Get Wet For Chauncey Taps Turkuaz, Dopapod, & Sister Sparrow Members For Lake Champlain Benefit

first_imgOn Saturday, April 14th, Nectar’s in Burlington, Vermont, will host a special fundraiser for the Lake Champlain Committee and the Vermont Clean Water Network dubbed Get Wet for Chauncey: A Benefit For Lake Champlain. The event will be part of the benefit concert series, Get Wet For Water, which seeks to raise awareness for the lake, ensuring that Burlington’s infamous lake monster, Champ, has clear water to romp in.For Get Wet For Chauncy on April 14th, Call On Music—an organization that uses live music to raise funds for important charitable causes—has put together a very special lineup. The night will include a performance by the “Get Wet All-Stars”, a supergroup featuring Mikey Carubba and Craig Brodhead from Turkuaz, Rob Compa from Dopapod, Josh Myers from Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, and Josh Dobbs from Dead Set, plus an opening set from Doctor Rick. In addition to this awesome lineup, the event will also host a number of special speakers and educational booths, plus a special raffle with items donated from local businesses with proceeds also going to the event’s beneficiaries.You can find out more information and snag tickets to Get Wet For Chauncey on the event’s Facebook page here.last_img read more

“Queen of Cocaine” Assassinated in Colombia

first_img Colombian drug queen Griselda Blanco, known in 1970 as “the Queen of Cocaine,” and precessor of feared boss Pablo Escobar in the smuggling of cocaine to the United States, was shot dead by a hit man in Medellín (northwest), said authorities on September 4. The crime occurred on the evening of September 3, when the 69-year-old woman was leaving a butcher shop in the neighborhood of Belén, in the city of Medellín. The hit man, who was driving a motorcycle, shot her in the head twice. According to reports from authorities, Blanco had returned to Colombia in 2004, after serving part of a 60-year imprisonment sentence in the United States, to which she was sentenced in 1985. Fabio Castillo, Colombian journalist and author of the book “Los jinetes de la cocaína” (Riders of Cocaine), which tells the country’s history of drug trafficking, pointed out that Blanco initially worked for the first cocaine cartel that existed in the Medellín, headed by Alfredo Gómez, alias “El Padrino” or “The Godfather”. According to Castillo, Blanco’s “function, in reality, was to create the mechanisms in which to launder the cash obtained from the drug trafficking network of Gómez,” whose organization began to crumble in 1976, with the capture and prosecution of its principal contacts in New York. But with her experience, the woman, who was also known as “La Madrina” or “The Godmother”, organized a powerful drug trafficking network, which mainly employed mules or human female carriers, to transport the drugs. According to estimates by authorities, Blanco’s organization smuggled 1,500 kilos of cocaine a month to the United States. She was the first to use the route from Colombia to Florida, which was later inherited by Escobar, considered Colombia’s main drug dealer. The Colombian authorities do not have information about the woman having re-offended since her return to Colombia and settlement in Medellín, where she kept a low profile. Although very little official documentation exists about her, some reports agree that Blanco, was characterized with a violent personality from a very young age,, to the point that she was capable of kidnapping a 10-year-old child of a wealthy family and then kill him with one shot, when she was 11 years old, while in the company of a group of beggar children. She was also blamed for the murder of two of her three husbands; the second of them, Alberto Bravo, in a shooting in broad daylight in a parking lot of a Bogotá nightclub in 1975, where Blanco arranged a meeting with him shortly after arriving from the United States in her private jet. Blanco’s personality is known by one of her main obsessions, the movie The Godfather, which led her to baptize one of her sons as Michael Corleone Sepúlveda. In her criminal record, Colombian authorities claim she was responsible for about 250 murders, including those of her two husbands. Blanco was also known by her extravagant luxuries, including a taste for diamonds, several of which, it was said, had belonged to Argentina’s first lady Eva Perón, specifically a ring that Blanco often wore. The world of drugs is a fictional world for many who do not know or see how big that evil to humans is. All drug lords will meet their fate, one way or another. Good has exterminated even worse things. Some day this scourge that is killing humanity will end. By Dialogo September 06, 2012last_img read more

