Will Ferrell & Kristen Wiig Are Developing a New Movie Musical

first_imgWill Ferrell & Kristen Wiig(Photos: Matt Winkelmeyer & Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) View Comments Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig are joining the crusade to bring musicals to the big screen. The comedy duo are on board to develop a new movie musical based on the book Everything Is Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals. The film will feature a score by Broadway favorites Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and a script from Dear Evan Hansen book writer Steven Levenson.The book by Steve Young and Sport Murphy charts the history of American companies employing Broadway names—from actors to composers—to present lavish productions geared toward employees. From the 1950s to the 1980s, these shows would serve to educate and motivate industrial workers of companies such as American Standard, G.E., Exxon and Coca-Cola.Marc Platt is set to produce, following his work this year on the movie musical La La Land and Fox’s Grease: Live. While contracts are still being negotiated, the project is slated to go through Amblin Entertainment (who bought the pitch) and Universal Pictures.This isn’t the only screen project Shaiman and Wittman have lined up—the Hairspray and Smash/Bombshell collaborators have also penned songs for Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.last_img read more

Review: The Walking Dead ‘First Time Again’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The 90-minute premiere Sunday night of The Walking Dead began its sixth season where the fifth ended in March: with a bang—a gunshot, to be precise.Abusive husband, alcoholic, and danger-to-us-all Pete Anderson (Corey Brill) lay in a pool of his own blood beneath the smoking barrel of Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) iconic revolver. The moment merged two very different perspectives: the residents of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, blissfully ignorant of the apocalyptic horrors beyond their walled community, and callous Rick’s bloody taste of reality. Later, standing feet away from a herd of blatant CGI zombies, the practical ones complete with severed limbs and exposed ribcages, the main character justified his newly formed Rickstatorship:“I know this sounds insane, but this is an insane world,” Rick said. “We have to come for them or they come for us. It’s that simple.”Depending on one’s appreciation for the character, Rick’s psychological state has either become more engaging or repetitive. Longtime fans witnessed a similar side of Rick back in season three’s prison setting and even toward the end of last season. Veteran characters should recognize Rick’s behavior, but no one attempted to stop him. It seemed like more than a coincidence that the old crew fell to the back burner while Rick’s reckless demeanor was gently prodded by the ignorance of randomly added character Carter (Ethan Embry) and returning fan-favorite Morgan Jones (Lennie James).The Walking Dead trailers have always intentionally misled viewers. Season six’s trailer implied some heavy confrontation between Rick and Morgan. If true, anxious fans will have to keep waiting for Morgan to deliver a blow, as the staff-wielding badass spent the entirety of the first episode delicately reminding Rick of the humanity they once shared.“You’re still the same man I met back in [season one],” Morgan said to Rick. “The one who came back and told me it wasn’t over. That was you. The same you that’s right in front of me right now.”He was awesome with that staff, though.Carter also provided a voice of reason for the residents of Alexandria, but it was short-lived, literally. Rick called it first.“Somebody like that,” he said, “they’re going to die no matter what.”Submitting to the Ricktatorship does not cost Carter an arm and a leg, but instead a chunk of cheek and ultimately his life. Carter failed to survive less than two hours on TWD, but the shocker was who killed him.Carter’s killer (spoiled in the AMC video below) plunged a dagger into the wounded man’s neck to avoid detection from nearby zombies. The killer’s morality was already in question, but dispatching Carter without hesitation showed the extremes the cold-blooded character was willing to take, leaving audiences to wonder what else this character will be capable of in the upcoming episodes.Overall, TWD showed more of the same. Rick and the group find a new home, some new people interfere and conflict, and a herd of zombies eventually run everyone out of town. Much like the fanbase, the herd of zombies mindlessly lumbers to the next plot point, which is a convergence of zombies and survivors at the gates of Alexandria, where the survivor’s eventual eviction will occur.Though it was more of the same, season six of TWD further explored the darkest bowels of the human psyche. The first episode balanced blood, guts, zombies, and human indecency, but it’s the investment in these apocalypse-stricken characters and their fates audiences care about. Though it’s unlikely the show’s popularity will decline anytime soon, entering season six with no endgame in sight may have been the beginning of Walking Dead biting off more than they can chew.last_img read more

