The triple-threat tribute band Pink Talking Fish shared their concert plans for early next year with new 21 winter tour dates announced on Thursday morning. The band is becoming well-known for their entertaining performances which are themed around the musical mix of, you guessed it, Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, and Phish.The 21-date tour begins on January 18th with a show at Plattsburgh, New York’s Strand Center for the Arts. From there, the band will head up through the chilly northeast with scheduled stops in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire throughout the latter weeks of January. Picking up again in late February, the tour will head south and continue in eastern U.S. cities including The Green Parrot in Key West, FL (2/27-28); Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, FL (3/1); The Orpheum in Tampa, FL (3/2); The National in Richmond, VA (3/15); The NorVa in Norfolk, VA (3/16); and The Blind Tiger in Greensboro, NC (3/17), to name a few. Following the run of east coast performances, the band will head west for gigs in Phoenix and the San Diego and Los Angeles areas before wrapping their tour on March 31st with a show at Anaheim’s House of Blues.Pink Talking Fish Teleports Back To Phish’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ “Harpua” In Las Vegas Before they head back out on the road next year, Pink Talking Fish will complete their remaining fall tour dates throughout much of the midwestern U.S. in December. They’re also scheduled to return to New York City for a pair of Phish New Year’s run afterparties on December 28th and 29th. The band will also celebrate the arrival of 2019 with a headlining New Year’s performance at Washington, DC’s Gypsy Sally’s.Fans can purchase tickets to the newly announced 2019 shows when general on-sale begins this Friday, December 7th, via the band’s tour page.Pink Talking Fish 2019 Winter Tour DatesJan. 18 – Plattsburgh, NY – Strand Center for the ArtsJan. 19 – Mt. Snow, VT – Snow BarnJan. 20 – Mt. Snow, VT – Snow BarnJan. 25 – Worcester, MA – PalladiumJan. 26 – Jay, VT – Jay Peak ResortFeb. 21 – Killington, VT – Pickle Barrel NightclubFeb. 22 – Plymouth, NH – Flying Monkey Movie HouseFeb. 23 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol TheatreFeb. 27 – Key West, FL – The Green ParrotFeb. 28 – Key West, FL – The Green ParrotMarch 1 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution LiveMarch 2 – Tampa, FL – The OrpheumMarch 14 – Harrisburg, PA – Club XLMarch 15 – Richmond, VA – The NationalMarch 16 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVAMarch 17 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind TigerMarch 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Last Exit LiveMarch 28 – Ocean Beach, CA – WinstonsOBMarch 29 – Ocean Beach, CA – WinstonsOBMarch 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram BallroomMarch 31 – Anaheim, CA – House of BluesView All Winter 2019 Tour Dates
NEW YORK (AP) — A former soccer federation president for El Salvador has been sent to New York City to face U.S. corruption charges in a long-running FIFA bribery scandal. Salvadoran authorities had arrested Reynaldo Vasquez in 2016 as part of an international roundup of top officials of soccer’s governing body. He denied the charges while putting up a failed extradition fight in El Salvador. The 65-year-old Vasquez made a remote court appearance on Friday in New York where he pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail. Vasquez’s defense attorney declined comment.
