How to solve your indirect lending woes

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Foster Kelly Foster serves as the Director of Business Development and Sales, CU RateReset, a CUNA Strategic Services alliance provider. Web: https://www.curatereset.com Details Credit unions might be the biggest players in the indirect auto game. The overall margins on indirect auto loans have shrunk— one of the reasons why credit unions are still a major component in the industry. Credit unions are not-for-profit, which means they can make the rates very low to beat competitors down the street. This is all great but, at what cost? After speaking with hundreds of credit unions, we have found there are three major issues with indirect lending.The first is the accounting issue if the loan pays off early. Second, on average, 25% of your indirect auto loan portfolio will payoff early. In other words, how do you stop the runoff? And third, you now have a member that often is not even aware they are a member of a credit union. How do you get the member to utilize more products offered by the credit union? In this article, we will share with you how the credit unions we have spoken to have solved these issues. Issue One: Accounting In order to solve the first issue, we needed to research what was happening at the credit union level. CU RateReset conducted a survey in partnership with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) –we’ll reference it throughout this article. The study found out that many organizations amortize the dealer fee over the life of the loan. If this loan pays off early or is refinanced within your own institution, you will be hit with that dealer fee. On average this will happen to over 25% of your indirect auto loan portfolio. We believe in order to solve this first issue with indirect lending, credit unions need a solution that effectively mitigates this account issue. We’ve found that the best solution is a loan modification. However, many institutions have a manual modification process that is clunky and time-consuming for the member and back office staff. Reset Auto on the KNOCK KNOCK Platform at CU RateReset is a fully automated loan mod solution. There are very minimal back office resources needed to implement Reset Auto and it eliminates the dealer fee accounting issue.   Issue Two: Stop RunoffThe second issue with indirect lending can also be associated with direct lending. With indirect and direct lending, runoff will occur but, how are you stopping it? Big data tells us that auto loan consumers will refinance their auto loans between months 18 and 32. Looking at our own data with our credit union clients, we have found that members will refi their loans between months 20 and 30. These members are not buying a new car they are refinancing with a big refi shop or a competitor down the street. The best way to beat runoff is to be both proactive and reactive. Get ahead of competitors with a digitally-frictionless way to extend the term of the loan to lower the member’s monthly payment, before your competitors can beat you to the punch. When you receive a payoff, can you get an offer to that member in less than 60 seconds? If the answer is no, then it’s very likely that the loan will be lost to another lender. Sending a Reset Auto offer not only retains that loan, but also increases the total yield and extends the term adding additional benefits to a portfolio with low margins to begin with.Issue Three: Indirect Membership AwarenessDid you know that over half of all credit unions have an indirect lending program? And over 90% of credit unions with $500 million in assets have indirect lending programs. We can confidently say that many credit unions are working to solve this “mere” member issue. We’ve heard the solution to this problem referred to as “a magical, illusive unicorn.” Credit unions across the board have struggled to find the solution, and no one has been able to develop an answer that facilitates a multi-level relationship with the indirect member, until now. Before I dive into the case study about a credit union who solved this issue, allow me to list a few more stats: Only 6% of all indirect members begin using two or more products within the first year; less than 14% of credit unions offer incentives or special pre-approved offers to indirect members, however, 74% of credit unions offer personal loan offers and 69% offer credit card offers to their members. Clearly, the products are there for the members to benefit from, but why are so few taking advantage of them? We have found that it has to do with how and when the product offers are delivered. In the new, digital age of banking, members are looking for electronic offers, not another piece of paper for the recycling bin. A member-centric focus on a digital experience is key when it comes to engaging the member on multiple levels. A credit union in Washington state figured this out. They offered their indirect members a Reset Auto opportunity. The straight-forward, digitized simplicity of the offer showed their indirect members how easy Reset Auto makes it to lower monthly auto payments. From start-to-finish, members complete the Reset auto process in less than 60 seconds. That “wow” experience becomes multi-level member engagement with a pre-approval credit card offer through the KNOCK KNOCK platform where there is no-application process, the member chooses their credit limit and transfers a balance all in less than 90 seconds. We tracked the success of this method and found that over 75% of the members who opened the offer also accepted the credit card. The magical unicorn has been found. Reset Auto through the KNOCK KNOCK platform offers the solution to three major issues credit unions and their members face. By providing an opportunity to refinance auto loans in a streamlined, digitally-frictionless environment, members save and credit unions mitigate member runoff. The KNOCK KNOCK platform also allows credit unions to more effectively engage their indirect members by providing credit card offers and more using the same easy, paperless process. CU RateReset is committed to working to provide these services to streamline your credit union’s operation and save your members time and money. To learn more about the Auto Reset on the KNOCK KNOCK platform, contact me at [email protected] last_img read more

