Oh boy! I wonder what his major announcement will be! Surely, it’s not that he plans to run for U.S. Senate!However, the bid is not officially confirmed, and there are two reasons to be skeptical. 1) Kid Rock is a known flip-flopper. In 1998, the musician declared “I wanna be a cowboy,” though we have yet to see any evidence that he actually accomplished this goal after nearly two decades, and 2) As Consequence of Sound notes, “While Richie has expressed an interest in politics, it’s entirely possible, and likely probable, he’s not actually running for office. His campaign’s webstore is hosted on Warner Bros.’s website, suggesting the rocker is parlaying recent speculation into a marketing opportunity for a new music project.”If Rock is serious about running for Michigan’s Senate, he’d be up against incumbent Debbie Stabenow (D), as Kid Rock, though he identifies as a “Libertarian” (a.k.a. a Republican who likes to smoke pot), is a big supporter of Donald Trump. In the past, Rock has previously campaigned for the 45th president, sold merchandise for him, visited him in the White House, and generally just won’t hop off his dick. Ironically, if Kid Rock were to run for office, he may have to face-off against his good buddy, Ted Nugent, who is also considering running for office, because the bar for political standards is literally flush with the ground.[H/T Consequence of Sound] A few moments later, Kid Rock then posted this cryptic follow-up: Ah, yes, Kid Rock. What do you think when you hear the name? Do you think of the genius musician who heavily sampled the iconic “Sweet Home Alabama” in his song about growing up in Northern Michigan, or the genius lyricist who, in the very same song, rhymed the word “things” with “things,” making for an actually 100% perfect rhyme? #legendaryMaybe, your first instinct when you hear the name of the musician who penned such classics as “Cucci Galore” and “Bawitdaba”—the latter of which is mostly filled with incoherent babbling in between rants on the IRS and references to “porno flicks”—is, “Get that man into political office ASAP!” If you fall into this category, then buckle up, because you’re about to have a great day. Today, Robert Ritchie, the actual name of the celebrated and beloved musician that is Kid Rock, more or less announced that he would be running for U.S. Senate.A website for Kid Rock’s apparent senatorial run, www.kidrockforsenate.com, went live today, which, I shit you not, only features a picture of Kid Rock next to a taxidermied deer, the lone phrase “ARE YOU SCARED?”, a link to a gift shop with predictably horribly rendered gear, and a poorly designed GIF that alternates between phrases like “PIMP OF THE NATION,” “BORN FREE,” and “IN ROCK WE TRUST.” Inexplicably, the GIF also features the phrases “PARTY TO THE PEOPLE,” “WELCOME TO THE PARTY,” and “I’LL ROCK THE PARTY” back to back, just to really hammer home Rock’s affinity toward both political parties and drinking-a-bottle-of-Southern-Comfort-and-waking-up-in-your-neighbor’s-bushes-naked parties.Clearly, the outpour about this new website got back to Kid Rock, as he then went to post on Twitter this:
Lee Mendelson Film Productions ImageSANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA — Good grief! One of America’s most beloved children, Charlie Brown, and his loveable but mischievous pup Snoopy, turn 70 years old today.According to the Charles M. Schulz Museum, Peanuts began publication on this day in 1950.Peanuts appeared in a record 17,897 individual comic strips in more than 2,600 papers, making it one of the most iconic comic strips in history.Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz lived from Nov. 26, 1922 until Feb. 12, 2000, when he died from colon cancer, and is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited by many top cartoonists as an inspiration and comic strip legend. Along with the famous comic strip, Schulz also had several television holiday specials and there was a Peanuts movie, as well. “In the five decades that Schulz drew Peanuts, the physical appearance of the Gang naturally evolved, as well as their individual attitudes and personal philosophies.As the characters developed, they also provided Schulz with ideas.However, he said he remained unaware of these transformations until his comic strips appeared in reprint books long after their initial debuts in newspapers,” the museum said on its web page. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Related Shows “I don’t know that I would give [movies] up completely,” Quinto told Stern, “But the fact that I’ve come back to the theater is something that’s so important to me. It’s a goal that I set for myself when I came out of school and started acting professionally. I’ve never enjoyed a job more than this one, to be honest.” Although we didn’t hear him volunteering to give up Spock in the Star Trek franchise, we’ve got our fingers crossed that Quinto will be sticking around the Great White Way for a while! The Glass Menagerie Whether he’s having a blast in the show or (occasionally) bored, Quinto is having a major effect on Broadway audiences—Stern’s doctor even gave him a prescription to see the production! “My psychiatrist went to see it and said, ‘It’s very important that you go see this play,’” the host told Quinto. “Because of some issues I have, he thought this would be very, very therapeutic for me.” View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 23, 2014 When Zachary Quinto isn’t prank calling Jesse Tyler Ferguson or dressing up his dog, the stage and screen star is absolutely loving his stint as Tom in the acclaimed Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie. He seemed positively blissful when he stopped by The Howard Stern Show studio on January 8 to chat with Howard and Robin about how he might give up a few choice movie roles to star in more Broadway shows. See Quinto in The Glass Menagerie through February 23 at the Booth Theatre—doctor’s orders! Zachary Quinto Now that he’s clocked in over 100 performances of The Glass Menagerie, the star admits that life on Broadway can sometimes get a teensy bit boring (um, excuse us, Zach? We beg to differ). “Sometimes, absolutely [it gets boring], and that’s where technique comes into play,” he said. “It’s why I went to college and studied acting—you’re able to still tell the story.” Star Files