Justice Major B. Harding

first_img February 1, 2002 Jennifer Krell Davis Regular News Justice Major B. Harding Justice Major B. Harding [Editor’s Note: This is the third installment in a series of brief profiles on the justices of the Florida Supreme Court as produced by the Bar’s Public Information and Bar Services Department. These profiles are to let Bar members and others get to know each justice as an individual.] Bar Public Information CoordinatorFrom his first job as a 12-year-old newspaper delivery boy to serving as justice of the Florida Supreme Court, Major B. Harding hasn’t stopped working for 54 years.He’s a man who loves his job.Though he considers some death penalty cases to be “emotionally draining,” he speaks glowingly of his opportunity on the top court to “work with a group of judges who can disagree agreeably,” and to exchange ideas with the other justices.His role models on how to do just that were former Justices Gerald Kogan and Stephen Grimes.Harding, who served as chief justice from 1998 to 2000, said family obligations dissuaded him from applying for a high court opening when he initially thought about it but he grabbed the opportunity when it became available in 1990.When he first became a circuit judge, he took it to heart when a colleague told him he would earn the respect of attorneys who appeared before him if he could “give a fair and courteous hearing, and a prompt ruling.”The philosophy that shapes his personal and professional relationships is simply the Golden Rule: “Do unto others, as you would have done unto you.”If he hadn’t gone into a career in the law, Harding said, he could see himself as a man of the cloth.“I feel I have a calling doing what I am doing, but with a son as an ordained minister and two brothers as ministers, I don’t think that being a minister myself would have been beyond the pale,” he said.He and Jane Lewis Harding, his wife since 1958, spend a lot of their time volunteering at their church, St. Johns Episcopal, and mentoring children.Pictures and portraits that decorate his chambers at the Florida Supreme Court reveal what’s most important to him: friends and family.After he leaves the court, he and Jane are thinking about taking a trip with friends to visit Italy’s museums and cathedrals.His office also showcases his jaunty trademark fashion statement, with an eclectic array of bowties from patriotic red, white and blue — to a saucy orange sequined version.When he’s not busy reading legal briefs and opinions, Harding is plowing through David McCullough’s John Adams. But the ponderous tome, he said, requires that he take some breaks with a little lighter reading, such as the “very exciting” Last Man Standing by David Baldacci he recently finished.What will the 66-year-old justice do after leaving the high court and more than a half a century of earning paychecks?Aside from gardening and traveling, the kindly justice says with a smile: “Not much.”And that sounds just fine to him.last_img read more

We’re doing fine . . .