‘NPA vandalism an act of desperation’

first_imgThere were no nearby security cameras,however, so identifying the vandals would be difficult. The Communist Party of the Philippinesmarked its 51st founding anniversary on Dec. 26. The New People’s Army is itsarmed wing while the NDF is a coalition of revolutionary social and economicjustice organizations, agricultural unions, trade unions, and indigenous rightsgroups, among others. Aganan Bridge in the municipality ofPavia was spray-painted with the graffiti “Viva CPP NDF – Mabuhay ang 51stAnniv sang CPP NPA NDF.” As of 2019, the organization claimsthat the number of its members and supporters is growing, despite claims by thePhilippine government that the organization is about to be destroyed. PN Photo Executive Order (EO) 70 has dealt abig blow to the CPP and its armed wing, the NPA, said Vinoya. EO 70 issued by President Duterteinstitutionalized the “whole-of-nation approach” in addressing the insurgencyproblem. It is the synchronization of various government agencies’ plans andprograms to combat insurgency because guns and cannons alone could not do thejob. The CPP has been fighting a guerrillawar against the state since its establishment. Although its ranks initiallynumbered around 500, the party grew quickly, supposedly due to the declarationand imposition of martial law by former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcosduring his 21-year rule. ILOILO – The Philippine Army condemneda recent vandalism that it claimed was done by rebels. The organization remains anunderground operation, with its primary goals being to overthrow the Philippinegovernment through armed revolution. He welcomed the surrender of manyrebels this year, most of whom were NPA commanders. “What they did was an act of cowardice. They are afraid to face us and they don’t want to admit they are losing the war. Wala na silang mga tao kasi some of their men ay nag-surrender na kasi talagang nagugutom na sila,” Pancito added.center_img Vinoya expressed confidence of endingthe insurgency in Western Visayas by next year. “The vandalism was a sign offrustration. The rebels were also trying to sow fear in the community,” saidthe Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) spokesperson, Captain Cenon Pancito III. Patrolling policemen of Pavia spottedthe graffiti. The rebels used red spray paint. By 3ID’s estimate, seven rebel frontsare operating in 87 barangays cross Western Visayas./PN By the end of Marcos’ dictatorship,the number of combatants had expanded to include more than 10,000 fighters. Ina speech before the US Congress in 1986, Marcos’ successor Corazon Aquinoaccredited the party’s rapid growth as being caused by Marcos’ attempts tostifle it with the “means by which it grows” with his establishment ofmartial law, suggesting that other governments view it as a lesson when dealingwith communist insurgencies. “EO 70 aims to achieve genuine peace.Discrediting EO 70 is like rejecting peace,” said Vinoya. The 3ID commander, Brigadier GeneralEric Vinoya, declared last week: “We are gaining against the NPA. We are ontrack to winning and ending the local communist armed conflict in WesternVisayas.” “Government forces are serious infulfilling the people’s will to end the insurgency. We are trained to bealways ready,” he stressed. Vinoya warned the CPP-NPA, “Expectmore intensified combat operations. You only have two options, surrender ordie.” The CPP was formed by Prof. Jose MariaSison on Dec. 26, 1968. It was designated as a terrorist group by currentPhilippine president and Sison’s former student, Rodrigo Duterte in December2017.last_img read more

