It doesn’t seem that long ago that Matisyahu was a burgeoning name on the scene, making a career-altering appearance with jam icon Trey Anastasio at Bonnaroo back in 2005. Now, twelve years later, the reggae-rock artist has toured the world over, released multiple albums, and evolved both personally and artistically. The former Phish tour kid will be playing a special late-night performance at NYC’s The Cutting Room following Phish’s performance at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, August 2nd as part of their Baker’s Dozen run.Phishin’ With Matisyahu: How LSD “Turned My Entire World Inside Out”Matisyahu just released his latest album, Undercurrent, on May 19th, and will be on tour in support of the album throughout the summer. The album was created and produced by Matis and fellow band members Stu Brooks (bass, keys, musical director), Time Keiper (drums), and Aaron Dugan (guitar) only. No outside producers, no post-production — to put it plainly, no compromises and no frills. What came out of these sessions is music in its purest form, with special guest spots from friends and longtime collaborators BigYuki and Joe Tomino adding some timely flourishes throughout the album.Before Undercurrent, in September, Matis released the single “Love Born” (listen above) and discussed the track and its deeper meaning in context to both the good and bad that each of us goes through. “‘Love Born’ is about accepting pain and learning to transform it. It’s the ability to look back at one’s history and bring close those moments of pain and confusion and work with them in the present to evolve with strength to one’s future,” explains Matisyahu. “Life has no cushion, music has no net. This approach requires trust, patience, and a leap of faith that each player will listen to, and absorb what is happening around them, and be able to transform it into a collective whole.”Tickets for Matisyahu’s late-night performance at The Cutting Room are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Check out Our Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late Nights for a full slate of what’s happening after the party ends at Madison Square Garden.
In addition to judging the world class competition, Grohl took photos with barbecue celebrities like the Food Network’s Danielle “Diva Q” Barnett, who was on site as a member of Team Traeger Grills. He also jammed out with “This Bear Came To Party” and “Hillbilly Rich” singer Tim Montana, who joined Grohl for a “House of the Rising Sun” cover that saw found the former Nirvana drummer banging away on the cajón. Dave Grohl is the kind of guy who finds the time to perform with his daughters in the midst of a world tour—which is to say, Dave Grohl is the kind of guy who rarely takes a break. Consider this past weekend for example. Instead of using his brief time off the road to lounge around a pool or something, the Foo Fighters frontman made his way to the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, where he served as a judge and hung out with the competitors. Grohl will hit the road against next month when the Foo Fighters head to Europe for a three week outing. After that, the band will return to the United States for a lengthy stadium/arena tour, including a two-night stand at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. You can check out a full list of their upcoming tour dates here.A full list of winners from Memphis in May’s World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest can be found here.
Shareff is walking alone.The other campers have gone ahead, scrambling, scuffling, stumbling up the trail, eager to find what lies around the next bend, but Shareff has fallen behind. His pace is slow, so slow that it’s hard to find a word for it. Deliberate doesn’t begin to describe it; plodding sounds too speedy by half. We’ll put it somewhere between a tortoise and a sloth. The reason: Shareff is paying attention. Close attention.Shareff is blind, but that’s not unusual on this day. We’re at a camp for kids with no or low vision. Two of our hikers are totally blind, and two nearly so. The rest have visual impairments of varying scope and severity—severe enough, in most cases, to turn the leaves and rocks and roots of the woods into a blur of bright color and indiscriminate shapes. Still they are up ahead, halfway to the lunch spot, while Shareff still navigates the first five hundred feet of the Warren Wilson River Trail.Shareff has been blind since birth. He has light perception, but no usable vision. He’s the first to admit he doesn’t spend much time in the woods. It’s a novel experience for him, a world truly wild, and so he pays attention. He’s paying attention with his feet: his light-soled sneakers help him feel the forest floor. He’s paying attention with his hands, collecting information with two trekking poles as he feels his way along the trail. But mostly he’s paying attention with his ears. He listens for the voice of his teacher, the song of the stream, the rustle of his peers shuffling into the distance. Above all, he listens to his clicks. All blind people use sound to orient themselves—the footfalls of a friend, the echo of a cane tip in an empty room—but Shareff is an active echolocator, clicking his tongue and waiting to hear the reflected sound, using a hundred tiny snapshots to construct an auditory image of the world around him.Shareff has never been in woods so dense. When his clicks come back to him soft and muffled, he knows that the leaves are thick and close. And when he hears a short, sharp report, he knows he’s found the trunk of a large and sturdy tree—the kind it’s best to step around. He turns his head left-and-right, clicking to map the space around him, hearing the path ahead and using his trekking poles to confirm his impressions. He has not taken many