Ask this one simple question for world-class call center service

first_imgThe best and most accurate question that your credit union can ask to receive honest feedback about the quality of your call center’s service is also one of the simplest: “If you owned a customer service company, would you hire the last agent you spoke with?” This single question is the only one that a major US airline uses to survey its callers. They’ve found that it’s clear, direct and cuts through the clutter like a hot knife through butter. Implementing such a quick, straightforward after-call survey process is the best way for your credit union to know if your call center agents are delivering the finest possible member service.You Can’t Manage What You Can’t MeasureSadly though, the survey process at most credit union call centers I review is the opposite of simple and straightforward. The scenarios I see vary all over the map but they share two common themes: They’re inefficient for management and frustrating to members. For example, I see branch surveys retrofitted for use in the call center or member satisfaction surveys that get sent out to random members through e-mail or even snail mail. Often I find no survey process at all.What few credit unions seem to realize is that unless they solicit feedback immediately post call, the feedback they do receive will be minimal, outdated and ultimately useless. Effective corrective action cannot possibly be taken on months-old data that doesn’t accurately narrow down service glitches or identify those agents who are performing poorly. Mission: Impossible to Figure OutMore importantly, imprecise, delayed feedback jeopardizes the most critical call center mission—member service delivery—by leaving agent performance up for interpretation and dispute. Inevitably though, a subjective “feeling” will emerge about whether a call center is or is not doing a good job.Based on these vague feelings, your management will then be forced to spin its wheels chasing issues that may not exist—or even worse—overlooking gaps in service that truly are happening. With an average agent handling 1,400+ calls per month, that uncertainty can translate to a lot of downside for a credit union’s brand if agents are handling calls poorly.Ambiguity Is the Enemy of EmpowermentThat’s why I strongly advocate for 100% objectivity when evaluating agent performance. Armed with the robust system metrics available today, there is no reason why management cannot review agents based solely on objective outcomes. Supplementing that evaluation process with a consistent and collaborative quality assurance program that includes qualitative after-call survey scores and mystery shopping will further drive high performance in your call center.But remember that qualitative is not the same thing as subjective! In fact, whenever subjective measures are allowed to creep into your agent evaluation process, it won’t be long before negative but predictable consequences will follow:There’s no quicker route to agent disengagement than some agents feeling that they aren’t being treated equally. When that perception is left to fester, it quickly affects the whole call center. Unlike the movie Fight Club, everyone talks about everything in a call center. A cautionary quote I will always remember came from a senior manager who had taken over such a center – “I never knew 12 people could create so much chaos.” Setting clear, unambiguous expectations for each agent and sticking to them, day in – day out is also vital. When I encounter troubled call centers, many of the issues lead back to mixed messages being sent to agents by disengaged or distracted management and/or a breakdown in communications from senior management down through the command chain. One of the most common complaints from agents centers on the failure to uniformly enforce schedule adherence and usually gets expressed as some form of “Why does so & so get to take breaks whenever and come in late and I don’t?” Sound familiar?Employees Who Know Where They Stand Will DeliverAll employees want to understand what is expected of them. They want to do a good job but they need to know what it will take to succeed. The responsibility to clearly communicate to each employee what is expected of them rests squarely with your credit union’s call center manager. Even more important is spelling out the WHY behind those expectations. In the example below, which approach do you think would work better?“It’s your job to be on the phone.”“It’s critical that you follow your schedule because the impact of your not being on the phone could double the amount of time our members wait on hold.” Providing the “why” helps build a solid team that pulls together when the queues fill up.The Simple Answer to World-Class Member ServiceViewing your call center’s service through the eyes of your members and objectively measuring that service with an after-call survey program will help your credit union take its service performance to the next level. And there’s no question that delivering world-class service to your members every time—all the time —will always be the right answer. 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Frank A. Kovach Frank A. Kovach is Director of Contact Center & Operations Consulting for Advisors Plus, where his group works with credit unions to identify cost savings and improve operational efficiencies through … Web: www.advisorsplus.com Detailslast_img read more

EIOPA stands by new regime for personal pensions in final advice

first_imgA pan-European personal pension (PEPP) product should be seen not only as an opportunity to build large-scale cross-border pension providers but also as a means of developing a robust consumer protection framework, according to final advice to the European Commission.The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) stood by its previous recommendation that the Commission should develop a 2nd regime, complementing existing private pension products (PPPs).It said its development could help boost long-term investment and retirement income across the Continent.The emphasis on consumer protection came as EIOPA noted the lack of trust potential savers expressed when asked about existing PPP providers, while consumers also often regarded PPPs as being too expensive. “This strongly indicates that trust in PPPs and their providers needs to be restored to boost savings in PPPs,” the European supervisor said in its submission to the Commission.It added: “This goes hand in hand with aiming at affordable, cost-effective and transparent products, so consumers can make well-informed decisions about their retirement planning.”EIOPA’s paper added that personal pensions would only be able to deliver adequate retirement income if they were regarded as “safe […] cost-effective and transparent”, as well as able to cater to what the supervisor termed unconventional career paths.It continued: “A truly well-functioning Single Market for Personal Pensions would provide a means of unlocking positive externalities that have yet to be fully utilised at EU level – especially in the current challenging low-interest-rate environment – by easing the access to both new and additional cross-border investment opportunities, accessible at lower cost.”If successful, EIOPA added, PEPPs could contribute to a “flourishing” Capital Markets Union and encourage a greater focus on the long term over short-term investment, while benefiting the Continent’s economy.The idea of the PEPP has received support from a number of industry sources, including the European Fund and Asset Management Association, although the Dutch government pushed back at a time when a standardised approach, rather than a 2nd regime, was still under discussion.last_img read more