Rashid torments Bangladesh again as Afghanistan close in on victory

first_imgRASHID Khan tormented Bangladesh once again as Afghanistan closed in on victory on a rain-affected day four of the one-off Test in Chattogram.Captain Rashid claimed a first-innings five-for and took another three wickets on Sunday before stumps was called with Bangladesh on 136-6, still requiring another 262 runs.However, with inclement weather limiting the action and more forecast, Afghanistan will hope to get things wrapped up as quickly as possible on the final day.Afghanistan opted against an overnight declaration and, after a start delayed by rain, were finally bowled out for 260, Afsar Zazai left stranded two shy of a maiden Test half-century.An early lunch was taken due to another downpour with Bangladesh on 30 without loss, and in the second over after the resumption Liton Das (9) was pinned by debutant Zahir Khan (2-36).Zahir accounted for Mosaddek Hossain (12) before Rashid (3-46) trapped Mushfiqur Rahim (23) and Mominul Haque (3) as the hosts were reduced to 102-4 by tea.Shadman Islam (41) fell to Mohammad Nabi (1-38) before Mahmudullah (7) was taken by Ibrahim Zadran at forward short leg off Rashid, though rain denied Afghanistan the chance to make further in-roads.AFGHANISTAN  1st innings 342Bangladesh 1st innings 205Afghanistan  2nd innings Ihsanullah            lbw Shakib Al Hasan                         4 Ibrahim Zadran        c Mominul Haque b Nayeem Hasan             87 Rahmat Shah           c&b Shakib Al Hasan                         0 Hashmatullah Shahidi  c Soumya Sarkar b Nayeem Hasan             12 Asghar Afghan         c Shakib Al Hasan b Taijul Islam           50 Afsar Zazai           Not Out                                    48 Mohammad Nabi         c Mominul Haque b Mehedi Hasan              8 Rashid Khan           b Taijul Islam                             24 Qais Ahmad            lbw Shakib Al Hasan                        14 Yamin Ahmadzai        Run Out Liton Das                           9 Zahir Khan            c Mominul Haque b Mehedi Hasan              0 Extras                4b 0lb 0nb 0pen 0w                          4 Total                 (90.1 overs)                      260 all outFall of Wickets : 1-4 Janat, 2-4 Zurmatai, 3-28 Shahidi, 4-136 Afghan, 5-171 Zadran, 6-180 Nabi, 7-210 Khan, 8-235 Kamawal, 9-260 Ahmadzai, 10-260 Khan Bowling  :    Shakib Al Hasan    19 –  3 – 58 –  3, Mehedi Hasan  12.1 –  3 – 35 –  2, Taijul Islam     28 –  6 – 86 –  2, Nayeem Hasan   17 –  2 – 61 –  2, Mominul Haque    10 –  6  -13 –  0, Mosaddek Hossain  4 –  1 –  3 –  0. BANGLADESH  2nd innings Liton Das         lbw Zahir Khan                      9 Shadman Islam     lbw Mohammad Nabi                  41 Mosaddek Hossain  c Asghar Afghan b Zahir Khan       12 Mushfiqur Rahim   lbw Rashid Khan                    23 Mominul Haque     lbw Rashid Khan                     3 Shakib Al Hasan   Not Out                            39 Mahmudullah       c Ibrahim Zadran b Rashid Khan      7 Soumya Sarkar     Not Out                             0 Extras            0b 2lb 0nb 0pen 0w                  2 Total             (44.2 overs)                    136-6Fall of Wickets : 1-30 Das, 2-52 Saikat, 3-78 Rahim, 4-82 Haque, 5-106 Anik, 6-125 MahmudullahTo Bat : Miraz, Islam, Hasan Bowling :   Yamin Ahmadzai     4 –  1- 0- 14 –  0, Mohammad Nabi   17.2  – 4 – 38 –  1, Rashid Khan   13 –  0 – 46 –  3,  Zahir Khan   10 –  0 – 36 –  2.last_img read more

