Load remaining images Stratford, Connecticut’s Two Roads Brewing Company wrapped up their fourth annual Road Jam Music Fest over the weekend, with Twiddle, Mates of State, Pimps of Joytime, The Fogcutters, The Alpaca Gnomes, West End Blend, and Arc & Stones. Along with the tasty jams were Two Roads Brewing Company selections, along with the Cluster Truck™ food truck hub and perfect weather — rounding out a complete experience for the 2017 Road Jam Music Fest.Photographer Adam McCullough was on site for the fun, and provided the following gallery.Road Jam | Stratford, CT | 2017 | Photos by Adam McCullough
Pitchfork Music Festival will return to Union Park in Chicago, IL for the weekend of July 19th-21st this summer. On Wednesday, organizers of the multi-day music festival announced the lineup of performers for this year’s event, which is lead by HAIM and Mavis Staples on Friday, The Isley Brothers and Belle & Sebastian on Saturday, and Robyn and Charli XCX set to close the event out on Sunday.Other artists included on the lineup poster for the summer 2019 event include Khruangbin, Earl Sweatshirt, Soccer Mommy, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, Snail Mail, Amen Dunes, JPEGMAFIA, and Clairo, just to name a few. The lineup’s announcement on Wednesday also made sure to clarify that The Isley Brothers’ appearance on night two of the this year’s event will see/hear the group celebrating the 60th anniversary of their 1959 debut album, Shout!Related: Newport Folk Announces “Mavis & Friends” Concerts To Celebrate Mavis Staples’ 80th BirthdaySince beginning in 2006, Pitchfork Fest remains one of the steadier independently-run music events in what has become a grossly oversaturated festival market here in North America. According to the event website, the mid-summer event annually welcomes up to 60,000 attendees from 45 U.S. states and 26 countries, mostly thanks to the impressive mix of artists recruited to perform each year.Single-day and three-day passes for this year’s event are now on sale for the reasonable price of $75, and $175, respectively.
With a watermelon weighing in at 168.6 pounds, John Gorton of Sumter County won the Georgia 4-H 2018 Watermelon Growing Contest.Gorton’s melon is around six times the weight of your average watermelon. The Georgia Watermelon Association and the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association sponsored the contest in their continuous support of the Georgia 4-H program.Gorton was one of 24 competitors from throughout the state attempting to grow the largest watermelon.The second and third place winners were J.T. Clarke of Meriwether County and Jordan Smothers of Walton County, with watermelons that weighed 122 pounds and 115.2 pounds, respectively. Gorton, Clarke and Smothers will all receive a cash prize and certificates for the time and effort they spent tending to their plants.None of the three finalists participated in 2017’s competition. Some other notable contenders in the field this year were Hayleigh Clarke of Meriwether County who grew a 110-pound watermelon, Jonathan Philips of Meriwether County who grew a 108-pound watermelon, Aiden Connell of Appling County who grew an 81-pound watermelon and Emily White of Appling County who grew a 54-pound watermelon.Growing watermelons teaches kids responsibility and the importance of dedicating themselves to making something great, said Michael Rabalais, 4-H program specialist. Georgia 4-H leaders say projects like teach 4-H’ers problem-solving skills and how to work independently with confidence.“Georgia 4-H has deep roots in agriculture, and I think contests like the 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest are important because they remind 4-H’ers that food doesn’t come from a bag or a factory or a cafeteria, but from seeds and earth and hard work,” Rabalais said. “I hope our participants were able to expand their knowledge and curiosity about agriculture.”To learn more about the Georgia 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest, contact Rabalais at 706-542-1165 or visit the Georgia 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest website at georgia4h.org/programs/focus-areas/agriculture-stem/agriculture/plant-science/watermelon-growing-contest/.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thousands of dead bunker fish were found on the shores of Flanders Bay last weekend, two weeks after hundreds of diamondback turtles washed up dead nearby, raising serious environmental concerns on the East End.Preliminary tests suggest that both mass die-offs may be linked to a recent red tide, a condition created by an excess of algae in the water that studies have shown is caused by increased nitrogen levels stemming from septic systems, storm-water runoff and sewage plants. The turtles are believed to have eaten shellfish made poisonous by the algae bloom, and the fish appear to have suffocated because the water had low oxygen level as a result of the red tide, experts said.