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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Morgan Wallen has been suspended indefinitely from his label and seen his music pulled by radio stations and streaming services Wednesday after video surfaced of him shouting a racial slur.,Big Loud Records said in a statement that Wallen’s contract has been suspended indefinitely. Republic Records, which he is co-signed to, said it agreed with Big Loud’s decision and said “such behavior will not be tolerated.”,The video, which was first published by TMZ on Tuesday night, showed Wallen outside a home in Nashville, Tennessee, yelling profanities and a racial slur.,Wallen said in a statement to TMZ that he is embarrassed and sorry.,“I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better,” his statement said.,He’s one of the genre’s biggest young stars. His sophomore album, “Dangerous: The Double Album,” is spending its third week atop the Billboard 200 chart and it has set several streaming records, even besting the recent release from country star Luke Combs. Wallen is also one of the few country acts to score a Top 10 hit on the pop charts, thanks to the success of “7 Summers” and “Wasted on You.”,But the fall from the top has been swift.,“In light of Morgan Wallen’s recent actions involving the use of a racial slur, we have made the decision to remove his music and content from our stations effective immediately,” according to a statement from iHeartMedia, which has hundreds of radio stations across the country.,The Academy of Country Music, which is currently taking nominations for their annual awards show in April, said in a statement they would “halt” Wallen’s eligibility for this year’s show and will also be reviewing the awards eligibility and submission process. “The Academy does not condone or support intolerance or behavior that does not align with our commitment and dedication to diversity and inclusion,” the ACM statement said.,As of Wednesday morning, streaming apps like Spotify and Apple Music don’t have his songs in their most popular country music playlists, where normally Wallen had multiple songs from his new album.,SiriusXM and Pandora also removed his music from their playlists, according to a spokesman for SiriusXM. The music television channel CMT said it was removing his appearances from all its platforms.,The Tennessee-born singer who has hits with songs like “Whiskey Glasses” and “Up Down” featuring Florida Georgia Line, has done a lot of public apologizing lately.,Wallen was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct in May 2020 after getting kicked out of a downtown Nashville bar.,In October, “Saturday Night Live” dropped him from a scheduled performance on their show after he violated COVID-19 protocols when videos appeared on social media of him partying with fans in Alabama. He was later invited back on the show in December, where he appeared in a skit making fun of himself.,Other country stars criticized his actions publicly.,“It actually IS representative of our town because this isn’t his first ‘scuffle’ and he just demolished a huge streaming record last month regardless,” tweeted country star Maren Morris. “We all know it wasn’t his first time using that word. We keep them rich and protected at all costs with no recourse.”,Other music stars have faced backlash for using racial slurs or derogatory language. Justin Bieber apologized in 2014 for using a racial slur joke in a video from when he was a teenager.,In the past, country radio has sometimes ignored offensive behavior by male stars, even as female artists like the Chicks, formerly known as the Dixie Chicks, were removed from radio for criticizing the U.S. president. Country star Jason Aldean wore blackface for a Halloween costume in 2015, but never issued an apology, and he remains one of the top selling country artists.,Marcus K. Dowling, a music journalist who has written about Wallen, said the country music industry has experienced a reckoning in the last eight months prompted by the Black Lives Matter movement that has had an effect on the industry’s reaction to Wallen’s words.,“I feel like it set a trip cord that never existed in country music for racial behavior,” said Dowling. “It was inarguably the Black people who work and occupy space in the genre who set that boundary. And any artist, even an artist who has sold well and has over 500 million streams in three weeks, if they cross that line, they were going to be impacted.”
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Joe Biden’s announcement that the U.S. will end its support of a Saudi-led coalition’s yearslong war against Yemen’s Houthi rebels likely will increase pressure on the kingdom to end its campaign there. However, reaching an enduring peace for the Arab world’s poorest country still remains in question. Yemen’s Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, remain firmly entrenched in the country’s north and hold its capital, Sanaa. The rest of the country remains held by a series of competing tribal, regional and political alliances, backed overall by the Saudi-led coalition that’s been fighting there since 2015. How those fractious forces respond will be key.