NBA announcement coming on Sterling amid fallout

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Outrage over racist comments purportedly made by embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling hit a crescendo Monday, with corporations pulling their sponsorship deals with the team and coach Doc Rivers saying he believes “a very strong message” is coming from the NBA in response to the scandal.That message will come Tuesday, when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a news conference in New York where he could reveal sanctions the league will impose on Sterling.A suspension of indefinite length and hefty fine – Silver can issue one of up to $1 million without approval of owners – are possible options. However, it remains unclear how far Silver’s powers can reach at this point, even though the NBA constitution gives the commissioner’s office a lot of latitude to protect the game’s best interest.Many players simply want Sterling ousted, with Lakers star Kobe Bryant tweeting he “should not continue owning the clippers.”“It needs to be handled in the right way,” Rivers said. “I don’t even know what the right way is. I have a hunch. But I don’t know.”The Clippers had Monday off, with Rivers saying he wanted his team to try and regroup mentally after a whirlwind weekend where Sterling’s alleged comments were revealed, first by TMZ and then in another recording posted on Deadspin. The NBA has not said if it was able to authenticate the tapes, but Sterling’s wife told KABC-TV in Los Angeles that it was her husband on the recordings.Rivers, who has declined a chance to speak with his boss, believes Sterling is on the tape.“I can’t tell you how upset I am,” Rivers said.Tuesday is shaping up as a potentially seismic day for the Clippers, in both the short- and long-term. Rivers’ team will host Golden State on Tuesday – about 8½ hours after Silver is scheduled to speak – in a crucial Game 5 of the teams’ Western Conference first-round series, knotted now at two games apiece.Meanwhile, the Clippers are already taking hits in other ways over Sterling’s alleged comments.CarMax and Virgin America announced they are ending their sponsorships of the team, and Kia Motors America plans to suspend its advertising and sponsorship activities with the franchise. Insurer State Farm said it “will be taking a pause in our relationship with the organization,” though the popular ad campaign featuring Clippers guard Chris Paul will continue, as will the company’s initiatives with the NBA.Los Angeles-based AQUAhydrate – launched by rap mogul Sean “P Diddy” Combs and actor Mark Wahlberg – also said it was suspending its sponsorship “in the wake of Sterling’s alleged intolerable comments … until the NBA completes its investigation.”Losing sponsors would not seem to be an issue that only hurts the Clippers, either. It could potentially impact bottom lines across the league because of revenue sharing and Basketball Related Income, or BRI.“The opportunity before Commissioner Silver to take an uncompromising stand against any form of prejudice in the NBA is unprecedented in the league,” said Marc H. Morial, the president and CEO of the National Urban League.The NAACP said it has decided not to honor Sterling with a previously announced lifetime achievement award from its Los Angeles chapter. The NAACP also plans to return an undisclosed amount of donations the Clippers owner has made to the organization.Several team owners have condemned the alleged remarks in recent days, including Charlotte’s Michael Jordan, Miami’s Micky Arison, Washington’s Ted Leonsis and Indiana’s Herb Simon.Regardless of what happens Tuesday, the saga surely will continue. And if Sterling is suspended, someone would likely have to be appointed to run the team, if even on an interim basis. Plus, there are numerous legal issues at play, including whether the recording was legally made and the matter of Sterling’s wife suing the woman purported to be on the tape with Sterling.Those issues, however, are not expected to play an immediate role in how the league decides to proceed.“Clearly, there’s things that have happened, but I don’t know what they could have done in the past,” Rivers said. “I know now that there seems to be proof that they can do something now. And so I’m not worried about the past – I’m worried about now and how we handle this. I think this is going to be handled the right way. I really have a lot of faith in Adam and the league.”last_img read more

Second Annual Olympia Acoustic Festival Features Northwest Favorites

first_imgSECOND STAGE (MC: andy shmushkin) www.shmushkin.bandcamp.comJames Coates 1:30pm www.coatesmusic.wix.com/jamescoatesofficialKat Jones 2:30pm www.katjonesmusic.comAnna Gordon 3:30pm www.annagordon.bandcamp.comElk and Boar 4:30pm www.elkandboar.comThe Grey Wharf 5:30 www.facebook.com/TheGreyWharfHEADLINING SETJuniper Circus 6:30pm www.tobiastheowl.bandcamp.comSamsel and the Skirt 7:30pm www.samselandtheskirt.comFor more information and updates follow us on Facebook.  For more information you can email us at  [email protected]  or reach us by phone at360.349.4427 (Paul Mauer, organizer/performer). Submitted by The Olympia Acoustic FestivalThe fun-loving, hard-working Oly Mountain Boys take time out to pose for a photo amidst the iconic Pacific Northwest beauty which infuses their music. Photo courtesy Oly Mountain Boys.The Olympia Acoustic Festival, is an event that is an all day celebration of the collaboration and diverse acoustically driven music and artists of the Pacific Northwest. Euphoria Tea Productions, Archibald Sisters, Fish Tail Brewery, Olympia Ballroom, and The Urban Onion have all made this event possible with their sponsorship and the day won’t disappoint.  We held our first event last year with amazingly beautiful support from the community. It’s not hard to embrace the music of this region! It will be held again in the beautiful historic Olympia Ballroom and the Urban Onion downstairs.The event will take place on March 29 with acts beginning at 1 p.m. and playing until midnight.  The Main Stage Acts can be seen in the Olympia Ballroom and the Second Stage Acts will be heard in the Urban Onion.Local arts and food vendors will be featured on the mezzanine. And an indoor beer garden in the Ballroom after 7pm.This Year we have an awesome line up. Please check out the performer’s collective websites, listen, like and share.  Ticket sales opened on February 14th 2014.Advanced $12 / door $15. kids under 12 are free! Tickets available at: Brown Paper Tickets.MAIN STAGE (MC: christopher gray)Kari Anewhouse 1pm www.karinewhouse.comMark Macminn 2pm www.markmacminn.comBirds of a Feather 3pm www.reverbnation.com/robertboydThe Brothers Jim 4pm www.reverbnation.com/tbjPaul Mauer 5pm www.paulmauermusic.comAaron English 6pm www.aaronenglish.comBradford Loomis 7pm www.bradfordloomis.comHEADLINING SETScience! 8pm www.scienceseattle.comShawn Smith 9p www.shawnsmithsinger.comOly Mountain Boys 10p www.olymountainboys.com Facebook5Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

