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The Gospel according to Berkoff

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first_imgStephen Berkoff’s Messiah: Scenes from a Crucifixion claims to be outré, obscene and blasphemous, which at times it certainly is. Lines like Jesus’s “Whatever happens, don’t let them break my legs or I’m really fucked” are proof positive that this is a piece of work is aimed at shocking an audience, conditioned, believers and heathens alike, to the conventional ramblings of Christian doctrine. Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ was as controversial as Playdays compared to this reading of history’s most notorious homicide. The gospel according to Berkoff goes as follows: Jesus is a man intent on fulfilling the prophecies of the Old Testament, but understands that “The Messiah will never come, so we have to create one.” This requires feigning his own gory demise only to “rise” again three days later, thus providing the credulous with a presaged redeemer of mankind. The establishment of a hero-cult is certified when it goes wrong and Jesus dies, but the disciples stick to their conspiratorial story and a religion is born. This is, at times, literary masturbation of the basest variety, more jerk-off than Berkoff. Some of the dialogue is simply dreadful. The man who sees himself as the saviour of British theatre, Berkoff should adopt a mantra: “I am not the Messiah” might be a good place to start. Yet the indulgences of a writer must not be blamed on those attempting to perform, and so Scenes from a Crucifixion is redeemed by the verve of the acting and intelligent use of space, exploiting the full gallery recesses of the OFS. The excellent Kerry Norman as JC is a zealous, Machiavellian politician pre-execution, but struggles a little on “The big ‘x’” (who said being crucified was easy?). His performance is supported by a chorus which has the suppleness to portray Jewish clerics, disciples and Roman soldiers with equal proficiency. Also to savour are the muscular histrionics of a Judas who looks like he spent his thirty pieces of silver on Creatine, and Tom Richards’ appearance as an extraordinary, lascivious Caiaphas. The portrayal of Satan is so hackneyed (red shirt, “menacing” cockney accent, forked stubble) that the only surprises are the absence of attendant familiars and pronged tail. Having said this, Tai Shan Ling, as the dark one, is fabulously energetic and seductively, malevolently lucid, in another arresting performance from one of Oxford’s premier players. I wouldn’t sell my soul to Beelzebub to see this, but if you resist the temptation to see only Berkoff’s mediocrity in Lisa Maule’s production, you should be repaid with a decent enough evening.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more

How to build a millennial-friendly banking experience

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first_img 89SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Gabe Krajicek Gabe Krajicek is the chief executive officer of BancVue, the leader in branded, community-powered banking products.BancVue’s innovative Kasasa® suite connects breakthrough products with world-class marketing, data-driven consulting, and … Web: www.bancvue.com Details Improve your product line-up. As mentioned earlier, many Millennials believe credit unions and community banks can’t provide the products they want and need. So what are they looking for?Almost all Millennial consumers say cash back options (91 percent) and rewards (91 percent) are at least somewhat important factors when choosing a bank. Access to a mobile or online personal financial management platform, in which they can monitor all of their finances (i.e., credit cards, loans, bank accounts) in one place, is also at least somewhat important to almost all Millennials (94 percent). Additionally, mobile banking options are much more important to Millennials (90 percent) than other generations (72 percent for those ages 35 to 54, and 58 percent for those 55 and up).If your institution isn’t offering these products and services, now is a good time to start. Many third-party providers can help supply the needed technologies and products, often at little additional cost or hassle. Make it more convenient. Despite growth in online banking use, the study made it clear that Millennials highly value convenient locations and in-person service.Millennials are more likely than older adults to say it’s valuable to bank at an institution with a branch nearby (86 percent vs. 74 percent of those 55 and up). More importantly, 88 percent would prefer to do at least some banking in person, with 42 percent saying they would like to receive financial advice in person. Almost all Millennial consumers (96 percent) say personal customer service is at least somewhat important when it comes to choosing a bank.Mystery shopping and training services can help ensure that your institution’s representatives are consistently delivering stellar customer service. These services often result in improvements that lead to increased account acquisition.To attract the next generation of customers, it’s essential to offer an experience that appeals to that generation. These simple steps can go a long way toward building a banking experience that attracts and retains Millennial customers.*“Consumers” are defined as U.S. adults who have a checking account at a financial institution.center_img With the $600 billion they contribute to the economy each year, Millennials are transforming the financial services industry—but community financial institutions (CFIs) might not be adapting fast enough.Among Millennials—18 to 34 year olds—with checking accounts, 51 percent use a big national bank as their primary financial institution while just 29 percent use a community bank or credit union, according to the 2015 Consumer Banking Insights Study (CBI). Additionally, 38 percent of Millennial consumers* who don’t currently have a checking account at a CFI say they want to use a CFI but don’t because those institutions lack the products (such as free checking, rewards checking and financial management tools) they need. The study was commissioned by BancVue and conducted online by Harris Poll among more than 1,000 U.S. adults.However, Millennials are more open than other generations to switching to a CFI. Fully 41 percent of Millennials who don’t already use a CFI say they’re at least somewhat likely to switch to one in 2015—that’s 2.5 times that of 35 to 54 year olds (16 percent) and those ages 55 and up (14 percent).With Millennials set to overtake Baby Boomers this year as the largest living generation, CFIs must deliver a banking experience that appeals to the next generation of customers. Data from the CBI suggest the following three steps could help:Boost your marketing. Nearly one-fifth of Millennials (18 percent) say they don’t use a local community bank or credit union because they are unaware of their options, compared to 8 percent of those ages 35 to 54 and 7 percent of those 55 and up. Those numbers make it clear that many CFIs aren’t reaching Millennials with their current promotional and educational efforts.Social media outreach and word of mouth or referral efforts can help. At least 75 percent of Millennials have a profile on at least one social networking site, and most Millennials—91 percent—report that they trust their friends for product and service recommendations.Finally, some CFIs are pooling their marketing budgets to increase the reach of their efforts, similar to when neighboring restaurants form a “restaurant row” or an area full of dealerships creates a “motor mile.” Marketing efforts that boost the reputation of CFIs as a whole wind up benefiting individual institutions as well.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

