The Festy Line Up

first_img2012 tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 16thThe three thousand or so music fans who packed the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville on Saturday night for Blue Ridge Mountain Sports’ 40th birthday party – which featured music from Sarah White, Sons of Bills, and The Infamous Stringdusters – got a bit of an extra treat:  the initial line up announcement for The Festy Experience, the hottest new festival in the Southeast.Hosted by The Infamous Stringdusters, and taking place on the grounds of The Devil’s Backbone Brewery in Nelson County, Virginia, The Festy offers festivarians a nexus of killer music, outdoor sport and lifestyle, hetty organic eats, and great beer.Joining the ‘Dusters this year for the festivities will be:Leftover SalmonTrampled By TurtlesKeller & The KeelsRubblebucketNicki Bluhm & The GramblersElephant RevivalWhitehorseSarah SiskindTony Trischka’s TerritoryThe Steel WheelsJosh Panda & The Hot DamnedDella MaeMargaret GlaspyCarl AndersonMore bands will be announced in the near future, so stay tuned.  From this initial offering, though, it is readily apparent that The Festy is not a musical experience to be missed.  Tickets for the festival, which takes place between October 5th and 7th this year, go on sale Wednesday, May 16th.  Surf over to www.thefesty.com for ticket buying information!Click here for the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Festival Guide!last_img read more

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Amtrak Upgrading East River Tunnel Repair Plans

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Amtrak is rolling out a plan to improve conditions in its century-old East River Tunnels that have caused delays for Long Island Rail Road trains recently, repeatedly snarling rush hour for commuters.The plan involves overhauling the existing track inspection program, implementing a new fix-it-first policy that will prioritize upgrading the aging infrastructure before it breaks down and replacing old “jointed rail” segments prone to failure—a type of track blamed for last week’s tunnel snafu.“These tunnels are the weakest link in the commute of hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders, and by bringing them up to a state of good repair we’ll reduce the frequency of the maddening delays, reroutes and cancellations that currently happen far too often,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said.Schumer, who met with Amtrak Board of Directors Chairman Anthony Coscia to discuss the issues, said the goal is to improve the tunnels’ state over the next three to five years, allowing for more reliable service in and out of Penn Station.The plan was unveiled was Amtrak is in the middle of a four-year-long track replacement and drainage system upgrade project in the four tunnels. That project is advancing simultaneously with the East Side Access project that is expected to bring LIRR service to Grand Central Terminal beginning in 2019.Schumer is also urging that New York State Sen. Chuck Fuschillo (R-Merrick), chairman of the transportation committee, be appointed to Amtrak’s Board of Directors to look out for the interests of Long Islanders.“We look forward to working together with [Schumer] to assist in the continued advancement of these plans which will ultimately improve the overall reliability of our respective operations at the nation’s largest transit hub,” Amtrak said.last_img read more

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31 credit unions fined total of $12,820 for 3Q late-filing

first_imgThirty-one federally insured credit unions will be subject to civil money penalties for filing late third-quarter 2014 call reports, the National Credit Union Administration announced Thursday. Those 31 have consented to pay a total of $12,820, according to the NCUA.Individual penalties range from $138 to $1,878, with a median penalty of $176. Those funds are sent to the U.S. Treasury by the NCUA, as mandated in the Federal Credit Union Act.Assessment of penalties primarily depends on the credit union’s asset size, its recent call report filing history and the length of the delay. According to the NCUA, one of the credit unions assessed penalties had been late in a previous quarter.Of the 31 credit unions paying penalties in the third quarter, 19 had assets of less than $10 million; seven had assets between $10 million and $50 million; and five had assets between $50 million and $250 million. No credit unions with assets greater than $250 million filed late in the third quarter. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Nussle op-ed: August is time for powerful credit union advocacy