steps, it is true, but he has taken each one of them alone. His teacher watches from a distance as Shareff makes his way over rocks and roots, upslope and down, taking stock with every step.Other hikers will log more miles today, but it’s hard to imagine one more immersed in nature than Shareff is at this moment. This is why we came.In June of this year, I launched an outdoor adventure camp for kids who are blind and visually impaired. It’s part of a family of camps run by A Brighter Path Foundation, collectively known as the SEE (Student Enrichment Experience) Camps. The camps are staffed by certified teachers for the visually impaired—together we have dozens of years of experience—and are the brainchild of Chris Flynt, the director of A Brighter Path programs, who lost his own vision to retinitis pigmentosa in early adulthood. The campers are kids we have met over the years, and our goal this week is to get them off the couch and into the woods—to hike, zip, climb, and raft in the wilds of western North Carolina.Adults are constantly conspiring to plop kids into the backcountry, and we’re no exception. We do it for all the usual reasons: to build confidence and competence, to encourage teamwork, to improve problem-solving skills. Essential traits for all children, but perhaps more critical for the blind and visually impaired. Our campers grow up in a world that is skeptical of their skill. They hear too many messages of blindness as a disability, and live in a world of overabundant caution, with too many can’ts in the places of cans. Internalize this message, and it becomes all too easy to sit on the sidelines and let the world whirl by unheeded. In hitting the trail, we hope to fight this impulse: to expand possibility, reward curiosity, and nurture the spirit of adventure that beats in every heart.And so we hiked, rambling down the River Trail and giving new meaning to the word treehugger. (Every now and then, our camper Jordan would give a nearby trunk a healthy squeeze, to better sense its size and shape.)We zipped, soaring through the Nantahala River Gorge at speeds approaching fifty miles per hour, on lines up to a half-mile long. As each kid flew from view, and even the sighted teachers lost track of our charges, we tuned our ears to the tensile whine of the line, following each zipper’s progress by the pitch and volume of the returning sound.We climbed, scaling a fifty foot vertical wall at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, and found that wall to be a great equalizer. The sighted and blind alike struggled with floundering feet and outstretched fingertips, climbing higher through grit and grimace in equal measure, fueled by the shouts of our groundbound friends.We floated, rafting down the ancient French Broad, our paddles dug deep and true, as the waves and ripples and eddies spoke from all sides in a constantly shifting soundscape. We smelled the rich and redolent bouquet of wild waters, of river rocks drying in the vanishing sun, and now and then felt the stray spray from the whitecaps alight upon our cheeks.The bus ride back from the takeout was a sensory garden of its own: the thick smell of packed rafters on wet vinyl, the too-still breeze from half-jammed schoolbus windows, the wheeze and choke of diesel fumes, the obligatory raft guide jokes emanating from the front of the bus…we had all of this and more to savor as we snaked our way back to base camp.All in all, it was a glorious week, a success by any measure. Our campers had a blast. They were active and engaged, heedless and reflective by turns, challenged and animated and triumphant. The same goes for the teachers. When it came time to say goodbye, we all walked away with a little more bounce in our step, a little more hope in our hearts.There were plenty of priceless moments during the week—many set against soaring mountain scenery, accompanied by whoops of joy—but the picture I return to time and again is the quiet intensity of Shareff’s walk in the woods. While he never ventured further than a half-mile from the road, Shareff was in a wilderness unlike one I’ve experienced in quite a while. The trail was new to him, and strange, and he had little idea what lay five feet ahead. His approach was one that we would all do well to heed as we confront our own personal wilderness: neither fearful nor fearless, cautious but curious, open to what the world has to offer, and patient enough to listen to its call.He knew what I once knew, and what I hope all our campers come to know in time: the world is open, wonderful, and wide. Dive right in.Jay Hardwig is a certified teacher for the visually impaired and Orientation & Mobility specialist, and the Asheville manager of A Brighter Path programs. He can be reached at [email protected]
WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao – U.S. and Dutch navy forces seized 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea on March 22, authorities from both countries said. The bust was made under Operation Martillo, a joint effort of Western Hemisphere and European countries to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. While on patrol in the Caribbean Sea, a Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard maritime patrol aircraft spotted a go-fast vessel with four crewmembers and cargo on deck. After receiving an alert from their Dutch counterparts, personnel onboard an SH-60B chopper from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 60, embedded on the Elrod, intercepted the vessel and spotted its crew throwing bales overboard. The USS Elrod is on a scheduled port visit to Curaçao, where a change of command of the U.S. Navy frigate will take place. A U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment aboard the USS Elrod took the go-fast vessel’s four-man crew into custody after tests proved the thrown cargo, retrieved by Dutch naval forces, tested positive for cocaine. “A good deal of credit for this interdiction goes to the Dutch navy and their dedicated air support,” said Cmdr. John Callaway, Elrod commanding officer. “They played a vital role in achieving the Operation Martillo objective to intercept drugs smuggled into the U.S.” Operation Martillo intends to disrupt organized crime operations by limiting their ability to use Central America and the Caribbean as a transit zone of illicit goods. Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating in the operation, which started in the middle of January. For Operation Martillo, the U.S. Navy has deployed Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates USS Ingraham, USS Elrod, USS McClusky, and USS Nicholas, which are conducting Combating Transnational Organized Crime operations, while Patrol Squadron 1 is providing aerial patrol support while forward-deployed to El Salvador. The USS Elrod is a 437-foot Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate home-ported in Norfolk, Va. The ship was commissioned on Sept. 21, 1985. By Dialogo April 12, 2012
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr EMV payment card technology represents an “important step forward,” said Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome H. Powell, but security should not stop there.Speaking at the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank last week, Powell outlined his thoughts on safer payments systems.“For many years, traditional authentication methods like signatures and static passwords have been used to verify that an individual is authorized to initiate a payment. New approaches to authentication increasingly offer greater assurance and protection,” he said. “Given the current technologies that we have at our disposal, we should assess the continued use of signatures as a means of authenticating card transactions.”EMV (Europay/MasterCard/Visa) involves the use of chip-enabled payment cards and terminals. Powell said that stakeholders in the payments system should keep searching for new approaches to authentication. continue reading »
Most American teens are not learning in high school about the basics of paying bills, building good credit and avoiding debt, even as they’re increasingly relying on student loans to finance their higher education, according to a new financial literacy study.Just five states in the country scored an A on the 2015 National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools, a report produced by the Center for Financial Literacy, at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. The report measures financial education efforts across the U.S.The five states that got an A are the only ones in the country that require students take a dedicated semester of personal finance courses. Nearly a quarter of the states received a failing grade. Those states have, according to the report, virtually no requirements for teaching financial literacy at the high school level.In lieu of high school classes, teens have to rely on their parents or simply their own research and experience to pick up these lessons — or never get them at all. That lack of sound financial advice is particularly problematic when so many students take on loans to attend college. continue reading » 93SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Miriam De Dios Woodward Miriam De Dios Woodward is the CEO of PolicyWorks, LLC. She also serves as Senior Vice President of AMC, the holding company of the Iowa Credit Union League and parent … Web: https://www.policyworksllc.com Details Among the many transformational changes that have surrounded regulatory compliance for credit unions over the past decade has been an ever-growing need for staff members with comprehensive compliance backgrounds.The amount of qualified people has simply not kept up with demand, creating a serious talent gap and confronting credit unions with a major challenge in finding the people they need to ensure ongoing compliance.One reason for that gap is the pace at which the compliance discipline has evolved. Just a decade ago, compliance specialists managed only a few regulatory changes each year. Now change is constant and keeping up with it is critical to credit union success.Because of the importance of compliance management to a broader enterprise risk management strategy, credit unions must be able to keep up with and manage regulatory changes. If they can’t, they could face dissatisﬁed members, loss of business, ﬁnes, and even lawsuits.The Hiring ProblemWhen a credit union hires inexperienced compliance professionals, there is a time lag and additional costs associated with training and ongoing development before those new hires can be operating at full speed. Credit unions with truly urgent needs are in even worse situations.As they strive to keep up with regulations and proposals, the pressure is on credit union staff to master the intricacies of multiple ﬁnancial products and services. One approach for many credit unions is to expand the duties of their operations team to include compliance. The rationale is that since these individuals have a broad understanding of all aspects of the credit union, they are in a good position to manage the impact of rules across the institution. Sometimes that works, but more often it fails to mitigate the need for true compliance specialists.An option that is increasingly embraced by credit unions is partnering with an outside firm to manage at least a portion of the compliance strategy and duties, to help fill the talent gap. That works not only for credit unions as they build their compliance team, but also for those institutions that need temporary assistance or ongoing specific expertise.Even credit unions fortunate enough