Oteil Burbridge Joins Members Of Turkuaz, PTF, JGB & More For “Dead Set” Performance [Full Audio]

first_imgAnyone who’s made it out to Dead Set Tuesdays at the Club Metronome Live at The Rusty Nail venue knows that these are always special shows. Last weekend, the Stowe, VT venue doubled down with a special Saturday edition, enlisting an all-star lineup of performers for the celebration.Among them was Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Zach Nugent (Melvin Seals and JGB), Luke Smith (Strangefolk), Aaron Katz (Percy Hill), Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz) and Richard James (Pink Talking Fish) – what a lineup! The six piece also welcomed Sean Preece and Sarah Blacker throughout the night, adding to the joyous occasion. With heartfelt takes on so many Grateful Dead classics, this was a Dead Set performance for the ages!Thanks to the Rusty Nail, we can listen back to this one of a kind show. Enjoy it![Photo by chadshorebird//Instagram]last_img read more

Saint Mary’s joins Cristo Rey national partnership

first_imgThe Cristo Rey Network announced Jan. 18 that Saint Mary’s College is among its list of 14 National University Partners. As a National University Partner, Saint Mary’s has teamed up with the Cristo Rey Network of 24 high schools across the country to ensure that low-income students have an equal opportunity of obtaining a secondary education. “The partnerships demonstrate Cristo Rey’s ongoing commitment to ensure that all of the graduates of its network high schools have access to the academic, social and financial supports they need to complete a college degree,” Saint Mary’s media contact Gwen O’Brien said in a press release. As part of this partnership, Saint Mary’s sends admission counselors to recruit at nearly all of the network high schools. “This means we work with the network, the high school personnel and other partners in opening doors to postsecondary education to their students,” Mona Bowe, vice president of Enrollment Management, said. “But it goes beyond that,” Bowe said. “We participate in the annual Summit, where we can exchange ideas with the guidance counselors and learn from them about their students and their success stories.” According to Bowe, Saint Mary’s alumnus Janae Renteria is now the guidance counselor for one of the Cristo Rey High Schools in Tucson, Ariz. The college is very proud and honored to say they sponsored her to attend a national conference last fall. Saint Mary’s involvement with the Cristo Rey Network stems back even before the Network’s launch in 2001. Bowe said she visited the original Cristo Rey High School in the 1990s. “As I learned more about the high school, and about the network as it was formed, I realized how close their goal and mission were to ours,” Bowe said. “In particular, these caught my eye: learning in a context of faith, rigorous Catholic secondary education and a real world Corporate Work Study.” Saint Mary’s Office of Admissions has enrolled a number of Cristo Rey students at the College, who have contributed their diverse views to the developing community. Bowe said she is proud to note the contributions of the Cristo Rey students, and also expressed that the college gives the students something in return. “The partnership gives us the best of both worlds,” she said. “We [offer] Cristo Rey students an outstanding Catholic education paired with women’s leadership development, and in return, we get some of their best and brightest women to join our community of learners, and their experiences enrich our community.”last_img read more