Over the summer, five Saint Mary’s students — juniors Teresa Brickey, Jessie Purvis, Madeline Moeller and Michaela Mwachande and sophomore Nguyen Nga — volunteered with the Sisters of the Holy Cross to help run a summer camp for school children in Park City, Utah.Moeller, a economics major, said she found out about the program through the Saint Mary’s Office of Civic and Social Engagement, the campus’ resource for service opportunities.Brickey, a Global Studies and Intercultural Studies major, said the program caters mainly to immigrants, especially from Mexico and Latin America. She and the other Saint Mary’s students aided in the summer school programs, teaching “non-cognitive” subjects, such as anti-bullying or hygiene.“A lot of the kids come from very low-income families or families where their parents are always working,” Brickey said. “During the day and at night, they might not have anyone at home, so we would do lessons where their parents might [only] teach them if they have the time.”Moeller said they also led activities such as archery, crafts, fishing and swimming during the week.“It was priceless and rewarding to see the kids fully engaged with activities we planned,” she said. “I enjoyed getting to know the Sisters and the community in Utah.”Although not all children were necessarily immigrants or second-generation immigrants, most of the students spoke Spanish, Brickey said. She said she was able to communicate with them in Spanish and English, although some children knew only Spanish.“I think it makes people more comfortable, knowing that they’re understood,” Brickey said. “I hope I made them feel like a human. … There’s a lot going on right now, and they might interpret that as not being worthy because of the language they speak or the income level they live within. Just being with them and having fun with them … and them knowing they’re so loved [is important].”Brickey said one student would not participate during class or activities. Eventually, she said, she realized the student could not understand English well enough to follow along with class, so she began translating the lessons for him.“After he realized that I understood him, he lit up and opened up,” she said.This experience helped Moeller become more flexible and open-minded, she said.“My Saint Mary’s experience enabled me to learn to reach out and help others in need,” she said. “I hope the community saw I always tried to do my best.”This opportunity helped Brickey connect closer to the people around her, she said.“We’re all called to be one with another,” Brickey said. “It’s not ‘service’ or ‘volunteering.’ It’s just being a human being, working together [with them] in this world. I didn’t do it to be a savior. What I wanted was a community and to be opened up to learning about the world, and I think they taught me about the world.”Brickey said she chose a program in the United States because she wanted to help address issues within her own country rather than participating in a service program abroad.“We like to think that we don’t have problems, but we do,” she said. “We’re called to address those problems, not because we’re better, but because this is our country. And just because someone is an immigrant doesn’t make them less American than I [am]. They have the right to education and healthcare and having someone just be with them.”The experience helped her put Saint Mary’s values into action, Brickey said.“The [values] are all tied into human rights and human dignity,” she said. “Understanding that everyone has a God-given dignity — or if you don’t believe in a god, then just a dignity given to us by being in this universe — we’re all called to respect each other.”Tags: Human Dignity, service, Sisters of the Holy Cross
The Bellas are back! As we all know, Tony and Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and the Bellas are returning for Pitch Perfect 2 and we now have our first proper look at the sequel. Directed by Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks, the film is set three years after the first movie and the girls are taking their competing to a whole new level—The World Championships of A Capella. Check out the trailer below. Between this (which will be released on May 15, 2015) and the upcoming movie musicals Into The Woods and The Last Five Years, isn’t it time to return to Broadway, Ms. Kendrick? It’s been far too long! View Comments
South Carolina’s environmental agency has granted a pair of certifications for a Charleston-area developer to fill more than 200 acres of wetlands in one of the city’s most flood prone areas, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) said on their website. The wetlands are slated to become a mix of housing and commercial construction called the Long Savannah development project. Florida family finds 9-foot alligator on their doorstep Plans for mountain bike trails in Virginia Beach state park are canceled Heading outside to go on a hike or run? In Florida, it’s a good idea to scan the stoop before you step over the threshold. Case in point: A family in Tampa, Florida opened their door to find a 9-foot alligator with missing limbs resting on their front porch. The family was unable to get the gator to move and eventually called in the services of a reptile rescue facility. 