first_img 65SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joseph Brancucci Mr. Brancucci is the first President of the CUSO, CU RateReset, owned primarily by Mortgage Harmony (dba RateReset) and PenFed. Prior to joining CU Rate Reset, Mr. Brancucci was the … Web: Details The three words that define future mediocrity are “we’re doing fine”.  It would be difficult to dispute that the financial world has changed dramatically over the years, and today the speed of change has accelerated significantly. The industry continues to gain members, make loans and see asset growth – but is that a measure or indicator of future success?Over a four-decade career in financial services I have witnessed, experienced and participated in transformational change.  The conversations around emerging technology like the ATM caused industry debate – consumers would never use a machine to make a withdrawal from their account.  Credit cards not tied to a specific gasoline brand, local merchant or one of the giants of the catalogue sales world – Montgomery Wards, Sears and that upstart JC Penney – would never be accepted.  Consumers would never do their banking over the telephone, and of course never accept online banking – remember the first versions using a floppy disk? And checks would always be the only way, other than cash, to pay for things (bill pay, PayPal, debit cards and other payment methods…all have dispelled that). Mortgages require lots of manual processes and take weeks, maybe months to close (DU/LP, Prime Alliance, Mortgage Bot, Ellie Mae, and now the Rocket Mortgage have changed that – mortgage approval in minutes, closing in days).Many industries and well-known brands have succumbed to change because they believed that “we’re doing fine.” I would contend that what those words really mean is – we have so much we are doing to maintain great member service and keep the integrity of our operations in good order that we don’t have the time to embrace innovation and change. Today we are faced with numerous challenges. Five or six generations of consumers in the marketplace and four generations in the work force. Regulators and the CFPB are burdening the traditional banking model while new entrants into the marketplace are free of legacy systems and regulatory constraints. Investment in now obsolete systems and real estate make moving forward slower than the speed of change.We should be concerned about the FinTechs.  They are not a fad nor are they going away.  They are very well capitalized, and they have revolutionized how to leverage big data in ways we can only dream of.  They have challenged credit score lending structures by leveraging their ability to engineer data.  They are mobile optimized, in fact they are mobile prevalent, and they strive for immediate decisions and funding.  Where traditional lenders are still caught up in past practices making it difficult to refinance student debt, underwrite small business loans in minutes, grant signature loans at the point of purchase, or embrace new credit models, the FinTechs are quickly gaining ground in market share because they can do those things today. They have reinvented what is a “common bond community” and some even call their customers – members.  Just as important, they have big dollars to spend on marketing and their messaging is so on point that the consumer believes all lending is quick and painless.  So how do we leap over, not only today’s model, but the FinTech phenomena?  The answer is both simple and painful.  Take the burden of innovation off of the overworked, thinly stretched operational teams, and create a team with Executive Team leadership status responsible for reimagining a new business model.  I am not suggesting losing our identity or our passion for doing right by our members and communities.  I am saying it is time to redesign how we deliver solutions to solve member needs, while maintaining a level of intimacy with our members that we actually have been losing over time. It is also time to reimagine our cooperative effort to solve challenges.Numerous times I have met with a credit union and had them identify their four to six major challenges.  In the credit union space there are digital solutions for marketing, big data analysis, digital retention options, digital origination solutions, POS lending solutions and the list goes in.  Many of those solutions are CUSO provided and provide economy of scale pricing. A number of these credit unions say they are too busy right now to solve their self-identified major issues because they are committed to X, Y or Z projects – which usually do not solve their major strategic operational challenges.As leaders in the credit union movement we need to dig deep into the past where at the birth of our industry model we reimagined the traditional banking model which disenfranchised many groups – those original members are our core industry champions.  Staying relevant in a rapidly changing digital market is challenging.  We are behind in finding creative ways to say “yes” to young adults with student debt – SOFI has found a way.  We are buried in our required paperwork to quickly approve small business loans – Kabbage has figured it out.  And we have not evolved our cornerstone lending program, the signature loan, to compete not only at the POS for autos, but for personal improvements and major retail purchases as SOFI, Lending Club and so many other FinTechs have.We’re doing fine in status quo mode, but falling behind on looking to the future for inspiration.  We need to invest in the future to be a part of the future…then we will be really doing fine!!last_img read more

Croatia awarded in China as the most desirable new tourist destination

first_imgAccording to the decision of the readers of the Chinese edition of Travel + Leisure magazine, Croatia was awarded in the category of the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists in 2018.Award ceremony China Travel Awards – World Best Awards was held in Shanghai, in the presence of diplomatic representatives, representatives of tourist boards, hotels, tour operators and airlines, each in their own category awarded by this famous magazine read by more than a million people in China.She has received the award, which has been awarded for 12 years Pearl Fabrio Counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the People’s Republic of China. The competition for the most desirable new destination was organized during the second half of last year, and readers chose a new destination that they intend to visit as soon as possible. In addition to Croatia, which was selected in the category of European destinations, the awards were also won by Argentina, Tahiti and Myanmar, while the best “old” destinations were Australia, Japan and Thailand.The director of the CNTB Head Office, Kristjan Staničić, also commented on the award, emphasizing that this is the first award of this type that Croatia has received on the Chinese market.  “We are extremely pleased with the award, especially in the year that has been declared the EU-China tourist year. The award also confirms the excellent potential of Croatia as a tourist destination in the large and extremely important Chinese market. This is a confirmation of our assessments and decisions to strengthen Croatia’s presence in China through the implementation of additional promotional activities, but also through the opening of the CNTB office in Shanghai. We are encouraged by the results from last year, during which we achieved high double-digit increases in tourist traffic from the Chinese market, 57 percent in arrivals and 48 percent in overnight stays. “, he said director Staničić, adding that Croatia is ready for a larger arrival of Chinese tourists who are not exclusively motivated by coming to Croatia because of the sun and the sea, but especially appreciate our natural beauty and historical and cultural heritage.Chinese Travel + Leisure is part of the American Travel + Leisure magazine owned by Time Inc. groups. According to the magazine’s director Diggle Tian as many as 70 percent of Chinese tourists who will travel abroad this year still do not know exactly which destination to choose for their trip.last_img read more