On a recent trip for a speaking engagement about transformational leadership, I decided to drive rather than fly. I left extra-early that morning to make it to the hotel in plenty of time for dinner, to prep for the presentation and to catch game three of divisional baseball playoff series between the Toronto Blue Jays and my beloved Texas Rangers.I stay at the same chain of hotels whenever possible. I know what I’m getting. A clean and comfortable room, breakfast in the morning and a reasonable price. This all works when that brand promise from the hotel delivers. Why when it doesn’t, the brand takes a beating.That beating happened on this trip. The front desk worker did not greet me as I came in (in fact, it was obvious he was far more interested in the football game playing in the lobby that in my arrival). He did not welcome me as a rewards card member. And he showed little to no interest in the fact that their cable provider didn’t offer FS1 as a channel (where the game was being televised) nor that the hotel Internet signal was so weak that I couldn’t stream it to my laptop.All this may sound petty. No, I didn’t expect the front desk clerk to magically become a cable repairman or somehow acquire the IT skills necessary to boost the Internet connection. But I did expect him to show enough care and concern to make me feel like a valued customer. He didn’t and the brand promise of the hotel chain was broken.At credit unions, we also make brand promises. They vary from place to place. For example, your brand promise might be quick turnaround times on loan decisions. Or the relationship-building experience your staff offers. Or close ties to the community you serve. Whatever the case, if you fail to live up to the brand promise, brand damage occurs. While not always irreparable, it will certainly cost you in the long run.That is why it is so critically important for credit unions to adhere to the brand promises they make to members. All it takes is one bad day or sub-par performance from any employee to risk brand damage. Ongoing and relevant brand training for your staff is a powerful way to help avoid this scenario. Another is a vibrant and energetic onboarding program both for new employees and existing employees at various times during their tenure at your credit union. Finally, another solution to avoiding brand promise damage is to rely on your executive management team to live the brand every day in front of staff. They will see this behavior and its effect will trickle-down to their daily job performance once they realize it is important to the individuals that lead the credit union.You cannot simply launch the brand, introduce it to your staff and then expect them to carry it forward ad infinitum. You must reinforce your unique credit union brand with your staff on a daily basis, at every opportunity. I have a feeling the young man working the front desk at the hotel that night was not overly-familiar (or concerned) with their brand promise. I was tempted to point it out to him — after all, it was printed on the little sleeve of paper in which he places my door keycard. However, at that point I figured out how to watch the game on my phone and the evening was saved.Playoff Baseball – 1Hotel Brand Promise – 0How does your credit union brand promise score? Only you know for sure. 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details
Leadership is a balancing act between guiding employees and giving them space to work autonomously. Each of us should strive daily to empower our team to handle their responsibilities – we hired them because of their capabilities, and we must reinforce that through our communications.Leadership guru Dan Rockwell warns leaders who seem to have their day filled with responding to one-off issues that arise that something larger might be amiss. If this sounds like you, consider whether you are a problem-solver or an answer-giver.Being a problem-solver isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I frequently encourage leaders to instill a sense of innovation and independence among employees so that they search for solutions to address problems head on. But that’s where Rockwell’s concerns lie: A leader shouldn’t devote his/her day to problem-solving. Leaders should be focused on the big picture and what opportunities are ripe to take advantage of.An answer-giver, though, has a more negative connotation. It falls under that micromanagement umbrella where leaders are too eager to jump in with their opinion, rather than let their team recommend the best course of action. Great leaders develop employees to be resourceful and thoughtful when issues arise. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two nurses and an aide were arrested for endangering an 81-year-old resident of a Uniondale nursing home who died after they allegedly neglected to respond to the patient’s ventilator alarms, authorities said.The registered nurses, 42-year-old Sijimole Reji of Smithtown and 57-year-old Annieamma Augustine of West Hempstead, and a certified nurse’s aide, 41-year-old Martine Morland of Freeport, pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Nassau County court to charges of endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person or an incompetent or physically disabled person and willful violation of health laws.“These allegations paint a picture of blatant neglect that ultimately resulted in the death of a patient,” said New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.Prosecutors said the victim—a wheelchair-bound, ventilator-dependent resident of A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility whose identity is being kept confidential—became disconnected from her ventilator and was unable to breathe on the morning of Dec. 20, 2015.Although the nursing staff is required to respond to ventilator alarms like the one that went off at the time, the trio ignored it for more than nine minutes, authorities said. By the time they responded, the victim was unresponsive and unconscious. She died the following day at Nassau University Medical Center.Judge James Darcy released all three without bail. None still works at the facility. They face up to seven years in prison, if convicted.
