UK oven manufacturer, Double D Food Engineering (a division of JBT FoodTech), has developed The Revoband Panini Bar Marker for the retail and foodservice sectors, designed for bulk quantities of panini bread in any required configuration.It can produce bar marks straight across the breads or at an angle and works with continuous ovens, regardless of how the bread is delivered from the oven.
[H/T TMZ] Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars was one of the biggest pop songs of 2014, with the number going platinum eleven times and having been streamed literally billions of times. In 2015, The Gap Band was eventually awarded songwriting credit on “Uptown Funk” after they called out the similarities between the song and their own 1979 hit, “Oops Upside Your Head.” Now, another band is entering the fray, with the American funk band Zapp suing Mark Ronson, other producers on the track (besides Bruno Mars, who was left off the suit), Apple, and Spotify.The lawsuit has been filed by Lastrada Entertainment, a licensing company and owner of the rights to Zapp’s music. In the lawsuit against Ronson and company, Lastrada Entertainment alleges that Mark Ronson’s megahit sounds eerily similar to Zapp’s 1980 hit “More Bounce To The Ounce,” specifically calling out the first 48 seconds of “Uptown Funk” for plagiarism. You can take a listen to Zapp’s “More Bounce To The Ounce” and to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars below. One thing that’s for sure is that this lawsuit is sure to be costly for both parties, with such suits frequently costing into the millions and spanning years and multiple appeals.Zapp & Roger, “More Bounce To The Ounce” Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars
Kurt Cobain would have turned 51 years old today. The Nirvana frontman’s legacy remains unparalleled, though he died at the young age of 27. Check out footage from some of Nirvana’s most iconic concerts, behind-the-scenes looks at the band goofing off and more.“Come As You Are,” MTV Unplugged in NYC, 1993“Rape Me” & “Lithium,” MTV Video Music Awards 1992“Drain You,” Live at Reading 1992A very stoned early Nirvana interview.Motorcycle interview, probably also very stoned.“Where Did You Sleep Last Night,” MTV Unplugged in NYC, 1993The time Kurt asked Axl Rose to be his daughter’s godfather.Nirvana giving zero fucks at this MTV interview.“Polly,” MTV Unplugged in NYC, 1993.“Rape Me,” Live in Paris, 1994.
[Video: sgibson818]Given that The Meters’ original keyboardist Art Neville rarely plays these days, for this special LOCKN’ performance on August 25th, Foundation Of Funk is keeping it all in the family. To help celebrate The Meters’ 50th anniversary, the band has also invited Art’s brother, Cyril Neville; son, Ian Neville; and nephew, Ivan Neville, along with Ian and Ivan’s Dumpstaphunk bandmate, Tony Hall.As George Porter Jr. told us about the upcoming Meters celebration at LOCKN’, “We were definitely thinkin’ that this is a good idea. I mean this is 50 years, and there’s no one doin’ it. None of us are doin’ it. In other words, the band itself can’t pull that off, so, you know, why not Foundation of Funk?”Adds Zigaboo,We have some other individuals from New Orleans that’ll be doing the show with us. Some of them are in the Neville family, and some of them are just younger artists that followed The Meters’ music very very closely. I’m not feeling anything but excellence coming from these people because they have really studied my craft and studied it to a degree that we could actually do this. They all get the whole chemistry of how it actually works and how to make it funky, like it should be. I think it’s gonna be fantastic, it’s gonna be challenging. It’s all about performing the music the way it actually should be performed. So these people—Ivan, Ian, Tony Hall, and Cyril—they’re gonna support us with our endeavor at LOCKN’, and we look forward to doing it with that group. It seems like an obvious choice at this point. The Meters’ LegacyWith The Meters’ 50th anniversary celebration on the horizon, it’s clear that the band certainly deserves the recognition. The New Orleans band pioneered funk music as we know it today and is increasingly being recognized for its vast contributions to music. This year, in addition to getting nominated (and snubbed) for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame for the fourth time, the Recording Academy recognized the band with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.As Zigaboo Modeliste explained to us about receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, “I think it’s a thrill. When I look at the past recipients of the award, that makes me know even more that The Meters really hit a stride, and that will never go away. It seems like a lot of people recognize our talent level and what we brought to the table as we turned out original music—and good music.”The Meters – 1974[Video: FunkensteinJr]Over the years, the band’s wealth of good material has proven to be enduring. Outside their celebrated classics like “Sophisticated Cissy”, “Cissy Strut”, “People Say”, and “Africa”, the group has influenced countless artists from a huge range of genres. In fact, The Meters’ locked-in rhythms have frequently found their way into hip-hop and pop music, making them one of the most sampled groups in history—as George Porter noted, “there were 120 some odd samples