent.com Details One of the fastest growing trends in branch strategy is the implementation of cash automation for teller operations. These include new generations of cash dispensers and cash recyclers. There are five reasons commonly cited for justifying cash automation:Automated vault service. Cash automation devices can serve as the branch vault, allowing tellers to buy, and with recyclers sell, cash without involving a vault teller or supervisor.Improved transaction throughput. A traditional teller must count cash at least twice: to or from the drawer, and to or from the customer. Cash automation replaces one of these steps with what is generally a faster operation from a machine. The marginal benefit increases with the amount of cash in any given transaction, so it is greater for commercial transactions and night bags.Improved customer service. The theory is that time which used to be spent counting cash can now be spent interacting with the customer.Improved teller balancing. Since a machine is now handling the cash, teller balancing percentages should be higher.Universal staffing is more feasible. Traditional tellers who process a lot of transactions and balance all the time have skill, experience and self-discipline. These traits are not easy to replicate across an entire branch staff. Cash automation removes one of the more challenging aspects of teller work from the required skillset. In addition, cash automation can provide cash security in an “open” branch layout without a traditional teller counter.Cash automation are expensive systems. Dispensers cost $15,000 to $30,000 per device, and recyclers cost $25,000 to $45,000 per device. In many cases management and/or interface software is required, adding another $1000 to $3000 per device. Freight and installation will add another $2000 to $3000 per device. Annual maintenance will be approximately 10% of the device cost. Fully implementing cash automation would mean a device for every two tellers, though something less than that is far more common.While all the justifications above are valid and seem reasonable, the question should be: What is the actual benefit in the real world of my branch operations? Let’s take a second look at each justification in that context.Automated vault support is an explicit benefit and may actually have additional side benefits. If it is simple and quick for tellers to get more cash during the day, they can carry less in their drawers.Transaction throughput is a bit trickier. The improvement can only be realized when all tellers have a steady stream of customers. Are the tellers connected to cash automation actually doing more transactions than traditional tellers? Is this true (or not) on average, or only during peak times? If teller activity and staff forecasting are not being measured, there is no way to tell if cash automation is having an actualized benefit.Improved customer service can also be more subtle than it first sounds. If time is being “saved” as proposed in reason #2, then it cannot also be “used” for customer interaction. A teller can either have a shorter transaction time and not interact more with the customer, or interact more but not save transaction time. They cannot do both.Improved teller balancing seems obvious, but again the question is how is it realized in overall branch productivity? Tellers still have to reconcile a drawer, though it should be quicker and there should be fewer out-of-balance conditions. There is some new overhead associated with managing and reconciling the device itself. When the device is down what are the procedures and how well do tellers that have become dependent on automation perform? How accurate are traditional tellers now? The more accurate existing tellers are, the smaller the benefit.Cash automation can be a contributing factor in a program to implement more of a universal staffing model. However, it is one piece of a much larger and complex plan. There is no question that cash automation changes the security equation for institutions considering an open branch layout, but at that point full self-service kiosks likely are also part of the consideration.It is not the intent of this article to suggest that cash automation is not justified. In some operations and branches it no doubt can be of significant benefit. The point is that realizing a benefit may not be as simple as it sounds when the justifications are taken individually on face value. If you are not measuring what the branches and their employees are doing, how they are doing it and when they need to be doing it; how can you ever really know?last_img read more

first_img Read Also: Fabregas: Arsenal Need FA Cup Trophy More Than Chelsea “If anyone wants to see his mentality then it’s been shown since restart. He’s been fantastic for us. He’s been fantastic this season. “He’s shown the right attitude so I would expect nothing less than what he’s shown already – that’s Willian for you.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The head coach said: “N’Golo Kante and Willian are in the squad and we’ll see if they’re fit to be in the starting XI. “Ruben Loftus-Cheek has got a small problem he picked up yesterday, so he’s out of the game.” Saturday’s game at Wembley could be Willian’s last domestic game for Chelsea, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?TV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became FriendsThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?10 Irresistibly Beautiful Asian Actresses7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Mysterious Discoveries Archaeologists Still Can’t Explain8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value Willian, who has been at Stamford Bridge since August 2013, has been offered an extension by Chelsea, but has also received offers from Barcelona and Inter Miami. He is set to decide his future after this weekend, and Lampard said of the Brazilian winger: “I’ve known Willian for many years now, first as a player and now as a coach.center_img Loading… Chelsea have received a huge boost ahead of the FA Cup final with the news that N’Golo Kante and Willian have both recovered from injury in time to face Arsenal on Saturday. Kante has not played for the Blues since coming off with a hamstring problem during their 3-0 win over Watford on July 4, while Willian missed last week’s victory against Wolves with an unspecified injury. However, Frank Lampard says both players will be in the squad for the cup final, although he had less encouraging news regarding Ruben Loftus-Cheek.last_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mithali Raj’s omission from the Indian cricket team for the crunch semi-final against England in the Women’s World T20 encounter in North Sound, Antigua raised plenty of questions. Following India’s collapse and the exit from the tournament, criticism of Harmanpreet Kaur’s decision has grown. However, Mithali’s exclusion has now taken an