200 acres of SC wetlands to be filled by Charleston-area developer SELC is asking the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to reconsider the approval for the project. “So many of the homes in the Church Creek basin area of Charleston have suffered flood damage year after year because builders have repeatedly destroyed the wetlands that protect us from flooding,” Chris DeScherer, managing attorney of SELC’s Charleston office said. “It doesn’t seem like a good idea to fill another 200 acres of valuable wetlands and give stormwater even fewer places to go.” The study found that cyclists have already harmed the landscape at First Landing State Park by creating “ghost” trails that have eroded the soil and by using chainsaws to cut down trees that blocked the unofficial path. “Once roots are exposed and subjected to repeated stresses from bike tires or foot traffic, it becomes only a matter of time before tree mortality results, stabilization of the dune is compromised, and forest integrity is degraded,” the study said. Mountain bike trails proposed for First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach are being reconsidered after an environmental impact study concluded bikes are harmful to the park’s unique landscape. “It’s going to take more conversation and more work,” Sen. Bill DeSteph told the Virginia-Pilot. To protect unsuspecting visitors to the home, residents in their neighborhood posted signs that read “Delivery stop! Leave packages here! Alligator at front door!! (seriously)” to warn delivery drivers of the stubborn gator. The alligator was eventually removed by employees of Croc Encounters and will now live at the organization’s facility. Beach grass on dunes at Sandbridge Beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia – Photo courtesy of Getty Images by SherryVSmith_Images
October 15, 2000 Regular News Judicial candidates raise millions for campaigning Judicial candidates raise millions for campaigning Circuit court candidates in Florida have raised almost $7 million as of mid-September and lawyers and candidates have accounted for more than $2.8 million of that total.According to statistics assembled by The Florida Bar, judicial candidates raised a total of $6.8 million through September 17 contribution reports. Of that, $3.5 million had been spent. Much of the money was raised by candidates — frequently incumbents — who were unopposed, and consequently spent little.Additional funds are likely to be raised and spent in the four runoff races that will be decided on the November ballot.The Bar statistics also showed that lawyers contributed $1.6 million to judicial campaigns, including candidates who gave to their own campaigns. Aside from those gifts, candidates loaned themselves just under $1.3 million. Similar information for county court races is not collected in a central location and was not readily available.The information was collected as part of the Bar’s education and advocacy program on the November referendum on extending merit selection and retention to trial judges. The Bar has embarked on a campaign to both educate voters about the issue and to advocate the adoption of the merit process.One of the arguments for switching to the pure merit system is it would lessen the influence of contributions from lawyers to judicial candidates whom they will later appear before in court, and reduce the impact generally of money in selecting judges.Most of the money was raised in 17 contested circuit judgeships (out of 127 total seats up this year), and the statistics showed that success in raising money helps but isn’t a guarantee of winning. In 11 of the races, the candidate raising the most money either won or made the runoff; in six of the races the less well-heeled candidates prevailed. That included one 11th Circuit race where one candidate outspent his three opponents combined more than four times over and failed to make the runoff.Three of the less well financed candidates who won were incumbents, and one incumbent judge who led his race in fundraising lost.The figures also show that big money campaigns are no longer just in the large, urban circuits.The most expensive campaign through the September primary was in the First Circuit, covering Florida’s western Panhandle, where two candidates combined to raise more than $450,000, mostly from their own pockets. Another candidate in that circuit, running unopposed for an open seat, raised almost $73,000, bringing the total for the circuit, which had two seats open, to about $540,000, the third highest total for any circuit.The highest total belonged to the 11th Circuit, which saw candidates raise almost $3 million and spend $1.3 million. Miami-Dade County had four contested circuit races and 18 uncontested races. Nine of the uncontested candidates, including eight incumbents, raised six-figure campaign funds.The second highest spending circuit was the Ninth Circuit, which had four contested races and six uncontested races. The total raised there was $682,000. Much of that came in one race where both candidates raised over $100,000 and from one unchallenged incumbent who raised over $150,000.