to have found and hired the expert compliance talent they wanted can face the same hiring challenges if one or more members of the compliance team leave the institution or retire. Retaining the best people is difficult when everyone is fishing in the same pond.Weathering the StormPartnering with an outside ﬁrm for at least some of the compliance strategy execution and daily duties is helping many credit unions weather the compliance talent gap. They have access to a ready-made team of compliance experts that can address their precise needs.Those needs might be temporary, such as the need to address audit findings, or longer term, involving the strategic implementation of regulatory requirements across departments and continuing oversight of regulatory changes. A compliance partner can supplement staff execution of short-term needs and assist a credit union in developing a broad compliance management system.5 Tips for SuccessIf your credit union chooses to partner with a compliance firm, here are five tips to improve the outcome:Start by designating a main point of contact. This individual might be a compliance specialist with a lower level of expertise but a good general understanding of compliance requirements.Be sure that person is comfortable as the liaison between the compliance ﬁrm and various department heads, as well as setting priorities and sharing the credit union’s goals with the partner ﬁrm. That contact person can also function as an efﬁciency monitor, gathering up questions, documents, and projects for delivery to the compliance partner.Consider combining a compliance firm with in-house expertise. You can limit the stress of a talent hunt in this way. Individual departments, for instance, may be able to obtain an adequate degree of compliance knowledge for their specific products. Rely on the compliance partner for staying up to date on regulatory changes, offering counsel on implementation, and providing independent insight into areas needing improvement.A new PolicyWorks white paper, Bridging the Talent Gap in Credit Union Compliance, addresses the problem that credit unions face and offers insight into how they can confront the problem.
Oct 21, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius promised a Senate committee today that the flow of pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine doses will greatly improve in November, following its slow start this month.Speaking to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Sebelius blamed production problems for the meager early supplies of vaccine and promised that eventually there will be enough for all Americans who want to be vaccinated.HHS officials had predicted that 45 million doses would be ready for distribution in mid October, followed by about 20 million more each week after that. But as of yesterday, only 12.8 million doses had become available for ordering, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.Low yields, start-up problemsSebelius blamed two problems for the low early production numbers: low yields from the eggs used to grow the vaccine virus—which were reported when pharmaceutical companies started production in the summer—and difficulties in starting up new production lines.”We have some new production lines that have been put in place by the manufacturers; there were glitches in some of these production lines,” she told the committee.”Those two issues have been corrected, so we anticipate that number [of doses] growing exponentially as we move into the season,” she added. “By early November we’re confident that vaccine will be far more widely available. There’ll be enough vaccine so every American who wants to can be vaccinated.”The government has ordered a total of about 250 million doses of H1N1 vaccine from five manufacturers. The expectation is that vaccine deliveries will be completed in December. But the slow start to the vaccine deliveries has complicated planning by state and local health departments and other groups involved in vaccination efforts.Echoing what a CDC official said yesterday, Sebelius also promised today that the availability of seasonal flu vaccine will improve in coming weeks. Public health agencies had encouraged the public to get their seasonal flu immunizations early, before the rollout of the H1N1 vaccine. But supplies of the seasonal vaccine have run short in some areas.”We’ve been assured that production is ramping up,” Sebelius told the committee. “Manufacturers are backfilling that, and it’ll be much more widely available.”IV antiviral authorization expectedIn other comments, Sebelius said HHS will soon issue an emergency use authorization (EUA) for an antiviral drug that can be given intravenously to help critically ill H1N1 patients. The two mainstay antivirals, oseltamivir and zanamivir, are not available in IV formulations.In her written testimony, Sibelius said, “Physicians treating critically ill patients with H1N1 influenza will soon have access to new antviral drugs supported by HHS/BARDA [the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency] and administered intravenously under a CDC sponsored emergency use authorization.”Under questioning by Sen. Joe Lieberman, committee chairman, she said issuance of an EUA is “imminent” but didn’t give a date.Last week a Food and Drug Administration official said a decision was expected soon on an EUA for IV peramivir, an antiviral that’s in the same class as oseltamivir and zanamivir but is not yet licensed.School closures continuingAlso at today’s hearing, Education Secretary Arne Duncan reported that the H1N1 virus has prompted many school closures so far this fall but that the numbers have been below what they were in the spring wave of the pandemic.So far this fall, 628 schools have closed for at least a day, affecting 219,000 students, Duncan