Can President Donald Trump refuse latest offer from Jose Canseco?

first_imgAs evidenced by his latest outlandish offer to President Donald Trump, it’s clear that former Oakland A’s star Jose Canseco still likes swinging for the fences.With his tweet to the president Wednesday, Canseco is bidding not only to help run the White House, the notorious steroid user is also offering to pump up Mr. Trump.Hey little buddy @realDonaldTrump u need a bash brother for Chief if Staff. Got a secret reorg plan already. Also worried about you looking more like a Twinkie everyday. I …last_img read more

Cool, wet spring may increase risk of needle nematodes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A cool, wet spring may put corn planted in sandy soils at greater risk of attack by the destructive needle nematode, Purdue Extension nematologist Jamal Faghihi said.Nematodes are microscopic, cylindrical worms that live in a variety of habitats, sometimes living parasitically in or around plant and animal hosts. The needle nematode feeds around the roots of corn and other grasses, requires moisture and prefers loose, sandy soil, Faghihi said.“The needle nematode must have certain conditions to show up. If spring is cool and wet, the likelihood of its showing up is very high,” he said. “In the northern and western parts of the state, the nematodes are a very prominent problem and can cause a lot of damage.”Symptoms of needle nematode infestation in corn include short, brown roots with clubbed ends and stunted yellow plants. While the symptoms may initially resemble those of herbicide injury or moisture damage, symptoms from these causes will be more widespread across the field, while nematode damage will appear in random patches.Nematodes are nearly impossible to see without a microscope, so the only way to receive a definitive diagnosis is to send a sample to the Purdue Nematology Laboratory or other nematology labs for testing, Faghihi said. The sample should include the entire root ball of the plant and should be kept cool and moist.“It’s important to send the entire root system and the adjacent soil, rather than only a soil sample, because we can only detect nematodes in a soil sample if the number around that plant is very high,” he said. “But as few as 10 nematodes can cause damage, so we want to make sure we aren’t missing even a small number.”Needle nematodes are temperature-sensitive and either die or burrow deeper in the soil once the soil temperatures reach 85 degrees, typically toward the beginning or middle of July. For this reason, samples should be taken before the soil temperature gets too high — about four to six weeks after germination, Faghihi said.Treatments for needle nematodes include topical pesticides that target early-season pests. Seed treatments may or may not be effective, Faghihi said. But there is no way to prevent infestation. If nematodes have appeared in a field in the past, they likely will reappear when conditions are cool and wet.Needle nematodes do not spread across fields on their own but by cross-contamination, such as when soil is moved from an infested field to a non-infested field. Crops typically grown in cool, moist locations, such as mint, have a greater chance of containing needle nematodes that could be spread to corn.After the nematodes are gone, the root system of affected plants will branch out and the plant will return to normal, although with a reduced yield, Faghihi said. Additional stressors, such as subsequent dry weather, however, may add to the damage.Needle nematodes are not the only nematode species that can cause significant crop damage. Lance and lesion nematodes are potential problems during the growing season and can attack soybeans as well as corn. Like needle nematodes, a history of lance or lesion nematodes is a strong indicator that the worms could reappear. Additionally, growers may encounter the root knot nematode, which can affect all crops, including corn, soybeans and melons.last_img read more

‘I will chop your head off’: Manohar Lal Khattar loses cool during rally

first_imgHaryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar lost his cool when supporters tried to place a crown on his head even as he held an axe during a rally. “I will chop your head off,” an irritated Mr. Khattar is heard saying in a video clip, which has also come to the notice of the Opposition Congress. The video was tweeted by senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Wednesday. Mr. Khattar, replying to a question about the video, said the party had ended such culture after coming to power. “If someone, especially my party worker, tries to place a silver crown on my head, I will get angry and will not tolerate it. We have ended this culture after coming to power,” he said. In the clip, the Chief Minister, standing atop an open mini-truck, was seen getting annoyed after an unidentified supporter tried placing the crown on his head during his recent ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’. Holding the axe in his hand, which was given to him by someone from the public, he told the worker, “Gardan kaat doonga teri” (I will chop your head off). Mr. Surjewala took a swipe at Mr. Khattar, asking why he was getting angry. “Anger and arrogance is bad for health. He is telling his own supporter, ‘gardan kaat doonga teri’ What will you do with the public then,” he asked in the tweet.last_img read more

