Lettuce Announces Fall Tour Dates

first_imgThe funk masters Lettuce will be hitting the road this fall, with a string of recently announced dates across September. On September 8th, Lettuce will kick off their fall tour with a date at The Underground in Charlotte, North Carolina. From there, the group will wind across the East Coast with a series of headlining shows and festival performances, hitting Richmond, Virginia; Greensboro, North Carolina; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Vermont, over the next week. After a quick detour into Canada for Harvest Festival on September 14th, the group will return stateside for performances at Massachusetts’ Festival At The Farm on September 16th and Buffalo, New York’s The Tralf on the 17th. With their eyes set westward, the group hits Little Rock, Arkansas, on September 20th and Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the 21st. Lettuce’s fall tour will wrap up with two dates in Texas, playing Dallas’ Granada Theater on the 22nd before the tour’s final date at Utopiafest on the 23rd.Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. (local) and can be purchased via the band’s website here.[Photo: Dave Vann]last_img read more

University faculty receive $3 million grant to work with Shaw Center

first_imgThe University announced Wednesday that three University professors had been awarded a $3 million grant for the National Institutes of Health to study infants and their relationship with parents.According to the press release, Julie Braungart-Rieker, Flaherty College professor of psychology and director of the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families; E. Mark Cummings, Notre Dame endowed chair and professor of psychology; and Lijuan Wang, associate professor of psychology, will work with the Shaw Center in South Bend to conduct their research.The study will focus on how the stability of parental relationships affects the well-being of their infants, the press release said.Tags: funding, psychology, Shaw Center for Children and Familieslast_img

Middle School Students Create Unique Spin On Famed Masterpieces

first_imgSubmitted image.JAMESTOWN – Jefferson Middle School students recently created a unique spin on some of the world’s most famed artistic masterpieces part of a project while working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.Submitted image.Students in Lisa Corey’s art class were recently assigned to re-create works with items commonly found around their home.Corey encouraged students to take virtual field trips to museums for inspiration.“The keys to a successful re-creation were to imitate the pose/or arrangement of the art using items with similar colors or shapes in a creative way,” explained Corey. “This was a great assignment because it didn’t require buying art materials, students used only what was available at home.” The assignment was inspired by the Instagram challenge called “Between Art and Quarantine,” but adapted with the invitation to use digitized and downloadable artworks from Getty Museum’s on-line collection. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

