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If/Then headliner Idina Menzel had a special (and very fashionable) visitor on March 26: Sarah Jessica Parker! The new musical tells the story of a newly single woman who moves to New York City—and nobody knows more about being a single gal in NYC than the Sex and the City favorite! Parker turned 47 this week, and what better way to celebrate than seeing a brand new Broadway show? The Tony-winning star also welcomed director Adam Shankman (below) backstage after her performance. Fun fact: What does this trio have in common? They’re all Glee alums! Check out photos from the backstage visit, then see Menzel in If/Then at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, opening March 30. View Comments Star Files Idina Menzel Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If/Then
Credit unions that engage in strategic planning are committing time and valuable resources towards planning for the future. Your leadership team will likely spend hours at the table hammering out the details of your strategic plan for the next several years.One of the most important ground rules about strategic planning (and a compelling reason to use an outside facilitator to help conduct the session) is keeping the discussion at a strategic rather than a tactical level. Your strategic planning session must be geared towards discussing, understanding and deciding on a course of action that concentrates on strategic initiatives — big-picture items.It’s all too easy for a strategic planning discussion to jump the rails and plunge into the high weeds of tactical discussions. By tactical, we mean the daily tasks and jobs, the nuts and bolts of operations at your bank or credit union, that keep things moving. These are certainly important and, if not in place, can sabotage larger strategic initiatives. However, your time at the strategic planning table simply cannot be spent debating and discussing tactical issues. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Nucleus Research reports that Desktop Search is not the Answer. 95% of the users surveyed use some sort of desktop search, and two-thirds say that they are overwhelmed by information overload.The problem is that many companies continue to silo information across multiple repositories, email stores, shared network folders and records management systems. 50% of users are searching across more than five different storage repositories when looking for information.The Nucleus Research Report suggests that the best approach to reducing the overload of information is to consolidate the number of data access points.Consolidate data repositories, creating a more centralized and one-stop structure. This can save time and potentially reduce IT support costs.Adopt technologies like SOA to integrate and federate multiple repositories. Consider search tools like FAST, Autonomy, and Oracle that can crawl across multiple repostiories and present a common search interface.Information Overload is not an easy problem. Last week at Demo 2007, the final session of live demonstrations was dedicated to startups trying to address the problem of Information Overload. Two types of approaches towards addressing Information Overload were shown: collaborative tools that try to leverage knowledge from groups, and tools backed by sophisticated algorithms that try to simplify information discovery and understanding.Some of the new ‘smart search algorithms’ presented at Demo 2007 included:Digger.com demonstrated their TextDigger product. TextDigger improves searches by being able to learn from the user about the meaning and nuances of words that the user intended.Trailfire introduced a bookmarking concept more sophisticated than del.icio.us that uses trails and marks that allow users to share a sequence of related web pages.But the bottom line is that the problem of ‘Information Overload’ is continuing to grow and that the technology to address the problem is still evolving.
Summer’s legends tied up in bright jewels and tall tales. Bidder-sweet crowning glory”A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. And if it takes the form of pirouetting Colombian emeralds dangling delicately from a string of diamonds, it’s probably worth a king’s ransom too. Which is precisely what Sotheby’s is,Summer’s legends tied up in bright jewels and tall tales.Bidder-sweet crowning glory”A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. And if it takes the form of pirouetting Colombian emeralds dangling delicately from a string of diamonds, it’s probably worth a king’s ransom too. Which is precisely what Sotheby’s is expecting from this whopper of a show stopper-the most valuable emerald and diamond tiara to have appeared in over 30 years-at its sale of Magnificent and Noble Jewels in Geneva on May 17, 2011. The emeralds are believed to have been in the personal collection of Empress Eugenie. Estimated to sell for between $5 and 10 million (Rs 22.4 crore-44.8 crore), the emerald and diamond tiara is crafted from 11 exceptionally rare Colombian emerald pear-shaped drops which weigh over 500 carats. The unique tiara was commissioned at the turn of the 20th century by Guido Count von Henckel, First Prince von