Road To Canyon Jam: Organ Freeman Is Ready For Their First-Ever Colorado Performance

first_imgThe inaugural Canyon Jam at Colorado’s iconic Mishawaka Amphitheatre features several of the jam scene’s “Next Phase” of bands, such as Spafford, The Main Squeeze, Aqueous, Mungion, Organ Freeman, Cycles, Moves at Midnight, and Jus’ Sayin’. The two-day event takes place on September 8th and 9th, and is looking to be an annual affair boasting some of the jam scene’s top young talent. With the event just several weeks away, we decided to catch up with members of each band on the lineup in this new Live For Live Music interview series dubbed Road To Canyon Jam.Why The Mishawaka Amphitheatre Is One Of The Most Coveted Scenic Venues In The CountryOur initial installments of the “Road To Canyon Jam” interview series featured conversations with Cycles’ guitarist Patrick Harvey and drummer Michael Wood, Aqueous drummer Rob Houk, and Spafford bassist Jordan Fairless. In our latest installment, we chatted with Trevor Steer from Los Angeles-based organ trio Organ Freeman. Tickets for Canyon Jam are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Live For Live Music: The nature of Canyon Jam centers around the art of the “jam.” What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients to make up a solid improvisation?Trevor Steer: If I had to summarize our approach, it would be arc. Improvisation is, of course, a big part of what we do. The most important component of our music, in our own eyes, is definitely the writing, and the writing has to have an arc. Improvisation that doesn’t support the greater vision of the music isn’t particularly compelling. Great improvising is great writing, and great writing has a purpose and a direction.L4LM: Because Canyon Jam is in its first year and given the location and the lineup, what are you most excited about for Canyon Jam?TS: Canyon Jam will actually be our first show in Colorado together as a band, so more than anything, we’re excited to finally get to play for our fans who have been waiting for us to make it out that way. Also, every person I’ve talked to from there has raved about how beautiful the Mishawaka is, so that can’t be a bad sign. I’m actually holding off on looking up pictures so I can show up and be surprised.L4LM: In their earlier years, bands like The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, and STS9 performed at the Mishawaka. Do you ever put any thought into bands that have played iconic venues before you and how that relates to your own career?TS: Honestly, not really. On the business end, it is, of course, useful to look at that type of information and understand what places you should be playing and why, but that’s where I stop. Comparing ourselves to other bands and ascribing too much significance to any particular accomplishment or milestone—be it playing a specific venue, following in the footsteps of a famous band, or anything else—has historically only served to distract us. Entertaining the thought that we might be the next Phish because we played the same venue once would be setting ourselves up for unnecessary disappointment. We’re focused on doing what we’re doing in the moment to the best of our ability, independent of what other groups have done before us.L4LM: The Mishawaka is known for its intimate and gorgeous setting. How does a venue’s vibe affect how you go into a performance?TS: The short answer is I have no idea. The energy of a place absolutely has a potentially huge effect on a performance, but it’s so difficult to quantify. Some of our best shows have been at beautiful venues that inspired us and provided those intangible elements that elevate a show above what it would normally have been; some of our best shows have been in horrible venues where everything went wrong and we simply stopped caring out of frustration and truly let go. Our approach obviously has to be different depending on which of these situations we’re in, but the goal is still the same: To put ourselves in a state of mind where we are totally focused on the music.L4LM: Playing Colorado, in general, always seems to bring out the best in bands. Why do you think that is?TS: Since it’ll be our first time there, I’ll leave it up to you to decide if it brings out the best in us. We’ll worry about why after the show, over a stiff drink.Tickets for Canyon Jam are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Friday Schedule:6 pm – Doors8 pm – 9 pm –  Moves at Midnight9:30 pm – 10:30 pm – Mungion11 pm – 1 am – Main SqueezeSaturday Schedule:4 pm – Doors6 pm – 6:40 pm – Jus Sayin’7 pm – 8 pm – Cycles8:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Organ Freeman10 pm – 11:30 pm – Aqueous12 am – 2 am – Spaffordlast_img read more

Listen To 3 Rare Remixes Off The Reissue Of D’Angelo’s Debut Album, ‘Brown Sugar’

first_img“Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” (Two Way Street Mix) Neo-soul visionary D’Angelo is giving his 1995 debut, Brown Sugar, some extra love and affection in the form of a deluxe reissue, which is set to be released on August 25th via Virgin/UMe. Upon its initial release, Brown Sugar was only a modest commercial success, peaking at Number 22 on the Billboard 200 and spawning four singles: the title track, “Cruisin’,” “Lady” and “Me and Those Dreamin’ Eyes of Mine.” However, the album has attained vaulted status in the years that followed, becoming a sort of high water mark for the R&B renaissance in the mid- to late-90’s. His new work has been few and far between since then, as he has released just two more albums: Voodoo (2000) and Black Messiah (2014).With the relatively scant release of new studio material from D’Angelo over the past two decades, it’s safe to say that many are stoked to check out the upcoming rerelease of his debut album. The reissue, prepped in 2-CD and digital formats, features 21 rare tracks, including previously issued remixes, instrumentals, and a cappella versions. To celebrate the upcoming album, D’Angelo released three rare remixes from the deluxe edition of the original release. The “Brown Sugar” (Incognito Molasses Remix), “Cruisin’” (Who’s Fooling Who Mix), and “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” (Two Way Street Mix) were all sold as 12-inch singles after the original release of Brown Sugar, and have now been remastered for our listening pleasure. You can listen to these three rare remixes of tracks off Brown Sugar below.“Cruisin’” (Who’s Fooling Who Mix)“Brown Sugar” (Incognito Molasses Remix) The deluxe edition of Brown Sugar comes in a digipak with a 20-page booklet boasting rare photographs, lyrics and author-filmmaker Nelson George‘s essay about the album’s innovative, influential hybrid of gospel, soul, funk and hip-hop despite the fact that it was, incredibly, D’Angelo’s first-ever album. As the LP’s co-producer Bob Power claims in the liner notes, “[He] was one of those artists that came not just fully formed, but truly genre-bending; genre-creating is really more like it.”You can see a full list of the Brown Sugar deluxe reissue’s contents below. For more information, head to D’Angelo’s website.D’Angelo:  Brown Sugar (Deluxe Edition) Contents:CD 1 (Remastered album with bonus tracks)1. “Brown Sugar”2. “Alright”3. “Jonz In My Bonz”4. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine”5. “Sh*t, Damn, Motherf*cker”6. “Smooth”7. “Cruisin’”8. “When We Get By”9. “Lady”10. “Higher”Bonus Tracks11. “Brown Sugar”12. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” A Cappella (released on promotional 12” single)13. “Brown Sugar” Instrumental (released on 12” single)14. “Lady” Just Tha Beat Mix Instrumental w/Chorus (Mixed by DJ Premier; released on CD Maxi-Single)15. “Brown Sugar” Alternate Version (released on 12” single)CD 2 (More Sugar)1. “Brown Sugar” King Tech Remix feat. Kool G. Rap (released on 12” promotional single)2. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine Def Squad Remix feat. Redman (Remixed by Erick Sermon for Funk Lord Productions; released on 12” single)3. “Cruisin’” Cut The Sax Remix (Remix by King Tech; Released on 12” single)4. “Lady” Just Tha Beat Mix/featuring AZ (Remixed by DJ Premier for Works of Mart Productions, Inc.; released on CD Maxi-Single)5. “Brown Sugar” Soul Inside 808 Mix (Mix by DJ Dodge; released on U.K. 12” single)6. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” Two Way Street Mix (Remixed by DJ Premier for Works of Mart Productions, Inc.; released on promotional 12” single)7. “Cruisin’” Dallas Austin Remix (released on 12” single)8. “Lady” 2B3 Shake Dat Ass Mix (Remix produced by Neville Thomas and Pule Pheto for 2B3 Productions; released on U.K. CD Maxi-Single)9. “Brown Sugar” Incognito Molasses Remix (released on “She’s Always In My Hair” promotional 12” single)10. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” Dreamy Remix (Remixed by Erick Sermon for Funk Lord Productions; released on promotional 12” single)11. “Cruisin’” Wet Remix (released on CD single)12. “Brown Sugar” Dollar Bag Mix (released on U.K. 12” single)13. “Cruisin’” God Made Me Funky Remix (released on promotional 12” single)14. “Brown Sugar” CJ Mackintosh Remix (Additional production and Remix by CJ Mackintosh; released on the various artists CD collection Nu Classic Soul)15. “Lady” CJ Mackintosh Mix Radio Edit (Additional production and Remix by CJ Mackintosh; released on U.K. CD Maxi-Single)16. “Cruisin” Who’s Fooling Who Mix (released on promotional 12” single)[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

