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King Crimson & Asia Bassist John Wetton Has Passed Away

first_imgRock & Roll takes another legend with the passing of John Wetton, who lost his battle with colon cancer at the age of 67 this morning. The singer/songwriter/bassist rose to fame with King Crimson from 1972-1974, then went on to form the band UK. He went on to form the supergroup ASIA, making commercial success with the 1982 hit “Heat of the Moment”. Also performing with Mogul Thrash, Family, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, and several other prog-rock acts, John Wetton’s impact on music will not be forgotten.A statement from his website details:Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 31st January 2017, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer.John rose to fame with King Crimson in the early 70s during the iconic Red era and later formed the band UK. In the early 1980s he was a founder member of supergroup ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band’s 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans and mainstream radio the mega-hit Heat of the Moment.John also enjoyed a successful solo career, including the seminal album Battle Lines, and formed iCon with ASIA bandmate Geoff Downes. In 2006 the original line-up of ASIA reformed and toured the world several times to promote four new studio albums.John had been planning to tour with ASIA for the band’s forthcoming US arena tour with Journey and following the success of his solo Studio Recordings Anthology, to continue working on the ongoing re-issue programme of his solo albums, via his own Primary Purpose label.John valued his over 11 years of sobriety and volunteered time in fellowship with other alcoholics to share his experience, strength and hope with them. John is survived by his recently wed wife Lisa and 18 year old son Dylan, brother Robert and mother Peggy.The very last studio song of John Wetton’s career was the closing track on the most recent and indeed final ASIA album “Gravitas” and included the profound lyrics “Think the best of me, till we meet again.”Asia-bandmate Carl Palmer, of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, also wrote:In honor of John Wetton, rock out to this music video of “Heat of the Moment”:[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Loyal members, stronger movement: 4 ways credit unions make International Credit Union Day® count

first_img 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeremiah Tucker Jeremiah Tucker is a Consumer Engagement Program Lead at the Credit Union National Association. He specializes in creating financial education content and member engagement. Web: www.cuna.org Details Any International Credit Union Day celebration—big or small, elaborate or modest— can boost both the movement and the credit union. Credit unions worldwide have participated in ICU Day since 1948, setting aside one day a year to band together and highlight their shared principles and philosophy. It’s a simple way to support the movement and celebrate what makes it powerful. But participating credit unions have also learned there are other benefits to celebrating, such as: Increasing member loyalty, connecting with their communities and improving staff morale.    Whether they’re using ICU Day for member appreciation or community outreach, celebrating ICU Day gives credit unions a reason to talk to people about why they’re awesome in a way that’s fun and genuine. Regardless of how a credit union chooses to celebrate on October 19, here are four ways credit unions make ICU Day count. 1. Ensure the celebration’s fun—for staff and membersAt Atlanta Postal Credit Union, ICU Day decorations play a big part in creating a festive atmosphere. But Jeremy Carleton, member communications specialist at the $2 billion-asset credit union, said the posters and balloons featuring the official 2017 ICU Day theme “Dreams Thrive Here” are also strategic. “Once a member notices a decoration and asks about ICU Day, we have a wonderful opportunity to educate them on why they are members, as well as services we can provide to them and their family who may not yet be members,” Carleton said. Decorating, handing out giveaways to members and reminding staff that they belong to a movement for social good by involving them in the celebration all pay dividends. Portland Local 8 Federal Credit Union will outfit staff in ICU Day t-shirts, hand out aluminum water bottles to members and serve a lunch. “Our main goal is to engage our membership and get them talking about the credit union with their families and friends, as well as taking the time to acknowledge (them) and thank them for their continued support,” said Jaime Garver, CEO at the $35 million-asset credit union in Portland, Oregon.2.Get out in the communityAndrea Finn, digital marketing manager at Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire, Wis., said her team treats ICU Day like a birthday party—a reason to celebrate and have fun. Last year Finn and her team at the $2 billion-asset credit union had 1,000 face-to-face interactions with members and potential new members on ICU Day.They performed a number of cash mobs and pay-it-forward chains, handing out giveaways and leave behinds that made an indelible impression. “Many people were surprised we even had a free checking account they could open,” Finn said. “What was really neat was watching them light up as the conversation continued.” She actually heard people say, “Wow, that sounds like a better way of banking.”3. Use social media to turn ICU Day into a month-long celebration“Dreams Thrive Here”—overwhelmingly the top choice in two online polls voted on by hundreds of credit union people—is a message that CUNA consumer research found consumers need to hear.“Credit unions are pretty good at showing how we’re the socially responsible choice, but we also need to remind people that credit unions are the best place to bank if you want to achieve your biggest goals,” Tucker said.By promoting your ICU Day celebration in the weeks leading up to your event, you ensure this message connects with your audience. CUNA provides a free ICU Day social media toolkit featuring playful art that expands on and supports the theme.  4. Tailor the event to your credit union While ICU Day is a movement-wide celebration, how you celebrate can reflect what matters to your credit union. But many savvy credit unions use that message to reflect back on their particular credit union. “We are celebrating 75 years of helping our member’s dreams thrive,” said Linda Meza, AVP for Business Development and Marketing at $120 million Cooperative Center FCU. Meza said she loved the theme, and that her credit union—from helping members avoid predatory loans to helping them qualify for their first home—is a place where dreams do thrive. She purchased the 2017 ICU Day Design Bundle to gain the extended licensing, access to vector logos and other ICU Day designs to create custom materials that fit the credit union’s celebration. “We’ve already started by personalizing our cornhole set,” Meza said. “We plan on using the bundle on our social media channels, our lobby displays and banners to help create a fun, festive atmosphere.” last_img read more

