Your technology provider is not your opponent

first_imgKnow your opponent. That’s the advice that one industry pundit offered to financial institutions in a recent opinion piece about negotiating pricing with technology companies.Know your opponent.I’m not going to lie. When I first read that, it made my stomach churn a little. Then it just made me angry. Why? Because that’s about the worst advice ever – and I mean ever.Know your opponent.That encourages financial institutions to create and maintain an adversarial relationship with their technology vendors. That’s so fricking stupid, it boggles my mind.Here’s a newsflash for all you banks and credit unions out there: Your technology vendors are not your enemies. They’re actually your friends. Or at least they should be. They want the exact same thing you want – for you to be successful using their products and services. You’re both on the same side. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Shouting during the anthem disrespectful

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I went to the Union/RPI hockey game at Union College recently. As is always the case, the event starts with the performance of the national anthem. The anthem begins “Oh say can you…” at which point, Union students and fans shout “U”, drowning out the lyrics on either side.Later in the anthem, RPI students and fans respond by shouting “red glare” (a reference to their teams’ colors) again, seriously disrupting the anthem.Well, they’re disrespecting our country, our flag and our national anthem. Wouldn’t you just love it if some college president said: “Get the sons ‘o’ b—-s out of the rink now. They’re expelled: Expelled.”I would report these “disrespectors” to President Trump, but he probably wouldn’t be too concerned because they’re almost entirely white.Bill MacTiernanSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

AP gets Rs 1800 cr investment in tourism projects in one year

first_imgMumbai, May 13 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh government today said it has received tourism projects worth Rs 1,800 crore in one year through private investments on which construction has already commenced.”Our state has received investment in tourism projects worth Rs 1,800 crore in one year. All realised through private investments currently more than 160 such projects are underway in the state. In its bid to facilitate the infrastructural development, the state has also stepped up its activities with the accomplishment of over 90 government initiated projects during the same period with a value of more than Rs 190 crore,” Tourism and Culture Principal Secretary Neerabh Kumar Prasad said.Targeting a holistic tourism development, Andhra Pradesh has also received investments in a plethora of water and adventure sports for example jeep parasailing, jet-skiing, speed boats and other water sport activities in Vishakhapatnam, amphibious vehicle in Rajahmundry and Vijayawada, sea plane in Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Vijayawada, waterfall rappelling, rock climbing in Chittoor among others.Prasad said, “The overwhelming response received from the various investors, stands testimony to our sustained efforts to establish the state as an investment friendly destination. It also validates our belief that when it comes to tourism potential, sky is the limit for Andhra Pradesh.”With a bid to augment MICE tourism in the state, 3-star properties with convention facilities are coming up in Vishakhapatnam, Chittoor and Vijayawada.Overall the state has seen investments from 29 hotels between 3 to 5-star categories, spread across the five tourist hubs of Visakhapatnam, Konaseema ? Rajahmundry – Kakinada, Amaravati – Vijayawada, Tirupati – Nellore and Ananthapuramu ? Kurnool – Kadapa. PTI SM NSK DBSadvertisementlast_img read more