INTERVIEW: Space Bacon’s Chris Gironda Talks Space Invasion & New York City

first_imgAs the summer comes to a close and they gear up for the fall, Space Bacon has been looking back on all that’s taken place over the last six months. By all accounts, up-and-coming jamtronica quartet has had a seriously productive year, packing out new venues in various cities, rocking stages that they’ve dreamt about for years, and continually growing their fanbase on the East Coast and beyond. The band that was formed in a basement on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx has always aimed to do one thing—to move people, physically and mentally, through live music—and by all accounts, they’ve been meeting this goal.On October 5th and 6th, Space Bacon head to New York City’s The Mercury Lounge for a special two-night run titled Space Invasion, marking the band’s first-ever two-night run in the city. We caught up with Space Bacon’s Chris Gironda ahead of these highly anticipated landmark performances. Read the interview below, and head to Space Bacon’s website here for more information and ticketing for Space Invasion.Zachary Franck: 2018 has been evolutionary for Space Bacon. The band pushed its musical prowess to another level, and you’re entering the fall with a stacked calendar of shows. How has this year been different than the previous ones?Chris Gironda: 2018 has been a wild ride. Hitting a bunch of festivals this summer, playing out some new tunes, and just feeling locked in on the improv has made this year special. Camp Bisco was a trip to play, and our sets at Disc Jam and Satellite Ranch felt really good. We feel like this whole year has been building towards these fall dates, kicking off with Space Invasion.ZF: Space Bacon was created in New York City and the band has thrived in venues throughout the boroughs, but your upcoming shows are a milestone for one major reason: Space Invasion is the first multi-night run that the band has done in NYC. On October 5th and 6th, you and your fanbase will pack out The Mercury Lounge in Lower Manhattan. How and when did you guys come up with this idea, and what made you choose The Mercury Lounge for liftoff?CG: Our last couple New York dates have been support slots—for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Spafford, Breaking Biscuits—and we had an amazing time playing and those shows definitely helped us on an exposure level. But, we decided it was time to cultivate and headline our own event in our hometown, and we had been kicking around the idea of a two-night run in NYC for a while. Then, Harrison Waxenberg approached us about joining forces on an event, and Space Invasion was born. Harrison’s done an amazing job on this event, and we’re all really looking forward to this weekend.ZF: Space Invasion is an event that could definitely take place annually. Are you guys aiming to make this a yearly thing?CG: We have definitely been aiming to create staple events to throw every year starting with Space Beach and then Snow Bacon. So, Space Invasion sort of made sense in terms of the direction we’ve been going with event curation. But we wanted to do it bigger and better—two nights, stacked support—and really blow it out. I’d say to keep an eye out for these type of Bacon events every year, but over time, they may change and evolve and grow.ZF: You guys curated some cool opening acts. What can fans expect at Space Invasion in terms of opening acts?CG: The openers we have are awesome. Tucci and Silva are top-class DJs. Digital Frontier is a powerhouse of livetronica, and we’ve actually played with them once before at Bowery Ballroom, so we’re excited to share the stage again. Microcave is super sick as well with members of Tractorbear and Horizon Wireless. I saw those guys throw down in Brooklyn and at Satellite Ranch not too long ago, and they bring the heat.ZF: How has New York City played a role in the band’s character and sonic explorations?CG: The band formed in the Bronx and we’ve been based in Brooklyn for the last several years, so I’d say the city is an integral part of Space Bacon. As people, this city has definitely shaped us to be who we are today and that naturally makes its way into our songwriting. I think NYC has a certain amount of grit and raw energy to it that hopefully comes out in the music.ZF: After your upcoming two-night run in Manhattan, you have shows in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. October looks to be one of the busiest months that you guys have had as a band. How does it feel to continue to build fan bases in these cities?CG: I don’t know if this is our busiest, but we have a bit of a different approach to these fall dates. We wanted to hone in and build out a two-night, four-set model that you can see with Space Invasion, our Halloween run, and the New England Run. We decided as a band that this is how we feel most creative, especially with improv—having two sets each night as a large canvas to paint on. As for the locations, we love all of these cities. New York and Philly are like home, but looking forward to getting back to Massachusetts, following up on our Worcester show back in June, as well as Providence, which we hit last winter, and Bridgeport, which we did last fall. So, some of these cities are definitely due up for a good ol’ Bacon throwdown.ZF: Are you looking forward to playing any specific venues during this upcoming run of shows? If you had to pick one that you guys have played before and one that you haven’t, what would they be?CG: As for one we’ve played before, I’m really excited to return to Sprout Music Collective in West Chester, Pennsylvania, right outside of Philly. We played there this past spring with Solar Circuit and Funkadelic Astronaut, and we had a great time. We really enjoyed working with the people that run shows at this venue as well as the amazing crowd that came out to see us, so we said let’s go back and do two nights there. That show in the spring also spawned some great jams and we debuted some new tracks there, so the room just feels right. As for one we haven’t played before… I guess I’d say Halloween Horror Camp in Western Massachusetts. We’ll be there with Octave Cat, DopaDuo, West End Blend, Escaper, and others—it should be a spooky time.ZF: Space Bacon is continuously gaining new fans. For those unacquainted though, what 2018 soundboards would you recommend them to listen to if they want to hear Bacon at their best?CG: Hm. [pauses] I’d recommend the recent Satellite Ranch sets; they’re up everywhere, like on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc. It’s the last show we played so you get to hear the most up to date Bacon. “Heatseeker” into “Hollow Man” was a fun one. Also, maybe the Sprout show from March of this year since we’ll be returning there soon—you can get a taste of what’s in store this Halloween. Hope to see you all out at Space Invasion this weekend!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>This weekend, Space Bacon will make their multi-night New York City run debut at The Mercury Lounge for Space Invasion. Head to Space Bacon’s website here for more information and ticketing.last_img read more