ugly turn, with the player’s manager calling Indian women’s cricket team skipper Harmanpreet a “manipulative, lying, immature, undeserving captain” in a series of tweets. Mithali’s manager, Annisha Gupta, spoke to ESPNCricinfo and confirmed that the tweets belonged to her handle and defended her statements. However, Gupta deleted the tweets later after the confirmation.Read More | Mithali Raj’s omission for World T20 semi-final raises questionsMithali’s manager added when the matches were telecast, one could see who was performing and who was not and stated the treatment given to India’s star player was undeserved. “The kind of treatment she has received is completely uncalled for and there is something deeper than we need to look at than just the statements that have been coming out,” Gupta said.Read More | ICC Women’s World T20: India thrashed by England, Australia in finalWhen asked about the tweets, Gupta said she was angry and said she could not tolerate unfair behavior. “The kind of favouritism that has been shown is very apparent. I think everybody can see the kind of favouritism that is being shown to certain members of the team,” Gupta added.Mithali’s omission a blunder?India left out Mithali for the semi-final game against England and it raised questions, for the right-hander had scored two consecutive fifties in the league game against Pakistan and Ireland. India suffered a dramatic collapse, losing eight wickets for 23 runs as they were bowled out for a below-par score of 112 and England chased the target down to win by eight wickets.After the match, Harmanpreet Kaur said the decision to bench Mithali was for the interest of the team. “Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. One game doesn’t decide whether we are a good team or a bad team. We have a very young team and it was a learning curve for us. We still have to work on our mental strength – learning to play under pressure will be a key thing to learn for us,” Harmanpreet said.India has reached the 50-over final twice in 2005 and 2017 and in two World T20 semi-finals in 2009 and 2010. The common factor in all these tournaments was the presence of Mithali. Her experience on the big game stage could have been vital for a team that has some fresh faces and facing the challenge for the first time.Mithali is the leading run-getter for India in Women’s World T20 and she is also the all-time leading run-scorer in ODIs.  last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers are attempting to squeeze seven men into a five-man rotation. They are also attempting to limit Urías’ innings in this, his fifth season of professional baseball. Removing the precocious prospect from the rotation temporarily satisfies both goals.Urías stayed behind briefly in spring training while his teammates reported to Los Angeles and the various Dodgers’ affiliates to start the season. He made his first three starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City, and was limited to a total of 14 innings there.Has the limit on Urías’ innings contributed to his lack of command?“I think that there might be a case, but he’s had five starts here of consistency,” Roberts said. “This season started late, but if you look at the build-up, wherever it is — the major leagues or Oklahoma City — he had a regular schedule to then make the starts here. For him to not have the consistency in the breaking ball, leaving the changeup up, the fastball command — I don’t see that as a reason why.”Urías was not going to start for the Dodgers before Friday in any event. Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda will start in that order against the St. Louis Cardinals beginning Tuesday. Alex Wood, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy are the candidates to start Friday’s series opener against the Chicago Cubs. Of the three, only McCarthy would be able to pitch that day on regular rest. It’s unclear how the Dodgers will resolve this trilemma. The 10-day disabled list has been the preferred outlet valve for their crowded rotation.Urías will have to make his case to return in Oklahoma City. His first task will be re-discovering his command.“The inconsistency of hitting his locations has been, unfortunately, consistent,” Roberts said.Ravin began the season on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin. Since returning, he’s struck out 11 batters and walked two in five innings at Triple-A while allowing only one run.Now pitching … Brett Eibner?Outfielder Brett Eibner, who was recalled from Triple-A on Friday, has been throwing bullpen sessions in case the Dodgers need him to pitch.“If a situation comes up kind of like (Saturday) night, the game gets out of hand, I can come in and help a bullpen out,” he said, “give guys some breaks instead of having to run guys out there that we could use in a game that isn’t out of control.”Eibner hasn’t pitched in a game since college. A two-way standout at the University of Arkansas, Eibner struck out 56 batters and walked 11 in 58 innings in his final season. He pitched as both a starter and a reliever in his three years (2008-10) as a Razorback, finishing with a 4.68 ERA.As a professional, Eibner said he hadn’t thrown off a mound until the Dodgers’ trip to Colorado last week.“This is just something I’m trying to get the mechanics back, kind of let my arm adjust to throwing off a mound again, get downhill, throwing secondary pitches,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”AlsoYasiel Puig was held out of the starting lineup as he recovers from stiffness in his back, but he appeared as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and struck out. … Kiké Hernandez got his third start in right field. … Former Dodgers closer and current special assistant Eric Gagne ended his comeback attempt with the independent Long Island Ducks. Gagne, 41, pitched for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. He intends to focus on coaching. … Outfielder Andrew Toles will have surgery on the torn ACL in his right knee on Tuesday.center_img LOS ANGELES >> To hear Dave Roberts tell it, it didn’t matter whether Julio Urías was missing the strike zone on a back field at Camelback Ranch, at Triple-A, or in Dodger Stadium. If he could not throw a strike, Urías would not last long in the majors.Urías said it himself after his shortest start of the year Saturday, a forgettable 2 1/3 -inning outing against the Miami Marlins. The Dodgers optioned Urías to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday and recalled reliever Josh Ravin.“Everything kind of goes together,” Urías said through an interpreter Saturday. “When you don’t throw first-pitch strikes and you don’t have control, it ends up being a bad night.”Urías, 20, has a 5.40 ERA in five starts for the Dodgers this season. He allowed two runs in his first three starts. In his last two, Urías allowed 13 runs (12 earned) while walking four batters and striking out one.last_img read more