About 90K Sex Abuse Claims Filed In Boy Scouts Bankruptcy

first_imgCropped Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office / CC BY 2.0 NEW YORK (AP) — Close to 90,000 sexual abuse claims have been filed against the Boy Scouts of America as the Monday deadline arrived for submitting claims in the organization’s bankruptcy case.The number far exceeds the initial projections of lawyers across the United States who have been signing up clients since the Boy Scouts filed for bankruptcy protection in February in the face of hundreds of lawsuits alleging decades-old sex abuse by Scout leaders.“We are devastated by the number of lives impacted by past abuse in Scouting and moved by the bravery of those who have come forward,” the Boy Scouts said in a statement. “We are heartbroken that we cannot undo their pain.”A few hours before the 5 p.m. EST deadline, the number of claims totaled 88,500, lawyers said. Eventually, the proceedings in federal bankruptcy court will lead to the creation of a compensation fund to pay out settlements to abuse survivors whose claims are upheld.The potential size of the fund is not yet known and will be the subject of complex negotiations. The national organization is expected to contribute a substantial portion of its assets, which include financial investments and real estate. The Boy Scouts’ insurers also will be contributing, as will the Boy Scouts’ roughly 260 local councils and companies that insured them in the past.Andrew Van Arsdale, a lawyer with a network called Abused in Scouting, said it has signed up about 16,000 claimants. He said that number doubled after the Boy Scouts, under the supervision of a bankruptcy judge, launched a nationwide advertising campaign on Aug. 31 to notify victims that they had until Nov. 16 to seek compensation.“They spent millions trying to encourage people to come forward,” Van Arsdale said. “Now, the question is whether they can make good on their commitment.”The Boy Scouts said it “intentionally developed an open, accessible process to reach survivors and help them take an essential step toward receiving compensation.”“The response we have seen from survivors has been gut-wrenching,” the organization added. “We are deeply sorry.”The bankruptcy has been painful for the 110-year-old Boy Scouts, which has been a pillar of American civic life for generations. Its finances were already strained by sex abuse settlements and declining membership — now below 2 million from a peak of over 4 million in the 1970s.Most of the pending sex abuse claims date to the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, before the Boy Scouts adopted criminal background checks, abuse prevention training for all staff and volunteers, and a rule that two or more adult leaders must be present during activities.Among the contentious issues still to be addressed in the bankruptcy case is the extent to which the Boy Scouts’ local councils contribute to the compensation fund.In its bankruptcy filing, the national organization said the councils, which have extensive property holdings and other assets, are separate legal entities and should not be included as debtors in the case. An ad hoc committee representing the councils has been negotiating what they will pay in.Under the terms of the case, no additional sex abuse claims can be filed against the Boy Scouts after Monday. However, attorney Jason Amala, part of a legal team representing more than 1,000 claimants, said new claims still could filed against local councils in some states that have victim-friendly statute-of-limitations laws, such as New York, New Jersey and California.Lawyer Paul Mones, who won a $19.9 million sex abuse verdict against the Boy Scouts in Oregon in 2010, said painstaking work lies ahead to determine which insurers were responsible for coverage of the national organization and the local councils over the decades in which abuse occurred.He said the eventual payments are likely to vary, depending on the severity and duration of the abuse“The number of claims is mind-boggling,” Mones said, noting that many abuse victims likely have not come forward. “It’s chilling in terms of the amount of horror that was experienced.”Some of the claims may be hard to verify, if they involve abuse allegations against volunteer Scout leaders whose names don’t appear in official rosters from long ago, Mones said.One of the official parties in the case, a group of nine sex abuse survivors representing all the victims, called the case “the largest and most tragic bankruptcy ever resulting from sexual abuse liability.”“More sexual abuse claims will be filed in the Boy Scouts bankruptcy than all claims filed against the Catholic Church throughout the nation,” the Torts Claimants Committee said.“Sexual abuse in scouting is unprecedented and the remedies for victims must, likewise, be unprecedented,” said the committee’s chairman, John Humphrey. 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Gardening Q&A

first_imgBy Wayne McLaurinUniversity of GeorgiaI get to answer questions.As part of my job, I’m accountable to all of the county agents inthe University of Georgia Extension Service. That’s where most ofmy questions come from.After 30-plus years of answering, I’ve heard most of thequestions that come my way before. But occasionally I’m stumped.That’s the time to pull out the books, go to the Internet and askcolleagues.10 most common questionsHere are the 10 most common questions I’m asked and the Web siteswhere you can get the answers and other information. The ends of my tomatoes are brown. What’s the problem?”Blossom-End Rot” (www.ces.uga.edu/Agriculture/horticulture/blossom-rot.html).How much of an area do I need for a vegetable garden? “SmallGarden Plan for Georgia” (pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/L178-w.htm).Will mulching help my garden? “Mulching Vegetables” (www.ces.uga.edu/Agriculture/horticulture/veg-mulch.html).What can I do in my vegetable garden when a water restrictionis in force? “Conserving Water in the Vegetable Garden” (www.ces.uga.edu/Agriculture/horticulture/conswater-veg.html).How do I go about making compost? “Composting: Feed Your Lawn- Not the Landfill” (www.ces.uga.edu/Agriculture/horticulture/composting.html) and “Composting and Mulching: A Guide toManaging Organic Landscape Refuse” (www.ces.uga.edu/pubcd/c816-w.html) or (www.ces.uga.edu/pubs/PDF/c816.pdf).What can I put into my compost pile? (Refer to No. 5.)What vegetables can I plant and when? “Home VegetableGardening” (pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubs/pdf/L171.pdf).Can I grow vegetables organically in Georgia? “GrowingVegetables Organically” (www.ces.uga.edu/pubcd/b1011-w.html).Can I grow my own transplants? “Home Garden Transplants” (www.ces.uga.edu/pubcd/l128-w.html).Which herbs can I grow in my garden? “Herbs in SouthernGardens” ($5) (www.ces.uga.edu/pubs/ForSale.html).last_img read more