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first_img— NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell also said during today’s owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. NFL executive vice president of communications, public affairs and policy Jeff Miller said the league’s first consideration is of course the health and safety of the public and the players and the employees and the people who will be participating.— Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says racing will be allowed to resume in the state without spectators. The governor says NASCAR will race at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, and that other forms of auto racing and horse racing also are cleared to resume. NASCAR was originally scheduled to make its first of two stops at Martinsville in early May, but the event was postponed because of the outbreak.— The John Deere Classic is canceling what would have been its 50th straight anniversary as a PGA Tour event. Tournament director Clair Peterson says there were too many hurdles to overcome from the pandemic. The John Deere would have been the fifth PGA Tour event on the revised schedule. The tour had said the first month would be played without fans, leaving it possible for the Deere to have them.— Sports agent Scott Boras is recommending that his clients refuse Major League Baseball’s attempt to cut salaries during negotiations with the players’ association. He is claiming that team financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic have their origin in management debt financing. Boras wrote in an email obtained by The Associated Press that players should not alter terms of the March 26 agreement between MLB and the union that called for players to reduce their salaries to a prorated rate based on a shortened season. MLB on Tuesday proposed a series of tiered reductions that would cause top stars to receive the biggest cuts.— At least 10 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they’ll continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guaranteeing those players $400 per week. The San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners are promising payments through August. The Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles have pledged to do so through at least June. The White Sox are even providing those stipends to 25 minor league players recently released. — Live horse racing is slated to resume in Maryland this weekend with a three-day session at Laurel Park, which will remain closed to the general public. The Maryland Jockey Club says it has received approval from the Maryland Racing Commission to launch its Summer 2020 meet with live racing on Saturday, but fans are forbidden from entering the track until clearance is received from the state. All races on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be streamed live on the Laurel Park website.— Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but their numbers will be strictly limited. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the states’ move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Abbott’s new order allows outdoor stadiums to host fans up to 25 percent of their normal capacity. Leagues will have to apply to state health officials to be allowed to have fans. Indoor events will still be without spectators.— Major League Soccer gave its teams the go-ahead to begin small voluntary group training sessions outdoors, the next step in the league’s effort to return to action. The group sessions must comply with local public health and government restrictions. Teams must submit club-specific plans to the league for the sessions. A maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group. All other health and safety measures required when MLS teams began individual training must still be maintained. A league-wide moratorium on full team training remains in effect through next Monday.— The English Premier League plans to restart on June 17 after a 100-day shutdown with new staggered kickoffs to maximize broadcast slots as fans are prevented from attending games. The clubs agreed Thursday that the competition should resume with a Wednesday night doubleheader featuring Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United. After those makeup games are played, the 30th round will start on Friday, June 19 provided authorities approve safety plans.— Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus. Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday. Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms. Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them Boston marathon canceledUNDATED (AP) — Organizers have canceled the Boston Marathon for the first time in its 124-year history due to social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak.The race had endured through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and a previous pandemic. The race draws a field of 30,000 and already had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14. It will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher’s medal.The Boston Marathon began in 1897 and has been the longest-running annual marathon in the world.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: — Italy’s top soccer league will resume on June 20. Italy’s sports minister gave Serie A the green light to resume after a meeting with Italian soccer authorities on Thursday. A medical protocol for matches was approved by a technical scientific committee earlier.— Fans will be allowed in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month. Spectators will be allowed to attend matches if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity. The Russian league previously announced it would resume games on June 21. There’s no word on what regulations would apply to the fans allowed into Russian stadiums or how the limited number of tickets would be allocated.— Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19. Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Polish league will resume on Friday in empty stadiums. No games have been played since March 9. The return of fans will be governed by special sanitary regulations worked out with the health ministry and sanitary authorities.— The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums. The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option. Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another.— The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums.The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming. There was one abstention. The league has been shut down since February because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are 13 rounds left in the top division and the league wants to complete the season on Aug. 2. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-CHARLOTTEElliott gets first Cup win of seasonCONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott was able to celebrate a victory that capped a very busy stretch for NASCAR. Associated Press Also approved was the competition committee’s recommendation to expand defenseless player protection to a kickoff or punt returner who is in possession of the ball but has not had time to avoid or ward off contact of an opponent.Another approved recommendation stops teams from manipulating the game clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running. That’s an issue that came up several times in 2019, including during the postseason.Using video replay for pass interference calls was dropped after a one-year experiment that led to more uncertainty than clarity.A proposal to have a booth judge serve as an eighth official on each crew was tabled.