Donnersmarck, for his second wife Princess Katharina.The jewellery collection of the Donnersmarcks was said to have rivalled, even surpassed, that of the crowned heads of Europe. For one triumphant bidder, this will be the opportunity to own a glittering piece of royal history and to walk out a couple of inches taller.Spirit: Intoxicating online lessonsThe Balvenie Speyside distillery has launched ‘The Whisky Academy’ that gives you access to a series of 34 short films, covering every aspect of whisky, from its history and production to tasting and investing. The e-academy introduces you to the hallowed world of single malts. It’s nothing short of a Scotch encyclopedia. View it exclusively from the members’ section of the Balvenie website. Time to renew that highland fling.Tableware: History on a plateExactly a century ago, the iconic vessel, Titanic, was gearing up for its maiden voyage. The ill-fated ship sank with 1,309 passengers on board its inaugural expedition in 1912. Now, a century later, a British porcelain company Royal Crown Derby is reproducing the china that was created in 1911 for the liner, to commemorate its centennial. Each piece will be handcrafted at the factory that originally produced the collection. On display at the Derby Visitor Centre’s History on a Plate exhibition until July 2, 2011.Olfactory: BeehiveGuerlain’s fascination with bees dates back to 1853 when its perfumer, Pierre-Franois Pascal, created a fragrance for Empress Eugenie Montijo, wife of Napoleon III, and confined it in a decanter decorated with 69 gilded bees. The beehive remains a symbol of the brand and makes its mark once again with the launch of L’Abeille de Guerlain, a new fragrance sold in a jewelled bottle created by Baccarat. The limited edition of the fragrance is priced at Euro 12,500 (Rs 8 lakh).Wheels: Spin magicFrom shifting gears to changing tracks; McLaren has once again managed to keep pace with the times. The Formula1 car maker has teamed up with US bicycle manufacturer, Specialized, to create a killer aerodynamic road bike called the Venge. The racing bike features a carbon fibre frame that weighs only 930 gm. Mark Cavendish, 15-times stage winner of the Tour de France, rode the bike for the first time in the Milan-San Remo classic. Now it’s your turn.”Piece de resistance: On wheelsGodrej Interio launches a movable workstation labelled Out-of-the-Box. Designed by architect Kalhan Mattoo of Planet 3 studios, the workstation is inspired by a swiss knife that literally comes out-ofthe-box to reveal two ‘functioning’ workstations. The essence of the concept is plug and play. Each module is pre-wired, making it ideal for those looking for just-in-time workspace solutions.Hotel: Suite dreamsMove over designer hotels, enter sculptural hotels. The first of its kind is the Singapore Merlion. The mythical beast- frozen in time in the shape of an eight-mt tall statue- was up until now supposed to keep watch over the city’s waters and bring wealth and good fortune to its residents. But since March, the Merlion has been playing host to guests looking for a novel experience. The legendary structure has been transformed into a temporary hotel which will accommodate guests till May 15.CalendaradvertisementDates that mean something.Celebrate May in Germany: Drawn to drama? Head to Wiesbaden this month as it celebrates the International May Theatre Festival. Some of the most important global theatre ensembles, ballet companies, orchestras and singers will perform. www.maifestspiele.de. May 1-31.For wheel fanatics: Vienna is the place to be as the Vienna Harley Days hit the stage with live rock, country and blues music this May. The highlight is a large motorcycle parade through the city. May 13-15.The dunya festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands: For an entire day, the Euromast Park plays home to prominent artists and young talent from across the globe. May 29.TalkadvertisementTramp around Rome from the comfort of your home.Virtual tourism: Back in 2009, when Google introduced the ‘Street View’, it became an instant hit with viewers worldwide. Since then Google has been studiously pedalling its way around some of the most historical sites in Europe, including palaces, monuments and castles via Google Maps and Street View. While previously most views were restricted to exteriors, now users can explore historic and architectural marvels across Italy and France in detail. The Street View team that has been working with tourist agencies, tourism boards and partners from across the world has been focusing on putting tourist spots and iconic cultural landmarks on the virtual. Currently,19 European cities are available to virtual tourists and there are plans to get landmarks from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the US on the map as well. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle are architectural masterpieces while Haussmann’s wide squares and boulevards influenced late 19thand 20th-century town planning the world over. Fancy a little tour of your own? Why not start with a walk alongside the Seine. From the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, from the Place de la Concorde to the Grand and Petit Palais, and witness the evolution of Paris and its history can be seen from its banks-while sitting right in your living room. Simply log on to maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/ and get crackin’.Moving ahead of timeA unique time machine by Sydney born, product and industrial designer Marc Newson was unveiled at the prestigious Basel watch fair. Newson, known to be a step ahead of his peers, has created an iconic piece called the Ikepod Hourglass. The hourglass time-telling device- originally invented by a French monk, Luitprand-has for centuries been one of the most accurate time contraptions. The Marc Newson Ikepod Hourglass is hand blown from one single piece of borosilicate glass. Filling each piece are 8 million tiny nanoballs coated in black stainless steel, stainless steel, copper or yellow gold. No surprise then that this sculptural hourglass is priced at $28,500 (Rs 12 lakh). Time is money, we say.Gucci girlAfter Hermes, it’s Gucci extending its relationship with the equestrian world. The brand has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Australian-born Edwina Alexander, the world’s current number one female professional show jumper. Her first show in Gucci colours was at the Global Championship Tour in Doha. She was see sporting an exclusive Gucci equestrian wardrobe, including clothing and accessories, especially designed for her by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini.Tour de force”Finally everything that has been part of my life, whether I wanted it to or not, has expressed itself in my dresses,” said Christian Dior. And now an exhibit, Inspiration Dior will display all that was created by the genius designer who revered the French way of life. The exhibition takes you through the journey of the fashion house. Walk through Dior’s artistic creative sources of fashion and its links to history, nature, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and film. On till July 24, 2011at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.MusicadvertisementFendi feverFendi, known to be a creative fashion powerhouse, recently launched a collector’s item at the FENDI O’ party in Milan. The music compilation is inspired by the new Spring Summer 2011 advertising campaign, shot by Karl Lagerfeld. Plug in.1. Quentin Harris & Inaya Day: Do the Right Thing2. Art Bleek and Charles Chemery: Simple Glances3. Linda Goddard: You Got to Believe4. In-Grid: Vive Le SwingThe spice cellarFresh off the grapevine Not too long ago I was invited for a wine dinner in another town. A town so congested that even the mice are thinking of shifting to the countryside. In this city, many a great hotel stands tall and mighty and I was here at the Four Seasons, Mumbai to attend a very special dinner.A couple that has set up a family owned winery in California, called Staglin, hosted the evening and presented a bouquet of their finest wines. Our hosts, Garen and Shari, met during college on a blind date. After graduating, they settled down near the winemaking regions of California. Living in the vicinity of vineyards, the two were drawn to the wine-making process. Their love and passion for all things fine led to the purchase of a vineyard. Complete novices, with nothing more than an idea of what they wanted, the two set out to create marketable wine by exploiting the best of practices.The dinner was impeccably paired and the wines went down easy. Before I lost myself to hedonism I marked one wine repeatedly for its complexity and richness. This was their Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Chardonnay. The wine, like the philosophy section in a library, was utterly complex. It had a hint of spice and oak, a texture at once fruity, floral and elegant. No two people who drank this wine had the same experience, but everyone present agreed unanimously-the wine was superlative.The thing about Chardonnays is that they are often perceived as a very versatile grape: they can adapt to soils, climates, styles, and winemakers. This means that no matter how much of it is planted, you can always find something new about it. Burgundy has one expression, Australia, another and it’s largely unfair to compare the two. California then is another variant and there too, different producers will employ a different approach.Staglin, for me, was special because it was elegant and charming without being overtly flamboyant. There was a humility in its construct which made it appear a tad reserved and shy and as a taster (or imbiber) one would be attracted to find out more. This is what made this wine truly stand out and shimmer. Staglin was worthy of ageing but it was approachable even when young. This complex mix of characters is what make it a great wine. For the collectors, it is also rare so yet another reason to go hunting for it.This wine set the bar for the rest of the evening. White wine aside, there were some reds that were up for tasting. An obvious comparison was made between them and the Chardonnay but it was quite clear that they needed to mature before they could compete with the top choice. By the end of yet another heady, inspiring evening, there was consensus that the night clearly belonged to the Estate Chardonnay.-Magandeep Singh