“Unfortunately, in a situation where oxygen is already suppressed and a large amount of fish [are present], there isn’t enough oxygen for the fish to survive,” said Kevin McAllister, a marine biologist who is founding president of Defend H2O, a nonprofit environmental group. “We’ve reached the tipping point of too much nitrogen and now we’re seeing problems with our water bodies.”The New York State Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) determined that the fish kill was a result of hypoxia, the medical term for oxygen deprivation. The agency also preliminarily determined that the turtles were poisoned by saxitoxin, a toxic byproduct from algae consumed by the shellfish that the diamondbacks eat, although the DEC is awaiting the results of further tests to be sure.Shortly before the die-offs, increased saxitoxin levels prompted the DEC to issue a ban on shellfish harvesting in Meetinghouse Creek and Terry Creek, both tributaries of Flanders Bay, and James Creek, a tributary of Great Peconic Bay.Bunker fish, which often swim in extremely large schools, tend to consume large amounts of oxygen, meaning they may have hastened their own demise, environmental experts said. Low dissolved oxygen levels are common for the summer months in the area due to the sudden rise in water temperatures, but fish kills are still taken seriously.Mass marine-life die-offs are not uncommon in Long Island waters, but these back-to-back events made the region take notice. Among recent events were hundreds of dead bluefish were that washed up in Mecox Bay two years ago. That case was blamed on low water temperatures.“Such occurrences will become the norm if we don’t reduce 30-50 percent of the nitrogen going into the Peconic Estuary,” said Kevin McDonald of The Nature Conservancy on Long Island, in a statement. “While some strides have been made to reduce nitrogen in our waters, the longer we wait to fix our water quality problems, the worse it will get, the longer it will take and the more expensive it will be.”Some people were awaiting more information before they could be sure there is a clear link. Karen Testa, the executive director of the Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons, said that she wants to see pathology test results performed on turtles and fish by scientists at Cornell University so she can definitively know whether there is a connection.The DEC is encouraging community members to report any additional fish kills or other marine life problems by calling 631-444-0430 or emailing [email protected] with the subject line “fish kill.”
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Electronic documents are a mundane yet integral part of the financial industry, as they improve operational efficiency, reduce costs and save paper for banks and credit unions. Members also enjoy the convenience they offer, as they are able to sign disclosures and send the document back from their mobile phone or computer. Electronic Signing is a key feature allowing members to agree to the terms of documents without a trip into their credit union’s branch. Electronic signatures carry the same legal weight as paper documents thanks to the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN), which went into effect on October 1, 2000. For this reason, eSignature is the preferred method for both members and CUs alike for its convenience. However, there are particular rules and regulations regarding ESIGN to which credit unions must abide. Here are important compliance guidelines to keep in mind when implementing eSignature options.Online Member ApplicationsAs required by FCU model bylaws, applications for membership must be signed by the applicant. A handwritten signature is not mandated, meaning eSignature is an accepted and approved option according to these bylaws. However, the credit union needs to have audit and verification procedures in place in any document where a member’s signature is captured electronically. When using electronic signature, both the member and credit union need to understand that the action they’re taking is formalizing an agreement. While not required, an electronic signature-verification service like DocuSign will help to authenticate the signature and ensure both parties are aware that, upon signing the document, it becomes a binding agreement.