Mourinho signs contract extension at Manchester United

first_imgUnited are a distant second in the Premier League to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this season but are still in the FA Cup and the Champions League.“I am really honoured and proud to be Manchester United manager,” Mourinho, 54, said in a club statement. “I would like to say a big thank you to the owners and to (executive vice-chairman) Mr (Ed) Woodward for the recognition of my hard work and dedication. I am delighted they feel and trust that I am the right manager for this great club for the foreseeable future.“We have set very high standards — winning three trophies in one season (including the Community Shield) — but those are the standards I expect my teams to aim for. We are creating the conditions for a brilliant and successful future for Manchester United.” Mourinho, who was appointed in May 2016 on a three-year deal, replaced Louis van Gaal with a brief to return the club to the pinnacle of the English game.The 20-time league champions have not won the Premier League title since Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge in 2012-13. – Workrate –Woodward said the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss, whose new deal includes an option for a further year, had already achieved a great deal in his time at Old Trafford.Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho kisses the trophy after the UEFA Europa League final in 2017 © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSEN“His workrate and professionalism are exceptional and he has embraced the club’s desire to promote top quality young players to the first team,” said Woodward.“He has brought an energy and a sense of purpose to everything that he does and I am sure that will continue to bring results for the fans and the club.”Earlier this month Mourinho dismissed reports he may walk out on United this coming close season as “garbage”.Mourinho had looked an unhappy figure as United’s title bid faltered and they suffered a shock League Cup exit at Championship side Bristol City.There had been suggestions that Mourinho was disappointed at the relative lack of spending power at his disposal, claims which he also denied.And Mourinho was upset at suggestions that his decision to live in a hotel, rather than finding a home in Manchester, was a sign of a lack of professionalism or commitment to the job.Earlier this week United signed Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to add to their well-stocked forward line featuring the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.Sanchez, who had previously been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, is in the squad to play Yeovil Town in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho, pictured in December 2017, became the first Manchester United manager in history to win a major trophy in his first season when he secured the League Cup © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Jan 25 – Jose Mourinho has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Manchester United until at least 2020, the club said Thursday, ending rumours he is unhappy at Old Trafford.Mourinho became the first United manager in history to win a major trophy in his first season when he secured the League Cup last year, and he also led the club to victory in the Europa League, the only competition they had never won.last_img read more