Jaime Calder all but gave up on gardening after moving from the fertile soils of Illinois to dusty Texas, but the coronavirus changed her mind.The magazine editor and her family of five planted collard greens, chard, onions, blackberries, watermelons and peppers this year, expanding their garden while buckling down at home during the pandemic.People around the world are turning to gardening as a soothing, family friendly hobby that also eases concerns over food security as lockdowns slow the harvesting and distribution of some crops. Fruit and vegetable seed sales are jumping worldwide. “It’s supplementary gardening,” said Calder. “There’s no way this would sustain a family of five. But we’re amping it up, so we can try and avoid the store a little more in the coming months.”Russians are isolating in out-of-town cottages with plots of land, a traditional source of vegetables during tough times since the Soviet era, and rooftop farms are planned in Singapore, which relies heavily on food imports.Furloughed workers and people working from home are also looking for activities to occupy their free time, after the cancellations of major sporting events and the closure of restaurants, bars and theaters. Parents too are turning to gardening as an outdoor activity to do with children stuck at home after schools shut.”Planting a few potatoes can be quite a revelation to a child,” said Guy Barter, chief horticulturist at Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society, which has seen a five-fold rise in queries for advice on its website during the lockdown. Gardeners without yards are even planting potatoes in trash bags, he said. Gardening could trim retail demand for produce but trips to the grocery store will still be necessary. Bert Hambleton, retail consultant for Hambleton Resources, said supermarkets will continue to see an overall increase in produce demand as would-be restaurant-goers eat at home instead of dining out.Seed boom US seed company W. Atlee Burpee & Co sold more seed than any time in its 144-year history in March as the contagious respiratory virus spread, Chairman George Ball said.When they cannot find seeds in stores, would-be gardeners in Britain are seeking advice on how to extract them from tomatoes and squash purchased in supermarkets, Barter said.In Russia, demand for seeds rose by 20%-30% year-on-year in March, according to online retailer Ozon.Seed demand typically goes up in tough economic times, said Tom Johns, owner of Territorial Seed Company in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The company temporarily stopped taking orders over the phone due to a surge in demand and reassigned some phone workers to physically fill online orders, he said.”It doesn’t take long for people to become very concerned about the food supply – either the cost of food or getting food,” Johns said.Johnny’s Selected Seeds in Fairfield, Maine, saw a 270% jump in orders the week of March 16, after US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus.Canada-based Stokes Seeds, which ships to the United States and Canada, received 1,000 online orders during the weekend of March 21, four times more than normal, President Wayne Gayle said.”We didn’t have the staff even just to enter them into the system, let alone fulfill them,” he said.The company temporarily halted all online orders and is prioritizing orders from commercial vegetable growers “to ensure our food security this summer,” according to its website.’I grow tomatoes, you grow carrots’With so many digging into gardening for the first time, there has also been a push to pool resources and collective knowledge on home food production.Nathan Kleinman, co-director of Philadelphia-based Experimental Farm Network, said more than 2,000 people signed up and attended weekly calls to discuss gardening best practices as they begin putting seeds in the ground.”The reaction was overwhelming,” Kleinman said. “It struck a nerve with a lot of people.”Melanie Pittman, an teacher who lives on 5 acres near Crete, Illinois, said while everyone was stocking up on toilet paper, her partner ran over to the local home improvement store to stock up on seeds and gardening tools.Pittman is more than doubling her garden, planting corn, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, onions and growing mushrooms. She is also working with other growers in her community to expand her reliance on local food.“I try to reach out to other individuals who are growing food in the area, to avoid the overlap – ‘I grow tomatoes, you grow carrots,’” she said.Gardening may be a rare positive trend to emerge from the crippling pandemic, said Diane Blazek, executive director of the US industry group National Garden Bureau.”We’ll come out in the end and hopefully everyone will be eating better and gardening more and more self-reliant,” she said. Topics :