Dr Carmen Chan – Assisted dying’s inequity problem

first_imgNewsRoom 11 September 2020Family First Comment: “If you had asked me as a medical student some years ago, I would have told you that I supported the proposed End of Life Choice Act. We put down our animals when they are suffering. Who’s to say that we can’t have the right to control how we end our own lives when we live with a terminal illness? But now as a practising clinician, I have many doubts about the proposed law on euthanasia. The conversation is much more complex and nuanced than what you’ll commonly read in the media – which is why I feel the need to speak out…“..Euthanasia is an equity problem. It broadens the gap in health outcomes for those already having trouble getting fair access to care – for example, Māori and Pacific populations, rural communities, those impoverished and anyone already marginalised by the healthcare system. For me, it’s obvious who would be more likely to opt to end their lives early through euthanasia because they cannot access the medical care and support that they need. We need to think very carefully about what this legislation might end up doing… Rather than endorsing euthanasia, I want to call upon our government to strengthen palliative care, social services and support systems.Emergency medicine resident medical officer Carmen Chan shares her concerns about euthanasia as an equity problem and explains how it broadens the gap in health outcomes for those already having trouble getting fair access to careI’m awake at 5am and writing this before my shift starts. As a doctor, euthanasia weighs on my mind. Death’s not an easy topic to broach but we need to start talking about it – now. In a few weeks, along with voting in a government, we’ll be making some hefty decisions around how we approach the end of life as a society.If you had asked me as a medical student some years ago, I would have told you that I supported the proposed End of Life Choice Act. We put down our animals when they are suffering. Who’s to say that we can’t have the right to control how we end our own lives when we live with a terminal illness? But now as a practising clinician, I have many doubts about the proposed law on euthanasia. The conversation is much more complex and nuanced than what you’ll commonly read in the media – which is why I feel the need to speak out.I have witnessed many deaths. I have watched my own grandmother die in ICU, and my uncle die from end stage lung cancer. I have seen people dying on the wards, and I have seen the results of botched attempts at suicide in the emergency department.Being called to certify the death of someone who has been long suffering through an illness, knowing that they have finally passed away and are no longer suffering is sometimes a relief. Watching someone die can be really hard. By the time someone is at their deathbed – agonal breathing and unconscious, the most difficult thing in the world is being the loved one sitting at the bedside watching it all happen. But think carefully. Who are we most benefiting with this legislation? We need our minds and our hearts open: euthanasia is an irreversible procedure.I’ve seen this happen: Reginald* is diagnosed with end-stage lung cancer in Auckland. He is rapidly linked with an oncologist, referred to palliative care doctors and they help him to arrange his plans. They offer counselling, arrange family meetings, help him sort out his affairs, and arrange for him to have a hospital-in-the-home bed and oxygen kit. When he reaches his final days, there’s a clear Advanced Care Plan organised with Reginald for when to withdraw active treatment. Medicine is used only to ease his discomfort and pain.A palliative care team or his GP visit him regularly at hospice or at home to make sure that his needs are met. If during that process where his breathing makes home too hard to manage, he can choose to be admitted to hospice to be cared for by nurses for respite so that his family can rest. His needs and comfort are the priority until the day he dies. This is palliative care.Dr Carmen Chan is a full time resident medical officer currently working in the country’s emergency frontline services.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Zambian singer Chama Fumba arrested over song that ‘mocks’ President Lungu

