Fans Don Costumes for Long Island ‘Doctor Who’ Convention (Photos)

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Joe NuzzoThe Long Island Doctor Who convention was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hauppauge this past weekend. The convention moved to the Hyatt after it outgrew its former home at the Clarion Hotel in Ronkonkoma.Fans from 45 different states and countries as far as Australia came to Long Island to celebrate their fandom and meet celebrities from the BBC television series. The convention sold out all of its convention rate rooms at the Hyatt and three overflow hotels nearby.“Hotel cons are something we really enjoy,” Andre Tessier, the LI Who media manager told the Press. “A lot of coming to an event like this is socializing. As the panels wind down at night fans can get together at the bar, share a few drinks, and catch up.”The success of LI Who outlines the need for a dedicated hotel and convention center here on Long Island, organizers said. Although the new home for this convention, like Doctor Who’s time travel machine the TARDIS, is “bigger on the inside,” the convention still needed the use of an outdoor heated tent for some events.Long Island Doctor Who Convention (Photo credit: Joe Nuzzo)“Had I run this convention in 49-and-a-half other states in the union (including upstate NY) I’d have a perfect place to do it” show runner Ken Deep told the Press, “on Long Island which is a major tourist destination, the one thing we don’t have is a proper convention center.”Over the past year, Long Island has hosted several other notable sci-fi conventions: The LI Geek convention, which was held at MacArthur Airport, and Eternal Con, which was held at The Cradle of Aviation Museum. “Although these are wonderful places for the atmosphere,” Deep said, “they are not designed for conventions.”When asked if Deep felt that Long Island misses out on conventions due to a lack of a proper space, he told the Press: “I have no doubt, because I’ve had a lot of challenges trying to make this happen.”LI Doctor Who Convention (Photo credit: Joe Nuzzo)Despite these challenges, the LI Who convention was filled with happy fans dressed up in colorful costumes. Celebrities were busy posing for pictures and signing autographs. Vendors were busy selling merchandise and panels ran passed midnight on Saturday. “When someone travels 24 hours and halfway around the world to be at your convention,” Deep said, “you want to give them a great experience. No pressure!”From the looks of the happy faces on convention attendees it seems that Deep succeeded.LI Who 4 is scheduled for Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge. Tickets for LI Who 4 go on sale Monday Nov. 23. LI Doctor Who Convention (Photo credit: Joe Nuzzo)last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Renée Sattiewhite – Let’s be clear (#52)

