Lately it seems like Hollywood and television have run out of good, new ideas for entertainment. Many movies and programs coming out are sequels, reboots and “reimaginings” (whatever that is). For a recent example, look no further than the re-whatever of The X-Files on Fox.Admittedly, some of these sequels and reboots are a lot of fun. For example, I think some of the updated Star Trek franchise films are at least as good, if not better, than the originals. On the flipside, for every good sequel or remake you get, there’s always going to be a Jaws: The Revenge or Godzilla (1998).I receive a number of credit union newsletters and can say with certainty that too many of them have the same information (i.e.: the same promotion every spring, the same information listed every fall). Is your bank or credit union out of good ideas? This applies to a number of areas, including consumer service, marketing, the brand and operations. If your financial institution finds itself in an idea rut, consider the following kickstarters to find new inspiration.Break out of the financial institution silo. We are all guilty of focusing solely on the task at hand, daily operations, etc. Over time, this limits our vision and blunts focus. Look outside the world of banks and credit unions. Scan blogs, financial news websites and periodicals. Banks and credit unions must learn to think of themselves as retailers, so it makes sense that we look to the retail world for inspiration and new blood. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I was recently summoned to serve as a juror in Schenectady. The potential trail for this jury turned out to be a civil matter. It was settled out of court and the summoned were excused.After going through this process, I had several concerns. So I phoned the commissioner of jurors, Nicole M. Salamone and talked to her assistant about my concerns.She told me that Nicole may call me back. In about an hour, I received a call from Nicole. We had a nice conversation and it soon became apparent to me that this woman really cares about her responsibilities. She really wants to do the best job possible for the citizens of Schenectady County.I’m not easily impressed, but this woman is impressive. If we had more public servants like her, we could be in much better shape. Thanks, Nicole.Thomas SingerSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
By Rawle Toney in SurinameGUYANA’s male and female football teams are hoping to have the better of their rival, Suriname in today’s clash at the Franklin Essed Stadium.While the women went down 3-1 in their first match on Friday, for the men, a late goal by Suriname saw their match ending in an exciting 1-1 draw.Akilah Castello’s women’s team will take the field at 15:00 hrs (GT time) while at 17:00 hrs, Sampson Gilbert’s troops will attempt to reclaim the IGG male football title.“We’re just going to play our best (and) try to win this game” a smiling Gilbert told Chronicle Sport.In their first match, New Silvercity Secondary’s Shane Haynes netted a beauty in the 39th minute to give Guyana the advantage.“I didn’t had him (Haynes) to start but he looked good in the final practice session before the game, so I made some changes and he had a good game” Sampson said.Guyana created several chances but failed to find the back of the net, until Suriname equalized in the 79th minute.The male and female football matches will bring the curtains down on this year’s IGG.