Forecastle Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: The Killers, Avett Brothers, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

first_imgLouisville, KY’s Forecastle Festival is known for its great taste in music, delivering impressive and diverse lineups on a yearly basis. The three-day celebration of music, arts, and activism will once again take place at Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville, KY.Embarking on its 17th year, the festival will return this July 12th through 14th, 2019, led by The Killers, The Avett Brothers, and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals. The lineup also boasts Portugal. The Man, Maggie Rogers, Tyler Childers, Juda & The Lion, Playboi Carti, Chvrches, Highly Suspect, Chromeo, Midland, Moon Taxi, Nelly, Lauv, First Aid Kid, Andrew Bird, Lucius, Snakehips. Big Wild, Dawes, Anderson East, Lettuce, and more.See below for the full lineup, and visit the Forecastle website to learn more about GA, GA Plus, and VIP weekend passes that go on sale Wednesday, February 13th at 10 AM.last_img read more

‘Thumbelina’ carries big message to the stage

first_imgJulia Riew ’21 wrote the book and composed the music for “Thumbelina: A Little Musical,” which will be performed at the Loeb Drama Center Dec. 20-31. The Lowell House resident, who is studying Theater, Dance & Media and music, sat down with the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) to talk about her work on this season’s family holiday show.Q&AJulia Riew ’21A.R.T.:  When did you know you wanted to be a writer-composer? How did it all start?RIEW: Theater and music were always a part of my life. I started my classical training in violin at the age of 4, then began singing when I was 6. I would always make up plays that I would perform with my cousins at family reunions and with my friends as we forced our teachers to watch during recess! In middle school, it all naturally came together when I started writing my own music and stories. Then I was part of the Arch City [Kids] Theater Troupe, which was run by kids from ages 8 to 18. We held cabarets to raise money for juvenile diabetes. I also did a lot of school musicals, until one day I thought, “What if I wrote my own?”A.R.T.:  What drew you to the story of “Thumbelina” for this production?RIEW: Most people are familiar with the fairy tale — they’ll say, “Oh! Isn’t she the little girl who’s the size of a thumb?” — but no one really knows the story very well. This meant I had the opportunity to rewrite her story so she’s no longer just a little victim of her circumstances. Instead of her story being determined by a prince who comes to the rescue, my Thumbelina is a voracious reader. Despite being sheltered in her mother’s garden, she spends her time gaining expertise through books, and reading adventure novels that fill her with curiosity and desire for her own journey.Growing up in Missouri, Julie Riew ’21 says she didn’t see people who looked like her onstage. “For me, diverse casting is definitely very important,” she says. Courtesy of A.R.T.A.R.T.:  How are you bringing the fantasy world of Thumbelina to life onstage?RIEW: We thought it would be really fun to play with the idea of size, so our set and costume designers have created pieces that are scaled way up, such as giant flowers and trees. Our characters look like small fairies, animals, and insects in comparison. There’s a song called “Anywhere” that goes, “Take a look inside a story book, and your mind becomes a stage.” I wrote it to invite kids to channel their imagination and collaborate with us to tell this story.A.R.T.:  The A.R.T. commissioned “Thumbelina” after your show “The East Side” received a student production at Harvard’s Farkas Hall in April 2019. That show was centered around Asian American identity and was born out of an urgency to tell stories authentically. Can you speak more to your role as an emerging Asian American artist?RIEW: Growing up in Missouri, I didn’t see many people who looked like me, especially onstage. The first time I ever saw a Korean on a stage I was 19, and I’m 20 now. That was “Endlings” by Celine Song at the A.R.T., and I was in such awe because I was finally watching a Korean story. “Hamilton” had come out recently, and it made me realize that stories like mine weren’t being told enough, either. That’s why I wrote “The East Side,” which is about my Asian American experience.My collaborators and I decided to form the Asian Student Arts Project, a pan-Asian arts group at Harvard. We wanted to reach the Asian artists on campus. We asked, “Where were they? How could we support them more?” Now we host open-mic nights, workshops, guest speakers, and we plan to put on a show every semester. It’s a great community and platform for people to share their work, and we’re even collaborating with other minority theater groups on campus to bridge our worlds.A.R.T.:  What were your thoughts as you were headed into the casting for “Thumbelina”?RIEW: For me, diverse casting is definitely very important. As a person of color who has auditioned for a lot of shows before, I know the importance of highlighting different voices. I definitely had the audience in mind, thinking, “Who are these kids going to see when they look up on stage? Are they going to see someone they can relate to?” That was really important to me, so I made it a point not to picture what I thought the cast would look like beforehand. When Janiah Lockett walked in the room and engaged with the other actors, I instantly knew she was going to be Thumbelina.A.R.T.:  What are you hoping audiences take away from Thumbelina’s journey?RIEW: First of all, I hope the show is fun for parents, kids, anyone. I want them all to laugh and have a good time, but also learn that it’s OK to be different — in fact, that’s what makes us who we are. The power of friendship is also a big theme in the show; although we may be different, we have a lot more in common than you think, and we must come together. I also want everyone to chase their dreams just like Thumbelina did after years of dreaming.Lama El Homaïssi is the A.R.T. dramaturgy and publications assistant. Related Song of the sea Teens tackle question of freedom in Americacenter_img Project lets students write and perform ‘Freedom Acts’ for the A.R.T. stage ‘Endlings’ playwright imagines lives both similar to and different from her own last_img read more