done” over the years.Zigaboo offered his thoughts on The Meters’ enduring presence in hip-hop:It’s still too early for me to tell exactly how The Meters’ music will continue to fit into hip-hop, but I think the Meters music is here to stay. I didn’t even understand how it got into rap, you know? But it went there, and it went there huge. Rappers sampled our songs because of the emptiness. Even though these songs had structure, they had a lot of open spaces where people could talk over it—so it worked really well in that aspect. Hip-hop kind of disappeared for a minute, it lost its pizzazz, and now it’s coming back with a new resurgence in New Orleans and stuff. But music is music, and people copy off of music that they hear that they like, so it all depends on how the music fits into their universe. I have no doubt that the foundation that we laid is going to regenerate again. And there’s gonna be some other kind of music after hip-hop. I don’t know what that’s gonna be, but it’s gonna go there, too.While The Meters’ crossover into hip-hop might have been unexpected at first, it highlights the iconic band’s ongoing appeal to funk-loving fans and artists for nearly half-century. However, The Meters never set out to become the pioneering force that they’re known as today. Originally a studio band, the group is what Zigaboo describes “musicians’ musicians.” He explained,I think the message is really clear, it may not have been transmitted as much as it could have been. But I think every time the Meters showed up at an appearance, it was music from the heart and it was music well thought out. And we always were self-contained. We started up as an instrumental group, and we tried to keep morphing into different aspects of the music. And we respect the fact that funk music lovers need to be fed.You have to really be a music lover and you have to appreciate what this type of music at this particular time period presented to the listeners. And I think that’s what really keeps people captivated. It’s a host of things. It’s the performance—personnel, okay I’ll buy that—but it’s the performance. And a good song is really a good song. And we just have had a host of really good material that we recorded.The Meters & The Jam SceneAs the years have gone on, The Meters have cultivated a massive following within another genre outside funk: the jam scene. George Porter Jr. is a staple on jam-oriented events like Jam Cruise and has appeared multiple times with artists like Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh & Friends, Lettuce, Bob Weir & The Campfire Band, and many others. Though Porter was a member of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann‘s side project, 7 Walkers, earlier in the decade, Porter truly solidified his adoration from Deadheads through his work with Voodoo Dead, a NOLA-flavored Dead tribute project formed for Jazz Fest in 2015 with all-star lineups that have featured the likes of Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, Jackie Greene, Anders Osborne, Oteil Burbridge, and others.In February, George Porter Jr. joined forces with another band the 2018 LOCKN’ bill—Dead & Company—much to the delight of fans. Dead & Company was in New Orleans for a make-up show, and Porter joined the ensemble for takes on “Smokestack Lightning”, “Bertha’, and “Sugaree”—a truly exciting moment given how infrequently the band welcomes special guests. Much like how Foundation of Funk honors The Meters, Dead & Company pairs original Grateful Dead members (Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann) with duly reverent fresh faces (John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti) to celebrate the songbook of an influential band. However, aside from a handful of sit-ins, Dead & Co’s lineup has remained constant since their inception in 2015.George Porter Jr. explained to us how the Dead & Co sit-in came about:Every member of the band, except for the guitarist, John [Mayer], I had played with, I knew, and was friends with. The first time they were going to come to New Orleans, Bill [Kreutzmann] had reached out to me about comin’ and sittin’ in, but then, that show was canceled. After the second one was confirmed, it was Mickey [Hart] that called and asked me if I wanted to come and sit in. Shortly after I heard from Micky, I heard from Bobby [Weir]’s front office, sayin’, “Bobby wanted to know if you could come out and jam with them?” There are friends of mine that were serious Deadhead people, and they were like, “Brah, that never happens,” you know? They don’t have people come sit in and stuff like that. So it was a great honor to be one of those people that they invited to come play. …I mean, it wasn’t like we sat down and thought out how these songs were going to be approached. We did have a rehearsal sound check, and after the rehearsal sound check, we did pretty much have an idea of how it was going to start and how it was going to end, but everything that happened in the middle was a spontaneous combustion.Dead & Company w/ George Porter Jr. – “Smokestack Lightning”, “Bertha”, “Sugaree” – New Orleans, LA – 2/24/2018[Video: rdeal1999]While George Porter Jr. is wildly recognized within the jam scene because of his frequent sit-ins, that is not to say that Zigaboo Modeliste has no roots in the genre. In fact, Modeliste first founded Foundation of Funk years ago as a way to perform with a variety of