first_imgWelcome to episode 52 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder of In this episode Randy welcomes Renée Sattiewhite to the show. Renée is the President and CEO of the African-American Credit Union Coalition. Randy and Renée both attended the 20th SACCA Congress in Mombasa, Kenya, where they got to spend a little time together. Listen as they talk about everything that’s going on at the African American Credit Union Coalition, some of the ideas they have come up with, and the opportunities that exist.Renée speaks about why the AACUC attends conferences even when they are far away, their partnership with ACCOSCA, and how mission-driven the SOCCO’s are in Africa. She also talks about the mission of AACUC, DEI, and how the credit union movement can move forward in the coming years.She also discusses the events that the AACUC organizes, her inspiration to take the position as CEO, and what they are doing to get more young leaders involved with the credit union movement. She believes that to lead in credit unions today, you must show the three characteristics of the titans in the industry, integrity, purpose, and a heart for service and leadership.Renée talks about the line between ego and confidence, young leaders needing balance, and the advice she has been given over the years that she still uses today. Don’t miss this exciting conversation, Renee has seen it all and is ready to share with us. Get your pen and paper ready because Renée drops nuggets of great information through the whole episode. Enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, StitcherHow to find Renée:Renée Sattiewhite, President and CEO of the African-American Credit Union [email protected] | Twitter | Facebook | Vimeo Show notes from this episode:Check out the inspiring work Renée and the AACUC are doing for credit unions here.Also check out Renée’s company Sattiewhite Training Productions Inc.Shout-out: George OmbadoShout-out: Bert J. Hash Jr.Shout-out: Sheilah MontgomeryShout-out: To the DE network far and wide. Become one. You won’t regret it.Shout-out: Maureen and Betty Rose at ACCOSCAShout-out: Lynette Smith, Maurice Smith, Adrian JohnsonShout-out: Jill NowackiMovie mentioned: HarrietShout-out: Chuck Fagan and PSCUCredit unions mentioned and appreciated: SECU, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, Local Government Federal Credit Union, MECU, Together Credit UnionShout-out: Doug Leighton and VISAShout-out: CUNA – Lauren Williams, Jamar Jemison, Ron JoossCredit union mentioned: United Nations FCUShout-out: Filene – You can listen to the podcast Renée mentioned here.Shout-out: Bill Cheney and Crissy CheneyShout-out: Maurice Smith and the 8th Cooperative Principles article he wrote earlier this year.Shout-out: Hubert Hoosman, Pete Crear, Michael HaleShout-out: United Way of Greater Atlanta VIP ProgramShout-out: Shirley Jenkins, Rita Haynes, Helen Godfrey-SmithShout-out: Bill PorterShout-out: Marsha MajorsShout-out: Lois KitschShout-out: Bob Trunzo and CUNA Mutual GroupShout-out: Mark Meyer, Gigi Hyland, Hannibal BrumskineShout-out: Jim Blaine, Chairman Rodney HoodShout-out: Timothy AndersonCheck out Renée’s line of motivational posters: Sattiewhite Must Do’sShout-out: Merry PeteukAlbum mentioned: Wild and Peaceful by Teena MarieBook mentioned: Sowing Seeds: Life Lessons from My Father by Maurice R. SmithBook mentioned: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick WarrenBook mentioned: The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce H. WilkinsonBook mentioned: The Secret by Rhonda ByrneShout-out: Ed Presnell, Adam Lee, Cathie MahonShout-out: Tracey JacksonCheck out the AACUC Reaching Towards the Future internship program.Previous guests mentioned in this episode: George Ombado, Lynette Smith, Maurice Smith, Adrian Johnson, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18 & 37), Chuck Fagan, Doug Leighton, Bill Cheney,  Lois Kitsch, Bob Trunzo, Gigi HylandYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[01:37] – Welcome to the show, Renee![02:26] – Renee talks about why they need to participate in events even when they are halfway around the world and their partnership with ACCOSCA.[03:39] – They discuss how mission-driven the credit unions are in Africa.[05:50] – What is the mission statement for the AACUC? Why was the organization set up?[07:16] – Renee speaks about walking a mile in her and things forward in the credit union industry.[12:11] – She says that credit unions need to embrace the eighth cooperative principle for the industry to stay relevant.[13:33] – What inspired you to take the position at AACUC?[17:49] – The inspiration has to become more humble, more of service, and to get out her way and listen more.[23:21] – Renee speaks about what needs to be done to get the young leaders into the credit union movement.[24:59] – She believes that young leaders need to find balance on the four quadrants; personal and professional life, mental and physical stability.[26:45] – How do you draw the line between ego and confidence?[27:13] – Let’s be clear, and by when and give up the need to be right are things the people around her hear all the time.[28:28] – What piece of advice were you given that you go back to all of the time?[31:26] – How do you keep your message fresh?[32:28] – When she has a day off, she likes to crochet and shop.[34:01] – She was suspended from school two times once in second grade and once in sixth grade.[35:10] – Renee tells us she does a daily devotional every day before she goes to work.[36:02] – What is your favorite album?[36:55] – What is your favorite book or the one you give out to people a lot?[39:02] – The opinion of others has become less important to her, and her health and family are most important.[41:19] – Maurice Smith is who she thinks about when she hears the word success.[45:52] – Her final thoughts are about Reaching Toward the Future Internship Program with Tracy Jackson. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Arsenal need to sell Mesut Ozil, says club hero Andrey Arshavin

first_imgAdvertisement Arshavin is a fan of Arteta (Picture: Getty)‘Offensively-wise they are very good and in attack they play very pretty football. It’s good to watch. But defensively – even in my period – Arsenal is weak. ‘Sometimes that is down to injuries and sometimes they don’t have enough experience but I don’t know why this doesn’t change. ‘Regarding Arteta, it was a good choice because he has spent time at Arsenal and knows the club well. He worked next to Arsene (Wenger) and can take good experience from him. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He also has the respect of the club and players. And since he has taken over at Arsenal they have changed: not too much but in a good way. ‘But it is difficult to predict if Arsenal can finish in the Champions League zone, especially in the time we’re in now.’Read the full 888sport interview with Andrei Arshavin hereMORE: Arsenal legend Ian Wright offers transfer advice to Harry Kane amid Man Utd speculationMORE: Rio Ferdinand tells Mikel Arteta to build Arsenal team around three playersFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Coral BarryTuesday 31 Mar 2020 1:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Ozil is under contract until 2021 at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal hero Andrey Arshavin has urged Mikel Arteta to offload Mesut Ozil.The German has impressed since Arteta took charge and has repeatedly insisted he has no plans to leave Arsenal in the near future.Arshavin, who spent four years at the Emirates, thinks Ozil is the wrong fit for the Gunners and criticised a ‘weak squad’.‘As a player of course I respect him. Mesut is a world class player,’ Arshavin said speaking exclusively to 888Sport.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘But for me personally he slows down the game. I would prefer to use another player. Mikel, as we can see, is the opposite and plays him a lot. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He has improved his game at Arsenal but still in the future I do not see him there.’‘For me Arsenal’s squad is not balanced,’ he continued. Comment Arsenal need to sell Mesut Ozil, says club hero Andrey Arshavinlast_img read more