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Elliott reeled in Kevin Harvick with 27 laps remaining and closed out the win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott was charging hard on Harvick with about 35 laps remaining when he asked if he had enough fuel to make it to the finish. He stayed on the track and came away with his first Cup win of the season.Elliott shook off a pair of tough losses to finish about 2.2 seconds ahead of runner-up Denny Hamlin. Ryan Blaney was third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse and Kurt Busch.The rain-delayed event closed a frantic 12-day stretch that featured four Cup races, two each in North and South Carolina.Elliott’s victory was the first for a Chevrolet driver in NASCAR’s return to Cup racing since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sport.NFL-RULE CHANGES — The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums. The J-League suspended play on Feb. 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH’-bay) lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.— Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 as the Parramatta Eels beat the Brisbane Broncos 34-6 in the National Rugby League Thursday. No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules but the game was broadcast across Australia.— The European Tour is planning to resume its season close to home. The tour says it has targeted the British Masters in England on July 22 as the restart. That would be followed by five new tournaments in England and Wales that will be called the “U.K. Swing.” The new events will have a prize fund of 1 million euros. European Tour chief Keith Pelley says the plans depend on the U.K. lifting quarantine restrictions, but he’s confident that will happen.— The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the pandemic. Organizers of the first Dutch GP since 1985 chose not to host it without spectators. F1 wants to start the season in July with no spectators at races.— The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded international sporting schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Canada was scheduled to host the quadrennial event in 2022 but instead will host in 2026. Swimming Canada says charter nations Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States “agreed to defer” the event. Daniels started for the Trojans in 2018 but lost his job to Kedon Slovis last season after going down with a knee injury. Daniels will battle for playing time with graduate transfer Jamie Newman, who left Wake Forest to play his final college season with a program that has been a consistent national contender under coach Kirby Smart.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS TECH-McCLUNGMcClung transferring to Texas TechLUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Former Georgetown guard Mac McClung will play at Texas Tech after Davide Moretti’s departure from the Red Raiders to play professionally at home in Italy.Coach Chris Beard said McClung had officially signed with the Red Raiders.center_img NFL owners table onside kick alternative proposalUNDATED (AP) — NFL owners approved several rules on Thursday without accepting an alternative to the onside kick.Owners have tabled a proposal that would have offered a fourth-and-15 play as an alternative to the onside kick. Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay said there were more clubs receptive to the onside kick alternative than in the past and it will be further explored and likely brought up again.Owners approved testing expanded use of video replay in the preseason to aid in officiating, and they also increased the number of players who may be designated for return from the injured list during a season from two to three.The owners voted to make permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful extra points. In other NFL news:— The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Eli Apple after losing free agent James Bradberry to the Giants. Apple has started 48 games during four NFL seasons but has never lived up to the billing of being the 10th overall selection in the 2016 draft out of Ohio State. He recorded 58 tackles and one forced fumble while starting 15 games for the Saints last season.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-GEORGIA-DANIELSGeorgia gets USC transfer DanielsATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has picked up another high-profile transfer to compete for its starting quarterback job, landing former Southern California starter JT Daniels. Update on the latest sports The junior had put his name in the transfer portal after removing it from consideration from the NBA draft. McClung led the Hoyas with 15.7 points a game last season, while also averaging 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists.NBA-WILLIAMSON-SUITWilliamson attorneys looking to block suitMIAMI (AP) — Attorneys for NBA rookie Zion Williamson are seeking to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the ex-Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils.In a Florida court filing last week, Williamson’s attorneys say those questions are “nothing more than a fishing expedition aimed at tarnishing Williamson’s reputation.” They added the accusations are designed to “maximize potential embarrassment and media coverage in an attempt to improperly gain settlement leverage.” NFL-NEWSHyde signs with Seahawks, Apple goes to PanthersUNDATED (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have added another option at running back by signing veteran Carlos Hyde to a one-year.Hyde is coming off the best season of his career after rushing for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns with Houston. It was his first 1,000-yard NFL campaign.Hyde’s addition is a significant move after leading rusher Chris Carson suffered a significant hip injury late last season. Coach Pete Carroll has indicated Carson should be healthy for the season. May 29, 2020 TRANSGENDER ATHLETES-HIGH SCHOOLConnecticut transgender policy found to violate Title NineHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has found a Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports is illegal. The office says the policy violates Title IX, the federal civil rights law guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics.The ruling comes in response to a complaint filed last year by several female track athletes, who argued that two transgender runners who were identified as male at birth had an unfair physical advantage. The dispute also is the subject of a federal lawsuit.F1-WILLIAMS-FOR SALE Williams considers full sale of struggling Formula 1 teamOXFORD, England (AP) —Williams is considering selling its storied Formula One team.The Williams Grand Prix Holdings group says it is looking at a range of options as part of a “new strategic direction.” That includes selling a minority or majority stake and even “a potential sale of the whole company.”The group is in preliminary discussions with some parties regarding a potential investment in the company. Williams was founded in 1966 and is the third most successful team in the sport with nine constructors’ titles and seven drivers’ titles.Williams has struggled in recent years. It finished in last place in the constructors’ standings in 2018 and ’19.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: SU lands 15 recruits on opening of early signing period