jam artists, inviting his brother in rhythm, George, to help him lead the project. Both Zigaboo and George acknowledge that jam bands tend to gravitate toward The Meters’ music. However, they both seem hesitant toward the modern “jam band” classification in general. Explains George on The Meters’ link to the jam band world,Well, it kinda leads back to the original Meters. Back in the late ’60s and early ’70s almost, out of those first three records that came out, the longest song on those records is probably three minutes at the most. We were playing pretty much four-hour gigs, so we played a song and then we’d just jam and stretch out. So we were jamming, and as far as The Meters are concerned, in ’68, ’69, ’70, we were a jam band or whatever you call a jam band today—that’s what we were. Improvisational players that played off of each other really well. It’s kind of something that I’ve been doing almost all my life. It’s a natural fit, I guess that would be the best way to say that.When asked about jam bands, Zigaboo Modeliste added,I don’t consider musicians based on the “jam band” concept. We all come from different bands, and we all have played in hundreds of bands over our careers. That’s just part of the process of getting to where you want to get to. To try different bands out. Some of us are lucky enough to be in a band for 25 years. Some of us are lucky enough to be in bands for 25 minutes. It just varies.You’re constantly trying to learn more about your acts, you know? But again, the musicians with the jam band thing, that’s just a name they gave. There’s hardly any more original bands. The only original bands I see are bands that are up-and-coming. The life expectancy of jam bands is not that long. It’s not what they set it up to be. It’s just something, like, “Oh, let me mix and match.” I’m sure that’s interesting to a certain degree. But is it music? Is everybody on the same page with it? Experimenting with that is good.Foundation Of FunkWhile it’s clear that The Meters have made an undeniable impact on music as we know it today, George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste are looking to the future with Foundation of Funk. The band extends The Meters’ legacy into the present, with the two rhythm legends curating varying lineups of musicians who will continue to play songs from The Meters’ songbook for decades to come. However, given The Meters’ extensive repertoire, the project remains fresh, with the rotating lineup only adding to Foundation of Funk’s exploratory spirit.As George Porter Jr. explained to us,I think it’s a great benefit having the lineup change constantly! Whenever the guys get selected to play a gig, I make it a rule that I’ll make the phone call or send an e-mail to them asking them for the list of songs that they have under their fingers. And almost all the time, the players that are on that individual set come back with a list of songs that The Meters usually have not played. For me, that’s great, ’cause The Meters had somewhat cycled into playing the same set of songs all the time.Going off this, Zigaboo Modeliste continued, explaining the benefits of exploring deeper cuts from The Meters’ catalog,We never really played all the music that we recorded. There’s a lot of music that was just left on the table. We never got a chance to even go and do it. So, the mindset at that particular time was what it was. So, in order to go back and visit that, you gotta have some kind of way to deal with it. [George and I] both thought that maybe we should not only do the standard songs but try to get into those obscure Meter songs. That was fantastic as well. The listeners can have a broader range of music to listen to and maybe create a greater appreciation for the other songs that we never hardly played.Foundation of Funk – “What’cha Say” – Bear Creek 2016[Video: Live For Live Music]Historically, Foundation of Funk has sought out the best and brightest musicians to help them dive deep into The Meters’ catalog, having previously rounded out the group with greats like Eric Krasno, Anders Osborne, John Medeski, Jimmy Herring, Jojo Hermann, Jon Cleary, Neal Evans, and Eddie Roberts. If anything, the band has a roster of musicians who fit perfectly with the project, though they find that “the hardest part about [Foundation of Funk] is getting the right personnel with the right availability, so we could play some music and enjoy it,” says Zigaboo.In describing what Foundation of Funk looks for in its collaborators, Zigaboo explained,Well, it’s just like anything else. Musicians are just like chefs. They don’t want anything to be stale. They don’t want anything to be routine, so to speak, because that makes it kind of boring. The freshness of collaborating with other progressive and extremely talented individuals from other music genres and people who respect our music, I feel as though that’s being accomplished. Like I said, [The Meters] were a self-contained band. We didn’t really need other people in the band to do what we did, but now, we choose to do it this way. We want to get the best people that are out there to come jam with us and make history together.We try to find some people that push the bar. I don’t think it would be a good idea to collaborate with people that don’t know have any indication of how the music goes or that don’t have any Meters favorites locked somewhere in their vault. There’ve