Woman, activist, mother series wraps up with panel dedicated to activism balance

first_imgSaint Mary’s invited Dalila Huerta, Lety Stanton-Verduzco and Ameenah Starks to speak at its final woman, activist, mother panel Tuesday night. Each woman plays a vital role in activism within the South Bend community.Huerta currently works at La Casa de Amistad as the education and community programs coordinator and said her work is dedicated to cultural equity, decolonization and critical multicultural pedagogy. Stanton-Verduzco serves as the recruiter trainer for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program of St. Joseph County.Starks is the assistant director of the Bowen Center in LaPorte County and works at the Islamic Society of Michiana, where she implements new programs to help reduce the stigma around Muslims in the Michiana community.Each panelist explained how her professional life has heavily influenced her life as an activist. “I have always been a museum arts educator,” Huerta said. “It was right after the [2016 Presidential] election and I was feeling motivated to do a little more within my job. I really wanted to build a relationship with students and at this time there was a job opening at La Casa de Amistad.” Huerta said she felt this would be an opportunity to build deeper relationships with students. “Another thing I really loved about this job opportunity was its commitment to community work and social justice,” she said. “So, bringing and building communities and advocating not just for South Bend but the greater Latinx population here in the United States.”Huerta said it was a big adjustment to pursue a career that wasn’t what she had studied in graduate school. “I do love that I get to do, through my job, a lot of things that I care about the most,” she said.Starks said it is hard for her to separate her life as an activist from her professional life.“Working in the community I began to see different types of people,” she said. “I would just become connected with rich people, poor people in various phases of their lives that were struggling in some situation. It always amazed me because I had just gone through that thing that they were struggling with.”Starks said she turned to God to guide her through her life. “I never planned this path for myself,” she said. “It’s kind of like I’ve been led to everything that I’ve done.”Stanton-Verduzco said her focus was working with children who she believed to be most vulnerable, especially because they can’t advocate for themselves.“I loved working with kids,” she said, “But I realized I only have them from 2:30 to 6:00. I can’t control anything before 2:30 and I can’t control anything after 6:00.”She realized that no matter how she helped them during that time frame, if situations surrounding the children didn’t change she wasn’t helping them as much as she wanted to.“Everything became ‘How do I incorporate what I’m doing to make it better for the families,’” Stanton-Verduzco said. “We started having things like family nights and encouraging parents to come and participate. I saw these little things impacting something greater than just those three hours I had with those kids.”Stanton-Verduzco realized there was a great need in the community and began to bring other people in the community together to train other people in advocating for children. The panelists closed with advice about balancing life, self care and activism.“I think it’s important to be with someone that supports what you do,” Stanton-Verduzco said. “It’s not that we have the same focus or passion, but we have the same values. If I am doing something in the evening, I know it’s not a burden to my family.”Huerta said being mindful helps her in balancing her life.“Make sure you’re doing something valuable and contributing to something,” she said. “I also realize I can’t do everything and it’s okay to say no.”Starks said keeping herself organized is the biggest contributor in a balanced life.“It usually becomes color-coded to let me know what is my time, what is work time and what other times I need to fill in,” she said. “Every month I go and look at what I have done. I have made a commitment that I will work toward my goal.” Tags: activism, Mother, saint mary’s, work-life balancelast_img read more

Rohr’s and Legends to accept Flex Points, Grubhub orders

first_imgLegends of Notre Dame and the newly renovated Rohr’s at the Morris Inn are now accepting flex points as valid payment for orders at both locations. Both restaurants made their respective decisions before the start of the school year with the hopes that it would usher in more student engagement. Jessica Reno, the director of food and beverage at the Morris Inn and Notre Dame Conference Center, met with student ambassadors shortly after joining the University to discuss the possibility of accepting flex points.“[The student ambassadors] pretty resoundingly said that it was the issue and would be a huge benefit to the students and to Rohr’s,” Reno said. “So I immediately started digging at that point and found out that it was feasible, and so we moved forward.”For Rohr’s, which opened on July 27 following renovations, the switch to accept flex points comes during an effort to reimagine itself. The Morris Inn previously contained two restaurants, Rohr’s and Sorin’s. However, Sorin’s closed last November and was annexed by Rohr’s. Ryan Peters Legends of Notre Dame has recently begun accepting Flex Points.Reno said that the restaurant’s goal was to “reopen ourselves in a way that was fun and engaging.” The restaurant implemented the Grubhub system ahead of the beginning of the semester, which has led to an increase in student orders. Combined with more outdoor seating, the switch to accept flex points has provided Rohr’s with more opportunities to serve their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was definitely a great time to capitalize on what we have here,” Reno said. “It’s such a draw in more metropolitan dining areas to have an outside dining spot, and so for all these students coming to South Bend from all over the country, these are the kinds of things they’re looking for.” Legends, the restaurant located just 100 yards south of Notre Dame Stadium, also decided to accept flex points ahead of the start of the semester. Kat Lyvers, the general manager at Legends, stated that the decision was an attempt to draw in more student business. “Traditionally, students have not been a huge part of our guest pool,” Lyvers said. “We don’t often see them in the restaurant, so we just wanted to try to reach out.”Decorated with Notre Dame sports memorabilia, Legends has operated as a full-service restaurant known for pub food since 2003. However, following the adoption of Grubhub and flex points, Lyvers has already noticed a boost in student engagement. “[Grubhub] has definitely enabled us to reach out to the students,” she said. “I think we’ve definitely gained some new fans and that’s what we were hoping to accomplish.”As restaurants have had to adapt to limited dine-in availability during the pandemic, Lyvers said that she is pleased with the timing at which Legends decided to accept flex points and implement the on-campus Grubhub program.“I think if there is even a remote silver lining to this, it’s that we made these decisions in the timing that we did, so that we are able to still serve the students and be open in some capacity,” she said. Both restaurants plan to continue these changes to their ordering and payment systems in the future.“My intention is [to accept flex points] from here on out, forevermore,” Lyvers said. “So that we can continue to build the student base and that it’s not a question anymore.”Tags: flex points, Legends, Rohr’s, University of Notre Damelast_img read more