A New Sensory Playground is Coming to Dorbrook Park

first_imgFortunately, they committed to the project and the fundraising ball began to roll. “We started coming up with different grants and fundraisers. We just started grinding. I spoke at churches and businesses, $100 here, a thousand there,” he said. The money raised by the Lions was presented to the Friends of the Monmouth County Parks, which acts as the intermediary between outside organizations and the Monmouth County Park System on projects like the Sensory Den. With the help of grants and the support of the community, the Lions Club raised $140,000 to fund the project. At 10 a.m. Aug. 22 members of the Colts Neck Lions Club and the Friends of the Monmouth County Parks will gather at Dorbrook Park to break ground on the Sensory Lions’ Den, a playground that will be open to all children but has been specially designed for kids with visual impairments. The idea for the playground began with Justin Lotano, Colts Neck Lions Club president, and his wife Christina, as they sat on their sofa at home one night discussing possible projects the Lions Club could pursue. The closest such playground in New Jersey was at the St. Joseph’s School for the Blind in Jersey City, where sensory cues in theplayground provide visually impaired kids with the freedom to play. Justin Lotano paid them a visit. “I learned how important it is for children to be able to have the confidence to play on equipment that other children are playing on,” he said. The playground will also feature musical instruments like large xylophones, drums that make different sounds and a game that plays different animal sounds when kids push its buttons. There will also be button-activated misting columns. By Eileen Moon The central piece of the Sensory Den will be a global motion dome. “You can grab onto it and get inside it and it spins,” Lotano said. The international philanthropic organization has long been known for its work on behalf of blind and visually impaired children and adults around the world, scheduling vision screenings, repairing and distributing eyeglasses, and funding research and treatment of eye diseases. He then presented his proposal to the Monmouth County Park System, meeting with officials and park administrators to ask them to consider building a sensory playground at Dorbrook Park. The park on Route 537 has had a playground designed for children with disabilities called the Challenger Place playground for the past 15 years, but it didn’t address specific visual challenges. Spinning on the Global Motion playground feature improves posture and balance. Photo courtesy Colts Neck Lions “It’s been a refreshing thing for the whole club,” Lotano said. “Our membership has doubled.” So Lotano went back to his fellow Lions Club members and asked them to raise the $125,000 necessary to fund the construction of the playground. “We are excited to assist them in bringing this project to fruition,” said Maria Wojciechowski, executive director of the Friends of the Monmouth County Park System. “I spoke with the park system last week and they are in process. We expect it to open in October.” If all of that sounds like fun, the good news is that while the playground is designed to be accessible for kids with visual impairments, it’s also designed to provide fun for all kids. But to the Lotanos, creating a playground where visually impaired kids could have the kind of fun that every child needs, was paramount. As the Lotanos’ idea began to gather steam, Justin Lotano set to work exploring what type of equipment was available, what costs were involved and what obstacles would have to be overcome in order to make the sensory playground a reality in Monmouth County. Lotano traveled to St. Joseph’s School for the Blind with an architect for the park system. Once the county had all the facts, Lotano said, it agreed to the project. “Once we got the county on board, it was just a matter of figuring out how to come up with the money,”Lotano said. “Our ultimate goal is to bring all the children together,” Lotano said. COLTS NECK – Thanks to a group of people united by a common vision, kids with visual impairments will no longer have to sit on the sidelines while other kids are having fun on the playground at Dorbrook Park. Colts Neck Lions Club members, from left, Andrew Lotano, Justin Lotano, John Sakoutis and John Grabovski. Photo courtesy Colts Neck Lions “This is a club that normally raises $10,000 a year,” Lotano said. “You can imagine the looks on their faces.” “My wife came up with the idea,” Lotano said. Initially, the Lotanos weren’t sure if such a thing even existed. They soon found out that it did. The Friends of the Monmouth County Parks will thank the Colts Neck Lions Club for its donation at a wine and craft beer tasting to take place at Tatum Park in Middletown Sept. 19. Contact friendsofthemonmouthcountyparks.com for more information.last_img read more