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While members of Congress won’t be around Washington, D.C., much during the annual August recess, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle told credit union stakeholders Monday that advocacy doesn’t take a month off.In an op-ed appearing in CUInsight, Nussle encouraged the credit union system to stay engaged with lawmakers and take time to point out the credit union difference in their home districts.“Five hundred and thirty-five members of Congress are opening up their district offices, holding town hall meetings and other events for constituents,” Nussle wrote. “Here’s a chance to meet with them face to face at home. I hope you’ll invite these elected representatives of ours to visit your credit union, meet your employees and see the credit union difference come to life through people helping people.”Nussle noted that during his time in Congress (representing Iowa’s 2nd District from 1991 to 2003 and Iowa’s 1st District from 2003 to 2007), hearing from his constituents at home helped him better represent them upon returning to Capitol Hill. continue reading »last_img read more

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TasteAtlas – the world’s first local food atlas that will be a “game changer” in tourism?

first_imgStudying the whole platform, the classic entrepreneurial question spins in my head: How to make a profit, ie which business model is it?As Sven from TasteAtlas points out, the target group is local, autochthonous and traditional gastronomy, ie promoting it. “Restaurants can be involved to highlight their outlets in terms of preparing or offering such food, while from other organizations, such as tourist boards or chambers of commerce, we are happy to listen to and receive advice and recommendations on what else to include from local food and beverage offerings.”Consistent with today’s problem with reviews, which are often purchased, both positive and negative, which has led to questions about their credibility, I was interested in how TasteAtlas views this challenge. And their focus is on professional reviews. Although professional critics are sometimes flawed, unprofessional, or even unprofessional, it’s all incomparably less so than anonymous commentators on the Internet, points out Sven from TasteAtlas, and adds: “However, TasteAtlas also accepts the comments and recommendations of citizens who are not professional critics, only their criticisms will be less valued, up to the assessment that they are quality and credible commentators. With numerous quality comments and photos proving that they really were in restaurants, their comments will gain in weight and odds”Points out Sven from TasteAtlas.Facebook pages are currently open for stronger tourist and gastro destinations, such as TasteAtlas Italy / France, and pages for more popular food groups, such as TasteAtlas Cheese / Desserts.The first imperative is to collect all the indigenous recipes, and according to the plan, the teams from TasteAtlas calculate that it will take them two years. “In the next two years, we intend to fulfill all ambitions in terms of content. We plan to introduce a detailed overview of food markets, as well as all gastronomic events. Then, a much better quality wine base, and a base of cheese and meat products producers. We will also significantly increase the amount of quality reviews and recommendations.”Concludes Sven from TasteAtlas.All in all, this is a very interesting project, which is just beginning and in the making, and it will be interesting to watch its development, especially in the context when filling the entire content of all local dishes, as well as its further extensions and interaction with the target audience. If we look from the prism that all local and authentic dishes in the world are on one platform, it is certain that there is great potential and various implementations and business models. Most importantly, the team behind the whole project is looking at the long term, and I am sure if they will financially endure the period until the entire content is filled, which takes a lot of effort, energy and time to create something big, powerful and global.We follow and keep our fingers crossed for the success of this project, which will certainly be a “game changer” in the tourism industry in one big part, as Booking.com or Airbnb did with its appearance on the market. If you think I’m exaggerating, I stress again, try looking at the bigger picture and the fact that it’s a platform that brings together thousands of local and authentic recipes from every country in the world in one place. I constantly emphasize that one of the main motives for travel is to get to know a new culture and way of life, and that authenticity is the main ingredient of successful tourism. It is our incredible diversity and authenticity that are the greatest potentials for our tourism. Not only ours, but tourism in general, because it is through authenticity that differentiation is created in the market, and thus the motive of travel.Figuratively, we have to sell our authentic wine to the French, not French. Because otherwise the question arises why would they travel, if they can experience it all in their home. Drink, eat and experience… locally and authentically – this is the mantra of the “new” paradigm of tourism in the 21st century, at least when we talk about quality and sustainable tourism, and not mass tourism or tourism phobia.It is on this track, realizing the importance of authenticity, ie the importance of local food, that the world’s first atlas was launched, which offers information on local food by tourist destinations, ie countries. – TasteAtlas.The initiator of this interesting tourist story is Matija Babić, the founder of the most widely read Croatian portal index.hr, who points out that the site contains over 9000 traditional dishes and drinks and local ingredients, as well as tens of thousands of authentic restaurants recommended by gastronomic professionals.If you’re traveling to Vienna, Michelin will recommend haute cuisine, TripAdvisor’s most popular pizzerias and patisseries in the city center. Many travelers want to get to know the cultures through traditional food, and TasteAtlas provides them with information on what local dishes are eaten in Vienna and Austria, what cheeses are eaten, what wines are drunk. In addition, we will inform you where to eat these dishes in the opinion of gastro professionals”, Babic points out.TasteAtlas will not stop at the mentioned 9000 dishes, in fact, the goal is to offer a whole range of world indigenous dishes, and as Babić points out, TasteAtlas can never be a completed project. Among 9000 dishes, there are 245 Croatian dishes and groceries, which you can review and rate on link “Dozens of dishes will be added daily. We are open to all suggestions, information and photos”Babic told us.Interesting, but also tragic for our country, is how TasteAtlas, a web startup launched from Bulgaria. “Salary benefits in Bulgaria are lower than in Croatia on student contracts”, Babic explained why he chose Bulgaria as the company’s headquarters. A clear message, but it is a story for another topic. Since its launch in a short time, TasteAtlas has met with the enthusiasm of dozens of world media, from the global Mashable and Traveler to South America’s most widely read daily newspaper, Clarina.last_img read more