Members of the football team are not the only Notre Dame students to bring their talents to foreign shores. The International Open House presented an array of international opportunities to students in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Anne Hayes, assistant director of the Office for International Studies and one of the event’s organizers, said each year the International Open House is an opportunity for all undergraduate students to learn about Notre Dame’s various international programs. “The idea is to introduce students to the wide array of international options that are available through various offices at Notre Dame. Most students know about study abroad programs through Notre Dame, but we also want them to know about international research, service learning and internship opportunities,” she said. “The Open House provides underclassmen with a chance to begin exploring options to spend time abroad. It is also a great way for students who have already spent time abroad to reflect and to expand on [their] international experiences.” Senior Tom Mitchell, a finance and economics major, said he studied abroad in Hong Kong and is interested in returning. “I enjoyed studying in Hong Kong and I’m hoping to return through work or a research opportunity,” he said. “I’m going to visit the Career Center’s table.” Freshman Evelyn Bauman said she attended to learn more about study abroad opportunities in general. “I’m here to find out about study abroad, really anything I can get my hands on,” she said. “I’m considering language programs and I’m taking French, so I’m leaning toward Africa.” Freshman Daniel NilssonSjolander, an international student from Sweden, said he is considering opportunities to study in English-speaking countries. “I’m studying abroad as it is, but because I’m studying business it would be cool to spend half of the year in England or Australia,” he said. Hayes said an important aspect of the event was allowing students to network among themselves about international opportunities. “Because there were students who had already spent time abroad and students seeking to go abroad, there were plenty of opportunities for students to interact with one another,” she said. Over 20 offices from across campus sent representatives to discuss their international programs, Hayes said, including ND International (International Studies and International Student Services and Activities), the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Student International Business Council and the Center for Social Concerns. Junior Bobby Alvarez represented the Center for Social Concerns (CSC). Alvarez said he participated in two summer service learning projects through the CSC, one domestic and one international. Alvarez said the CSC participated in the event in order to pursue its overall goal as an organization. “The Center for Social Concerns is at this open house because our mission is making education work for justice and justice goes beyond our nation, state and city,” he said. “Justice is an international, worldwide concern.” Hayes said this year’s speaker at the event was Dr. Nick Entrikin, the University’s first vice president and associate provost for internationalization. Entrikin’s remarks focused on the importance of internationalizing a Notre Dame education. The event was co-sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Notre Dame International, Hayes said. Hayes said Kellogg began sponsoring the International Open House in 2008, but this was the first year Notre Dame International co-sponsored it.
View Comments The West End production of Matilda will soon welcome a new crop of “loud” dance moms, revolting children and more. Beginning September 15, Olivier nominee Rebecca Thornhill, Michael Begley and Miria Parvin will join the cast as Mrs. Wormwood, Mr. Wormwood and Miss Honey, respectively. Additionally, Evie Hone and Lizzie Wells will board the roster of rotating Matildas, taking over for Matilda Shapland and Violet Tucker and joining Anna-Louise Knight and Lara McDonnell.Thornhill received an Olivier nomination for her performance in Singin’ in the Rain. Her additional stage credits include From Here to Eternity, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables and Oklahoma!. Begley recently appeared on stage in After Electra, Mrs. Lowry and Son and Sweet Bird of Youth. Parvin joins Matilda after starring in the West End production of Once; her additional credits include Our House, Mamma Mia! and The Magic Flute.Thornhill, Begley and Parvin take over for Kay Murphy, James Clyde and Haley Flaherty, respectively. Craige Els will continue in the role of Miss Trunchbull.