Critics crown gay cowboy film, director

first_imgControversial “Brokeback Mountain” won the best picture award for 2005 from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Saturday, which also tapped Ang Lee, director of the gay cowboy drama, for the top pick in his category. Traditionally the first legitimate critics’ organization to vote its yearly film awards, the group weighed in with wide-ranging picks reflecting a year in which a number of interesting films – but few if any great ones – were released. The best actor pick went to Philip Seymour Hoffman for his portrayal of the famous writer in “Capote.” That film also registered in two other categories: Supporting actress for Catherine Keener – who also was recognized for her work in “The Ballad of Jack and Rose,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “The Interpreter”; and best screenplay, where San Futterman’s historical script for “Capote” tied with Noah Baumbach’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale “The Squid and The Whale.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Vera Farmiga won best actress for her portrayal of a not-exactly-recovering drug addict in “Down to the Bone,” a small, independent drama by even independent film standards. The pick was emblematic of a year when the association’s awards went overwhelmingly to nonstudio releases – and such highly-touted Academy Award-chasing pictures as “Munich,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Walk the Line” were dismissed. “Brokeback” was the only movie to flat-out win two awards and “Capote” was the only other multiple designee, with one win and two shared others. William Hurt earned supporting actor honors for his brief but memorably bizarre appearance in “A History of Violence.” The group’s animation award went to “Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” Werner Herzog’s “Grizzly Man” took the documentary prize. The foreign film winner was German/Austrian director Michael Haneke’s French-language “Cache” (“Hidden”). Robert Elswit won the cinematography award for the black-and-white “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Production design went to William Chang Suk-Ping for the Hong Kong film “2046.” Music score was Joe Hisaishi for another Asian film, the Japanese anime spectacular “Howl’s Moving Castle.” LAFCA’s new generation award went to actor Terrence Howard, who broke through in a number of films this year including “Hustle & Flow” and “Crash.” The lifetime achievement award, announced earlier this year, went to classic Hollywood tough guy Richard Widmark. Peter Watkins’ lengthy “La Commune (Paris 1871)” was named experimental-film recipient. Special citations were also voted to the eight-disc DVD collection “Unseen Cinema” and to retiring Los Angeles Times film critic (and LAFCA member) Kevin Thomas for his contributions to film culture in Los Angeles. Runners-up included “A History of Violence” for best picture, and its director, David Cronenberg; “Brokeback’s” Heath Ledger and Judi Dench of “Mrs. Henderson Presents” in the lead acting categories; “Junebug’s” Amy Adams and “Good Night, and Good Luck’s” Frank Langella in supporting categories; “Good Night” for production design; “2046” for cinematography; and “Tony Takitani” for music score. “2046” was also foreign film runner-up, and “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” lost the vote for best documentary. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association is made up of print, radio and online critics in the Southern California area. Thirty-two members attended Saturday’s voting meeting in Santa Monica, with three others voting by proxy. The LAFCA awards will be presented Jan. 17 at a dinner at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Century City. Bob Strauss, (818) 713-3670 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bamford needs to focus on Boro – Jose

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Patrick Bamford will not be in his thoughts until the end of his season-long loan at Middlesbrough.The 21-year-old striker has scored 17 goals in 31 Championship starts this season, helping Boro climb to the top of the table following Friday’s win over Norwich City.Bamford, who scored eight goals in 14 starts for Derby County last term, has been tipped to return to Stamford Bridge in the summer and become part of the squad.But Mourinho said: “He has a chance to be promoted with Middlesbrough.“That’s why he is there, to develop himself and to help Middlesbrough. This is the only thing that matters.“We think these last three matches and the possibility of an extra two or three in the play-offs are very important for his development.”See also:Costa could be available for Arsenal clashOscar is not for sale, Mourinho insistsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Airplane trouble temporarily grounds A’s