Thank you for tuning in to episode 63 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at CO-OP Financial Services. CO-OP is your trusted payment processing partner whose mission is to drive the credit union movement forward.In today’s episode, I’m talking with Joe Hearn, President and CEO of Dupaco Community Credit Union in Dubuque, Iowa. I had the opportunity to sit down with Joe at the recent CUES Symposium to learn more about the big things he and the team at Dupaco are doing in their community, as well as discuss their heart-centered approach to serving members and onboarding employees. Joe is a board member of CUES and was recently inducted in the CUES Hall of Fame, which he laughingly calls the ‘old timers’ club. He shares about his journey to the CUES board and the C-suite, and what inspired him to take the position on the board at almost the same time he started as CEO of Dupaco. Fate is an amazing thing he says, and sometimes you just have to be open to the opportunities you are given and grab onto them.Listen as Joe speaks about his background as a marketer and how that has influenced his leadership style. He tells us about the mistakes he made as a young leader and those he sees young leaders make today, and shares some of the advice he was given that he has used over the years.Joe’s passion for the credit union movement and his members is truly incredible. You can hear how much he loves Dupaco, his team, and their members. This is a wonderful conversation that you won’t want to miss. So, hit play and enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Joe:Joe Hearn, President and CEO of Dupaco Community Credit [email protected] | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramShow notes from this episode:Shout-out: to our friends at CO-OP Financial Services, our first sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you! Check out all the work Joe and his team are doing at Dupaco Community Credit Union hereShout-out: CUES and the CUES SymposiumShout-out: Jill Nowacki Shout-out: Bob HoeferShout-out: Maria LaVelleShout-out: Tom KaneNewspaper mentioned: The Wall Street JournalBand mentioned: U2Album mentioned: The Soul of the Kung-Fu Fighter by Carl DouglasShout-out: Jim Valvano Previous guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18 & 37), Maria LaVelle, Tom KaneYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[01:49] – Joe, welcome to the show![02:33] – Joe shares how his credit union benefits from his association with the CUES organization.[03:54] – He speaks about the sizable historical building Dupaco has purchased and is in the process of renovating.[06:55] – Joe chats about his career in marketing and how it has benefited his career in the credit union movement.[08:20] – Joe shares how fate got him interested in credit unions.[09:10] – What do you think needs to change to keep credit unions relevant fundamentally?[10:18] – Dupaco’s new hires are sent a welcome package, and they have lunch with the senior leadership team on their first day at work to make them feel welcome.[12:02] – In a year from now, what will you be proud of that you have accomplished?[13:10] – Joe shares what inspired him to take the job as COO and then CEO of Dupaco.[16:12] – Joe believes that he has a collaborative leadership style.[18:23] – Is there something that your team has heard you say so often that they can finish your sentence?[20:01] – “If you have the heart and the smart, you can do profound things.”[20:53] – Joe speaks about mistakes he has made in the past and ones he sees young leaders make today.[22:44] – Is there a piece of advice or a life lesson that you find yourself going back to over and over?[24:02] – Joe shares that his parents were his mentors when he was growing up and that Bob Hoefer was his mentor when he started with Dupaco.[25:57] – He speaks about having self-doubt as he was coming up in his career but that you have to be humble and walk the walk.[27:14] – What is the flow of your typical day? What does the perfect day look like to you?[29:36] – Joe shares that when he has a free day, he likes to sleep in, read the newspaper and drink a latte, but also go to church and spend time with his family.[30:54] – Joe describes the first time he got into memorable trouble and what he was like in high school.[31:33] – What did you want to be when you grew up?[32:55] – Joe speaks what he does every day that if he doesn’t do it, his day feels off.[33:28] – What is your favorite album of all time?[34:05] – Is there a book you think that everyone should read?[35:02] – Joe shares that how you treat people has become more important to him over the years.[36:01] – When Joe hears the word success, he always thinks of his dad.[37:48] – Do you have any final thoughts or asks for our listeners? 59SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUNA has re-launched CreditUnionsVote.com leading up to this year’s elections with the latest information on changes to primaries and voting by mail/absentee ballot due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.“Life has changed drastically due to the ongoing pandemic, but primary elections still need to be held leading up to November’s general election, though perhaps under different circumstances than most are used to,” said Adam Engelman, CUNA’s director of federal grassroots and programs. “In addition to the usual information on registration and polling places, CreditUnionsVote.com contains the latest information on changing election dates, as well as mail-in and absentee ballot options. This election is still an opportunity for credit unions to make their voices heard.”CUNA launched its “Credit Unions Vote” Member Activation Program (MAP) campaign earlier this year, ahead of the New Hampshire primary, urging credit union members to vote in the 2020 elections.