Belangel stars as Ateneo completes UAAP juniors sweep

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises He finished with 31 points, seven rebounds, and three steals to carry Ateneo to an outright Finals berth.Dave Ildefonso chipped in 16 markers and six boards, while Kai Sotto posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds on top of three blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMiguel Oczon led NU with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Rhayyan Amsali added 13 points and nine boards in the defeat.The Bullpups remain in second place with an 11-3 record as they will have a twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder semifinals. Meanwhile, University of Santo Tomas stayed in the semifinals hunt after taking down defending champion and third-running Far Eastern University-Diliman, 64-62, while Adamson beat La Salle-Zobel, 75-51.Finishing the elimination round with similar 7-7 slates, UST and Adamson will dispute the last Final Four spot.MVP frontrunner CJ Cansino didn’t want his final year to end in a whimper, collecting 26 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.University of the East also stunned UP Integrated School, 94-85 to cap off its campaign with a victory.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Earthquake, wind and fire: extreme conditions hit Olympics SJ Belangel. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSJ Belangel took charge when it mattered the most to lift Ateneo over Nazareth School of National University, 78-68, for a perfect 14-0 sweep in the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball tournament Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym.The 19-year-old point guard fired 12 points in the last three minutes as the Blue Eagles held off a late fightback by the Bullpups.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

As Finals set to begin, Tigresses stars Rondina, Laure receive top honors

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘Cojuangco snaking back to rule POC’ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Never underestimate the heart of a Tigress—no matter how small she may seem.ADVERTISEMENT Sisi Rondina stood tallest among the stars of UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball as she will bring in some sort of momentum going into Saturday’s Game 1 of the best-of-three Finals against Ateneo.Rondina is set to receive the MVP trophy of the women’s division after a stellar season that saw her dominate in offense with her power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Height doesn’t really matter in volleyball,” said the 5-foot-6 Rondina, who is the shortest among the last six players to win the MVP award. “What you need is a big heart, and … your effort in working to raise your team.”“This is for those I’ve inspired, that even though we’re small, it shows that we can,” said Rondina, who finished with the highest scoring total this season with 259 points. “If you put your heart in every game, if you put your 101 percent to play for your team, then there won’t be any problems.” Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img Rondina will be a marked woman in Game 1 of the Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and her power will be tested at the net by Ateneo’s lengthy core of Bea de Leon, Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino.Rondina’s chief rival for the MVP trophy was teammate Eya Laure, who will be named Rookie of the Year.“I’m happy because Ate Sisi deserved the MVP and you can really see it in her game,” said Laure, who was the league’s second best scorer with 230 points.Besides, Laure has her eyes fixed on a shinier hardware.“We really [are looking at] the bigger picture because we want the championship more than anything else,” Laure said.ADVERTISEMENT Inmate exposes corruption at the NBP during Senate probe PLAY LIST 02:54Inmate exposes corruption at the NBP during Senate probe02:16Opposition sets final push of its Senate bets on May 803:53Rise of alternative leaders in 2019 polls offers hope for Philippines02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting To get that, the Tigresses need to hurdle Ateneo, the No. 1 squad all season. The heavily favored Lady Eagles have a deeper, more experienced roster that will try to negate the Tigresses’ spunk and hunger for validation.Deanna Wong and Ponggay Gaston will power the Lady Eagles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Keppel to Build LNG Bunkering Vessel for FueLNG

first_imgzoomTo be built by Keppel O&M, South East Asia’s first LNG bunkering vessel will provide LNG to global customers who pass through the Port of Singapore Keppel Offshore & Marine has secured a contract from FueLNG to build South East Asia’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel.The unit, valued at around SGD 50 million (USD 37.4 million), is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2020.To feature a capacity of 7,500 cubic metres, the dual-fuel bunkering ship will be built to the MTD 7500U LNG design, for greener and safer bunkering activities within the Singapore port.The vessel’s key features include high manoeuvrability which enables bunkering without tug assistance, as well as propulsion and power management systems that optimise fuel consumption.FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel O&M and Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte), will receive a grant of up to SGD 3 million for the new unit as part of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) LNG Bunkering Pilot Programme (LBPP).The second company to receive the same grant for the construction of an LNG bunkering vessel is Pavilion Gas.The grants were earlier unveiled by MPA Singapore and are a part of Singapore’s efforts to help promote ship-to-ship LNG bunkering.last_img read more