38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Behavioral change is hard. You may have resolved to adjust your approach to spending, saving, or investing this year—but just because you know a new habit would be good for you doesn’t mean it will be easy to adopt.Small tweaks can have significant impact, though, so I’m always looking for easy, repeatable tricks and tactics that anyone can use to take control of his or her finances. Here are a few of my favorites.Give it a minute. Spend one minute each day—ideally, at the same time—to check in on your finances. The best way to do this is with an account-aggregation app, which pulls together your credit card and bank accounts and lets you scroll through all your recent transactions. (You can also use this to catch incorrect charges; I’ve found restaurants changing my tip or double billing me.) You could also use individual bank or credit card apps on your phone or even scan the cash and receipts in your wallet each morning. The key is to see whether you’re spending money faster than you want to. continue reading »
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a series of tweets from a credit union member to no one in particular. That I saw it at all amongst the mass of data is odd. But here’s where it gets interesting. The member had an issue with their credit union, Idaho Central Credit Union, and said so in a tweet. They didn’t @ mention the CU or # them, either. So, really, there was no simple way for the credit union to ever know about it. The member was, for all intents and purposes, yelling into an echo chamber.But the credit union did reply. And thus the origin of this post.After seeing how the credit union located this member and solved their problem (all through Twitter), I contacted them directly. Unsurprisingly, their Twitter account had a friendly reply, wherein they referred me to the social media/marketing director, Lisa Davis. The following is an interview conducted with her. This credit union, and their team, get social media. I wanted to help them share this strategy with you.Joe Winn: Good afternoon and thank you for taking the time out for this discussion! As mentioned, I recognized your social media efforts were far beyond the norm when you plucked a member complaint out of thin air (in a sense) for resolution. How did you do that?Lisa Davis: I work with a couple of systems to grab any mentions of us – monitoring a number of different keywords. We really want to keep tabs on what is being said about us (good and bad) on social platforms, news articles, review sites, etc. We go after negative comments and try our best to turn them around. This is not just great for our members, but is a wonderful way to display how amazing our customer service is to those watching that are potential members.Winn: I sure was impressed! From their posts, it seemed the member was as well, which is what really matters. What spurred ICCU to develop a social media presence?Davis: We felt and feel that social media is a great way to connect with members and potential members.Winn: I agree. How did you inform your members it existed?Davis: We started off with just a Facebook page and did some fun promotions—contests and whatnot to gain followers. We also had “Like us on Facebook” stamps made up for the tellers to spread the word. Now, we advertise all of our social platforms in the branches on the screens behind the teller line. In addition, we do run Facebook/Instagram ads.Winn: Engaging the “what’s in it for me” mentality is a good strategy. Of course, I’m sure it wasn’t all roses and massive follower adoption. What missteps (if any) did you encounter as the system grew?Davis: In the beginning, we weren’t catching as many mentions since people use a variety of different names for us. This is what prompted us to look into monitoring software – which has proven very useful, especially since as we continue to grow, mentions are growing as well.Winn: So that would be how you caught this member’s complaints to no one in particular. Given a member can ask anything online, is the social media platform effort engaged with all CU departments, or just routed through a specific team?Davis: I manage all things social, but work with many teams to accomplish our goals. For example, we strive to follow up with anyone who has an issue or a question – whether they request follow up or not. Based on the question or concern, I facilitate these through the appropriate team member and then make sure the person has been contacted and then follow up on our social channels so the public can see that we have addressed it.Winn: Sharing these resolutions is a smart move. It’s like when a restaurant responds to reviews on Yelp. Always makes me feel like they truly care. How do you feel member support and outreach will grow in this medium? Will it become just another option for members, or will it begin to replace existing platforms (live chat, phone, e-mail, even in-person)?Davis: I feel that [social media as a member support and outreach medium] will continue to grow. (emphasis mine) As we…grow, we have definitely watched our member interaction through social channels grow. We have some members who use social media as their primary way to connect with us – to inquire about a new product, provide feedback on a recent interaction, or ask a question about their online banking. Social never really shuts down for the day. Although, it is not expected, if I get a question at 10pm on a Saturday night, I’ll answer it. Our members know they can count on us through social to at least get feedback that their question has been passed along to a team member who will get in touch with them shortly after the opening of next business day. I think this makes them feel more connected to us and builds a level of trust and security knowing they have a place to go with a question or concern 24×7. (emphasis mine)Winn: Well, I’ve definitely gained a level of trust through this discussion. Thank you again for your time and for sharing these insights! I’m certain readers from other credit unions will enjoy learning about your strategies and the passion committed to making it the best it can. This reflects, as you intended, positively on Idaho Central Credit Union.Follow Idaho Central Credit Union directly through their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages! Visit their site for even more ways to connect.So, fellow geeks (and honorary geeks)…what did you think of this interview? Want to see more discussions with your peers? Let me know in the comments below! 