Complete Cast Set for Cynthia Nixon-Helmed Rasheeda Speaking

first_img Patricia Conolly The complete cast is now set for the New York premiere of Rasheeda Speaking, directed by Cynthia Nixon. Joining the previously announced Oscar winner Dianne Wiest and Tony winner Tonya Pinkins are Patricia Conolly and Darren Goldstein. The New Group production will begin performances on January 27, 2015 at off-Broadway’s Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Opening night is set for February 11.Written by Joel Drake Johnson, Rasheeda Speaking explores unspoken tensions between Ileen (Wiest) and Jaclyn (Pinkins), two front desk workers who find themselves in a power struggle with the doctor (Goldstein) for whom they work. Conolly plays Rose, a patient who visits the office.Wiest took home Oscars for Bullets Over Broadway and Hannah and Her Sisters; she was most recently seen on stage off-Broadway in The Cherry Orchard. Pinkins, who appeared on the Great White Way earlier this year in Holler If Ya Hear Me, earned a Tony Award for her performance in Jelly’s Last Jam and was also nominated for Play On! and Caroline, or Change. Conolly’s Broadway credits include Coast of Utopia, Is He Dead, Enchanted April, Judgement at Nuremberg and Waiting in the Wings. Goldstein has appeared on the Main Stem in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and off-Broadway with The New Group in The Good Mother, Abigail’s Party, Mouth to Mouth and Terrorism, Oohrah!.This production features set design by Allen Moyer, costumes by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jennifer Tipton and sound design and original music by David Van Tieghem. Cynthia Nixon Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