”We deliver a strong bid with a high degree of risk mitigation. We commend the Dutch government for holding on to its tender timelines and its renewable energy targets during a time of global uncertainty. We urge governments worldwide to continue the transition from black to green energy at full speed in order to fight climate change and promote sustainable investment in economic growth and job creation.” The total surface area of the wind farm site within this zone is approximately 125 square kilometres. The existing Princess Amalia wind farm lies within the wind farm zone. Ørsted has revealed its plans to submit a bid in the 760 MW Holland Coast North (Hollandse Kust (Noord)) tender in the Netherlands. The zero-subsidy round of the tender started on 2 April and will close on 30 April. Ørsted’s bid is said to include innovative technologies that will help integrate ever larger amounts of offshore wind in the Dutch energy system, and Ørsted’s Board of Directors has already approved the final investment decision for the project. It consists of two sites located 18.5 kilometres off the west coast of the Netherlands. The two sites will have the combined capacity of between 693 MW and 760 MW. “The Netherlands has ambitious climate targets for both the energy and industrial sectors and is an important market to us,” Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Offshore, said. The Hollandse Kust (Noord) is one of three offshore wind areas chosen by the Dutch government to be developed by 2023, as part of the country’s Energy Agreement for sustainable growth. Ørsted is currently constructing the Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm in the Dutch part of the North Sea, which will be fully operational later this year. The project generated first power this week. Steven Engels, Country Manager for Ørsted in the Netherlands, said: “The construction of our Borssele 1 & 2 Offshore Wind Farm is so far going as planned, and we expect that Borssele 1 & 2 will be capable of generating enough green energy to power one million Dutch households later this year. We deliver on our commitments and we provide certainty. Ørsted is a strong partner for the Dutch energy transition, providing large-scale, cost-competitive renewable power linked to an ambitious agenda on renewable hydrogen.”
3News 18 August 2015A decision to banish hardcore porn from Hilton hotel rooms will have its private dissenters but a Christian lobby group says it’s high time the chain gave smut the flick.Family First has praised Hilton Hotels and Resorts for removing all on-demand pornographic videos from its properties, including hotels in Auckland, Queenstown and Taupo.The move was announced by America’s National Center on Sexual Exploitation which commended the hotel group for “no longer seeking profits from hardcore pornography”.As a show of approval, the centre removed Hilton Hotels from the dirty dozen, its list of 12 large corporates deemed to be fuelling sexual exploitation.New Zealand’s conservative family values group Family First says Hilton’s decision would help protect families, children and pornography addicts.“Society is finally being woken up to the fact that pornography is harmful and leads to addictions, broken marriages, increased sexual violence, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking and prostitution,” said the group’s national director Bob McCoskrie.Mr McCoskrie said he’d been calling for these changes since he was approached by distraught parents whose eight-year-old had inadvertently watched porn in the family’s hotel room.It was now time for all other hotel chains to follow suit, he said.http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/hilton-hotel-bans-porn-2015081813#axzz3j6EzCcBfProfit motive behind Hilton porn ban – expert3News 19 August 2015Conservative lobby groups have congratulated hotel operator Hilton following its decision to stop letting guests watch porn, but could it just be all about the money?That’s the opinion of travel writer Anne van Dyke, who says it could just be a simple case of economics.She suggests the move could be part of an appeal to the lucrative female demographic.“They are a huge part of the profit-making machine in the hotel industry, and if you come out and say you’re not affiliated with porn anymore, I think that’s something that many females would be impressed with,” she told RadioLIVE this morning.Hilton says adult channels aren’t in keeping with its vision or goals. Bob McCoskrie, head of conservative religious group Family First yesterday said he has been lobbying for a hotel porn ban since he heard about a case where an eight-year-old accidentally came across some.But Ms van Dyke also thinks Hilton might just be cutting its losses.“Just like blue movies, movie theatres will close down because of the handheld devices that travellers have. No pun meant there, but maybe it’s not profitable for them anymore.”Travelling porn fans who have trips booked in the next year need not worry however – Hilton’s ban doesn’t come into place until July 2016.http://www.3news.co.nz/business/profit-motive-behind-hilton-porn-ban–expert-2015081910#axzz3jOYEHrnQPay-per-view pornography a thing of the past for Taranaki hotelsStuff co.nz 19 August 2015Long gone are the days of ordering a risque movie from your hotel room, especially in Taranaki.In fact, most guests staying in the region never had the option of in-room adult movies from the outset.News that Hilton Hotels and Resorts would remove all on-demand pornographic videos from its properties, including hotels in Auckland, Queenstown and Taupo, was a surprise to Taranaki’s hoteliers who said they couldn’t believe it was still on offer.In a statement this week, a Hilton Worldwide spokesperson said pay-per-view adult entertainment did not align with their future thinking.