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — An already exhausting road trip got worse for the A’s when damage to their charter aircraft out of Texas caused about a four-hour travel delay late Sunday.The A’s bided their time in the Texas visiting clubhouse after playing four games in a 48-hour span. They reached their St. Petersburg hotel about 4 a.m. Monday — some 15 hours before beginning a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.“We’ve having a tough trip,’’ said A’s manager Bob Melvin, …last_img read more

Amazing Amla stars in drawn ODI series

first_img6 September 2012Hashim Amla starred as South Africa beat England by 7 wickets in the fifth and final one-day international on Wednesday evening to draw the series 2-2. Frankly, though, both teams will be a little disappointed with the outcome of the series.After the first ODI was rained out, South Africa failed to fire in the third and fourth ODIs, while England were sub-standard in the second and fifth ODIs. On a positive note for the Proteas, England had not lost a 50 overs game all year until the teams met.On Wednesday at Trent Bridge, South Africa’s bowlers produced a solid all-round performance to dismiss England for only 182. Dale Steyn, with swing, and Robin Peterson, with spin, led the way with hauls of 2 for 24 and 3 for 37 respectively.Captain Alastair Cook top scored for England with 51, but only three other batsmen made more than 10 runs.Unbeaten standIn reply, South Africa were in serious early trouble after being reduced to 14 for 3, but Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers then put on an unbeaten stand of 172 to take the Proteas to a convincing victory with 93 balls remaining.Amla, the Man of the Match and Player of the Series, dealt with his own success briefly by saying in a post-match interview at the awards ceremony: “It’s been a good summer for me.”He then spoke about the team, saying: “I’m just glad we got to level the series. Obviously, it was quite an intense, low-scoring game, but we’re just glad we came out on top.”Captain AB de Villiers said his team had produced up-and-down performances in the series. “A little bit inconsistent for my liking,” he admitted.“There were a lot of positives,” he added, “especially today, the way the boys came back with a lot of character. Under pressure, we showed a lot of guts there.”‘Lots of new faces’Questioned about a line-up that showed quite a few from the side that won the test series 2-0, De Villiers said: “There were lots of new faces. We’re still trying to find our feet and various combinations, but all in all the guys handled it really well.“Some of the guys obviously didn’t get the runs they wanted to, and get the wickets they wanted to, but we’re a tight unit and we’re working towards one goal. We’ve got a great squad here and hopefully we will keep the same squad moving forward.”The most lasting impression of the series will be the brilliance of Amla. If he had (arguably) not quite made it into the elite of the world’s cricket stars before the Proteas’ tour of England, Amla has certainly now sealed his place in the top handful of global stars.His total of 335 runs was close to double the tally of the next highest run scorer, Ian Bell of England, who scored 181 runs at 45.25.Series scoresAmla scores in the series read 150, 43, 45 and 97 not out. Each one of those scores was the highest by a South African in those matches.His runs came at the astonishing average of 111.66 and by the end of the series his ODI career statistics made for spectacular reading: 60 innings, six not outs, 3 216 runs at 59.55 at a strike rate of 91.72 runs per 100 balls, with 10 centuries and 19 fifties.He is the runaway batting leader at the top of the ODI rankings at a career high of 901 points, well clear of Virat Kohli, who has 858 points in second place; 900 points is considered exceptional and not even one-day international cricket’s all-time leading scorer, Sachin Tendulkar, with a career high of 887, has reached that summit.Extreme humilityAmla’s star has risen not only on his statistical performances, but on the manner in which he has scaled the heights. At all times he has exhibited extreme humility, focusing on the team’s rather than his own performances, making him a very easy man to like and respect, regardless of a fan’s allegiance.AB de Villiers, third in the ODI batting rankings, had a mixed series by his very high standards. He managed 170 runs at 56.66, including an unbeaten 75 in the final match, but got himself out when well set for bigger things in the three of the four contests.Left-arm spinner Robin Petersen was used as an opening bowler and enjoyed success, picking up a series leading seven wickets at 21.71, whilst conceding only 4.22 runs per over.The bottom line, though, despite some top individual performances is that the Proteas will surely consider the series one of lost opportunities.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more