Defending the “Blue Amazon” Depends on Adequately Equipping the Brazilian Navy

first_img Diálogo: What do you think is the role of communication and outreach for the Navy when it comes to the need to make Brazilian society more familiar with it, as well as other important segments of society that may favor the investment of more resources in the Navy so that it may satisfactorily fulfill its constitutional role? In turn, the training acquired in the Brazilian Nuclear Submarine building process will represent a victory for national technology, promoting a vigorous technological impulse that will not be restricted exclusively to the Military, such as generating electricity, developing new materials, producing radioisotopes for medicine, and radiating food for conservation. Diálogo spoke with the Navy’s new commander, Admiral Barcellar Eduardo Leal Ferreira, about the massive challenge posed by safeguarding Amazônia Azul, as well as other issues related to the security of Brazil, during LAAD 2015 Defense & Security, held in Rio de Janeiro, between April 14 and 17. Admiral Leal Ferreira: The Navy considers its staff its greatest asset. Men and women who make up the Force have the full conviction that they integrate an institution characterized by high ethical and moral values backed by the credibility that Brazilian society confers upon them. Even when subjected to cyclical budget constraints, the Force invests in several programs, including the PROSUB, working with the latest technology, as well as programs that seek to train and professionally develop its workforce. Diálogo: What projects do you plan to implement in the Navy in the short, medium and long term? In this context, the Ministry of Defense, together with the three Military branches, is working to complete the review of the Coordination and Defense Equipment Plan in 2015. This plan will include all actions planned by the Ministry of Defense from 2016-2035, including adjusting military projects; achieving full operational capability; promoting research, development and education; and acquiring and transferring defense technology equipment. Diálogo: In recent years, there has been a substantial increase in cyber-attacks on governments, businesses, and individuals. Is the Navy developing actions or are they planning to develop actions for the nation’s cyber defense? We encourage career development based on competence and merit, and encourage professional achievement by recognizing the competence and dedication of our Military and civil servants. In addition, the Navy supports the naval family and invests in continuously improving health systems and social assistance. The Navy has implemented a competency-based personnel management program to utilize the best personnel management techniques and optimize the use of its contingent. Finally, the participation of the Navy in peacekeeping missions and training exercises, both at home and abroad, motivate Officers and Soldiers to accomplish their tasks, which is of great importance to the fulfillment of the Navy’s mission. Diálogo: Regarding the Green Amazon, the Brazilian Navy already performs navigational security (captaincies) and social action (hospital ships). What other actions does the Brazilian Navy perform in this region? Diálogo: What are your main challenges as head of the Brazilian Navy now that you’ve taken over as commander? It is estimated that for every submarine that will be produced in Brazil, more than 36,000 items will be made by hundreds of Brazilian companies, including systems, equipment and components, training for the development and integration of specific software, and technical support for their companies during the manufacturing of the items. My biggest challenge, beyond these projects, is to secure the resources necessary to maintain our current operations in such a way that it discourages contrary actions to our national interests. Admiral Leal Ferreira: In an increasingly dynamic and connected society, communication has a progressively important role that is strongly linked to image construction and institutional reputation. Communication is considered the machine that transforms relationships. It should be fluid and consistent enough not only to transmit the message, but also make sure it is understood. Diálogo: Brazil will have a prominent role in UNITAS 2015. How important is this military exercise for the country? My biggest challenge, beyond these projects, is to secure the resources necessary to maintain our current operations in such a way that it discourages contrary actions to our national interests. Admiral Leal Ferreira: Brazil currently boasts an increasingly important international role, which requires special attention when it comes to its defense. A developed and internationally relevant Brazil has a growing need to participate in actions not only related to international cooperation, but also as a Force with adequate capabilities in order to have a more prominent role to negotiate fairly and at the same level as international players. Therefore, in the pursuit of a more peaceful and prosperous global order, Brazil cannot neglect its defense. Diálogo: Are there plans to increase joint naval exercises between the Navy and other countries in the region and with the United States? Admiral Leal Ferreira: It is important for the Navy to expand its execution of joint exercises with which it has the opportunity to operate with other navies, as well as strengthen the ties of friendship with the participating countries. However, this increase is subject to budget availability and a greater number of naval assets, since our current ones are being employed exclusively in their designated missions. Admiral Leal Ferreira: The Navy carries out various activities in the Green Amazon that are of great relevance to the country. The size of the area and the inland river connections make the environment conducive to the use of naval assets. So in addition to contributing to the security of maritime traffic, protecting life, and preventing environmental pollution, the Navy is in the Green Amazon to contribute to the security of the country, running naval and naval air defense operations, Marine and land operations of a naval nature, and implementing and monitoring compliance with laws and regulations in inland waters, acting, when needed, in coordination with the federal, state, and municipal governments. Diálogo: Regarding the Green Amazon, the Brazilian Navy already performs navigational security (captaincies) and social action (hospital ships). What other actions does the Brazilian Navy perform in this region? Finally, the participation of the Navy in peacekeeping missions and training exercises, both at home and abroad, motivate Officers and Soldiers to accomplish their tasks, which is of great importance to the fulfillment of the Navy’s mission. In this context, the Ministry of Defense, together with the three Military branches, is working to complete the review of the Coordination and Defense Equipment Plan in 2015. This plan will include all actions planned by the Ministry of Defense from 2016-2035, including adjusting military projects; achieving full operational capability; promoting research, development and education; and acquiring and transferring defense technology equipment. In this sense, the naval force is developing several strategic projects and programs, some of which I previously mentioned, which will allow us to have the means to guarantee the essential security of the Blue Amazon. In this context, the Navy seeks the effective management of their communications, both internal and external, in order to underscore the importance of the Armed Forces as representatives of state power. Under the Constitution, the Armed Forces maintain an indissoluble pact with society and hold the legitimate means necessary to ensure the country’s defense, as well as the defense of the constitutional powers and our extensive maritime borders, carrying out social and environmental actions that support government policies and defend the life of citizens. At the operational level, the Navy’s Directorate of Communications and Information Technology (DCTIM), is intended to ensure the effectiveness of the Navy’s Communications System, guarantee the defense of cyberspace as it relates to the Navy, and contribute in supervisory activities related to the governance of information technology. Under the supervision of DCTIM, the Navy’s Information Technology Center (CTIM) operates as the executing agency at the tactical level to manage activities relating to information and communications security. In addition, the CTIM acts as the Navy’s incidence management center in support of Brazil’s Security Incident Management, Response, and Research Center. Diálogo: What are your main challenges as head of the Brazilian Navy now that you’ve taken over as commander? Admiral Leal Ferreira: PROSUB’s current stage is satisfactory, right on schedule. In December of last year, President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated the main building of the Submarine Construction Shipyard, part of the Shipyard and Naval Base complex that will house technical and manufacturing resources and will enable the production of up to two submarines simultaneously. Admiral Leal Ferreira: In 2008, the Brazilian government adopted the National Defense Strategy, establishing priority in three structural axes for national defense. One of these is the Cyber Sector, and the Brazilian Army is responsible for coordinating that. In this context, it is up to the Navy Command, in conjunction with other forces, to contribute to the defense of relevant Information and Communications Technology assets (ICT) through the formation of an information and communications security management structure. Admiral Leal Ferreira: In an increasingly dynamic and connected society, communication has a progressively important role that is strongly linked to image construction and institutional reputation. Communication is considered the machine that transforms relationships. It should be fluid and consistent enough not only to transmit the message, but also make sure it is understood. Of course, any surveillance model for the Blue Amazon necessarily involves properly equipping the Navy. Therefore, I will channel my efforts so that the Navy may keep our means and staff in the best possible conditions through the continuous improvement of education in training schools; the intensive training of staff who provide operating means and oversee logistics functions, particularly those concerning weapons systems, in order to raise standards for rapid deployment of the operating means currently in use, and to prepare the Force to maintain the equipment that will be incorporated in the execution of the strategic projects that were conceived. At the operational level, the Navy’s Directorate of Communications and Information Technology (DCTIM), is intended to ensure the effectiveness of the Navy’s Communications System, guarantee the defense of cyberspace as it relates to the Navy, and contribute in supervisory activities related to the governance of information technology. Under the supervision of DCTIM, the Navy’s Information Technology Center (CTIM) operates as the executing agency at the tactical level to manage activities relating to information and communications security. In addition, the CTIM acts as the Navy’s incidence management center in support of Brazil’s Security Incident Management, Response, and Research Center. Admiral Leal Ferreira: The UNITAS 2015 will be the 56th edition of this exercise, which had its first edition in 1959. Over the