got to be certain people we choose to do it with, you know? It wouldn’t make sense to get somebody that’s not totally committed to the music, per se. So, just trying to cherry pick musicians and opportunities, it’s been a bit of a challenge. I feel as though we work with enough musicians right now, that it can still be really fresh.I think that the people that we’ve had so far, they’ve all been great. They’ve all been doing exactly what we want them to do. They’ve brought more to the table in some instances than I really thought they would. So, it really is a winning situation because I get to play with those guys that appreciate the music just as much as I do. So that right there, that’s a big hurdle to jump over. Foundation of Funk – “Just Kissed My Baby” > “Ain’t No Use” – Sunshine Music Festival 2018[Video: CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS]With a grounded perspective on their lineup additions, Foundation of Funk hopes to continue spreading the message of The Meters to fans on the road and in their homes. When asked about the possibility of a new album or more consistent touring, both George and Zigaboo made it clear that they have thought about it. As Zigaboo explained,Well, that’s an open question. I don’t wanna say no to any of that, but the most important thing to be considered is if it’s attainable. If it’s possible, there probably will be some of that—I don’t know. My thing is, it all depends on my comrade, what he’s thinking. We’ve been kicking around the idea of a vinyl because anything that I wanna be involved with in terms of recording the Foundation of Funk, I really would like it to be good. And not saying that it wouldn’t be good, but we have a lot of questions still unanswered. It’s like a test tube, you know? You gotta try and figure out what music to play, who’s gonna do it with us, where we’re gonna do it, if we do it. However, George Porter Jr. seemed more hopeful toward the possibility, adding, “I’d like to see Zig and I do some new music. In fact, we have started the recording process for three or four songs. I went out to California and laid down some tracks with Zig, and we did some overdubs on those songs. I haven’t heard them since then, that was almost a year ago now.” George Porter Jr. continued,I guess it kinda leads down to the fact that my personal solo career with the three bands that I play in are all over the place, so I’m not as easily available as much as anyone would want me to be in order to be a real member of a band. But now that we have management and agencies, maybe they can knock out some windows where Zig and I can get together with some players that we would like to. I would hope that we do a record that might involve several different players. If we were to put together a real record, I would think that it would be very necessary that we go out and support it. So yeah, I would think that a real tour would probably eventually come from that.LOCKN’ Festival will return to Arrington, Virginia, from August 23rd to 26th. This year, in addition to the highly anticipated Foundation of Funk set celebrating 50 years of The Meters, the festival will host multiple nights of Dead & Company (including one with Branford Marsalis), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey’s McGee (including one with Jason Bonham), Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Lettuce (including a Jerry Garcia Band tribute set), plus performances from Widespread Panic, George Clinton & P-Funk, Sheryl Crow, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Blues Traveler, Turkuaz, Matisyahu, Toots & The Maytals, Moon Taxi, and much, much more.For ticketing and more information, head over to LOCKN’s website here. From August 23rd to 26th, LOCKN’ will return to Arrington, Virginia for its sixth-annual event. Since the festival’s inception in 2013, LOCKN’ has become a premier destination for jam fans, each iteration outdoing the last with lineups chock full of beloved artists, rare collaborations, and standout tributes. This year, on Saturday, August 25th, the festival will honor the iconic New Orleans funk act, The Meters, for a special set titled “Foundation of Funk: Celebrating 50 Years Of The Meters.”Foundation of Funk is led by a pair of original Meters members, bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, and features a rotating cast of all-star musicians. With the intention of keeping the music of The Meters alive and well, the band is frequently a multi-generational affair, with Porter and Modeliste joining forces with staples of the current live music scene to explore The Meters’ extensive songbook.As Zigaboo Modeliste explained to Live For Live Music about the ongoing project, “The Foundation of Funk is really a collaboration of members of The Meters. Right now, it’s just George and myself from the original Meters. We’re celebrating 50 years of The Meters, and The Meters’ music is much more important than any one of the individual Meters. It’s about preserving the music and keeping all that together.”Foundation of Funk – “Cissy Strut” – Brooklyn, NY – 5/20/2016