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Thomas Partey’s Ghana teammate supports Arsenal transfer

first_imgThomas Partey’s Ghana teammate supports Arsenal transfer Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 May 2020 1:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link751Shares Thomas Partey has a €50 million release clause in his deal with Atletico Madrid (Getty Images)‘Atletico Madrid is a very good club so he is playing one of the biggest clubs in the world and Arsenal are also one of the biggest,’ Nuhu told TV3 on Instagram.‘For me, it is his decision because playing for Atletico Madrid is the same as playing for Arsenal.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The two teams always make the same category in the league, fighting for the third and fourth place to play in Champions League.‘But as we all know the Premier League is the best league in the world so if he joins Arsenal I will be happy for him.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Thomas Partey has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer (Getty Images)Thomas Partey’s close friend and teammate with Ghana, Kasim Nuhu, has backed the midfielder to join Arsenal from Atletico Madrid.The Gunners have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old, whose father claimed last month that Mikel Arteta’s side have made an approach.Partey has a €50 million (£47m) release clause in his current deal with Atletico, while reports have claimed that Liverpool are also interested in a move.Arsenal, meanwhile, could struggle to secure a place in next season’s Champions League when the current campaign resumes as Arteta’s side are currently sit eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Nuhu, who has played alongside Partey for Ghana, says he would be happy for his friend to join the Gunners. Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Congratulates Members of the General Assembly as They are Sworn-In

first_img January 03, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf released the following statement as members of the General Assembly are sworn-in:“I would like to extended my congratulations to the members of the General Assembly being sworn-in today.“For those of you who are returning to the Capitol, I look forward to continuing our work together to battle the opioid crisis, create good-paying jobs, invest in education, and make government more efficient and effective. I also look forward to working with new members for a fresh perspective on how we can make Pennsylvania a better place.“Thank you for dedicating your talents to the service of Pennsylvanians. Together, we can bolster the middle-class, invest in our children’s futures, and make a government that works for the people.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Governor Wolf Congratulates Members of the General Assembly as They are Sworn-Inlast_img read more

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Brisbane land prices are among the nation’s most affordable