AEP decision another blow for struggling Westmoreland

first_imgAEP decision another blow for struggling Westmoreland FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Struggling coal miner Westmoreland Coal Co. disclosed that a major Ohio customer will stop buying its coal at the end of the year.A subsidiary of American Electric Power Co. Inc. declined Westmoreland’s bid to supply coal to units at the generator’s Conesville power plant after the current contract expires Dec. 31. That contract represented 14% of the consolidated revenues of Westmoreland’s master limited partnership, Westmoreland Resource Partners LP.American Electric Power spokeswoman Melissa McHenry said the company has secured another supply of coal for Conesville and is not planning to retire the plant at the end of the year.According to S&P Global Market Intelligence fuel supply data, in the first few months of 2018 the plant primarily bought coal from Westmoreland’s Buckingham Mine No. 6 and Rice No. 7 strip mine operations. The company’s website says coal from Buckingham is shipped by rail to Conesville, and federal fuel contract data does not show deliveries from that mine to any other plant.Buckingham produced 232,727 tons of coal in the first quarter with an average employee count of 153, according to U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data.S&P Global Ratings recently downgraded Westmoreland Coal after the company entered into a forbearance agreement with senior secured debt holders, noting that a default by the master limited partnership is “a virtual certainty.”More ($): Westmoreland loses major coal contract in Ohiolast_img read more

Best in Bike Gear

first_imgGiant Contact Switch Dropper – $168 “I grew up riding bikes up and down the street as every kid does,” racer Andy Beckman said. “It all progressed from building little ramps in the driveway and just having fun with friends.”  The enjoyment of riding continued through childhood and far beyond. In middle school, Beckman started racing, mostly mountain bikes but some road here and there, and continued to race through college. The importance of protecting your head while biking cannot be stressed enough. Look into different styles and brands and try some on at your local shop. A helmet that fits the right way, and comfortably, is the key to maximizing this crucial safety feature. For cruising around the hills of Western North Carolina, Beckman turns to the stylish but highly protective Chronicle MIPS helmet. 1.  Use your head…wear a helmet. Chronicle MIPS helmet – $100 Ridge Solstice Hoodie, $80 Average adults should consume anywhere from 2.7 to 3.7 liters of water per day, and even more when participating in physical activity like mountain biking. Being properly hydrated starts before your ride even begins, but to quench your thirst as you go, Beckman recommends the M.U.L.E. 100oz pack by Camelbak. Even at full capacity, this pack is comfortable and rugged, all while providing plenty of liquids for the long rides ahead. Hydro Flask National Park Foundation Collection Wide Mouth 32 oz Water Bottle, $49 Camelbak M.U.L.E. 100oz Hydration Pack – $110 Ultra-lightweight and minimalist, the Flight 30 is even slimmer and more streamlined; it shed 4 ounces in its newest version. For long-distance hikers, the Flight 30 is small and compact, but can still carry enough to travel several days between resupply.  Nowadays, Andy calls the rolling hills of Western North Carolina home, citing his love of biking as one of the main motivators in deciding where to live. “There’s a great selection of trails around here and this is an amazing community for mountain biking.” From the countless trails throughout Pisgah National Forest to lesser-known spots in the Asheville area and his local park here in Boone, Beckman still rides with excitement that began nearly three decades ago. This high-performance shirt is built for biking, but our wear-tester ended up wearing it off the bike just as often. Polartec side panels provide active cooling, and the lightweight breathable fabric keeps you cool, dry, and comfortable. 5. Come ready for the ups and downs. We’ve all heard it before: “Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.” Things go wrong, especially when it’s least expected, which is why Beckman urges all riders to carry a quality multi-tool. Something like the Crankbrothers M19, which comes stacked with a chain tool, hex wrenches, screwdrivers, a spoke wrench and more, is ideal for its variety of tools but also for its compact size and lightweight.  Grounded to those pedals that is! When it comes to riding in comfort, one of the most important pieces of gear you can have is a good pair of shoes. Known for their durability and sticky grip, the Five Ten Freerider Pro shoes are some of the best in the game. This lightweight, synthetic shoe offers top of the line protection and weather-resistant materials to maximize its capabilities as a first-rate riding shoe. Five Ten Freerider Pro – $150 Pro-Lite Gloves – $29.95  center_img 4. Stay grounded. With that much time spent on the trail, Beckman has picked up a tip or two when it comes to the best gear to have and why. From helmets to hydration to tools on the go, the gear you bring on your rides plays a part in their success. Here are Andy’s go-to pieces of gear for every ride: Andy Beckman’s must-haves for mountain biking Crankbrothers M19 Multitool – $33.99 Built using a bombproof polycarbonate shell, the carry-on 22” Quadro Pro combines absolute gear protection with Gregory’s expert-level design. An ActiveShield compartment separates dirty gear from clean clothes in a fully removable vapor- and odor-resistant compartment.  Mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport and inevitably ends with a crash here or there. For general protection, Beckman suggests a solid pair of gloves, which helps with both deflecting debris and limbs as you ride while also protecting your whole hand in case of falls, and a quality set of knee pads that serve that same purpose. Both of these items depend on personal preference as they are sold in a wide variety of styles, so head to your local shops to try some out. Whether he’s running laps in Pisgah National Forest or taking his sons to the local downhill park, Beckman suits up in his Fox Launch Enduro Knee Pads and a pair of Pro-Lite Gloves. 2. Hydrate or diedrate! Six Moon Designs Flight 30 Pack, $190 One of the most important innovations in mountain biking came in the early 2000s with the automatic dropper seatposts. With the simple push of a lever, you can adjust the height of your seat to best suit that moment’s riding. By allowing you to sit high and pedal hard on climbs to dropping the seat, and thus lowering your center of gravity for downhills, dropper posts allow you to be an efficient rider on different terrain while saving you time in the process. There are lots of options to choose from on the market, but Beckman is steadfast and happy with his Contact Switch Dropper Seatposts made by Giant Bicycles. 3. Be prepared to make fixes on the go. 6. No more bumps and bruises. Lightweight? Sun protection? This simple styled hoodie gives you both. With a natural UPF of 25+ and a longer hem in the back for more coverage, the Solstice Hoodie is the perfect layer for long days spent in the sun.  Photo by Jess Daddio Gregory Quadro Pro, $199 Fox Launch Enduro Knee Pads – $59.95 Durable yet easy to carry, the National Park Foundation Collection features double-wall insulation to keep beverages ice cold for 24 hours or piping hot for up to 12. Proceeds benefit the National Park Foundation.  Kitsbow Cyclone Tee, $79 More Gear More Biking in the Blue Ridge from our September Bike Issue Herelast_img read more

US Drug Czar Hails Cocaine Drop in Colombia

first_img US drug czar Gil Kerlikowske hailed progress in reducing the cocaine trade during a visit to Colombia on 18 January and said a new US policy would place more focus on prevention and treatment for addicts. “We understand that the US is a very large market,” Kerlikowske, director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, said ahead of a meeting with Colombian President Juan Santos. He added that Washington recognized “its shared responsibility” with Colombia, the world’s largest cocaine producer. “Colombia’s progress in improving security, reducing the influence of drug cartels, improving the economic situation for its people and stabilizing the country is nothing short of astonishing,” Kerlikowske said after the meeting. Bogota serves “as a beacon of hope for other nations struggling with the threat to democracy posed by drug trafficking and related crime,” he added, in a statement released by the White House. US officials highlighted estimates that showed a dramatic drop in cocaine production in Colombia, from some 700 metric tons in 2001 to 270 tons in 2009. The number of American cocaine users over the age of 12 has meanwhile dropped 21 percent in three years from an estimated 2.1 million users in 2007 to an estimated 1.6 million users in 2009, according to the White House. Kerlikowske, a former police chief appointed by President Barack Obama, said he had discussed with Santos how efforts to curb consumption in the United States were helping to reduce production in Colombia. “We must work much harder to keep our young people from being involved in drugs,” he told reporters. He added that a new US approach “calls for reducing illicit drug use and its harmful consequences through prevention, early intervention, and treatment.” Washington and Bogota are key allies in the drug war, with ongoing military aid under the six-billion-dollar Plan Colombia in place since 2000. The funds help Colombia deal with drug trafficking and guerrilla violence but also includes the monitoring of human rights abuses by security forces. By Dialogo January 20, 2011last_img read more

Stephen Colbert Tackles Common Core [Video]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Everyone’s jumping on the anti-Common Core bandwagon, even Stephen Colbert.On Tuesday night’s episode of The Colbert Report, the sarcastic comedian joked that “Barack Obama wants to indoctrinate our students with his socialist agenda,” adding, “I’ve even heard disturbing rumors that kindergartners are being forced to share. That’s why I’ve longed opposed his Common Core curriculum.”Or has he?Before clicking play on the video below (if you haven’t already) take a gander at these standardized test questions Colbert aired on his show:“It teaches two important workplace skills,” Colbert jokes, “math and passive-aggressive note writing.”“That’s easy,” the comedian declares. “And for some reason you don’t know what a number sentence is, I’m sure you can use a word equation or a formula paragraph.”One student’s answer to the above question:This. Guy. Is. Genius. The Colbert ReportGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert Report on Facebooklast_img read more

The biggest waste of credit union marketing dollars is…

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: yourmarketing.co Details Don’t invest one more dollar into marketing at your credit union until you read this: Your brand is everything and everything is your brand.Let me give you some perspective. Every month our team participates in “Third Friday.” We break for lunch at noon and work in groups on bigger client projects.This past month we experimented with something different. We chose three credit unions we believed had really good marketing. Their social media was engaging, their brand appeared to be consistent and stood for something, they clearly had an ideal member they were targeting, their content was informative and not salesy, and most importantly they seemed strategic in everything they did. Each credit union we chose had to have a consistent history of membership growth, loan growth and a strong ROA. We thought we nailed it. Three great brands from which to learn.And boy did we. They were not what they appeared.My group focused on a billion-dollar credit union in the Midwest. We were in love with their brand, their content and especially their numbers. In our first meeting, the team presented its findings in terms of everything we loved about them and things we could learn and possibly implement with our clients.Prior to our next meeting I asked the team to interact with that particular credit union to learn how the staff executed on those brand promises and member service from the front line. We discovered our hypothesis about this credit union was dead wrong.After being on long holds several times, we never were able to speak with anyone at the credit union. Social media comments and questions went unanswered. Emails went unanswered.We were devasted.Here was this brand that we were in love with, only to find out it was a bunch of fancy marketing covering up internal problems. Google and Facebook reviews were shut off; we’re guessing for obvious reasons. Reviews on sites like Bankrate, NerdWallet, and the Better Business Bureau confirmed our experiences. It wasn’t a fluke, a bad day or a bad week. This credit union had years of reviews reflecting poor member service.Here are some takeaways you should discuss with your leadership team before spending one more cent on marketing:Overwhelmingly, respondents to a recent Kantar Media survey found that people trust friends and family more than paid marketing. In fact, 93% of people surveyed turn to friends and family for recommendations as opposed to traditional advertising. Consider what members of this particular credit union are saying to their friends and family, and the missed opportunities to earn new members and loans just by taking care of its existing members.This credit union’s marketing budget was wasted to acquire leads who took the time to reach out to the credit union to become members or apply for loans but eventually gave up and went somewhere else because they never heard back. I have to guess it was a good amount based on our personal experiences and the reviews.How much could the credit union increase share of wallet with its existing members if it had been more responsive? It’s hard to give a brand more of my business if they deplete trust on these very basics.This credit union recently rebranded. That’s just putting lipstick on a pig. If you’re using a rebrand to cover up underlying issues without addressing those prior to the rebrand, you’re wasting a lot of members’ money because no matter how awesome your new brand is, members and potential members will discover your deceit quickly.My advice for credit unions: before you spend one more dollar on marketing, experience your brand as a member. Are the promises you make in your brand message demonstrated into action by your team? Do member service issues need to be shored up before you try to acquire new members? You have one shot. If you blow it, all of the work you do in the future will fall on deaf ears.Through the years we’ve collected many stories like this and put together a resource for credit unions considering a rebrand.When do you know the time is right?Where do you even start such a huge process? How do you choose the right partner?Before you put lipstick on the pig, download this resource to avoid one of the most expensive mistakes your credit union could make.last_img read more

Cyber security horror stories

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » It’s October, and that means spooky season! So grab a flashlight, gather round, and I’ll spin you some truly horrifying tales of cyber criminals, their devious deeds, and the alarming aftermath that businesses are left to deal with once they’ve been exposed to a cyber attack or data breach.Ghost in the EtherIt was 1903 and the “father of the modern radio,” Guglielmo Marconi was on the lecture stage at the Royal Academy of Sciences, preparing to send a communication using the first ever wireless broadcasting technology. As he was readying himself to transmit the message, the device began—seemingly of its own accord—to tap out a message in Morse code: Tap. Tap. Tap.RATS. RATS. RATS, the message read, and kept repeating, over and over again. Was there a ghost in the ether? Nope! According to OpenMind, it was Marconi’s professional rival, Nevil Maskelyne, participating in what was referred to at the time as “scientific hooliganism,” but we know today to be the first ever case of hacking.center_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more