The Prudent Mariner The Prudent Mariner, the first novel by Savannah native Leslie Walker Williams, offers her a spectacular debut into the world of Southern American literature. Set in the coastal region of Georgia where she was raised, Williams crafts a story that begins with a lynching begat by a tale of sibling animosity, and the subject of race, the one thread in our social fabric that always seems so near to unraveling, permeates virtually every aspect of the text. So too does the multifaceted role of the woman in the South; Williams subtly confronts the complexity of being a woman in the face of familial obligations and societal expectations. Rich in detail, Williams gives readers much to consider about life below the Mason-Dixon Line.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A winter storm is forecast bring snow, wind and rain to Long Island on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving—likely snarling traffic on the biggest travel day of the year, forecasters say.Since there is still some uncertainty regarding the exact track of the storm, meteorologists are reluctant to predict exactly how much of the white stuff may accumulate, but there is a possibility between two and four inches of snow may fall on LI, with less likely on the East End, according to the National Weather Service.“[Accumulations] may go up or down depending on how the track of all this and how the magnitude of the low evolves,” John Murray, a meteorologist with the agency’s Upton-based office, told the Press.RELATED More Snow, Higher Temps This Winter on Long Island, Forecasters PredictThe storm is also expected to impact the Northeast and much of the East Coast, with higher accumulation amounts forecast for areas north of LI, making travel tricky for those hitting the road for the holiday. Much of the tri-state area was under a winter storm watch as of Monday morning, when temperatures hovered in the 60s.Tuesday is forecast to be mostly sunny with temps in the 50s before the precipitation is expected to start after sundown into Wednesday morning. The storm is expected to start as rain and turn into snow on LI as temps drop into the low 30s.Once the storm passes, Thanksgiving is forecast to be mostly cloudy with temps in the high 30s and low 40s, with the same weather on tap for the Black Friday holiday shopping season kickoff and through the weekend.Accuweather.com is reporting that the gusts from the remnants of the storm may make it difficult for floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to continue on their way through Manhattan.“The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place rain or shine as it has on numerous occasions in the past,” said Macy’s spokesman Orlando Veras. “Macy’s Parade officials have been monitoring the weather on a daily basis, but at this time, it is too early to make any determinations on the flight of our giant balloons on Thanksgiving Day. Based on city regulations, no giant character balloon will be operated when there are sustained wind conditions exceeding 23 mph and wind gusts exceeding 34 mph.He added: “On Parade morning, Macy’s and the NYPD will determine based on real time, on the scene weather data from various sources including our own on-site meteorologist, whether the giant balloons will fly and at what heights.”
72SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alison Barksdale Alison Barksdale is the Assistant Vice-President of Marketing for CU Members Mortgage and has worked in the field of marketing since 2000. Her various positions within the field of marketing … Web: www.cumembers.com Details It’s easy to get a bit complacent in your processing, but this complacency can lead to disaster if you’re not careful with your vigilant awareness of regulation, rates, member needs, protocols, etc. Not good if you’re looking to maintain or enhance your credit union’s mortgage lending performance – especially in today’s highly competitive marketplace.To help keep you on the straight and narrow – and lending business running at peak levels, here are four loan officer best practices to consider adopting at your credit union:1. Organization – This may seem so basic and fundamental, but think about how many emails you receive a day and how many phone calls you may have to return. In most cases, juggling a prospecting list along with current clients – all with different stages of need and all in different stages of the loan process is a rather cumbersome activity.Whether you are color coding emails, keeping a tickler file or just running from to do lists, find a method that works best for you and reap the benefits of a smoother experience for your members. Organization of your files often means whether or not you meet your deadlines or whether or not they are homeless waiting for the keys to their new home.2. Communication – Borrowers are expecting things to be stressful and chaotic, but you can take that out of the equation with straightforward and direct communication. Once the member’s loan is active, provide straightforward emails with a checklist of what is needed with easy to understand information. Being clear and concise in your communication will reach higher member satisfaction.Plus, it’s not just what you are saying, but how you are