years, UNITAS has proved important in enhancing mutual cooperation capacity, interoperability, and closer friendship ties between the participating countries in addition to knowledge exchanges and procedures that provide increased individual and joint operation capacity for the different navies involved. Diálogo: Recently you and Defense Minister Jaques Wagner visited Itaguaí Shipyard and Naval Base, which is developing the first Brazilian nuclear submarine. What are your impressions after this visit? Admiral Leal Ferreira: We must remember that our borders in the Blue Amazon are imaginary lines on the sea. They do not physically exist, and what defines them is the existence of ships patrolling them or having a presence. The protection of this rich natural heritage is a complex issue because, as previously mentioned, we are talking about a 4.5-million-square-kilometer area that needs monitoring. In this context, the Navy develops naval inspection activities, naval patrol, and maintains a physical presence to protect Brazilian interests. Diálogo: There are great resources in the Brazilian ocean, mainly oil, but today there is a movement to take advantage of the country’s waterways, particularly in the northern region, to transport grains and minerals. What actions have already been developed or are in development and planned for the protection of the country’s natural resources, especially those in the Blue Amazon and particularly in reference to the pre-salt oil production area? In terms of resource protection, it’s essential that we remember that the pre-salt oil production area, where Brazil has been breaking production records, and the other miscellaneous living and non-living resources in our Blue Amazon are represented by an extensive maritime area that requires a strong Navy to protect this immense patrimony. It is estimated that for every submarine that will be produced in Brazil, more than 36,000 items will be made by hundreds of Brazilian companies, including systems, equipment and components, training for the development and integration of specific software, and technical support for their companies during the manufacturing of the items. Diálogo: How could the Brazilian Navy evolve if their funds were loosened rather than tightened in its stake in oil royalties? The Blue Amazon is an extensive ocean region next to the Brazilian mainland that covers approximately 52 percent of the country’s continental area. It is rich in natural resources and has an impressive biodiversity. This region is so strategically and economically important that the Brazilian Navy started referring to it as Amazônia Azul (Blue Amazon) in reference to the slightly smaller, but comparable Amazônia Verde (Green Amazon) region on land. Diálogo: Are there plans to increase joint naval exercises between the Navy and other countries in the region and with the United States? Diálogo: Brazil, as well as several other countries in the region, is undergoing budget cuts, and the Armed Forces are clearly affected. In a scenario of major budget constraints and urgent need for overhauling, how do you motivate Officers and Soldiers to remain in the Force? Admiral Leal Ferreira: The ocean is extremely important to Brazil. It must be guarded and protected in peacetime and defended should a conflict arise. The Brazilian Jurisdictional Waters, our Blue Amazon, has an area of about 4.5 million square kilometers. The task of protecting it is huge and complex, requiring a modern and balanced naval power both in quantity and quality. In this context, the Brazilian Navy saw the need to expand our budget geared towards developing strategic projects, some of which I would like to highlight: the Submarine Development Program (PROSUB) and the Nuclear Program of the Navy, whose higher goal project include the construction of the first Brazilian submarine with nuclear propulsion; and the Tamandaré-Class Corvette Building Program, which includes the construction of four corvettes based on an improved version of the Corvette Barroso, but with added features. Although executed in a planned and progressive manner, the increased investment has required a significant reduction in the amount allocated for the operation and the operational maintenance of the force. Diálogo: How could the Brazilian Navy evolve if their funds were loosened rather than tightened in its stake in oil royalties? Therefore, I will channel my efforts so that the Navy may keep our means and staff in the best possible conditions through the continuous improvement of education in training schools; the intensive training of staff who provide operating means and oversee logistics functions, particularly those concerning weapons systems, in order to raise standards for rapid deployment of the operating means currently in use, and to prepare the Force to maintain the equipment that will be incorporated in the execution of the strategic projects that were conceived. Diálogo: What projects do you plan to implement in the Navy in the short, medium and long term? The issue becomes even more relevant when we notice the lack of understanding of the Armed Forces’ activities in most discussions, which requires us to develop adequate actions in terms of outreach. Therefore, my position is to open up to dialogue with the media in the best possible way, because despite the inherent adversities, opinion polls still place the Armed Forces in general, and the Navy in particular, as some of the most trustworthy institutions. Local information technology centers were also established at the tactical level under the responsibility of the Naval district commands to support CTIM operational and administrative control in enforcing the information and communications security policies in their jurisdiction. Admiral Leal Ferreira: I hope to contribute to making the Navy an increasingly credible naval force provided with means consistent with the position and aspirations of our country in the international arena and in line with the desires of Brazilian society, and also to make it permanently ready to act on behalf of our Blue Amazon, to ensure the interests of Brazil. Admiral Leal Ferreira: The Navy considers its staff its greatest asset. Men and women who make up the Force have the full conviction that they integrate an institution characterized by high ethical and moral values backed by the credibility that Brazilian society confers upon them. Even when subjected to cyclical budget constraints, the Force invests in several programs, including the PROSUB, working with the latest technology, as well as programs that seek to train and professionally develop its workforce. In addition, our society can expect a Navy that is close to Brazilian citizens, both through civic and social actions and through the efficient fulfillment of its subsidiary duties, particularly those relating to Maritime Authority. This requires special dedication to its performance in coastal and inland waters for the safety of maritime traffic, prevention of water pollution, and safety of life at sea. Diálogo: There are great resources in the Brazilian ocean, mainly oil, but today there is a movement to take advantage of the country’s waterways, particularly in the northern region, to transport grains and minerals. What actions have already been developed or are in development and planned for the protection of the country’s natural resources, especially those in the Blue Amazon and particularly in reference to the pre-salt oil production area? Admiral Leal Ferreira: We must remember that our borders in the Blue Amazon are imaginary lines on the sea. They do not physically exist, and what defines them is the existence of ships patrolling them or having a presence. The protection of this rich natural heritage is a complex issue because, as previously mentioned, we are talking about a 4.5-million-square-kilometer area that needs monitoring. In this context, the Navy develops naval inspection activities, naval patrol, and maintains a physical presence to protect Brazilian interests. Diálogo: In recent years, there has been a substantial increase in cyber-attacks on governments, businesses, and individuals. Is the Navy developing actions or are they planning to develop actions for the nation’s cyber defense? In this context, the Navy seeks the effective management of their communications, both internal and external, in order to underscore the importance of the Armed Forces as representatives of state power. Under the Constitution, the Armed Forces maintain an indissoluble pact with society and hold the legitimate means necessary to ensure the country’s defense, as well as the defense of the constitutional powers and our extensive maritime borders, carrying out social and environmental actions that support government policies and defend the life of citizens. Admiral Leal Ferreira: The ocean is extremely important to Brazil. It must be guarded and protected in peacetime and defended should a conflict arise. The Brazilian Jurisdictional Waters, our Blue Amazon, has an area of about 4.5 million square kilometers. The task of protecting it is huge and complex, requiring a modern and balanced naval power both in quantity and quality. In this context, the Brazilian Navy saw the need to expand our budget geared towards developing strategic projects, some of which I would like to highlight: the Submarine Development Program (PROSUB) and the Nuclear Program of the Navy, whose higher goal project include the construction of the first Brazilian submarine with nuclear propulsion; and the Tamandaré-Class Corvette Building Program, which includes the construction of four corvettes based on an improved version of the Corvette Barroso, but with added features. Although executed in a planned and progressive manner, the increased investment has required a significant reduction in the amount allocated for the operation and the operational maintenance of the force. Diálogo: Recently you and Defense Minister Jaques Wagner visited Itaguaí Shipyard and Naval Base, which is developing the first Brazilian nuclear submarine. What are your impressions after this visit? Admiral Leal Ferreira: Brazil currently boasts an increasingly important international role, which requires special attention when it comes to its defense. A developed and internationally relevant Brazil has a growing need to participate in actions not only related to international cooperation, but also as a Force with adequate capabilities in order to have a more prominent role to negotiate fairly and at the same level as international players. Therefore, in the pursuit of a more peaceful and prosperous global order, Brazil cannot neglect its defense. Admiral Leal Ferreira: In 2008, the Brazilian government adopted the National Defense Strategy, establishing priority in three structural axes for national defense. One of these is the Cyber Sector, and the Brazilian Army is responsible for coordinating that. In this context, it is up to the Navy Command, in conjunction with other forces, to contribute to the defense of relevant Information and Communications Technology assets (ICT) through the formation of an information and communications security management structure. PROSUB is part of the Brazilian State’s broad strategic program, which began in December 2008. Included in the Growth Acceleration Program of 2013, PROSUB includes the construction of a submarine with nuclear propulsion, four conventional submarines; one metal structures manufacturing unit inaugurated on March 1, 2013; and a complex on the shores of the Bay of Sepetiba, in the municipality of Itaguai, Rio de Janeiro. The four conventional submarines are scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2021. The Plan will allow the Navy, the Army, and the Air Force to consolidate requirements to acquire equipment, increase efficiency, and reduce costs; modernize national defense, establishing clear political priorities for upper management; and tailoring the individual Forces’ strategic projects in order to ensure the integrated operational efficiency with efficient use of public resources. Diálogo spoke with the Navy’s new commander, Admiral Barcellar Eduardo Leal Ferreira, about the massive challenge posed by safeguarding Amazônia Azul, as well as other issues related to the security of Brazil, during LAAD 2015 Defense & Security, held in Rio de Janeiro, between April 14 and 17. We encourage career development based on competence and merit, and encourage professional achievement by recognizing the competence and dedication of our Military and civil servants. In addition, the Navy supports the naval family and invests in continuously improving health systems and social assistance. The Navy has implemented a competency-based personnel management program to utilize the best personnel management techniques and optimize the use of its contingent. By Dialogo May 28, 2015 Diálogo: Brazil will have a prominent role in UNITAS 2015. How important is this military exercise for the country? The Blue Amazon is an extensive ocean region next to the Brazilian mainland that covers approximately 52 percent of the country’s continental area. It is rich in natural resources and has an impressive biodiversity. This region is so strategically and economically important that the Brazilian Navy started referring to it as Amazônia Azul (Blue Amazon) in reference to the slightly smaller, but comparable Amazônia Verde (Green Amazon) region on land. In terms of resource protection, it’s essential that we remember that the pre-salt oil production area, where Brazil has been breaking production records, and the other miscellaneous living and non-living resources in our Blue Amazon are represented by an extensive maritime area that requires a strong Navy to protect this immense patrimony. Diálogo: Brazil, as well as several other countries in the region, is undergoing budget cuts, and the Armed Forces are clearly affected. In a scenario of major budget constraints and urgent need for overhauling, how do you motivate Officers and Soldiers to remain in the Force? Admiral Leal Ferreira: The Navy carries out various activities in the Green Amazon that are of great relevance to the country. The size of the area and the inland river connections make the environment conducive to the use of naval assets. So in addition to contributing to the security of maritime traffic, protecting life, and preventing environmental pollution, the Navy is in the Green Amazon to contribute to the security of the country, running naval and naval air defense operations, Marine and land operations of a naval nature, and implementing and monitoring compliance with laws and regulations in inland waters, acting, when needed, in coordination with the federal, state, and municipal governments. In 2009, the Equipment and Coordination Plan of the Brazilian Navy was drawn up in line with the National Defense Strategy, which expresses short-, medium-, and long-term goals in order to reconfigure the force under the aegis of the trinomial monitoring/control, mobility, and presence. This plan includes all actions required to provide the Navy organizations – a fleet, naval air defense, and Marines; armaments and ammunitions; and staff personnel – necessary to achieve its various assignments. Diálogo: What do you think is the role of communication and outreach for the Navy when it comes to the need to make Brazilian society more familiar with it, as well as other important segments of society that may favor the investment of more resources in the Navy so that it may satisfactorily fulfill its constitutional role? In addition, our society can expect a Navy that is close to Brazilian citizens, both through civic and social actions and through the efficient fulfillment of its subsidiary duties, particularly those relating to Maritime Authority. This requires special dedication to its performance in coastal and inland waters for the safety of maritime traffic, prevention of water pollution, and safety of life at sea. Admiral Leal Ferreira: PROSUB’s current stage is satisfactory, right on schedule. In December of last year, President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated the main building of the Submarine Construction Shipyard, part of the Shipyard and Naval Base complex that will house technical and manufacturing resources and will enable the production of up to two submarines simultaneously. In this sense, the naval force is developing several strategic projects and programs, some of which I previously mentioned, which will allow us to have the means to guarantee the essential security of the Blue Amazon. Admiral Leal Ferreira: It is important for the Navy to expand its execution of joint exercises with which it has the opportunity to operate with other navies, as well as strengthen the ties of friendship with the participating countries. However, this increase is subject to budget availability and a greater number of naval assets, since our current ones are being employed exclusively in their designated missions. Excellent interview, both at the level of questions as well as the excellence of the answers. Great article for allowing the Commander of the Navy to clearly present his diagnosis of the current Navy, while at the same time, revealing the strategies to overcome the adversities that have been very limiting to the Navy. Congratulations!!! I understand forming a communication link between the Armed Forces and the people, a very important factor in order for the people to have peace of mind.Ernesto George Diederichsen93, Industrial Chemical Technician The federal government owes service members a reimbursement of 28.86%, the difference between the payment for each post and graduation and the payment for high posts. The Defense Minister sent a bill to the Public Prosecutor, who shelved it for six years, and eventually filed it away. The provision that deals with military pay has been on the table in Congress for 14 years pending a vote on various proposed amendments. Food allowances for service members have not been increased in 18 years, per day payments are outdated, and wages are incompatible for the work performed. A Federal Police Chief earns more in a single day of work than an Army General over 50 days. A highway patrol officer or state police officer in the Federal District earns more than a sergeant in the Armed Forces, or even intermediate or junior officials. These problems lead to avoidance and discouragement of pursuing a military career, and should be addressed by the magazine. National security is another very important issue. Only enemies of the country are interested in bleeding the Armed Forces. I suggest a report on this issue, which the government tries to hide. DILMA ALWAYS INVESTS IN THE BEST AND MOST MODERN DEFENSE SYSTEMS. SHE GENERATES JOBS AND STRENGTHENS OUR INDUSTRIES. WE MUST ALWAYS INVEST AND ALWAYS MODERNISE. WE MUST NEVER STOP. THE GREATEST POWERS HEAVILY INVEST IN DEFENSE, AND BRAZIL MUST NEVER BE LEFT BEHIND. Keeping the Peace, domestically and abroad and the support of the national police in the fight against national and international crime should be the Armed Forces’ priority this year. As a former member of the permanent staff of the Higher War College and Inter-American Defense College, I enthusiastically read the interview with Fleet Admiral Eduardo Leal Ferreira on the performance of our Navy. Congratulations. The projects are excellent, but Sirs, have you already developed a BUDGET, and do you know where the financial RESOURCES needed will come from? The best country in South America very well developed. I like their politics and culture congratulations The world is starving to death, the South Americans dying out of abject poverty, with the money they spend on the Amazonian territory, they could create a protectorate for all the immigrants who suffer violence, hunger and destruction In 2009, the Equipment and Coordination Plan of the Brazilian Navy was drawn up in line with the National Defense Strategy, which expresses short-, medium-, and long-term goals in order to reconfigure the force under the aegis of the trinomial monitoring/control, mobility, and presence. This plan includes all actions required to provide the Navy organizations – a fleet, naval air defense, and Marines; armaments and ammunitions; and staff personnel – necessary to achieve its various assignments. The Plan will allow the Navy, the Army, and the Air Force to consolidate requirements to acquire equipment, increase efficiency, and reduce costs; modernize national defense, establishing clear political priorities for upper management; and tailoring the individual Forces’ strategic projects in order to ensure the integrated operational efficiency with efficient use of public resources. Admiral Leal Ferreira: The UNITAS 2015 will be the 56th edition of this exercise, which had its first edition in 1959. Over the years, UNITAS has proved important in enhancing mutual cooperation capacity, interoperability, and closer friendship ties between the participating countries in addition to knowledge exchanges and procedures that provide increased individual and joint operation capacity for the different navies involved. In turn, the training acquired in the Brazilian Nuclear Submarine building process will represent a victory for national technology, promoting a vigorous technological impulse that will not be restricted exclusively to the Military, such as generating electricity, developing new materials, producing radioisotopes for medicine, and radiating food for conservation. PROSUB is part of the Brazilian State’s broad strategic program, which began in December 2008. Included in the Growth Acceleration Program of 2013, PROSUB includes the construction of a submarine with nuclear propulsion, four conventional submarines; one metal structures manufacturing unit inaugurated on March 1, 2013; and a complex on the shores of the Bay of Sepetiba, in the municipality of Itaguai, Rio de Janeiro. The four conventional submarines are scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2021. Admiral Leal Ferreira: I hope to contribute to making the Navy an increasingly credible naval force provided with means consistent with the position and aspirations of our country in the international arena and in line with the desires of Brazilian society, and also to make it permanently ready to act on behalf of our Blue Amazon, to ensure the interests of Brazil. Local information technology centers were also established at the tactical level under the responsibility of the Naval district commands to support CTIM operational and administrative control in enforcing the information and communications security policies in their jurisdiction. Of course, any surveillance model for the Blue Amazon necessarily involves properly equipping the Navy. The issue becomes even more relevant when we notice the lack of understanding of the Armed Forces’ activities in most discussions, which requires us to develop adequate actions in terms of outreach. Therefore, my position is to open up to dialogue with the media in the best possible way, because despite the inherent adversities, opinion polls still place the Armed Forces in general, and the Navy in particular, as some of the most trustworthy institutions. last_img read more