first_imgLand prices nationally are on the rise although Brisbane remains relatively affordable.THE latest report from industry body Housing Industry Association (HIA) and analyst CoreLogic revealed Brisbane remained among the county’s most affordable capital cities for land.Brisbane had the nation’s fourth most expensive capital city median land price at $239,500 per lot behind Sydney ($470,000), Melbourne ($275,000) and Perth ($262,500)Over the year to June 2017, land price gains in Brisbane were just 0.1 per cent — the lowest growth for all capital cities except Hobart which saw prices fall 15.8 per cent.The strongest growth was recorded in Melbourne where prices rose 19.6 per cent over the period, while Sydney saw a rise of 9.8 per cent and Adelaide experienced an eight per cent gain.Despite Brisbane’s modest result, it was Australia’s third most active land market based on sale volumes recorded over the June 2017 quarter.HIA Senior Economist, Shane Garrett, said the median lot price across Australia rose 8.5 per cent nationally to $256,683, while land turnover is down nine per cent.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago“The speed at which land price is increasing is a concern as it compounds the housing affordability problem,” Mr Garrett said.Mr Garrett believed land supply was central to relieving pressure on the tight national market.“This requires improved outcomes with respect to financing of housing infrastructure, monitoring and timely reporting on land release and speeding up zoning and subdivision process,” Mr Garrett said.CoreLogic commercial research analyst, Eliza Owen, said high national land prices contributed to affordability issues and helped drive increased high-density development.Ms Owen said planned infrastructure project may see demand for land shift to more regional locations.“New and prospective infrastructure developments such as the inland freight rail and Badgerys Creek Airport will open up new employment and development opportunities further from the metropolitan regions which may stimulate demand for housing in areas with a more affordable price tag,” Ms Owen said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

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EGCSA: 983 Ships Opt for Scrubbers

first_imgThere were 983 ships with exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubber) installed or on order as of May 31, 2018, Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA) said, citing figures from a survey of its members.The pickup in interest in installation of scrubbers is being reported as ship owners ready for the implementation of the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap.Major industry players such as Frontline, DHT, Star Bulk and Spliethoff have opted for scrubbers and rumors have emerged that one of the top tier players from the container shipping sector has jumped on the bandwagon as well, the association said.“EGCSA believes that although there has been a surge in demand, yard capacity is not an issue going forward, however other constraints such as the availability of laser scanning specialists and experienced installation teams mean that it may not be possible to pick and choose an installation slot nor coincide a scrubber installation with an already scheduled drydock in the near future,” EGCSA added.The association members are still taking orders with several now taking options through to 2023 to enable ship-owners to secure a position on the installation timetable.Back in 2015, RORO and ferry operators became the first adopters of the technology followed by the cruise industry. Now bulk carriers have taken over as top adopters of exhaust gas cleaning systems, with containerships and tankers following suit. In each of these sectors retrofit open loop installations predominate, according to EGCSA.The survey shows that 63% of all ships have either been or will be retrofitted with scrubbers, while 37% are new building installations. 988 of the 1561 individual scrubber towers installed or on order are for open loop scrubbing; confirming it as the most popular exhaust gas cleaning system.As explained, open loop scrubbers are much more simple to install and favored by ship crews.“While closed loop and hybrid systems are available for enclosed bodies of water with little water exchange or where discharges are restricted by local regulation, ECGSA suggests the alternative of switching to low sulphur fuel for the port stay where open loop operation is not possible. The cost impact is likely to be limited as over 90% of fuel consumption is during full away at sea, which is where the financial benefits really accrue,” the association concluded.last_img read more

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Evergreen orders 1,800 Star Cool reefers from Maersk Container Industry

first_imgTaiwanese shipping company Evergreen Marine Corp. has ordered 1,800 Star Cool reefers from Maersk Container Industry (MCI) for its growing reefer operations. Prior to placing the order, Evergreen spent most of 2019 running live trials across their global network involving all relevant reefer machines. Scheduled for delivery during the 2nd quarter of 2020, reefer containers Star Cool Integrated combine the refrigerated MCI Box and the Star Cool refrigeration machine, featuring innovative technologies such as the controlled atmosphere. Maersk Container Industry said that the results of these extensive tests confirmed that Star Cool achieved the lowest energy consumption of all brands, the fastest temperature pulldown, and seamless customer service.center_img Star Cool CA enables careful monitoring and control of the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide inside a reefer, enabling perishable produce to be transported further and over a longer time period. “Evergreen has spent over 50 years building a comprehensive shipping network that meets the needs of our customers, and which has help us achieve the scale of business we have today. When we began the process of selecting a new brand for our reefer fleet, we were looking for the ability to offer our customers the most reliable service as well as the documented lowest carbon footprint, which made Star Cool a clear choice,” the company commented.last_img read more

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