Alumnus James Corgel and his wife, Christine, gifted $1 million to endow the rector position in Dillon Hall on Tuesday, a University press release said. This gift represents the first endowed rector position in a new initiative launched by the University to endow all rector positions in the 29 residence halls, the press release said.The endowment will provide for a portion of the rector’s salary, which will allow the University to provide more funds to each hall for events and programs, the press release said.“The residence hall community has always been central to a Notre Dame undergraduate education, and the rector is a crucial figure in building that community,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said.“Through their gift, Jim and Chris support the continuation of an educational ideal at Notre Dame that joins moral and spiritual growth with intellectual learning in the residence hall and the classroom.”The current rector of Dillon Hall is Fr. Paul Doyle, who has served in this position since 1997, according to the press release.“The rector role at Notre Dame is unique within higher education,” Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president of student affairs, said. “While they have other important responsibilities, rectors serve first and foremost as pastors of our cherished residential communities …“This wonderfully generous gift from Jim and Chris is a powerful affirmation of the importance of this role to Notre Dame’s undergraduate education.”James Corgel ’73 earned his B.A. and MBA from Notre Dame and participated in the Irish Guard while he was an undergraduate, the press release said. Corgel retired from IBM in 2013, where he was a member of the senior management group, the press release said. He currently serves as chair of the University’s Undergraduate Advisory Council and has previously served on the Graduate Studies and Research Advisory Council, the press release said. He also received the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus award, according to the press release.His wife, Christine Corgel, earned her B.A. from Michigan State University and served in a variety of executive positions at IBM, the press release said. She now serves on the board of the Mercy Learning Center and is a mentor for at-risk high school students, the press release said.“As a Dillon hall resident, I experienced great coaching and camaraderie that helped me prosper and grow at Notre Dame,” James Corgel said. “This environment was created and nurtured by my rectors, Frs. Jim Flanigan and Dave Schlaver.“Today’s role models like Fr. Paul Doyle will ensure that residential life at ND remains relevant, leading-edge and inclusive. To me, this is a smart investment.”Tags: Dillon Hall, Fr. Paul Doyle, James Corgel, rector position
WVFI, or Voice of the Fighting Irish Radio, is Notre Dame’s student-run radio station, providing students a chance to share their interests, music and thoughts with a wide audience on campus and beyond.(Editor’s Note: The Observer’s Scene Editor, Mike Donovan, is station manager of WVFI.)WVFI began broadcasting exclusively online in 2000, and listeners can tune in from almost anywhere in the world on WVFI’s website. This semester, the station broadcasts 81 different student-run shows a week. When no one is scheduled to broadcast, the station plays songs selected by the WVFI board’s music committee.Previously housed in the LaFortune Student Center, WVFI’s studio is now located on the second floor of the Duncan Student Center.Senior Andres Walliser-Wejebe is a WVFI board member and co-editor of Mindset, the station’s magazine. Walliser-Wejebe said the radio station exists to give students a place to have fun and share their ideas and creative projects with an audience.“The main purpose of the radio station is for students to have shows,” Walliser-Wejebe said. “But I’d say, at least for me, it’s felt more like a community.”Perhaps evidenced by their 81 weekly shows, the station tries to broadcast a diverse range of content. While many of the shows are music-based, their subjects vary widely, Walliser-Wejebe said.“The only rule we have is to stay behind the red line — so no profanity — but other than that, you can play whatever you want and talk about whatever you want,” she said. “Personally, I’ve done a show over the past three years with my roommate and we just pick a theme going into it, just a random theme, and we’ll play a song related to it, talk, play another song. I think some people just go to hang out and talk — just hanging out with the mics on — and other people really like to plan it out and have topics.”The shows are broadcast from the WVFI studio near-real time (there’s about an 8 second delay) which allows listeners to interact with show hosts.Senior Charlie Hergenrother is another WVFI board member as well as website developer. He said in addition to their regularly scheduled programming, WVFI also holds charity events. The station’s Radiothon event raises money for Girls Rock Camp, an organization that promotes and teaches musical and life skills to girls and young women.“Basically, it’s just a day-long series of skits and things that the board hangs out and does to try to get people to donate to this Girls Rock Camp,” Hergenrother said.WVFI is classified and operates as a campus club run by a board of 15 members. At the beginning of each semester, the club holds a “show picks night’ where they select and schedule the semester’s programming. Participants are trained how to use the equipment, and the broadcasting begins. Although this semester’s programming has already been selected, Hergenrother said those interested in getting involved don’t necessarily have to wait until next year.“You can get a show after [show picks night], but there’s only kind of weird times left, like weekends or really early in the morning,” he said. “I would say [to prospective participants] to drop by the station during the day — someone from the board is almost always there — and just talk to us about it.”Tags: radio, WVFI, WVFI RadioThon