2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island Contest Winners Announced

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The highly competitive and eagerly awaited 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest results were released Wednesday, Feb. 28, the organizers announced.The contest, now in its 13th year, highlights winners in dozens of categories within the realms of food and drink, health care, arts and entertainment, automotive, clothing, education, home and garden, nightlife and spirits, pets, services, shopping, sports and activities and weddings. The list of winners can be found at bestoflongisland.com.“Being the best at whatever talent you have, that’s what stimulates life,” legendary NFL coach Tom Landry famously said. But oftentimes whatever people say is “the best” can be open to debate. That’s where the Bethpage Best of Long Island contest comes in.After 75 days of voting, the polls closed on Dec. 15 and we spent the past two months tallying the results and weeding out any fraudulent voting or obvious abuse that we found. Our independent auditor then reviewed our results before certifying the fairness and accuracy of our findings.Those that earn 2018 Best of Long Island titles in a wide range of talents can now shout it from the rooftops with confidence that they’re bona fide first rate in their respective fields.Don’t believe us? Look no further than the numbers that came in for proof that Long Islanders are genuinely enthusiastic about voting for their favorite local businesses, places and people.More than 909,000 votes were cast in this contest. Not only is that a 16-percent increase over last year, it’s also about a quarter of a million more votes than were cast in the 2016 presidential elections by voters in Nassau or Suffolk counties.The contest, sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, also had 83,217 registered voters and 59,258 nominations.And that’s all before we even get to the dozens of categories the public judged, ranging from restaurants that competed in a long list of cuisine styles to the dozens of other industry categories that were ranked.Now that the numbers have been crunched, winners can bask in their glory 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at The Inn at Fox Hollow, located at 7725 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury. Tickets can be purchased at bestoflongisland.com.In the meantime, while we wait for the celebration to start, just like presidential elections, we started looking ahead to the next contest as soon as the voting ended.Didn’t see your favorite business, person or place on the ballot this time? Here’s how to fix that: Nominate them in the 2019 Best of Long Island contest. Take your time. Nominations opened Jan. 1 and close Aug. 31.And then don’t forget to vote early and often next fall when the polls open again Oct. 1 through Dec. 15. Voters are allowed one vote per email address per day for each category. All these details and more can be found at bestoflongisland.com.Remember, we couldn’t have called any of the winners “the best” without the hundreds of thousands of votes we received. When it’s all over, it was you, not us, that awarded these honors to the local businesses that call Long Island home. And for that, we thank you.last_img read more

Underserved areas can include young, prime members

first_imgMultiple common bond credit unions have a huge opportunity to grow through adding underserved communities to their fields of membership while also fulfilling their mission.“Underserved community” typically calls up in our minds images of unemployed and subprime financial consumers, but this characterization can be misleading. Some credit unions are indeed serving (and serving well) people who are unbanked and subprime through underserved FOMs, but another opportunity may await. Many areas defined as underserved also open opportunities for credit unions to serve wealthy, prime and super-prime borrowers.Most metropolitan commercial areas qualify for development under the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, but allow credit unions to serve the businesses and the people who work for them in that area. Underserved areas are defined by the people who live in an area rather than the people who work in that area, but people who live in wealthier areas and work in the underserved areas are part of the potential membership. Indeed, FOM rules typically allow credit unions to serve people who live, work, worship, study, volunteer or run businesses in the community. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PR skills valued most in 21st century marketing strategy