Floral Park Man Arrested for Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Floral Park man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly killing an 85-year-old pedestrian in a hit-and-run crash in the victim’s hometown of Melville over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Harvinder Hothi was charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting involving a fatality.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives said the 45-year-old suspect was driving his vehicle southbound on Route 110 when he struck Robert Hosking near the corner of West Lyons Street shortly before 9 p.m. Friday.Hosking was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, where he died the follow day.Hothi will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Fostering a credit union’s highest returning asset: Credit cards

first_imgThe opportunity is real. Consumer use of credit cards is a mainstay and will remain one of the top payment methods. Payment cards are a constant in the day-to-day lives of consumers and consequently have strong foundational potential for credit union loyalty programs and incentives. This is especially important given the growing adoption of mobile payments, as consumers have the ability to link their credit cards directly to mobile wallets. However, once the hard work of getting your credit union’s credit card in a member’s hand is done, it is not enough to sit back and wait for good things to happen. Approximately 18 to 24 months into the credit card relationship, attrition typically begins to creep in and members’ usage patterns start to change. For that reason, the most successful card programs typically have designated, dedicated people in charge of their care and feeding on an ongoing basis. Credit unions should employ several tactics to prevent that attrition, keep the performance of the card program high and, in many cases, grow the profitability of the credit program by following a cardholder’s financial journey through life. Here are five key strategies credit unions can implement to keep their members happy and their credit card programs profitable:1. Evaluate Credit Scores – No credit union would issue a card without closely examining a cardholder’s credit score and their ability to pay. That same logic should apply on an ongoing basis, too. Credit unions should review the credit scores in their portfolio at least annually and look for those members that have changed up or down in a significant way. Risk-based pricing is not only a good strategy when issuing a card, it is also a great strategy to keep the credit union card top of wallet. Card products should always be adapting to fit the changing life scenarios of members.2. Review Credit Lines and Utilization – One of the key results of reviewing credit scores is the ability to adjust members’ credit lines. Many studies show that members’ spending begins to drop when they reach 40 to 50 percent of their total line. In many cases, these cardholders have done a great job managing credit and should be rewarded with a larger credit line. This will ultimately result in higher spending, increased balances and increased finance charge income for the credit union.3. Integrate Rewards and Promotions – As a member’s financial journey through life changes, so does his or her desire for rewards and promotions. Early on, most consumers are concerned with low rates and fees, since they anticipate carrying a higher balance. Over time, a member’s desire for rewards programs and promotions becomes a larger driver of usage and loyalty. Looking at credit cards alone, 93 percent of recent payment preferences survey respondents indicate they receive a reward or benefit by making purchases on their credit card, with the survey results indicating that cash back is the leading benefit experienced by consumers. Adjusting these features for cardholders – and promoting them – can have a significant impact on credit card program profitability.  4. Invest in Great Marketing – Marketing card products cannot end when a member chooses his or her card. Members are continually bombarded by offers from other issuers, and marketing to existing cardholders remains one of the most effective tools to staving off attrition. To preemptively combat flashy offers that may seem attractive to members at first, it is imperative to constantly remind cardholders of the features, benefits and value of their credit union credit card program.5. Leverage Third Parties – Consistent, positive growth occurs when credit unions execute on strategies and tactics. In today’s constantly changing payments universe, looking towards third-party relationships like a trusted CUSO can be key. CUSOs have deep resources, experience and access to key industry experts and partners, which can be a credit union’s best tools for higher growth, greater relevance and stronger member relationships.With a deliberate and elevated focus on their card programs and by implementing strategies intended to keep performance high and minimize attrition, credit unions can successfully increase the profitability of their highest returning asset and ultimately realize a significant positive impact on their bottom line. And as one of a credit union’s most important products, payments are critical to delivering personalized member experiences that drive increased engagement and loyalty. PSCU, the nation’s premier payments CUSO, works with its Owner credit unions to provide their members with cards that are top of mind, and top of wallet. For more than 40 years, PSCU has helped credit unions launch, grow and increase the performance of their credit and debit card programs. Over 900 credit unions trust PSCU to process and support their card programs, including 45 percent of credit unions with assets of $1 billion or more. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Glynn Frechette Glynn Frechette leads the entire Advisors Plus Consulting and Marketing Services team and is responsible for directing and deploying the full range of Advisors Plus financial and marketing services to … Web: www.pscu.com Details What is a credit union’s highest returning, yet often least optimized asset? If you guessed the credit card portfolio, you are correct. Consider this:Historically, credit cards easily represent among the highest yielding assets in most credit union loan portfolios, generating upwards of 3.5 to 5.5 percent ROA according to portfolio data from Advisors Plus. This compares extremely favorably to an overall credit union ROA average of 0.8 percent.Findings of a recently released payment preferences study underscore that credit cards are the preferred way for credit union members to pay and are the most commonly used method of payment across the majority of retail locations.last_img read more

WHO clarifies COVID-19 ‘very rare’ transmission remarks

first_imgVan Kerkhove later posted on Twitter a WHO summary on transmission.”Comprehensive studies on transmission from asymptomatic individuals are difficult to conduct, but the available evidence from contact tracing reported by member states suggests that asymptomatically-infected individuals are much less likely to transmit the virus than those who develop symptoms,” it said.During a discussion rebroadcast Tuesday on the WHO’s Twitter account, Van Kerkhove said she wanted to clarify a misunderstanding.”I was referring to very few studies, some two or three”, and answering a question.”I was not stating a policy of WHO,” she said.”I used the phrase ‘very rare’, and I think that is a misunderstanding to state that asymptomatic transmission globally is very rare. What I was referring to was the subset of studies,” she added. A top WHO official on Tuesday clarified her remarks that transmission of the new coronavirus from asymptomatic carriers was “very rare”, citing a “misunderstanding”.Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 technical lead, had said that on the basis of studies carried out in several countries, transmission of the virus by an asymptomatic person seemed “very rare”.”We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing. They’re following asymptomatic cases, they’re following contacts and they’re not finding secondary transmission onward. It’s very rare,” she told a virtual press conference on Monday. Her remarks, which were widely relayed on social media networks, sparked a reaction from part of the scientific community.”Contrary to what the WHO announced, it is not scientifically possible to affirm that asymptomatic carriers of SARS-CoV-2 are not very infectious,” professor Gilbert Deray of the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris said on Twitter.Liam Smeeth, a clinical epidemiology professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said he was “quite surprised”.”There remains scientific uncertainty, but asymptomatic infection could be around 30 percent to 50 percent of cases. The best scientific studies to date suggest that up to half of cases became infected from asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people,” he said.center_img Topics :last_img read more