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Details
In May, the government, also trying to cut costs, published a consultation on the creation of two collective investment vehicles for the 89 LGPS funds in England and Wales, ending speculation over scheme mergers.The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is considering responses over whether to mandate LGPS funds into investing all listed assets passively.OCC and BCC said it was this consultation that compelled them to end negotiations with RBWM, as any potential shift in government policy would affect the cost/benefits previously identified.RMBM said the Berkshire Pension Fund met on 3 December and approved collaboration with the two funds, expecting their Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire counterparts to do likewise.However, a spokesman for OCC said: “Following the presentation of a report on the potential savings, Oxfordshire’s pensions committee deferred any decisions on collaboration.“The council is awaiting an expected announcement by central government on whether it will in future require LGPS funds to use passive investment for all listed shares, as this will significantly impact the financial business case for future collaboration.”The pension fund’s committee did suggest it would explore options for collaborations with “more suitable” funds.According to Nick Greenwood, manager of the Berkshire Pension Fund, the Buckinghamshire committee also said it was not prepared to make a formal move until the DCLG decision.Greenwood said the BCC committee was uncomfortable with the differences between its own and the Berkshire Pension Fund’s investment strategies, and that the committee wanted to investigate the benefits of leaving RBWM out of the arrangement.The note from Greenwood added that both BCC and OCC announced they were approaching the government, alongside Northamptonshire Country Council, seeking permission to create a three-county authority, which could potentially include pensions in the long term.“No mention of these discussions was made at our 17 November meeting with the two councils,” Greenwood said.“Consequently, it is clear both councils have no intention to collaborate with RBWM on managing pension funds.”The DCLG consultation response was expected to be published in 2014.However, it is now expected to be published in early 2015.Aside from mandating all 89 funds to invest listed assets and alternatives through collective investment vehicles, the government will also consider a ‘comply-or-explain’ approach. Three English county pension funds looking to collaborate over investments and administration have called off their plans due to the government consultation on changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM), Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) and Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) had been in discussions since 2013, in a bid to increase efficiencies and cut costs.RBWM sponsors the £1.6bn (€2.1bn) Berkshire Pension Fund, with the other pension funds holding £1.8bn and £1.5bn in assets, respectively.However, discussions between the three neighbouring funds were abandoned as the central government debates the future of LGPS investments
Australia-based oil producer Triangle Energy has experienced a technical issue with one of the wells at its Cliff Head oil field located offshore Australia, which has caused the well to stop producing. The Cliff Head oil field is located in the Perth Basin about 270 kilometers north of Perth and 12 kilometers off the coast of Dongara in Western Australia, at a water depth of 15-20 meters.The field is produced via an offshore platform connected to the onshore Arrowsmith Stabilisation Plant by twin 14km production and injection pipelines. Crude oil is trucked to BP at its Kwinana refinery south of Perth.Triangle Energy is the operator and majority owner of the field with a 78.75% interest, with Royal Energy holding an interest of 21.25%.Triangle informed on Wednesday that a technical issue has occurred during steady state production operations which has caused production well CH13 to stop producing. It has been confirmed, by both company and service personnel, that the issue is associated with the downhole electric submersible pump, Triangle added.Whilst CH13 remains offline the company anticipates production to stablize at approximately 750 bopd from the other four producing wells.Triangle experienced a similar issue with the downhole electric submersible pump on another well last year. Namely, a technical issue with the pump caused well CH12H to stop producing back in May 2018. The production from the well was not restored until October last year.In addition, in July 2018, Triangle’s Cliff Head was hit by severe weather and sea conditions resulting in a loss of produced fluid and the interruption to production. The incident was classified as a low-level oil spill, in the range of zero to 10,000 liters.