first_imgThe methods of attracting and retaining credit union members have changed dramatically in the last five to 10 years. Suddenly, public relations tactics, not marketing, are preferred for driving revenue.Bringing in new members used to be a numbers game. It still is, to a great extent, but the rules of engagement have changed. Attracting prospects isn’t about pushing out sales messages to as many people as possible. Rather, it’s about drawing people in by creating and distributing content that serves them, not the credit union. Continuous sales outreach and self-promotion have fallen out of favor.The consumer is bombarded by choice. They don’t choose a financial institution because they saw an ad or read a mailer. They have become immune to sales pitches, advertising, post cards branch blitzes and cold calls. Rather, consumers prefer be courted over the long term with relevant content, third party credibility, social media engagement, and more visibility of selective member facing personnel and management team via personal branding.Today, the recommended process for increasing market share is to attract audience, develop relationships to build trust and credibility, and collect warm leads. Then is the time to initiate the sales process. Staffed by people with strong writing, communication and strategic planning skills, the public relations function has always been about relationship building, reputation management, positive media exposure, brand journalism (a.k.a. content marketing), speech writing, the newsletter, community relations, corporate giving, and more. Because this change happened so rapidly, most credit unions, known for being slow adopters, are struggling to keep up. To make matters worse, the rooted credit union leadership team continues to resist the mandates of the digital environment, which is evident in staid, self-promoting website content, the use of social media as a free advertising platform, the scarcity of management LinkedIn profiles, and more.The way to keep up with how target markets now make decisions is by updating four, crucial pieces of the business plan: repositioning the brand, building a bigger platform in the digital space, PR training for in-house marketing specialists, and changing mindset that values brand engagement over self-aggrandizement. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dana Dobson Dana Dobson is an award-winning public relations expert, keynote speaker and author of, “How to Reach Millions with Artful PR.” Over her 30-year career, she has developed winning PR and … Web: dana-dobson.com Detailslast_img read more

NAFCU’s Hunt corrects record, offers support for NCUA’s appraisal proposal

first_imgPushing back against opponents of the NCUA’s proposal to raise the appraisal threshold for credit union nonresidential real estate loans from $250,000 to $1,000,000, NAFCU’s Carrie Hunt penned an op-ed in American Banker in support of the agency’s proposal.“Without question, [the proposal] will address appraiser capacity issues that have plagued smaller, underserved markets. In addition, it will prevent unnecessary delays in loan closings and reduce costs for borrowers, all while posing no safety and soundness risk to the U.S. economy or American consumers,” wrote Hunt, NAFCU’s executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel.Directly responding to opponents’ claims that the proposal would recreate the conditions that led to the financial crisis, Hunt noted that “credit unions did not contribute to the crisis. At no time in our nation’s history has the credit union industry posed a safety and soundness risk to our financial system – let alone for their portfolio of nonresidential real estate loans.”Hunt continued to correct the record on the proposal, citing the NCUA’s own study that found that nearly 90 percent of the total dollar amount of nonresidential real estate loans affected by this proposal would still be subject to an appraisal. More so, the NCUA’s overall caseload would be reduced by 39 percent. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Komodo Island eyes 50,000 tourists after premium membership system introduced

first_imgHe added that the Komodo dragon as a vulnerable species needed to be protected along with its ecosystem, hence its decision to limit the number of tourist arrivals.Entry tickets to the destination will be set at US$1,000 per year per person.I Wayan said that visitors without a membership card would be directed to Rinca Island, which is also home to Komodo dragons. (gis/kes)__________Editor’s note:Paragraph nine in this article has been corrected.Topics : The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) administration is optimistic that the number of tourists to Komodo National Park in Manggarai Barat regency, Flores, will reach 50,000 people following the introduction of a membership system that includes special cards and an entry fee.The province’s tourism and creative economy agency head, I Wayan Darmawa, told Antara news agency in Kupang on Tuesday that the new policy would be implemented this year.“In 2020 we will start implementing a membership system for tourists coming to Komodo Island. Visiting tourists must obtain the membership card issued by the administration,” he said. The membership card is part of an ongoing effort to rebrand Komodo Island as a premium tourist destination. The administration has set a target of attracting at least 50,000 local and foreign tourists to the location.According to Antara, many foreign tourists have already sent their requests to apply for the tourist membership card.“Through a good administration on Komodo Island, tourists will get good and optimal service,” I Wayan said.“The membership system will not affect visits to Komodo Island because many facilities on the island are modern and suitable for tourists’ safety and comfort.”last_img read more