told the committee. As of yesterday, 88 schools were closed, affecting 28,000 students and 1,800 teachers, he said.By comparison, in the spring, from Apr 27 through Jun 12, more than 1,350 schools in 35 states closed, affecting 824,966 students and 53,217 teachers, Duncan reported. The peak day was May 5, with 980 schools closed.At the beginning of the H1N1 outbreaks, the CDC recommended that schools close if they had any confirmed or suspected H1N1 cases. But soon afterward, when it became evident that the virus wasn’t as virulent as first feared, the agency advised that schools should focus on identifying and isolating sick students and should close only if they had large numbers of cases. Duncan said schools have been heeding the CDC guidance.He noted that the Education Department, with the CDC and state and local agencies, developed a new school dismissal monitoring system over the summer. The system used earlier didn’t work well, he said.See also: Senate committee hearing page, with links to testimony:http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_id=cbe5331e-19ab-41d5-bffe-7610f97708f0Oct 16 CIDRAP News story “US H1N1 vaccine delayed as cases and deaths rise”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/swineflu/news/oct1609vaccine.html
Inside the home at 28 Ella St, Redcliffe.“They were very happy buyers. They said to us they knew from seeing how many people were at the open home that they had to make their offer straight away.” Mr Mailer said the Redcliffe property market was strong with auction properties attracting especially good interest. “We are receiving a lot of offers prior to the auction date giving the sellers an opportunity to sell before the set date with no conditions,” he said. “This is reducing that associated stress for the seller as opposed to with a private treaty sale they have to wait for the building and pest and finance clause to be satisfied.” The home at 28 Ella St, Redcliffe.A cottage on a 430sq m block in Redcliffe has sold prior to auction after attracting multiple offers within two weeks of hitting the market. Marketing agent Danny Mailer of LJ Hooker Redcliffe said the property at 28 Ella St sold for $370,000. “The auction process with the sale date looming created a frenzy of offers being submitted by multiple buyers and the highest offer with no conditions was accepted,” he said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“The new buyer is looking at renovating the property and holding it as an investment.
Maritime industry stakeholders all over the world are increasing their contribution to the reduction of carbon footprint. While shipping companies decided to modify their vessels in order to comply with the upcoming 2020 Sulphur Cap regulation, the port industry took their own measures to cut pollution.One of these is India’s second-largest, private-sector port and terminal company by capacity and throughput, Essar Ports, that has a total operational capacity of 110 MTPA in India.Speaking to World Maritime News, the company’s CEO & MD, Rajiv Agarwal, said that Essar Ports believes that green ports “are truly the future of the industry.”Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar PortsAgarwal explained that the company took numerous steps and has invested in reduction of the carbon footprint at all of its four terminals by implementing technologies such as cold-fog system, sprinkling systems for dust and pollution control, completely mechanized handling facilities ensuring zero spillage and covering the entire conveyor system.He added that these measures “have been pivotal in our vision of developing environmentally friendly facilities.”Additionally, developing deeper draft ports and terminals enabled operations with larger parcel size “which further the initiative lowering carbon footprint. We will continue to invest in modern technologies which ensure cargo handling through environmentally friendly means.”Essar Ports’ terminals are focused on bulk and dry bulk cargoes that are primarily used as raw material in core sector industries, like steel, power and cement.So far, the company has invested more than USD 1.6 billion in the development of port terminal facilities in India. Essar Ports said that its terminals are not only capable of handling the biggest ships sailing today “but also provide one of the best turnaround times of India,” contributed by the modernization and development of the company’s Vizag iron ore handling complex.The iron ore handling complex can now berth Super Capesize vessels up to 200,000 dwt, with a depth of 20 metres. The 24-million-tonne terminal has seen a growth rate of 45% in overall cargo throughput driven by a sharp increase in new customers, the company explained.Speaking about Essar Ports’ future plans, the CEO noted that the company is always on the lookout for opportunities to grow its businesses as the four terminals have further expansion possibilities.“Our target is to grow at a rate of more than 20% in the near future. To achieve this growth we have put a strategy in place to expand our customer base in the near future. The focus is now on increasing revenue, diversifying cargo base, optimizing costs, and improving our operational and financial performance.”During the first quarter of the year, Essar Ports reported a 17.4% growth in cargo volumes across its four terminals. The combined throughput stood at 13.5 million tonnes, up from 11.5 million tonnes in the same period of 2018.Of the four terminals, the Salaya and Vizag terminal showcased a strong performance in cargo handling with a striking increase in third-party cargo utilization thereby helping the company achieve its target of handling 60 million tonnes of cargo by the end of the current financial year.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Essar Ports (Hazira Port)