first_imgMusician Chama Fumba, alias Pilato, has been arrested for conduct likely to cause the breach of peace. Mr Fumba arrived at Lusaka Central Police station around 11:15 hours yesterday in the company of his lawyers, Marshal Mucende and Kabesha Mulilo ahead of interrogations.The song in question is a remix of the legendary Nashil Pischen Kazembe’s Aphiri Anabwela, but featuring Pilato’s lyrics which call President Lungu “a drunk,” among several other ‘insults’.He was questioned for close to an hour before a warn and caution statement was recorded from him and an arrest effected. Lusaka Province police chief Charity Katanga said Mr Fumba was charged with conduct likely to cause the breach of peace. “Yes, I can confirm that Fumba ,31, has been arrested and detained by police following summons issued to him, for now he would be detained in custody until he meets the bond conditions,” Ms Katanga said.Mr Fumba was detained in connection with the production of a song entitled, ALungu Anabwela, alleged to have defamed President Edgar Lungu and vexed some sections of the public.Fumba faces a maximum sentence of six months in prison or a fine if found guilty. read more

Why Nigeria couldn’t excel at Women’s World Cup – Uchendu

first_img “Football is all about understanding and team cohesion,” Uchendu told Kick442. “I think if the Super Falcons should play more Grade A friendly games with tough teams (countries) before major competitions like the World Cup, it will help the players have more understanding of each other and it will bring cohesion in the team. “Most importantly, the team will get better exposed to playing tough teams almost what they should expect in these major competitions.” Nigeria are without a substantive coach and yet to regroup since crashing for the third time in a row from the 2020 African Olympic qualifiers in October last year. Read Also:Super Falcons striker signs for Minsk They will face Togo or Niger in the second round of the African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers in June as they aim to claim the continental crown for the fourth time in a row later this year. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chinaza Uchendu believes Nigeria’s below-par performance at the 2019 Women’s World Cup is due to a lack of team cohesion. Promoted Content13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootWorld’s Most Delicious Foods7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Absurd Ideas That Made Their Inventors Millions In the build-up to the showpiece event last year, Nigeria played 14 warm-up games between January to June, including the Chinese Invitational, Cyprus Women’s Cup, Wafu Women’s Cup and Canada. After claiming a ninth African title in 2018, the Super Falcons progressed to the knockout stage for the second time in history on their eighth appearance at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. Despite reaching the Round of 16 last year, the West African giants bowed out of the competition after a 3-0 thrashing against Germany. And the Sporting Braga midfielder feels the team’s inability to impress could also be hugely blamed on the lack of regular grade-A warm-up games before major tournaments.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Casey’s Cuts Ribbon in Milan

first_imgThe convenience store chain has over 2,000 locations in 17 states, and officially cut the ribbon on their new Milan store Friday morning.  In addition to fuel, candy and tobacco products, Casey’s General Store is known for their fresh-made pizza and subs.last_img

Gov. Zulum approves recruitment of 84 doctors, 365 nurses, others

first_imgRelatedPosts Buhari mourns Emir of Biu Insurgency: WAEC conducts exams in Chibok schools after six years Fuel, electricity cost hike: We won’t condone any protest — Borno Police Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has approved the recruitment of 84 doctors, 45 pharmacists and 365 nurses as part of measures to enhance healthcare delivery in the state.Zulum made this known in Maiduguri on Monday after a meeting with officials of the state’s Ministry of Health, heads of healthcare agencies, unions and other stakeholders. He said: “In order to provide affordable and quality healthcare delivery to residents of  Borno, government has approved the appointment of 365 nurses and midwives.”About 50 of them were recruited on contract basis and the rest are fresh graduates of College of Nursing and Midwifery.“In relation to this, we have directed the recruitment of 84 doctors, 45 pharmacists and other 100 supporting staff.”Zulum said his administration would commence payment of stipends to students of Nursing and Midwifery, who would enter contract with the government to be employed after graduation.The governor said his administration would be employing 135 nurses and midwives annually. Zulum said the mandate given to the state college of nursing and midwifery was to admit 200 students annually.He assured that his administration was committed to adequately equipping the school with needed facilities to deliver.He said: “Another milestone achievement we want to make is to ensure construction of doctors, nurses and midwives’ quarters.“We shall increase the capacity of the general hospital and other hospitals in the state with a view to providing the needed healthcare delivery in the state.”The governor urged all stakeholders in the health sector to monitor the efficacy of all the administration’s programmes being implemented for maximum result. Tags: Babagana ZulumBorno Statehealthcare agenciesMaidugurilast_img read more