“While the vast majority of our properties already do not offer this content today, this content will be phased out of all other hotels subject to the terms of their contracts.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/71250337/payperview-pornography-a-thing-of-the-past-for-taranaki-hotelsChristian lobby group lauds Hilton chain for dropping in-room pornThe Christian Post 19 August 2015 A Christian lobby group in New Zealand has lauded the Hilton chain for its decision to drop on-demand pornographic videos from its room packages.Family First hailed Hilton Hotels and Resorts’ move to make its rooms porn-free. The decision affected all Hilton hotels in Auckland, Taupo, and Queenstown, according to The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH).The American group National Centre on Sexual Exploitation announced the Hilton chain’s move. It also praised the company for ceasing to seek earnings from “hardcore pornography.” To demonstrate its approval of the new decision, the group dropped Hilton Hotels from its list of the 12 biggest corporations that fuel sexual exploitation, the report details.Family First calls Hilton’s decision a move that would shield kids, families, and porn addicts from the untoward effects of pornography and sexual exploitation. National director Bob McCoskrie said pornography could harm marriages and child development, and lead to sexual violence and abuse.“Society is finally being woken up to the fact that pornography is harmful and leads to addictions, broken marriages, increased sexual violence, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking and prostitution,” SMH quotes McCoskrie .According to McCoskrie , he began lobbying the change since anxious parents told him about their eight-year-old son who had watched on-demand porn videos in their hotel room.http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-lobby-group-lauds-hilton-chain-for-dropping-in-room-porn-143143/Christian lobby group hails Hilton Hotel for removing on-demand porn from hotelsSydney Morning Herald 18 August 2015Auckland: A decision to banish hardcore porn from Hilton hotel rooms will have its private dissenters but a New Zealand Christian lobby group says it’s high time the chain gave smut the flick.Family First has praised Hilton Hotels and Resorts for removing all on-demand pornographic videos from its properties, including hotels in Auckland, Queenstown and Taupo.The move was announced by US group National Centre on Sexual Exploitation which commended the hotel group for “no longer seeking profits from hardcore pornography”.As a show of approval, the centre removed Hilton Hotels from the dirty dozen, its list of 12 large corporates deemed to be fuelling sexual exploitation.New Zealand’s conservative family values group Family First says Hilton’s decision would help protect families, children and pornography addicts.“Society is finally being woken up to the fact that pornography is harmful and leads to addictions, broken marriages, increased sexual violence, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking and prostitution,” said the group’s national director Bob McCoskrie.Mr McCoskrie said he’d been calling for these changes since he was approached by distraught parents whose eight-year-old had inadvertently watched porn in the family’s hotel room.It was now time for all other hotel chains to follow suit, he said.http://www.smh.com.au/world/christian-lobby-group-hails-hilton-hotel-for-removing-ondemand-porn-from-hotels-20150818-gj1jn6.html
SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) – Aggressive batsman Chris Lynn’s terrible run of luck with injury struck again yesterday with the 27-year-old ruled out of Australia’s squad for their one-day series against England.Lynn, who was brought back into the team after shoulder surgery ruled him out of the squad a year ago, suffered a calf injury in a domestic Twenty20 match last week.“Chris initially left the field … complaining of tightness in his calf,” said Cricket Australia’s Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris.”He reported increasing discomfort over the 24 hours that followed and … medical staff made the decision to send him for a scan.“That scan confirmed the injury, which is expected to prevent him from playing for three to four weeks.”Lynn returned to cricket only last month and while he is batting well he has been hidden in the field by his Brisbane Heat captain Brendon McCullum due to concerns over whether he can dive safely or throw the ball with any velocity.McCullum said he felt the triangular Twenty20 series in February with New Zealand and England would have been better timed for Lynn’s return to the international arena.Kountouris, however, hinted that could be the case anyway.“When Chris recovers, the expectation is that he will need to prove his fitness in match action before being considered again for international selection,” Kountouris said.Lynn’s absence has possibly opened the door for dumped all-rounder Glenn Maxwell to return to the team, with the selectors still mulling their options.Maxwell, who has played 80 ODIs for his country and can be one of the most destructive and entertaining batsmen in world cricket on his day, was surprisingly left out of the squad when it was named last week.Captain Steve Smith and chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said at the time he needed to show he could be more consistent at the international level to get back into the team.The opening match of the five-game series takes place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.