saying it. Casual, short, abrupt, and incomplete conversation, whether email or phone calls, are signs of laziness. Laziness in your writing and speech shows you don’t care about your work and conveys to the member you don’t care about them. You don’t have to be cold and unfriendly, but you must pay attention to the details. Watch your tone and make sure you are responding the way the member prefers to be reached and when. Listen to the member and become an advocate for them. Keep accuracy and communication style in the front of mind. This will maintain a high level of trust and confidence in your abilities.3. Timeliness – This isn’t just making a closing, this is responding to every aspect of the members’ needs along the way quickly – with accurate and precise information. If a member contacts you for a “pre-qual” letter, even if it’s the fifth time, respond quickly. It can determine whether or not they get the house. If they are calling with a question, impress them with your service by responding quickly and accurately. And, if you don’t know the answer to their question, let them know you will get back with them as soon as you gather more information – and then follow through.Even if your member is very slow to respond to you, ensure you are responding to them and their needs quickly. If you are faced with a problem, handle it quickly. Festering problems become larger issues. Learn how to overcome out-of-the-box scenarios such as self-employed borrowers. So when they do apply, you know how to handle them. In this business, time is money and a delay can cost you and your members.4. Education – Helping educate the member before, during, and after the lending process is key to building rapport. It builds trust and confidence in you as a lender and helps the member determine if you are really there to help. Set proper expectations by teaching members about how the loan process works. If they’ve been through it before, explain what’s changed. Give them information about what products they have available for them and help them understand why others won’t work. Never delay to provide them details of the latest training opportunities. Be transparent to build a long-lasting relationship. If you’re looking to maintain or enhance your credit union’s mortgage lending performance – especially in a highly-competitive marketplace, even the simplest of items matter to maintain and retain the member’s trust with their mortgage lending needs. This trust ultimately leads to return business, word-of-mouth advertising, the building of your reputation, and so much more. It all adds up to maintaining or even enhancing your credit union’s mortgage lending business.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Over the past couple of weeks, we have received questions about whether credit unions can place a hold on ACH transfers that will be used to fund the online opening of a checking account or make the funds available the day the account is opened. The fact pattern is something along the lines ofA member opens up a checking account online; andThe member intends to fund the opening of the account with an ACH debit transfer initiated by the credit union.Section 229.10(b)(1) of Regulation CC generally requires that funds deposited into a checking account by an electronic payment be made available the next business day following the banking day on which the credit union received the electronic payment. And an electronic payment is considered received under Regulation CC when the credit union receiving the payment has received “(i) payment in actually and finally collected funds; and (ii) information on the account and amount to be credited.” See, 12 CFR § 229.10(b)(2)(i) & (ii). So the answer seems pretty straight forward. It appears that the funds need to be made available the next business day, and none of the exception holds described in section 229.13 apply to electronic payments.
How often do you chat with a chatbot?Do you ask Alexa to turn on your lights and play your favorite songs? Does Google Assistant set your alarm clock and keep you updated on the weather? Do you receive product suggestions and make payments through Facebook Messenger?All of these activities are possible thanks to chatbot technology. And while big brand names tend to dominate our thinking about chatbots, the reality is that the technology isn’t just for huge conglomerates. Chatbots can help organizations of all types and sizes deliver a forward-thinking and highly personalized experience to their members.Can your credit union benefit from a chatbot? In a word, yes. On September 25 at 2pm ET, Alacriti will host a webinar with NACUSO to tell you how. Join us to learn:The definitions of chatbots, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine learning, and virtual assistants…and how they all work togetherThe correlation between the proliferation of chatbots and ownership of mobile phones and connected devicesReal-life use cases of chatbots for retailers, service providers, and financial institutionsSpecific benefits that chatbots can deliver to credit unions including innovative customer service and on-demand billing and paymentsClick here to register. We look forward to chatting with you! 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr