The First Wave Of Free Ticketmaster Voucher Events Is Now Closed

first_imgIn a move that’s sure to stoke the flames of many angry customers, Ticketmaster has announced the closure of the first wave of their free voucher program, which was a response their loss in a massive class action lawsuit. While fans were given many codes to use to claim free tickets at Live Nation-owned amphitheatres and clubs, it was extremely difficult to actually use the codes, as most of the in-demand shows were scooped up immediately, leaving behind a slew of undesirable shows as the only option for fans to use their codes with. The ticketing giants announced this morning that, even with the difficulties in finding shows that actually had availability in the first place, that $5 Million in ticket vouchers had been claimed by fans, and that they would be closing the program for now.While that news may be very frustrating to fans who were hoping to use their codes, concert-goers should fear not, as the massive ticketing company announced that, while all the currently eligible shows had been claimed, another $5 Million eligible shows will be made available at some point in the future, and fans will be able to use more of their codes. This will serve as no consolation to fans who were met with a series of error messages as they attempted to claim their tickets, and were unable to use any of the codes given to them.Ticketmaster released a brief statement last night explaining the situation:At this time, nearly $5m worth of eligible ticket vouchers have been redeemed and the first wave of eligible events has been closed. Given the overwhelming interest, Ticketmaster is adding another $5m worth of eligible tickets so more class members can redeem ticket vouchers. Please check back tomorrow for additional information. Hopefully Ticketmaster is taking this break to re-vamp their system, making it easier for fans to claim tickets using this confusing voucher method.Stay tuned for more news on this story as it becomes available.last_img read more

Helping Hispanic teens

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaJesus Mata knows his family isn’t a typical Hispanic family inGeorgia. That’s one reason he volunteers with a new program thaturges Hispanic students to stay in high school and enroll incollege.Mata is a second-generation college graduate and a native ofMexico. His daughter, Sofia, is a freshman at Princeton. A web designer with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences, Mata is part of a teamof UGA volunteers spreading the word about the value of educationto Hispanic students and their parents. Sharing personal experiencesSharing their experiences helped the students realize thatearning a college degree is something they can do. Mata pointedthem to his daughter’s success.”I made sure the parents and students I talked with understoodthat colleges look for students who not only have good SAT scoresbut are involved in their communities,” he said. “I told themthat Hispanic students actually have an advantage in that most ofthem speak two languages.”Most of the parents that Mata met knew nothing about thescholarships and grants minority students can get. But most, likeother parents, want their children to have better lives than theydo.”It’s sad that Latinos in the United States want to make moremoney for their families, but they don’t know how,” said PatriciaTorres, a UGA research technician, native of Peru and volunteer.”Many Latinos in the United States work on farms doing manuallabor,” she said. “The ones who are parents want their childrento study more and get an education so they can betterthemselves.” Reaching Hispanic studentsUGA parasitologist Ynes Ortega started the project with a grantfrom the University System of Georgia.”The University System realizes we need to reach Hispanicstudents and encourage them to finish high school and attendcollege,” said Ortega, a native of Peru.With the grant funds, Ortega developed magnets, pencils, postersand other printed materials used in information sessions withHispanic students and their parents. The materials are printed inboth English and Spanish.”A common thread among Hispanics is their Catholic faith,” Ortegasaid. “So we chose to reach the students through their churches.”On weekends, the volunteers visited three Catholic churcheswithin 30 miles of the UGA Griffin campus. They put posters ineach church lobby with information about the program, meetingtimes and places.Rob Shewfelt, a UGA undergraduate advisor, food scientist and theonly non-Hispanic member of the group, told about UGA admissionrequirements. The others explained why earning a high schooldiploma and secondary degree is so important.center_img Improving future generationsTorres hopes that by meeting with Hispanic students and parents,the UGA volunteers can help make a difference in their lives.”It’s hard to convince someone they need to change. They have towant to do it for themselves,” she said. “But keeping these kidsin school is important for them. And it’s important for allLatino people.”The meetings uncovered two groups of Hispanic students. The firstwere either born in the United States or have lived here most oftheir lives. They speak fluent English and plan to finish highschool and possibly attend college.”Unfortunately, this is the smaller of the two groups,” Ortegasaid. “The other group consists of recently emigrated Hispanicstudents with limited knowledge of English. If they did decide toattend college, their legal status would prohibit them fromenrolling and obtaining financial aid.”This group is more challenging, Ortega said.The goal of this program is to promote the idea of attendingcollege, not just UGA. “The spirit is to have themfinish high school and go to college,” she said.Although the grant funds end this summer, the group plans tocontinue until their printed materials run out.last_img read more

Guatemalan-Mexican Border: A Trip “in God’s Hands”

first_img In his unsuccessful search for the American dream, Wilmer had to hide from immigration agents in drainage waters, and later in a swamp, where he got infested with leeches. He also faced days of hunger, thirst and cold; nights of extreme distress, as well as a shower of stones thrown at the train by Mexican inhabitants. He did not even spend a full day in Houston, Texas, since immigration officers arrested him while he was using a pay phone. He also remembers that on another occasion, the train stopped at a station where a group of men opened a car from which dozens of immigrants came out. Men were forced to submit all their belongings under the threat of knives; women were taken away. “Later, we heard that Los Zetas [the feared drug trafficking gang] did all that,” he said. Some people pay human traffickers, so that in turn they pay the train driver to let them onboard the cars. “But then, Los Zetas give the driver even more money to give them the cars loaded with people,” Wilmen explains while maneuvering his boat in lizard-infested waters. “For a father, losing a child is hard. It is better to go with him, and not stay,” Aurelio whispers, not being able to conceal the sadness of leaving his wife behind. The end of Wilmer’s story is just the beginning of Aurelio’s, who adjusts his hat with a solemn gesture before getting off the boat and venturing into Mexican trails. A human trafficker is waiting for him in a van. “It’s all in God’s hands,” he concludes. “In my country, there is land to work, but people with money are occupying it, and we, the poor, have to watch from the sidelines. We’re forced to pay a war tax; otherwise, we get killed by the maras (gangs),” Aurelio, a 45-year-old Honduran immigrant aiming to reach Los Angeles to sow peppers, explains. “It is a really tough trip. I also met a buddy about to start this trip. I walked and I walked until I reached Los Pozos, a small town in Tabasco [in south east Mexico],” Wilmer Henríquez, a 32-year-old Guatemalan boatman who takes people to the Mexican shore near Tenosique, tells AFP. “Once there, people take out bills, show them to the driver of ‘The Beast’ – the nickname of the freight train that goes through Mexico from south to north,” he remembers, smiling. Thirteen other people with the same goal are also onboard. They are part of about 140,000 undocumented men, women and children – mainly Latin American – who try to cross Mexico heading northbound every year. At least 20,000 of them will be kidnapped, and many others will suffer robbery, rape, forced recruitment by criminal groups, even murder, according to information from Mexican authorities. Aurelio does not travel alone. He is accompanied by his nephew and his son, David, who emigrated to the U.S. last year to work as a car mechanic. However, he was kept under arrest in Houston, Texas, for several months before being deported. center_img His smile disappears when he recalls seeing a Honduran woman dismembered by the train’s wheels when she attempted to jump on it while it was already moving. “I had given her my hand and I wanted to pull her up, but she went into the wheels, where she was cut to pieces… So much blood! Really tough,” he says. “We are leaving, but who knows whether we’ll be back,” an undocumented migrant says on board a precarious speedboat that disappears into the fog of the San Pedro River at dawn. It stretches across the border between Guatemala and Mexico, where the last and most feared part of the migrant’s trip to the U.S. starts. The narrow boat penetrates the thick tropical forest of the isthmus under a suffocating sun, and then, in the distance, they see a cattle pen with dozens of white and amber cows. “That was my job, livestock. What am I going to do now?” says an immigrant wearing a cowboy hat. Departing Los Naranjos, Guatemala, travelers sink into a tense silence. Nobody wants to say their name, where they come from or where they are going. There is only one woman onboard, seven boys that appear underage and a man with a beard… all of them fear that the valuable information might reach the ears of a ”hawk”, as mafia spies are called in Spanish. “In prison, we had our hands and feet handcuffed,” the 22-year-old man recalls, while removing the water built up at the bottom of the vessel. By Dialogo April 05, 2013 The train stops and all cars are boarded with loads of people within ten seconds,” describes a man who was thrown overboard for not paying the “fee.” Trips from Guatemala to the North America countries are very common, unfortunately the road is difficult and one faces a lot of danger during the trip.last_img read more

Why member loyalty is an issue at your credit union

first_imgIdeally, you are your members’ primary financial institution. Whether it’s checking, savings, starting a college fund, buying a new car, or purchasing their dream home, you want your members to come to you first. If you’re having issues with member loyalty, here are a few reasons your members may not have the desire to give you repeat business…Your employees aren’t living your brand: Your brand is more than a recognizable logo. Every one of your employees should be a living, breathing example of your brand. Well, you know what? Sometimes employees suck. Obviously, every employee won’t be perfect, but you should try to hire employees who fit the mold of your brand and generally love going above and beyond to make a difference in your members’ lives.F is for Facebook: While Facebook does start with an F, you probably want your social accounts to be more associated with the letter A. An A+ would be even better. When was the last time you checked the DMs on your credit union’s social accounts? You probably get messages from members daily, and if you’re not responding, then you’re making your members feel unimportant. Whether it’s a serious inquiry or not, you need to be there when your members need something. And that doesn’t just mean at your front counter or by the phone. Checking your social accounts often is the only way to make sure you’re everywhere your members are.You need to upgrade: Gen Z is starting to graduate from college. That means they are entering the workforce. And that means that all millennials are part of that workforce. How satisfied do you think these two generations are with the products and services your credit union offers? These generations are completely immersed in technology, so it’s time to get with the program. If you don’t have the money to upgrade your mobile app and website, you better find it somewhere, because you can bet that banks will have all the bells and whistles available. Mobile deposit matters now more than ever. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Volunteers needed for Binghamton Pond Festival at Chenango Valley State Park

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier is looking for volunteers to help with its annual winter event. The proceeds from this event will benefit Do it for Daren Power to the Purple, which is health association’s youth mental wellness and suicide awareness program. Those looking to volunteer, click here. The organization’s “Binghamton Pond Festival” is open to the public with a suggested $10 parking donation. The Mental Health Association says they need volunteers for two to three hour shifts on Jan. 11, 12, 17-19 and 24-26. The festival will take place at Chenango Valley State Park. There will be activities for families and kids of all ages including nature walks, sledding, fireworks and more. In addition, there will be food trucks and live music. last_img read more

Govt to set up cash transfer mechanism before imposing quarantine

first_imgAccording to this year’s state budget plan, the government aimed to keep the state budget deficit at 1.76 percent of GDP – lower than the 2019 realization of 2.2 percent.The government is currently drafting a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to allow a fiscal deficit exceeding the 3 percent ceiling.“We will put a provision in the upcoming Perppu allowing us to widen our fiscal deficit for three years starting from 2020. Therefore, the deficit will return to 3 percent by 2023,” said Luhut.Read also: Indonesia announces Rp 405 trillion COVID-19 budget, anticipates 5% deficit in historic moveOnce the mechanism has been completed, the government will impose health quarantines in the regions hardest-hit by COVID-19.“We won’t call it a lockdown because we only acknowledge a quarantine as stipulated in the 2018 Health Quarantine Law. We don’t want to be hasty about implementing the regulation. Everything has to be calculated thoroughly,” the coordinating minister said.Despite an increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, the government has been adamant against calling a lockdown to prevent the disease from spreading further. Indonesian health authorities confirmed 1,528 COVID-19 cases across the country on Tuesday, with 136 deaths and 81 recoveries. (glh)Topics : Read also: Jokowi declares COVID-19 health emergency, imposes large-scale social restrictions“The finance minister is now calculating how much we should add to the budget for social-assistance programs for those who will be affected the most by the quarantine.”The government had previously determined that underprivileged citizens would receive cash transfers (BLT). However, Luhut said it was still deliberating whether the assistance would be given to 20 or 40 percent of the overall low-income families across the country.He went on to say that such disbursements might also cause the state budget deficit to surpass the 3 percent threshold of gross domestic product (GDP) as mandated by the 2003 State Budget Law. Regional quarantines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will only be imposed when the government has prepared a mechanism to distribute social assistance for impoverished citizens, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has said.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet is currently deliberating such a mechanism to cushion the economic impact of the quarantine policy on the poor, who are prone to financial risk once the restriction takes place.“The President keeps saying that the poor should not endure additional difficulties, owing to the fact that the President himself was also less-fortunate when he was young,” Luhut said during a press briefing on Tuesday.last_img read more

€44bn Finnish pension fund signs up to Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge

first_imgVarma has become the first Finnish pension provider to sign up to the international Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge.The company, one of Finland’s top two pension insurers with €44bn in total assets, said that it had signed up to the United Nations-backed project along with Finnish retail bank S-Bank.The new signatories mean 107 entities have now backed the international project since it was launched in September 2018. European investors including AP4, FRR and Church Commissioners for England signed up at its launch.The Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge aims to raise awareness among financial institutions of the “essential” role they play in promoting anti-tobacco policies in the sector. Varma’s director of responsible investment Hanna Kaskela said tobacco also exacerbated poverty.“There is very little anti-tobacco regulation in developing countries,” she said. “Low-income consumers in developing countries spend a significant proportion of their meagre income on cigarettes, on top of which they suffer tobacco-related illnesses.”Companies signed up to the pledge promise to take on tobacco-free finance policies such as building knowledge and understanding around the dangers of tobacco, and reducing investment in the industry.Rachel Melsom, director of Tobacco-Free Finance in the UK and Europe, said the addition of Varma and S-Bank brought the total assets under management represented by the signatories to more than €8.3trn.This showed tobacco-free finance was becoming increasingly common and important worldwide, she added.Other European asset owners have been divesting from tobacco stocks in recent months, including Sweden’s AP1 and ABP in the Netherlands.last_img read more

Asset management roundup: AXA unveils core investments leadership team

first_imgAXA Investment Management has named the leadership team for core investments, a new division that was created last year as part of an overhaul of the asset manager’s corporate structure.Core investments is one of the four “pillars” into which the business was reorganised, and combines AXA IM’s fixed income, multi-asset and active equity (the Framlington Equities platform) strategies.According to the €730bn asset manager, the appointments in the core investment leadership team will “accelerate collaboration and innovation” between the strategies, as well as further embed research and quantitative insights into portfolio decisions.They see Chris Iggo, chief investment officer for the fixed income platform since 2008, taking on additional responsibility in the newly created role of CIO for core investments. Marion Le Morhedec has been appointed head of active fixed income for Europe and Asia, a role that Iggo carried out on top of being fixed income CIO. Le Morhedec had been head of products specialists and solutions for the core investments platform since February 2019, and before that head of business development and client relationships for fixed income. Chris Iggo, newly appointed CIO for core investments at AXA IMSerge Pizem, previously global head of the multi-assets investments team, has been named head of multi-asset, while Laurent Clavel, formerly head of research at AXA IM, has been appointed head of the firm’s “Quant Lab”, a unit that pre-dates the corporate reorganisation. Hans Stoter, who was named global head of core investments at AXA IM in December, said: “I am convinced that this new leadership team will result in increased collaboration, lead to better performance and engender a true transformation in the way we manage portfolios.”DWS adds ESG criteria to money market fundsDWS today said it would apply environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria to money market funds managed in the EMEA region.According to the asset manager, the criteria include a set of sector exclusions, screens based on norms, and best-in-class rankings, but “no changes in the portfolio allocations were necessary as the ESG quality was already high”.Harm Carstens, co-head of short duration portfolio management for EMEA at DWS, said: “The ESG money market funds universe is still at an early stage and we are pleased to announce these latest advancements. DWS ESG money market funds aim to cater to investors’ increasing demands for sustainable investment vehicles in the money market space.”DWS said that it last year launched the first money market fund available in the US to apply ESG criteria.In Europe, BlackRock launched a “Liquid Environmentally Aware Fund” in July. Moody’s said it was the first money market fund in Europe to apply environmental and other characteristics, including social and governance factors, when selecting the funds’ investments.“Investors in money market funds in Europe are showing a strong interest in sustainable investment that will over time pressure all short-term debt issuers to improve adherence to ESG principles, or face difficulties placing their debt,” said the credit rating agency.last_img read more

Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan challenges Dave Bruney’s IPO appointment.

first_img Share LocalNews Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan challenges Dave Bruney’s IPO appointment. by: – April 8, 2011 Senior Counsel, Tony Astahpan believes the swearing in of Dave Bruney to the commission was rushed because of his attempts to challenge the matter in court.“It’s now become like a cat and mouse game. There were all indications that the swearing in of Mr. Bruney was going to take place next week, but because of what we have said about it and the obvious political outcry and outrage…they seem to have sped up the swearing in,” he said.Astaphan said Dave Bruney’s appointment to the IPO is an insult to the people of Dominica.“He have been representing to the world as the PRO of the UWP and officer of the party. It’s an assault on the intelligence of the people; on the structure of the integrity commission…It is similar to the Al-Qaida assault on the twin tower when they sent people there to destroy the United States. He has been sent to destroy the Integrity Commission and to position it with his politics,” he said.Astaphan is calling on Dominicans to be outraged “that the UWP could play such a dangerous game with the country.Meantime, Public Relations Officer for the United Workers Party (UWP) Dave Bruney is refuting claims that his political preference will affect his ability to perform fairly in the Integrity in Public Office Commission.Bruney was sworn in on Thursday and is now an official member of the IPO Commission, despite heavy criticisms from the government’s main legal advisor Anthony Astaphan.“I intend to move in with an open mind,” Bruney said, vowing to do what is required under the act.He refused to comment on statements that his appointment violates the integrity in public office act, because he holds a position in a political party.But he said “I need to just get in there, get updated in terms of whatever has been done in the past and move on”.Bruney said he is qualified for the position and don’t wish to respond to Astaphan who is “a non entity”.Information reaching Dominica Vibes News indicates that letters have been written and delivered to His Excellency President Liverpool  and chairman of the Integrity in Public Office Mr. Johnson on behalf of members of the cabinet.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 31 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Mr. Danny Ray Rose

first_imgMr. Danny Ray Rose, age 60, of Patriot, Indiana, entered this life on July 4, 1959, in Madison, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late, Floyd Ernest and Jean (Scudder) Rose. He was raised in Patriot, Indiana and was a 1977 graduate of Switzerland County High School. Danny was employed as a sandblaster for R Houston & Son in Harrison, Ohio, for over 26 years. He was a member of Union Local 741 of Lawrenceburg, Indiana for the past two years. Danny resided all of his life in the Patriot community. Danny enjoyed riding his Harley motorcycle, tinkering on cars and motorcycles, and spending time with his family and friends. Danny passed away at 10:10 p.m., Tuesday, August 13, 2019, in Florence, Indiana.Danny will be deeply missed by his daughter, Danielle Lee Rose and her companion, Cody of Tallahassee, FL; his step-son, Joshua Chase of Rising Sun, IN; his step-daughter, Kathryn Batchlor of Lawrenceburg, IN; his step-grandchildren, Tré Batchlor, Isiah Batchlor and Uryiah Beyer; his brothers, Dennis Rose of Patriot, IN, Dale Rose and his wife, Ruth of Patriot, IN and Dean Rose and his wife, Sheila of Harrison, IN; his nieces and nephews, Jaimie Oser, Jenna Felts, Dale Rose, Jr., Nick Knaus and Jordan Knaus; his great-nieces and great-nephews, Jaleigh Felts, Brody Carfield, Ava Knaus, Jake Knaus, Ryver Oser, Brooks Knaus and Teagan Oser.He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Ernest Rose, died June 17, 1986 and Jean (Scudder) Rose, died September 4, 2016 and his brother, Darren Lee Rose, died November 19, 2014.Funeral services will be conducted Friday, August 16, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. Mike Jones, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Eastview Cemetery, Patriot, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 16, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Mr. Danny Ray Rose Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more