By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaWhen you think of fire ants in the fall, “vulnerable” isn’t the first word that pops into your mind. But it should be.If Dan Suiter, a Cooperative Extension entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, could treat fire ants only once a year, he says he’d do it in the fall.Fire ants are easier to kill in the fall, he said, for four main reasons.First, they’re more active. That makes it easier to treat them with fire ant baits.”You can use fire ant baits any time of the year,” Suiter said. “But they’re most effective when the ants are actively foraging for food.”Fire ants are most active in spring and fall, when daytime temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees, he said. Actively foraging ants will pick up a bait and carry it into the nest within minutes. If the ants are inactive, the bait may no longer appeal to the ants by the time they find it.Second, in the cooler weather of fall, fire ants aren’t too deep in the ground. That makes them easier to kill with a mound-drench, granular, dust or aerosol contact insecticide.When you use those products, Suiter said, it’s critical to treat when the queen and brood are close to the surface.Third, in the fall, you’re treating when many fire ant colonies are very young.Fire ants mate all during the year, Suiter said, but they’re most actively mating in the spring. Mated queens fly off and establish new colonies. By fall, these colonies are well-established but still very small.”Quite often, you don’t even know they’re there,” he said. “But if you don’t treat them, they’ll become the big mounds you see next year.”How do you treat them if you don’t know where they are? Broadcast a fire ant bait.That’s the first step in the ongoing program Suiter recommends for fire ant control. Use a fresh bait, he said, and apply it by the label directions. Then treat individual problem mounds with an approved contact product. The final step is simply to repeat the first step once or twice a year.Fourth, and the one thing that makes fall the single best time to treat fire ants, Suiter said, is that it’s followed by winter.Extreme cold is tough on fire ants, he said. That makes baits even more effective in the fall. Baits take a long time to work. They weaken colonies and make them less able to respond to the challenges of winter weather.The young colonies are especially vulnerable, he said, because they don’t have many workers. So they can’t respond very quickly to the need to escape freezing temperatures.The networked tunnels of a fire ant mound are constantly collapsing, Suiter said. Moving deeper into the ground requires a lot of work. Anything you can do to reduce the number of ants available to gather food and maintain the mound structure makes the colony less able to survive winter weather.”Winter is an ally in controlling fire ants,” Suiter said. “Reducing their numbers in the fall can help push them over the edge in the winter.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This much is certain: online and mobile banking are driving transactions out of the branch, pushing financial institutions deep into the digital ecosystem where other technology-centric companies — like Apple, Google and a number of Silicon Valley fintech startups — are playing an ever-increasing role in the financial lives of consumers.A significant portion of consumers — including Millennials — are not completely satisfied interacting with their financial institution only through digital channels. When they need more complex financial advice, they head to branches for face-to-face interactions. However, many institutions still haven’t transformed their branch network to maximize these more complex interactions. They need to make a major shift in retail delivery from the historical deposit-centric focus to a more sales-centric model.All too often the “old way of doing things” prevents change and thwarts progress, especially at institutions with decades of success under the traditional branch model. In that context, this article will review five obsolete practices that are holding the performance of bank and credit union branches back. continue reading »
In May 2019, Croatian airports recorded 1.116 thousand passengers or 6,9% more than in the same month last year, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The largest passenger traffic was realized by Dubrovnik Airport with 313 thousand passengers (an increase of 8,0% compared to May 2018), followed by Zagreb Airport with 309 thousand passengers (an increase of 3,2% compared to May 2018) and Split Airport with 308 thousand passengers (an increase of 2,3% compared to May 2018). The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in May 2019 was 12, which is an increase of 832% compared to May 2018. The most significant international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 256 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 10,1% compared to the same period last year.
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