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse signed 15 commits from the Class of 2018 on Wednesday, the opening of the NCAA’s brand-new early signing period.Most notably, SU managed to flip three-star Houston quarterback commit Chance Amie, who signed with the Orange on Wednesday despite pledging to the Cougars during the summer. Amie went on an official visit to Syracuse over the weekend, but head coach Dino Babers didn’t see the last-minute pitch as an attempt to “flip” the Texas native’s choice.“This is what we have to offer,” Babers said. “…If it feels right for you, then come join what we’re trying to do. The one thing we will not do is try to convince or trick someone to come to Syracuse University.”As far as Amie’s position at quarterback, Babers said the best guy will play. That will not be Amie. Babers wouldn’t budge on the topic of a competition between rising senior Eric Dungey and Tommy DeVito, the Elite 11 quarterback who redshirted as a freshman this year.Conversely, four-star offensive lineman Tyrone Sampson Jr., who had been committed to Syracuse since late April, reopened his recruitment instead of signing with SU. Since Sampson is in no way officially connected to the Syracuse program, Babers could not comment on his recruitment, per NCAA rules. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the defensive side, SU signed three defensive backs, including 247sports four-star prospect Trill Williams, and three linebackers: Lakiem Williams, Tre Allison and Juan Wallace. Allison and Wallace are three-star prospects, per 247sports.com and Williams is a junior-college transfer. The Orange will be without four senior linebackers who played nearly the entirety of the snaps in 2017, making it a priority position in recruiting.Similarly, the Orange lost Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips, two wide receivers who accounted for more than 50 percent of SU’s receptions in 2017, to graduation. Four wide receivers, including ESPN four-star Ed Hendrix, were brought in to add to the pool of replacements.“We’ve got to get some guys on campus and grow our own a little bit,” Babers said. “Our system is a system that’s not really that simple. We have techniques and fundamentals that those guys have to learn to be efficient in what we’re trying to do.”Of the 15 signees, five are currently expected to enroll in January: Amie, defensive backs Andre Cisco and Cameron Jonas and linebackers Wallace and Williams. Babers said without this new early period, he thought SU might not have had the chance to land some of these players.Here is a full list of Syracuse’s early signees with early enrollees in bold.Cameron Jonas, DB, 6-1 / 187 Trill Williams, DB, 6-2 / 190Andre Cisco, DB, 6-0 / 186Anthony Queeley, WR, 6-2 / 195Cooper Lutz, WR, 5-11 / 190Carlos Vettorello, OL, 6-4 / 277Taj Harris, WR, 6-2 / 175Willem Froumy, OL, 6-6 / 290Juan Wallace, LB, 6-2 / 215Tre Allison, LB, 6-1 / 212Ed Hendrix, WR, 6-3 / 185Qadir White, OL, 6-7 / 334Gabe Horan, TE, 6-6 / 260Lakiem Williams, LB, 6-0 / 240Chance Amie, QB, 6-3 / 191 Comments Published on December 20, 2017 at 5:41 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtblosslast_img read more

Tipperary is mourning the loss of a hurling legend.

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first_imgThe 76 year old was considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game with 6 All Ireland titles, 9 Munster and 7 at National League Level while he was also included on the hurling team of the century and the hurling team of the Millennium.County Board Chairman Michael Bourke has been leading the tributes to the hurling legend.He described Jimmy as a gentleman to the core who was completely unassuming about his achievements.last_img