The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has said it will vote against Barclay’s executive remuneration plan at today’s annual general meeting (AGM), while attacking its decision for Sir John Sunderland to lead the selection of the bank’s new chairman.The forum, a shareholder voting group for 60 local authority funds with more than £120bn (€146bn) in assets, said it believed institutional shareholder pressure was the only meaningful way to spur change at the bank.Sunderland is currently non-executive director at the bank, and former head of the remuneration committee, which came under severe criticism from shareholders for excessive pay.Councillor Kieran Quinn, who chairs the forum, said: “Sir John Sunderland has fortunately recognised it is inappropriate for him to serve as chair of the remuneration committee, but how can it be appropriate for him to lead the selection of Barclay’s new chair? “It appears that a continuing series of no votes by institutional shareholders is one of the few options open for meaningful engagement at Barclays.”The re-election of Sunderland and planned remuneration are two of the bank’s proposals expected to be rejected by the Forum and fellow institutions at today’s AGM.Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC), a proxy-voting service, has advised its members to follow suit.Standard Life Investments (SLI), asset manager and institutional shareholder, also denounced the bank’s remuneration policy.Owning 1.92% of the bank on behalf of its clients, SLI said it did not take the decision to reject the remuneration report lightly.Alison Kennedy, stewardship director at the manager, said: “We appreciate there were competitive pressures. Nevertheless, we are unconvinced the amount of the 2013 bonus pool was in the best interests of shareholders.“The board has stated its intention of reducing the compensation to net income ratio over the medium term. We support this intention, and it is important that, over time, the board demonstrates convincingly this will be achieved.”A spokesman for the LAPFF added that, while Barclays was a high-profile example, it was the tip of the iceberg for the problems in the financial sector.“The LAPFF has a long history of raising governance concerns at Barclays and at banks in general, going back to the LIBOR scandal, executive remuneration and accounting standards,” he said.“It is clear Barclays is the tip of the iceberg of dissatisfaction from pension funds.”
The property at 58 Retreat St, Bridgeman Downs.THE southern belle of Brisbane’s north is still on the market after being passed in at auction on the weekend.The signature property at 58 Retreat Street, Bridgeman Downs was built in 2003 for Bridgeman Downs local and printing industry entrepreneur Earl Baskerville.Place Bulimba lead agent Brenton Faehrmann said Mr Baskerville was still very passionate about the property and had been helping agents with onsite property matters during the sales campaign. Manicured gardens and a resort-style pool.Mr Faehrmann said all interest in the property had been Brisbane based with close to 50 groups seeing the house in the four weeks of the campaign.“This is a high end property for the area, a very special property,” he said.“There is serious interest from Bridgeman Downs buyers and a gentleman in Ascot would love to raise his kids on acreage.” SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN BRIDGEMAN DOWNS The formal lounge room with bay window.The house has almost 800sq m of under roof space, but does not feel like a big empty home.“In other words, two people could live here and wouldn’t feel like they were rattling around,” Mr Faehrmann said.“It’s designed to have a warm feeling of home with nice spaces but none are that are so large that they make you feel uncomfortable and lonely.” The grand dining room.When Mr Baskerville sold the Richard Foley-designed house in 2016, it fetched the suburb record price of $4.96 million.Mr Faehrmann said the sale of the property was likely to return a bargain for the new owners.“I think it’s going to be fantastic value for somebody,” he said. The 1.01 hectare property has the main four-bedroom residence with a grand floorplan with a west and an east wing serviced by passageways and vestibules.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< A well-appointed games room with soaring ceilings.There are separate guest quarters next to the tennis court, a resort-style inground pool with pavilion and four bay shed.